Few things have brought me joy quite like Table-Top Role Playing Games. Games like Dungeons & Dragons have been a part of my life since I was seven years old.
My closest friendships have grown over these games. In fact, your mother and I built much of our early friendship around games of Shadowrun.
The fusion of storytelling, acting, writing, math, and history that is required to play games like D&D helped me accel in school. By the time I was your age, I was reading at a college level, pretty good at math, and was very active in community theatre. All thanks to having a hobby that actively engaged and challenged my mind!
I also had a very active social life – I was surrounded by friends, and my friendships were strong because we had something to do together that we all looked forward to. I worry about children today; they rarely have the same freedom to play outside, move around, and meet with friends that they used to. The screens – especially video games – just seem to swallow them up. Time online with your friends is not remotely as rewarding as time spent together in person. A hobby that gets you face-to-face around a table is invaluable for creating good relationships.
You will grow up with these games around, and I really hope that you will come to love them as much as your mother and I do. If they turn out not to be your thing, then I hope that I can help you find something that enriches you as much.
Dad ( and DM)