Gaming can also interfere with my productivity, but that isn’t what I mean. What I’m getting at is that gaming experiences give me a better frame of reference to describe settings, events, and characters. Table top dungeon crawls with friends, solo missions in dozens of MMORPG’s, and enough turn based strategy games to fill the hard drives of most of the PC’s I’ve owned, gives me a rich treasury of fantastic imagery. I’ve waded through armies of undead, breached the walls of countless castles, forged mighty empires across time and space, and built thriving civilizations from a ragged band of settlers. So when I write about things pulled from my imagination, it’s flavored by all those hours of gameplay, cut scenes, and the internal monologue that accompanied those hours. I’ll admit though, sometimes its harder than I’d care to admit to stop playing a really good game to work on stories in the worlds I’ve created and populated.