Growing up, I had two interests: telling stories and being an actor. I chose one path over the other. For good reason: I was only good at one of them.
Many of my friends are actors. I was always a little bit jealous of the way they could put on the role of a character and live inside their skin, wearing their garb, thinking their thoughts. I would never be that bold. But what I could do was play RPGs, or roleplaying games. I had wanted to play them from the time I was a teenager, but I never found a group to join. That was long before the Internet or gaming stores so finding other players was difficult in a small town in upstate New York. Even more so for a girl.