Piestar
 member, 985 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Mon 4 Oct 2021
at 20:42
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to Mad Mick (msg # 11):

I think there is a natural tendency to think that what old people did when we were young is what is natural for old people to do, but I suspect each generations old people do whatever they did when they were young. What people consider, for example, old people clothes is what those people wore when they were in their prime. Gaming is for old people, if that is what they did when they were younger, I suspect.
darknash
 member, 166 posts
Mon 4 Oct 2021
at 22:07
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to GreenTongue (msg # 1):

To Old? when you die.

Its okay for your tastes to change.
evileeyore
 member, 557 posts
 GURPS GM and Player
 Joined 20150819
Mon 4 Oct 2021
at 22:45
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
Mad Mick:
Funny how some of the older geezers in this thread mention GURPS. =)

There was a strong realism/crunch push/backlash in the mid-late 80s, most GURPS enthusiasts I know picked up the habit around then.


Granted I've met a lot of yougner GURPS players here on RPoL who picked up the GURPS habit with DF/RPG in the last decade, they like the flexibility of GURPS with the flavor/genre of Dungeon Fantasy (D&D's "Orc and Pie" and "Back To The Dungeon" ethos).
deadtotheworld22
 member, 149 posts
Mon 4 Oct 2021
at 23:01
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
I suspect part of it is how much you have an interest in looking at new systems as opposed to keeping to the ones you know.

We all had a system which got us hooked (for me, it was NWOD), and you're less inclined to keep looking for new things when you're satisfied, so once you have a core set of systems and variants, you're probably going to focus on expanding your collection within that niche rather than buying everything new on the market.

In the meantime, everyone's out there creating new things and finding new avenues for profitability, so when you jump back in to new things ten years later, you're seeing the results of ten years of development and trends that may have completely passed you by.

To put it in a different context, if you stopped playing shooters in 2010 and came back now, would you necessarily jump into something like Fortnite or PUBG given how much the genre had changed since then? (Don't read too much into that example, it came straight off the cuff and I'm sure it's not as good as my brain thinks it is)

At the same time, a lot of RPG companies are releasing (at least in part) for a new, arguably wider generation of players with different demographics, interests, levels of experience, attention thresholds and amounts of free time. On the whole, that's a great thing, but it's just another thing which might mean you're less interested in going through the rigmarole of trying to learn a new system which you might hate, when there's a system or three in the background that you know you love.

So, how old is too old to play? No such thing.

How old is too old to pick up new systems on your own? I suspect that's more down to veterancy than age - I've been doing it now for 13 years, and I can't honestly say that I've got the enthusiasm to try a massively new system now that I might have done five years ago.
Heath
 member, 2991 posts
 If my opinion changes,
 The answer is still 42.
Mon 4 Oct 2021
at 23:31
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has been playing for over 40 years and still has an inexplicable love of the game that brings out the creative kid in me.
donsr
 member, 2375 posts
Mon 4 Oct 2021
at 23:46
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
My brother and I started in the  mid  70's playing Avalon Hill  war games... we tried OD&D..but didn't like it, got into   Metagaming CO's  Melee and Wizards..then its  advanced versions...( tactical  RP with hex board)

 2e  and E3 got us interested in D&D again, but then i got  computer   D&D games ( still have them, that i can't use!)

 I traveled   sites for years..EZboards were hacked  and died..and I found this place...after a few years  as only a player, i started  my own games, using my own system.

 I backed  Stevejacksons ,  new release if ITL-Melee/Wizards..mostly out of  'old time sake'...in the end?... I do all my RP here.

 I said it, others  said it...you're never too old...its  a Genre, its liie 'being too old to watch a sci-fi movie"...or Too old to watch sports"//there is  no 'too old'
facemaker329
 member, 7363 posts
 Gaming for over 40
 years, and counting!
Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 02:35
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
I'll join the chorus of 'No such thing as too old'.  I was introduced to RPGs in junior high, spent junior high and high school playing D&D/AD&D.  After I got out of high school, I kind of tired of the D&D focus on 'kill the monsters and collect the gold'.  My younger brother introduced me to a new GM (who went on to become one of my closest friends), who was playing his own home-brewed fantasy system that was part Chaosium's Basic Role-Playing system, part FASA's Star Trek RPG (I don't remember the name...it wasn't Starfleet Battles, as that was more akin to Battletech...but it could be used in parallel with Starfleet Battles if you wanted to make a larger, expanded campaign), and a few bits and pieces he spliced on out of his own imagination.  I had all but given up on role-playing, prior to that, and he totally reinvigorated my interest in it.

