What’s Roleplay Rescue?
Hello! I’m Che “Peter” Webster and I host the Roleplay Rescue podcast which you can listen to via Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podbean, Radio Public, Spotify, and Stitcher.
I started roleplaying way back in the early 1980s. As a geeky high school student who was bullied by all the “cool” kids, I took shelter among a group of like-minded teenagers who liked to create heroic characters, explore forgotten dungeons, and roll funny-looking dice.
Nowadays, I get out of bed every day as a high school teacher – and that is something that makes anyone who knew me back in the 1980s laugh out loud. I enjoy life because I get to create communities of discovery in which people can feel accepted. My subject is Religious Studies and my classroom is a place filled with questions, ideas, and calls for evidence. I love it! But it’s just one way in which I can create a series of communities in which people can discover more about themselves. It’s simply a vehicle for me to help people feel accepted.
Here’s the thing that bugs me: over the years, I’ve watched dozens of friends and acquaintances drift away from the hobby they enjoyed because they simply couldn’t carve out the space it seemed to ask of them. This has left me with fewer players at my own gaming table, certainly, but it has also left me feeling really concerned about the whole situation. The truth is that we all need space for play. We all need to blow off steam and have a few laughs with friends. We are social animals, after all. I’ve been asking myself what to do about it.
Roleplay Rescue has been born out of my desire to create a new community in which people can rediscover the love of adventure gaming. What I mean is that I want to reach out to anyone who used to play and invite them to find a route back to the gaming table. If you’ve been out of the hobby for a while, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are loads of people just like you out there and it’s time we found a way to connect you to each other.
My mission is to encourage folk like you to play more games of imagination and to help you play in a way that suits you best. In truth, I feel that the best way to deliver on that mission is to simply share what I’m doing and encourage others to join in. Thus, I’ve created a fresh new blog to host the gaming stuff that I’m thinking about and playing. Over time, this should provide a useful home for the myriad of crazy bits and pieces that I mess around with. Hopefully, you’ll find something of interest inside.
If you like what you see, feel free to support me via the Roleplay Rescue Patreon. Some of my content is just for the kind and encouraging folk who support my efforts, by way of reward. Don’t be a stranger – come and join in the conversation.