It’s a later post than usual today, but I wanted to get this right the first time.
I know I don’t usually ask this, but please, PLEASE, share this article with anyone you know who might benefit from reading it. Thank you.
Recently, thanks to the fine folks at Innovators Hub and their Catalyst program, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my motivations for doing things.
My conclusion is something that I feel warrants being posted on this website.
Originally, That’s How We Roll was created to host a podcast. The plan was to record every game session, edit it down to the highlights and then hope people find some enjoyment listening to us tell bad jokes and play a game together. That quickly fell by the wayside but the intention, to create something that people could find entertaining, remained.
The website went ignored for a while after that. I had to focus on university and student society things, as well as eventually graduating and moving to live with my partner.
The site as it is now really took shape when I started writing the TitansGrave adventure series (which isn’t forgotten, I just lost my inspiration for a while). This was something that I felt would draw people together to try a novel magic-tech game as well as being proof of my writing skills.
So, THWR slowly became a portfolio (of a sort), whilst also being somewhere to host articles and other gaming aids.
I started the Intro to Role-playing series out of a desire to help more people get into the hobby, to show them that it isn’t something to be afraid of and that it needn’t have a high barrier to entry. From there, I just kept adding to the site, writing whatever I thought someone might find useful or interesting.
I started adding the fiction element to things because sometimes I found that the easiest thing to write.
Throughout all of this, the purpose of the website was to inform and to entertain.
For a while, I’ve thought that is the main reason why I do everything that I do. I thought that I wanted to teach people about things they weren’t familiar with, and to entertain them for a few minutes at a time.
I don’t think that any more. Or rather, I recognise a deeper reason behind everything.
I’ve been pretty open on this website about my struggles with disability and mental illness. When I relaunched it with the TitansGrave content, I wanted to be honest with anyone who stumbled across THWR that I’m not perfect, I have bad days and that that’s okay.
Only now, after a lot of introspection, do I realise why.
There is a reason that I want to spread this hobby that means so much to me, and has been such a help on my bad days. There is a reason why I write so much and on so many topics.
The reason that I do what I do with such enthusiasm and passion is because I want to make sure that no-one else feels how I feel.
Mental health, up until recently, was not widely understood. The support for it isn’t there for everyone and this has a knock on effect with treatments and coping mechanisms. I want to change that.
I want to use this soapbox to offer a place where people can, hopefully, find some respite. Even if it’s just for a few hours in an evening, I want people to feel included in something. To know they aren’t alone. To know that their voice can be heard.
So to everyone who struggles with mental health, disability or anything else, I say welcome.
You are not alone.
You are not ignored.
I am here and I am listening.