Picture a fat, bespectacled and balding man, Cheeto dust falling from his fingers as he rolls a D10. It’s almost as if I’ve asked you to picture a librarian. We all have the exact same image in our heads. It has to be said, it’s somewhat unfair. These people exist, for sure, but so do really ugly famous people (oh, hey Steve Buscemi). I think the more accurate stereotype is of a guy who is very logical and rational, but very happy to spend a few hours as part of a team of Death Angels trying to save a Space Hulk from an incredibly overwhelming horde of Genestealers. But then that isn’t as easy to picture or sell to Hollywood.
One thing you definitely do not think of when you think of a geek or a nerd is someone like Joe Lauzon or Jens Pulver, unless you read MiddleEasy and have played online with them. One step down from freaking bad ass lightweight MMA fighters, you still don’t imagine a role-playing, sci-fi reading dude to be hitting a yoga studio to go through a guided meditation and yoga session. Unless you’ve been to Launchpad in Brooklyn recently and took part in Scott Wayne Indiana’s D&D yoga session.
A yoga session with a dungeon master sounds strange but when you instead think of it as a group of people role playing as “roguish rugged individual who has run afoul of the local law” while performing deep stretches and having an adventure read to the which they participate with at pivotal moments by rolling a die… it still sounds strange. In fact, it sounds crazy, and gives a whole new meaning to the Warrior pose, but it also sounds kind of awesome. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.