I remember being at school and seeing two of my friends looking at me funny. They were talking to each other and kind of nodding. When they came up to me, they said they wanted to show me a new computer game they found. They said it was text-based.
What the hell does that mean anyway? Well I went to find out. I saw RoD, and was immediately underwhelmed. Scrolling text, so fast that you can't read all of it. What was the fun in that?
Heck, I even tried playing, with one of my friends standing next to me explaining the commands. I hated it. RoD was the most boring thing I had ever experienced.
I visited his place again the next week and decided I'd give RoD another shot. I died to a bunch of gnomes and got pissed off. I mean, sure, it makes sense that if you attack a gnome child, the gnome man and gnome woman you assume to be his parents would jump in and kick your ass. But still, I was only level 2! Dying only made me hate the game more.
By the third time I was playing the game, it was over. I was hooked. Addicted beyond belief. Approximately 10 years later, here I am, still on that game, and occasionally still getting killed by that damn gnome family.
Eventually I had to change schools, and I was so addicted to the game that I managed to coerce twelve of my friends to play the game too. We'd spend our lunch hours sitting at a table in the school cafeteria talking about how one guy had proposed marriage to a female imm (Lascivias) and got slayed for it.
I'm telling you little about the game. Go check it out, seeing it (or reading it) is much better than having it read to you. But be sure to meet some people too. The game is about making friends...and if it isn't, then it's at least enhanced by it.