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I started playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was 20-21, for years I told myself it was a line I would not let myself cross, seeing how it was portrayed by others as hopeless geeks cosplaying elves and orcs in a dimly lit room throwing bizarre dice back and fourth while pretending to cast a Cone Of Cold, but I was at the bookstore one day and saw the cover of the 4th edition cover, a Dragonborn Fighter with a claymore as tall as he was and a Human Wizard crouched as she felt unseen eyes watching her (The cover of the GM manual shows us it is in fact a massive dragon scrying on them with some kind of enchanted orb) and I felt that flame spark on, the same one I've felt every time I found a new series to read or a new show to watch, this was going to be a part of my life.
Oddly enough the two guys I started playing with where two very gruff men, rednecks to beat the band and High school wrestlers and avid hunters, the first time I played created a rogue who's character eventually evolved into one of the main characters in my webcomic series "Guild Tomes" and we played for 12hrs straight and honestly I can't remember the last time I had had so much fun, hanging out, joking, laughing and indulging in my thirst for fantasy.
I loved this game instantly but I was unable to deny the un-Christian themes of it, spirit conjuring, magic, pacts with deamons, primal pagan like spirits and other dark things, I tried to avoid those aspects by playing melee type characters like Fighters, Rangers, Rogues and other simple styles, it suited me and the people I played with usually preferred similar classes, like so much in mainstream media I had to take it with a grain of salt.
I was working for my church as a grounds keeper at the time and one day in Bible study I talked to my Pastor about it, we agreed the magic aspect was not something Christians should even pretend to fiddle in but he even said a knight fighting goblins was not something we should think about, I asked why but he could not give me a real answer he just asked if I thought it was something we should in a tone that told me he was not interested in going into it and I did not pursue it, he was my boss and pastor and I didn't want to seem like I was stiff necked, I figured I could try again another time. It never came however, not soon after that the Pastor ended the one on one bible studies we use to have and told me another gentlemen from the church would be taking over my duties, it was a powerful blow to me and I never did go back to that church again.
I'm the only avid christian in my family, everyone else is either a "Once A Week Christian" or just isn't interested, this meant I was cut off from other Christians as I lacked a car to get the long distances to another church, I was familiar with this, I was a part of a liberal crowd in High School that quickly turned on my once I came to God so being alone with my thoughts and God was well mapped ground but it always stuck with me how my Pastor had been so quick to shut out the good in a fantasy game like D&D and focus and condemn it for what he perceived it to be and unwilling to talk further with me after he spoke his peace, it reminded me of many times in my youth when family and spiritual figures had rolled their eyes and said it did not belong.
I started playing around with the idea of a Christian fantasy tabletop RPG and based it in the world of my webcomic Guild Tomes, a fanatsy series of superhuman adventurers who join Guilds to seek treasure and glory through exploring and fighting the dark powers that threaten their homelands, the church and their Guilds, I was unsure if this truly was something God wanted but the other week I put the game up for sale on my Facebook page and sold several copies in the first week, my paypal account went from $9.90 to $65.88 in a just few days from people buying copies of the game and other Guild Tomes products and the number just grew from there.
I saw with my own eyes that other Christians had the same passion I did and that the realm of fantasy is indeed a realm God is willing to use to minister, guide and teach us in and that he must have saw potential in what I was doing, I was on the right road and God wa son it with me.
I don't claim God has ordained me to be the next big thing but I am humbled to see God helping and using my works for his glory and now I walk the comic artist and fantasy enthusiast path with more confidence now and am happy to have seen that our God is indeed a supportive and creative God and that I have met so many of you, my creative and imaginative Sisters and Brothers.
My next comic is taking awhile and I wanted to add something inspiring to the site so I posted this little testimony/story.
Have a great night guys and may God bless you! X3
Keep those pencils on that paper! ;3