After considerable thought local gamer Simon Williams has decided to call his hobby ‘interactive theatre’ on his CV, he has told friends.
Interviewers often ask questions about what potential candidates do in their spare time, but none have ever found ‘Sit round chucking dice and eating snacks all weekend with my buddies” to be an impressive answer, leading Simon to resort to other tactics.
“Employers think of my hobby as nerdish and requiring far too much useless information, so I’m resorting to Obfuscation. Which is a word I learned from it being a clan discipline of the Nosferatu,” he told us.
“Admittedly, I am never going to need to know, for instance, the sequence of spells that dismantles a prismatic sphere, and I can tell you more about the political geography of Faerûn, circa 1371 (The Year of the Unstrung Harp in DaleReckoning) than I can about any non-fictional continent in a time period that actually existed.
“But when you think about it there’s a lot of skills that will come in useful in a business environment and I’m going to big that up; huge amounts of improvisation in a competitive environment, rapid calculations in my head to add up all the dice and allocation of gold, negotiation not just with NPCs but over who pays for the pizza, and more.
“I can adapt my personae to fit into different situations, recognise and resolve problems both personal and abstract to stop the dragon eating me and get past its traps, and from Call of Cthulhu I learned that sacrificing both friends and sanity is a pretty good way to get ahead.
“When you think about it, I’m the perfect candidate no matter what the job. I just create a different character for every employer.”