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Trask Versus Player Character Skills: A Gamer Tries Character Skills In Real Life

March 30, 2014 | | Comments 4

I begin a new series tonight where I, Trask, shed the familiar cloak of  tabletop role-playing curmudgeon  and share my attempts, both past and present to learn PC skills in real life.  PC skills are the standard things Trask-Tyromancer-Character-Portrait-WebVersionalmost every RPG gamer chose for his skill list at least once.  Every D&D players chose “pick locks” at least once in their gaming careers. Palladium Rift’s players always take boxing or athletics or climbing or swimming to bump up their survivability.  Most importantly, just about every game has a small arms skill. I intend to report my experiences  attempting each of these skills in the real world.

This project actually began last year when I found myself wondering how I, Trask the blogger,  might fare as a PC. After a bit of thought I realized I did not have enough real world experience with several “standard” PC skills to really come up with a valid answer. Not that I live in my mother’s basement, I just had never tried several skills players often choose for their PCs.  It boils down to this; how much of my PCs  are me and how much is wishful thinking?

So I came up with a list based on local availability and cost. For example, I  wanted to add race car driving to the list, but the local tracks charge a fortune for a half-day NASCAR experience. Yikes. Need to save up for that one.

Fortunately I live in Arizona, so opportunities to  try my hand at many other  skills are readily available.

Climbing

Climbing gyms popped up everywhere over the past few years, so this one is easy to get done.

Martial Arts

Though I tried Karate as a child, it was many years ago and there was too much focus on bowing and “forms” (ie choreography) for me to really get into it. RPG  martial arts are all about hitting something and it either breaks or dies. With this in mind, I decided to try Krav Maga for its supposed simplicity and focus on doing real damage. It may all be marketing smoke and mirrors, but it does look good on the website! Krav Maga is from Israel and that appeals to me. I spent two years working in Japan and embracing the culture. The bow/honor your sensei /inner light crap from Eastern martial arts holds no allure for me…and  I look awful in a gi

Fitness/Athletics

Crossfit. Any gym that reputedly kills people  and has a “cult-like” atmosphere sounds like a great place to start.

Lockpicking

It is amazing what you can buy on the internet these days….

Small Arms

A gun club fits the bill nicely.

Wilderness Survival

Other than making a lunch date with Les Stroud, this one is tough to actually get done. I may take a survival course or just try something like starting a fire with friction.  I am open to suggestions.

Obstacle Course Race

I plan to run a 6-mile obstacle course race put on by  terrainracing.com. Mud, big walls and barbed wire are just what every PC longs for! This may change based on my availability and scheduling, but I really want to do this one.

As a 42 year-old male in reasonable health I know I can do all of these things, but I want to be able to sit down at a table and actually win an RPG rules argument by saying “When I did it…” Besides, it will be a blast!

 

And so it begins!

 

Trask, The Last Tyromancer

 

 

 

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About the Author: Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.

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