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#MicroblogMondays 171: Takers and Givers

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I love Dungeons and Dragons.  I haven’t played since high school, but I listen to other people’s games via YouTube, Twitch, or podcasts.  Josh doesn’t see the joy in listening to someone else’s game, but you get the story AND you don’t need to do any of the work.  I’m a listener not a contributor.  A D&D taker but not a giver.

I don’t know why I don’t play since I clearly like listening to games.  I guess that there are things I like to participate in and things I like to only observe.  And while there are local or online D&D games I could join (and I sometimes feel a twinge of jealousy when other people tell me about their ongoing campaigns), I don’t.

What is one things you only like to observe but would never want to do?


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1 Delenn { 12.04.17 at 6:53 am }

My husband loves D&D and I have played it a lot since I met him (I even played it a little when I was a preteen). I do not have his passion for it…he can play role playing games with his friends for hours and hours. I get tired of it after about 3 hrs. 😉

Because we are role playing geeks…our kids know of this stuff too…but especially interesting was when my son was in his high school that was specifically for kids with autism…D&D was an extracurricular activity! Studies have found that kids on the spectrum benefit from the rules and role playing. 🙂

My kids have both also done Live Action Role playing…which I think I prefer!!

The thing that I like to observe, but not do…baking contest shows (like the Great British Bake Off). I suck at cooking/baking…but I like watching!!

2 Mali { 12.04.17 at 6:55 am }

Anything involving heights! Though I would want to do them, just know I never would. Or could.

Or singing or acting.

3 Kaeleigh { 12.04.17 at 8:38 am }

Cosplay. I really like dressing up but am a total square so only engage in it on socially acceptable days like Halloween or masquerade balls lol. But I dreeeeeaaam of having the time and energy to devote to a making a gorgeous costume and having the balls to wear it to a convention or something. They are so beautiful and being in costume is so freeing! But alas. I am so so square lol.

4 Nabanita { 12.04.17 at 8:45 am }

Not sure. Maybe sports. I like to watch rather than play myself.

5 loribeth { 12.04.17 at 8:50 am }

Similar to Mali — I have had a long fascination with Mount Everest. I’ve read books & seen movies & documentaries about it, about Mallory & Irvine, etc. Would I ever want to go there myself, attempt a climb to the summit? Not a chance!!

6 Cristy { 12.04.17 at 9:17 am }

I go through phases. Some involve me wanting to be the active participant of my fascination, but other times I enjoy being the observer. It’s all a matter or where I’m at in life. Hence I can relate.

7 Lori Shandle-Fox { 12.04.17 at 9:21 am }

Great question! My favorite TV shows to watch are ones where people who are extraordinary at something that I have absolutely no interest in or talent for compete against each other. Like Project Runway and Top Chef.

8 Sharon { 12.04.17 at 10:24 am }

Sports. I’m not athletic but enjoy watching college basketball, MLB, NHL and other sports.

9 Not My Lines Yet { 12.04.17 at 10:44 am }

I am similar to Lori – I love to watch competition shows like Top Chef or Great British Bakeoff, but I get stressed out FOR the contestants. I can’t imagine ever wanting to do that myself!

10 Counting Pink Lines { 12.04.17 at 11:28 am }

Hmm, while my first thought was that listening to D&D is a bit odd, how is it different really from watching sports? Or any of the other competition shows? Though I secretly want to be on one of the cooking ones.

11 Balaka Basu { 12.04.17 at 11:33 am }

Paragliding, river rafting

12 Lavonne @ the OCD infertile { 12.04.17 at 2:36 pm }

Hmm I don’t think so. I love watching YouTube videos of makeup tutorials, but I love doing makeup. Other than that I can’t think of anything off the top of my head…hmmm…

13 Persnickety { 12.04.17 at 5:25 pm }

Music- I love going to classical concerts, outdoor performance etc but that is not for me. Rock concerts not so much(too much standing)

Have you seen Darths and droids? It’s a web comic on the premise of the movies as a d&d game http://www.darthsanddroids.net

14 Jess { 12.04.17 at 9:38 pm }

This is so funny, because no joke, Bryce often goes to sleep to YouTube videos of D&D campaigns! There’s one group with a girl that is like a weird double of me, not just how she looks (although she’s younger and slimmer) but her facial expressions and gestures. He’s been after me to play, but D&D with two players isn’t quite enough to get me started…he just bought all the manuals and stuff on eBay, too! See, if we lived closer maybe we could give it a whirl.

As for me, I like watching exercise things and pretending like I’m doing them…but I don’t actually do them, not really. That BodyBoss thing that shows up on my Facebook is my new favorite. I try some of the exercises but will never buy the program. Strangely though, I could watch other people doing it forever. HA.

15 Lori Lavender Luz { 12.05.17 at 11:07 am }

I have spent 5 minutes trying to think of a thing I like to watch others do but don’t want to do myself. I can’t think of any!

16 Middle Girl { 12.05.17 at 11:45 pm }

Much like others, I like watching sports and other competitive ventures but not some much participate. I used to really enjoy shows like The Amazing Race; combining many sporting attributes plus geography. 😉

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