@ Kyoto Kid, let me know if and when you get some stories posted to any site. I’m stuck alone now days, all my RPG friends have moved away. We still enjoy blabbing on the phone about the old days but it’s just too far for any of us to get together again.
This is sad. I’m quite a RPG nut myself, very fond of D&D (specifically 3.5e edition), but dabble with other RPGs as well.
I tried starting a new group but thought better of it when only 15-18 year olds started asking to join. I dont think I need people wondering why my house is full of kids.
And you know what? This makes me even more sad, that there’s a reason for anyone to suspect that something bad must be afoot. As a kid, I was more at home with adults and elders than kids of my age. When I grew up, I automatically homed in to people older than me for company; my friends were regularly at least 3+ years older than I was. My Significant Otter is 7 years older than I am. I got introduced to RPGs by a group that was significantly older than I was, and most importantly, all male. I was the only girl gaming.
I can’t help but to despair when I think of a world where people frown upon different generations mingling and having fun, because that’s pretty much all I’ve ever known; even today, I’m socially awkward around people of my own age. Yeah, it is not your fault that people have caught some kind of strange mass hysteria… it sucks. But it also terrifies me because that means kids today are going to miss out some important things about life: older people are usually more willing to discuss difficult topics than kids’ parents, and I don’t mean stuff like sex. I mean stuff like “tell me how it used to be when you were a kid” and “granny, what does ‘death’ mean”.
That said, you could try to host the game for youngsters in a public space, in a game store for example.