Autism & Role-Playing Games - Page 2
Title: Autism & Role-Playing Games
Comments: I'm 41 and haven't been professionally diagnosed, but should've been with Asbergers.
The one thing that's a major boon for Role-playing Game and hobby gaming community (Boardgames/etc) in general is there is an un-written rule:
.. If the event is public, act friendly to everyone even someone you don't like.
I'm friendly to everyone, because that's who I am. But, I didn't realize for years that this was something within the gamer culture that was always on the surface. I always felt welcomed, because that's the social norm.
Sure, there are times they go to their social circles that I wasn't a part of, but there was enough group activities at Role-playing Game events and LARPs that I always felt like part of something bigger than myself.
I was able to focus on my own social flaws and explore them in a fake environment to understand the triggers for wrong behavior occurred. It still took NLP classes (After learning of my diagnosis) to know the "right thing to do", but at the time knowing what not to do was so much better than doing the wrong thing.
Source: Personal Experience