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    (Role) Playing The Fool

    | Winnipeg, Canada |

    (A customer asks me to tell him about the store and what we sell. I point out the board games, miniatures and card games, but he doesn’t perk up until I mention a well-known table top fantasy RPG.)

    Customer: “What’s that?”

    Me: “It’s a role-playing game. You get some people together, make characters and play out what they do on adventures.”

    Customer: “Is there a game going on right now?”

    Me: “Well, no. You need to get people together and organize.”

    Customer: “I’m only in town for three days.”

    Me: “Yeah, it’s really a sit-down game. It takes a long time to play.”

    Customer: “Where do I go?”

    Me: “It’s a game you play with friends.”

    Customer: “I mean for a dungeon. You know, role-play?”

    Me: “I don’t…” *light bulb goes off* “Oh! This has nothing to do with that.”

    Customer: “Do you know where I could go to find it?”

    Me: “No! I don’t know anything about that!”

    Customer: “But I’m only in town for three days!”

    Me: “I can’t help you. Excuse me.”

    (The customer wanders around a little longer, then asks about a poster we have for a live-action game with a picture of an immodestly-dressed woman on it.)

    Customer: “What’s that?”

    Me: “That’s an ad for a live-action role-playing game. People get dressed up in costumes and play.”

    Customer: *very excited* “Can I meet her?”

    Me: “What? No.”

    Customer: “But I’m only in town for three days!”