Read an RPG Book in Public Week

So apparently next week is the thrice-yearly Read an RPG Book in Public Week, in which roleplaying enthusiasts are encouraged to take their favorite rule books out to the coffee shop or bus stop and read them in public.

The point, according to the website, is to get roleplaying “out of the basement” and into the public eye – to give gamers an opportunity to answer questions about their hobby to those who stop to ask them what they’re reading. (As this is intended to be a positive thing, the website also suggests that readers steer clear of scarier titles like Kobolds Ate My Baby or, you know, reading Demon: The Fallen while in church.)

If any of you decide to try this experiment, let us know the results… I’d be interested to know if people really do get stopped just because they’re reading a monster manual in Starbucks.  Of course, maybe there should just be a “roleplay in public” week.  I once saw someone running a DnD campaign out of a Books-a-Million coffee shop, and they got more than a few odd looks.

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9 Responses to Read an RPG Book in Public Week

  1. I read RPG rulebooks on my commute via train on a pretty regular basis and have never noticed any odd looks or gotten any crap for it.

  2. I read RPG rulebooks on my commute via train on a pretty regular basis and have never noticed any odd looks or gotten any crap for it.

  3. Maybe I'm weird, but our D&D group weekly meets in public places like Starbucks or George Webbs. The workers seem more amused then anything, just so long as the place isn't busy at the time.

  4. Maybe I’m weird, but our D&D group weekly meets in public places like Starbucks or George Webbs. The workers seem more amused then anything, just so long as the place isn’t busy at the time.

  5. My college has a Gamer's Guild. It's an officially chartered club in which, every Wednesday, we get together in the food court at 6 pm and all do different roleplaying games; dnd, eberon, shadowrun, werewolf, vampire, magic, you name it! We get a few weird looks from idiot freshmen who don't know the food court's closed but hey, they go away eventually.

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