It started when my oldest brother showed me Star Wars: A New Hope. I was hooked. Now I really like epic stories and mythology.
However, two other Star Wars items positively influenced me — Star Wars the Roleplaying Game (2nd edition) and Star Wars: Rebellion.
Star Wars the Roleplaying Game
The game engaged my imagination. I was told stories, and my mind created new worlds and space battles. To this day, I get lost in my own little world.
It got me into reading. I loved the game so much that I wanted to read everything I could about it. I read over two dozen game books (and lots of comics). When I discovered the Internet in 1996, I read even more. The Internet was a gold mine for nerds like me. People published all their materials and adventures.
A natural extension of reading was writing. I ended up being the gamemaster for a friend. I had to write adventures for him. I was given a hand-me-down IBM computer for th
- Scope: 200 planets.
- Cost: You construct and protect mines and refineries. Need both to create money to build ships and armies.
- Schedule: You coordinated building schedules from over a dozen shipyards to build you fleets in order to beat the best time to achieve your objectives.
The game also taught you strategy. You didn’t attack an enemy directly; you destroyed his economy. You did this in two ways. First, you sabotaged his mines and refineries. That way, he had to scrap his ships and armies to keep his economy afloat. The end result was the same as attacking him directly, but less costly. Second, you controlled popular opinion. You used diplomats to bring planets under your control and destroyed his armies on occupied planets. Once an army occupying a planet friendly to you was freed, the nine nearest planets also had their public opinion swayed; often enough to join you.
By the end of the game, there were two results: You often had produced and strategically and tactically managed thousands of units over a span of 200 planets.
That, my friends, is how you learn project management.
So I am eternally indebted to Star Wars, particularly the Roleplaying Game and Rebellion. But I’m still getting over the trauma caused by Jar-Jar Binks.