Brace yourselves—I’m about to get real.
Real NERDY, that is.
I grew up playing a lot of Dungeons & Dragons (or D&D). In fact, I still play a lot of D&D. But in case you were busy, say, being popular in high school, D&D is a role-playing game that lets you and your friends play out adventures, kill nasty beasties and villains, and collect fanciful imaginary loot of varying usefulness. It’s a lot of fun, and it continues to shape my career as a writer.