I leave my cozy, comfortable house and my super-awesome family to attend Origins for the first time on Tuesday. Having had a career in marketing, I am no stranger to attending conferences – but this one feels different for some reason. This time I am attending a conference with a subject I am actually interested in but know very little about. I am also attending Origins with a Press Badge — something I’ve never done before. All this unknown triggers anxiety inside me, but it is not all bad anxiety.
It is just so easy to sit in my comfort zone and be knowledgeable on the topics I deal with from day to day and I rarely have to worry about looking stupid. But I know that by doing so, I will not be growing as a person. Besides, this is a chance for me to meet some really cool people and write about how gaming has impacted their lives. All the excitement about the adventure ahead and the stories to be experienced and retold also give off some good anxiety. I get to go in, be the new guy and — hopefully — meet some people who want to show me the ropes. From what I’ve seen of the tabletop gaming community so far, I don’t think that will be a problem at all. Everyone has been incredibly helpful and so willing to help others — unlike any other industry I’ve ever been in.
As I embark on my journey to a place many hours away into the unknown, I can’t help but think about how I relate to some of the games I’ve learned about recently. I’ll be that little meeple who starts off on a quest with no clue what awaits me. And much like that little guy, I’ll probably face some obstacles along the way — and if I keep my explorer spirit — I’ll come out the other side a bit stronger, wiser, and better prepared for the next adventure.
If you are attending Origins this year and see me wandering around looking overwhelmed, come say hi to me! The best part about about any adventure is the people you meet along the way!
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