The Tao Of Gaming

A while back, I posted two chapters of the Tao Te Ching, transmogrified to reference tabletop RPGs (chapter five and chapter eleven, if you must know). And I posted about redoing all 81 verses in gamer parlance. And based on that feedback, I've been plugging away at alchemically bonding Philosophy and Gaming with words in my spare time.

I wanted to publish the first 9 chapters in Pocketmod format, but it seems I'm fairly far removed from my LaTeX skills. I decided to publish a draft of the text and not worry about the delivery format at this point. The text needs editing and input from people who aren't me anyway.

That's where you come in. I'm giving you the first nine chapters I've been working on. I want you to download it and spend a few minutes reading it - it's 7 pages of 22 point text with plenty of whitespace. After reading and allowing time for digestion, drop a comment and let me know what you think. If you're moved to share it with friends who may be interested, feel free.

If commenting publicly isn't for you, I invite you to contact me in a manner of your choosing. Get as nitpicky as you want to suggest different words, or describe an emotional response you had to reading it, even if that emotion is confusion. If you want to ask about inspiration or even why I'm doing this in the first place, I encourage you to do so.

(Yes, I realize I'm using "chapter" and "verse" interchangeably. I'll standardize on chapter for the next version, but I want this released into the wild tonight.)

Thank you for your time!


  1. While not exactly my cup of tea, it is a interesting take on the hobby and nicely explains some of the more paradoxical elements of the hobby.

    In a RPG of the correct theme, like a kung fu setting, this would make an excellent "What is an RPG"/"How to GM" section.

    1. Now there's an idea. Thanks for the feedback!