I've played a lot of different games since then...WEG's Star Wars, a few different editions of Shadowrun, tried getting back into D&D a couple of times (it just never clicked again for me), Palladium's fantasy system, RIFTS, GURPS, OWOD, etc...the ones that I always enjoyed were the ones where the GM was more focused on the role-playing and storytelling than the crunchy parts.  I've been in a few games on here that were, technically, running under some kind of rules system...the GM rolled the dice as appropriate so the game looked, from the outside, kind of like a freeform game (players said what they wanted to do, the GM decided if a roll was warranted and--if needed--rolled it, and then posted the reactions to the players' actions, so we as players never had to worry about dice) and they were among my favorites.

As I've gotten older, however, I've found that I have less time available to devote to leisure activities like RPGs...so, I tend to stick to systems that I already know well, unless the setting of the game so intrigues me that I decide it's worth laboring through figuring out a new system (and I am infinitely grateful to those GMs who have held my hand and coached me through getting adjusted to a new system!)  I don't do any table-top gaming anymore because, for me, it was as much or more about the chemistry of the people involved than it was the game, and now that I live an hour or more away from any of my old gaming friends, I don't know anyone that I have that same kind of chemistry with.  I don't necessarily have that kind of chemistry in most of my games on here, but since I don't have direct interaction with the other players, I can fake it (or by the time I've typed up the snarky comeback to something they've done or said, I've had time to consider whether the backlash will be worth enduring and the answer is always 'no', so I delete it).  I have good enough chemistry with enough of the other players that I stick around...and, occasionally, I stumble into a game where everything clicks with everybody and I absolutely love the game and everything about it (those are usually the games that end up with the GM having to discontinue things because RL has reared its ugly head and demanded their attention elsewhere.)

But as long as I can find people that I enjoy interacting with, rules that I can make sense of, and a setting that engages my imagination, I'll be gaming until my pilot light goes out forever.
Yaztromo
 supporter, 453 posts
Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 21:37
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
As your priorities change, so what you look for when roleplaying changes. Similarly, I moved from more complex and detailed rulesets to simpler and ruling-based systems, that allow you to start playing within 5 minutes (no more "session zeros"). Similarly, I moved from very long adventures to "one off" adventures that can be run in a single session.
That's the style of gaming that in this moment fits better my personal situation and my requirements.
Maybe in the future this will change again.
Piestar
 member, 986 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 21:41
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
I don't know how me-specific this is, but I do find as I grow older that it is harder to find people whose play style is compatible with mine.

That might have something to do with the fact that I have moved a lot over the year, no life-long friends, or even high-school friends any more.

Then again maybe it's me, maybe I get pickier with age, no clue.
donsr
 member, 2376 posts
Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 22:08
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
  its the friends....some get married and there is no room for gaming, outside of Vid Games?... I havepeople i play football with every sunday moring , all year round, NONE..of them would be RP gamers..half  are Video gamers..

 most all old  enough to be my kids and graandkis, so  'going over the old guys house'..or  ;'having the old guy come over' isn't an option...

 I like it in here... I have a good  community in my games, ...and in the games i play in, i have some  friends as well..that's good  enough for me, at the tail end of my run.
silverelf
 member, 275 posts
Tue 5 Oct 2021
at 22:10
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
Assume I will still be playing RPGs in Isis's Waiting Room.
Heath
 member, 2992 posts
 If my opinion changes,
 The answer is still 42.
Wed 6 Oct 2021
at 00:45
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to Piestar (msg # 22):

This is very true, but there's also a certain sense of awesomeness when you can share the games with your children.
Piestar
 member, 987 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Wed 6 Oct 2021
at 00:48
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to Heath (msg # 25):

