SecondTalon wrote:From Darths and DroidsSometimes gamers get together every week and play intense sessions where they interact and support one another's actions, striving to achieve a common goal in the best spirits of teamwork. And yet they don't know what their fellow gamers do for a living. Or other pertinent stuff that more mundane types of friends readily know about one another.
That guy who plays the elf ranger in your group every week, who you've known for 4 years? Next time you see him, ask him what his last name is.
If it wasn't for e-mail and how everyone has their names as their identifiers, I.. likely wouldn't know the last names of several of the people I've played D&D with for the past.. oh, 8 years, give or take.
See, I had the opposite problem. I played D&D, I played MMOs, I played Magic the Gathering, etc, for 10 years with the same group of people in the military, with the crew only changing due to PCS/TDY/Finding someone new who was cool, and I didn't know most of their first names. I had that thought that they show in your quote, and suddenly I turned to the lady who had been playing my sister in the D&D group, and said, "Hi, I'm *first name*. Who the fuck are you?" We all stopped, chuckled, laughed, then were mostly incapacitated by laughter as we slammed our fists on nearby people/objects as we all came to the same realization. We had not a god damn clue what each other's given names were.