But I can still play the hell out of a #ttrpg. I even GM some!
Nobody: "How is that even possible, Eppy?"
Eppy, optimized for clickbait: "With this 1 simple trick…"
Then I share my thoughts. Occasionally I follow that up with, "Right?"
"When it's my turn to narrate, I pause to think about what I'm going to say."
Pausing is great! It's dramatic. It provides breathing room. If your fellow players don't jump all over the silence, it'll draw the spotlight your way.
It feels like I'm workshopping something here. I'm not. The rules of the game tell us that much. But I'm inviting you in as if I were. …
Now that we're in this place together, I am unburden from the shackles of performance. I can stumble over my words, change my mind half way through, and just describe a character's reactions without having to act it out. Just sharing thoughts.
Or rather something to say about a feature of the #ttrpg medium that the word reflects.
When I say, "I think this is what happens, right?" most of the time I'm just out here looking for a little phatic confirmation.
But I'm also leaving the door ajar.
#TTRPG is a medium where it's rather safe to fail.