Don't have any, sadly. I imagine that would be fun.
donsr
 member, 2377 posts
Wed 6 Oct 2021
at 00:55
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
 all my kids started playing, because they saw me reading books and painting Miniatures..i taught them  the  Melee/wizard games, and they dabbled in D&D. But the  Computer  and Console  D&D...and   'like-type' games got thier  attention
ladysharlyne
 subscriber, 3202 posts
 Member before Oct 2005
 THE GLASS IS HALF FULL
Thu 7 Oct 2021
at 22:47
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
Well now we heard from system gamers and what about us old Freeform writers,  As I look back over the years, since early 70s, I found my niche in Freeform writing and I am 67.  I have written/played with players older than me.  The bonds of friendships I have made here are priceless.

I would love to have written books but what are your chances of getting published?  But yet when you spin a tale with others itís great enjoyment and satisfaction in seeing others enjoy writing with me.  Yes, I am a GM of many genres and this brings me to my answer to the question Ď I will write as long as my mind keeps being creative.í  I feel that any kind of gaming is great exercise to keep the mind alive.  So when they lay me to rest give me paper and pen,  Any kind of gaming is usually healthy form of hobby.
Silverlock
 member, 127 posts
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 21:49
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
68 and still running.  And I went to Origins.  And I wasn't the oldest one there, not by a long shot
Gaffer
 member, 1705 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 23:52
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
Dead. Dead is too old for RPGs.

Probably.
Hunter
 member, 1678 posts
 Captain Oblivious!
 Lurker
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 00:00
Re: How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
Gaffer:
Dead. Dead is too old for RPGs.

Probably.


I was going to say "when you can't roll the dice anymore".   But you can always get a cute nurse to do that for you.   ^_^
Gaffer
 member, 1706 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 01:04
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to Silverlock (msg # 29):

One thing and another, I havenít been to Origins for three years. When I go in 2022, I hope to be running Call of Cthulhu events and Iíll be 73.
phoenix9lives
 member, 1072 posts
 GENE POLICE!  YOU!
 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 01:15
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
I hope to still be gaming when I get that age.
NowhereMan
 member, 456 posts
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 05:27
Re: How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to Hunter (msg # 31):

We had a quadriplegic guy in one of my gaming groups. He had big ol' dice he could kinda-sorta roll some of the time, but either his caretaker or one of the other players would handle it if he couldn't. So forget old, you could probably be one of those heads-in-a-jar from Futurama and still game if you were so inclined.

And speaking of cute nurses, the guy is a regular Casanova with the ladies. Never seen anything like it.
Silverlock
 member, 128 posts
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 20:49
How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to Gaffer (msg # 32):

It was a bit rough this year, the pandemic being what it was; most (or all) of the content will be online for events registration.  The convention staff worked hard to make it all happen, very nice people.  My advice is: get a hotel CLOSE to the Convention Center, which is under construction right now.

I would be happy to play in your game, Gaffer, I hope I can secure a seat for it.  Let us all game on !
Brianna
 member, 2245 posts
Sun 10 Oct 2021
at 00:01
Re: How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
In reply to NowhereMan (msg # 34):

When I used to go to GenCon, there were always a number of severely disabled players.  Think about how someone who can only move his wheelchair by blowing into a straw must enjoy playing characters that have the mobility he doesn't.  Hey, even I liked playing with strength, dexterity, etc that I could never aspire to in real life!
Mahatatain
 member, 245 posts
Sun 10 Oct 2021
at 17:27
Re: How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
Heath:
I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has been playing for over 40 years and still has an inexplicable love of the game that brings out the creative kid in me.

39 years as a role player myself and still counting.

I can't imagine that I'll ever "grow up" and stop playing.
donsr
 member, 2381 posts
Sun 10 Oct 2021
at 17:45
Re: How Old is Too Old to Play RPGs?
the bottom line is this?...

 I play football at 66... i stopped golfing long time ago, and Bowling..Softball went  before that.

 I play Video games, and  i Game in here...

 some folks play cards... some  throw darts...Gaming isn't any different, People who can't wrap their  head  around  RP games, , are normally folks who smash beer cans off thier head.

so what is the answer?  Many of you have said it... there is no  'too old',  you're either  still 'in to it' or you're not.