Cab Driver Customers
In which our hero discovers by means of a mirror he is somebody else and confronts issues of character as a consequence.A Buddhist who had just asked for a lift said it was satori. You don't want to know my reply as he left the cab. I don't advertise he got a free ride - bad for business. Sour grapes? I've got lemons. Between jobs now, I check the rear view mirror and see someone else's eyes staring at me from the driving seat.
In which our hero experiences various persuasive and other brainwashing techniques all in the name of entertainment.Oh boy, a troublemaker. By the sharp suit, immaculate hair and perfect teeth - they all have perfect teeth - he's in the cab and talking before I can tell him to stick it, personal stereo hissing an amniotic beat with his headphones around his neck, but he is attentive, his voice clear, melodious and not forced - each word measured and carefully considered as I pull away from the hotel.
So, you want to know how a cabbie like me can afford to go on some business-training course with self-assessment forms at the end? Sorry pal, I'm doing something worthwhile with my time. Gaming! Sure, gamers obsess about the experience they have accrued, but how many of you believe their games enhance their lives? Consider the origins of playing. Animals learn life skills by playing. What did you learn by playing Diablo?
In which our hero ponders just why we do need the industry, and how they can help drive the reforms so many of us claim to want. You decide to catch up on your reading - the conversation would get awkward as I'm trying to keep my eyes on the road. It's not often you see an attractive woman in a provocative state of undress - the cover of that book you're reading has one on it. The title mentions secrets of black magic.
In which the border between role-playing and gaming is pondered and our hero speculates on how crossing the border changes a traveller and what that means for both sides. I hate this journey but I accept the fare, today we cross the border and as I'm a citizen of both sides, a player of roles and of games, you can get from A to B faster than doing it by yourself.
In which our hero laments continuous re-hashing of 'classic' ideas and sourcebook saturation in tabletop RPG systems, suggesting the industry may wish to try other business models to thrive. A rambling dissertation from someone that makes MTV's Jimmy seem old-skool.