So I recently listened to a podcast which had Ed Catmull discussing Aphantasia and it got me thinking about the sort of people I see on my Saturdays at my FLGS (Over 6,500 sq Feet of Gaming Space in Pasadena, CA). They have a 6 tables of Flames of War going, there are a couple other war games going on. It’s also Adventures League day and there are tables where the DM has a computer controlled screen as the board. Then there other tables with just people sitting around using Theatre of the Mind to do their gaming. Finally my group is there, we play The Fantasy Trip, DCC, and MCC. My fellow gamers will generally use theatre of the mind. TFT will require a hex board, but thats a lot for even us.
So now to my question: I a seriously wondering how many of the folks who are playing Flames of War, Warmachine, 40K, or who are using that very large screen TV laid out on the table have minds that could be classified as Aphantasic.
A simple test for Aphantasia could be, What do you see in your mind when you read the following: "The corridor is of plain stone, roughly worked, and it is dark and full of cobwebs. The roof is twenty feet overhead is obscured by these hanging strands. Daylight reveals that there is a pair of oaken doors at the end of the passageway. " How vivid are the colors of the oaken door? How rough are the stones in your head? Can you see any of these images in your head on a scale of 1 (nothing) all the way to 5 being (as if I was standing in the hallway)
So here is a poll. Please choose the answer that best fits your preferences for playing games. I know there are people who love miniatures because of the process of building, painting, and all of that. That is not what I’m looking for here. I’m looking for play preferences, not hobby preferences.
- I can visualize and I prefer theatre of the mind
- I can visualize and I have no preference for miniatures, props, or video maps in my gaming
- I can visualize and I prefer miniatures, props, or video maps
- I can’t visualize and I prefer theatre of the mind
- I can’t visualize and I have no preference for miniatures, props, or video maps in my gaming
- I can’t visualize and I prefer miniatures, props, or video maps