Ethan Gilsdorf considers role-playing, Dungeons and Dragons, All Hallows Eve, and Facebook in the Boston Globe. A nugget:
Role-playing? Like that conflict-resolution exercise your sales team endured last year? Or role-playing, as in Dungeons & Dragons — that strange and wondrous game I (and perhaps you) played back in the Reagan administration, rolling dice in a basement and slaying goblins and dragons and snarfing bowls of Doritos?
I’d argue all these experiences — including posting a witty Facebook update — are cut from the same role-playing cloth. We all share that desire to be someone else. To be better, stronger, faster; to appear more handsome, more clever, more attractive than our fleshy selves might ever be. “My, aren’t we having fun?’’ say our photos, snapped while we’re half drunk and posted in a day-after haze. On my Match.com profile, I offer clues that might seduce. I suggest, in a whisper of pixels, “I am your ideal man.’’