Madison Living - Kentucky Winter 2018 - Page 8

From left, Cliff Lindsey, Brady Bateman, Nathan Shepherd, Jordan Campbell, Frederick Borgemenke and Eric Williams play Magic at Knight’s Lounge in Berea in October. The games people play From D&D to Magic, gamers get together face-to-face for adventure Story and photos by Sara Kuhl F rom board games to Dungeons & Dragons, tabletop gaming is a way of life all of its own for a large portion of Madison Countians. “I think it takes a particular mindset to play these types of games, especially sit-down D&D games, and when you find like-minded people, it’s nice to get together with like-minded people,” said Maralee Carlson. “You all share common interests that other people you 8 Madison Living WINTER 2018 know in your life may not share with you, so instead of being the odd duck in the room, you’ve got a room of odd ducks.” She’s one of several who belong to a gaming group in Madison County. Maralee, specifically, is with a group that meets at the Richmond branch of the Madison County Library. However, there are several other groups, too. Eastern Kentucky University has its own, and maybe the largest, group of tabletop gamers, Cynder’s Inn, but there are also groups that meet at Meeples, Legendary and Knight’s Lounge in Berea. That doesn’t even begin to cover how many people meet at friends’ homes to roll dice or who venture online to play with those who live farther away. Plus, with the edition of people playing tabletop games online, it’s possible that games such as D&D are more popular now than ever before, said Neil Carlson, Maralee’s husband who also helps her with the group that meets at the library. Neil and Maralee, of Richmond, came