I am one of the weird people that actually enjoy writing. I'm not much good at it but I think that weaving a story is one of the most freeing things you can do. You are basically God. You make characters and put them through rigorous trials. You kill their mother to provoke a revenge. You turn them to the dark side (wow, you are sadistic aren't you?) . I wish I was better at writing and I hope that I gain some semblance of creativeness this year.
As most people raised in a family of nerds, I have always loved the idea of sword fighting. From books, to video games, to T.V. swords are the weapons of legends. Actual sword fighting is very different from what most people think of. There is little to no telegraphing in the swings and it is inane just how fast you have to be, but that doesn't take away from how fun it is to watch and practice.
Most of my favorite moments in my life have my friends in them. From staying up late playing games to talking about the most ridiculous topics (including but not limited to: are humans soup? is the number three magic? is a Pop-Tart a sandwich?). I think almost everyone would agree that having good company makes life more rewarding, enjoyable, and interesting.
D&D is a game about... well, whatever you want really. You want to adventure through the wild west, getting into bar fights with John Wayne? Sure! Why not? You want to jump from planet to planet in a space venture, running from pirates from the planet Raxicalicofalipictorious? If that's what you want, then go for it! The only thing you need is a couple of slaves- I mean, friends to help you trek through the world.
Playing chess is like solving a puzzle, and the difficulty of that puzzle depends on the strength of your opponent. The only difference is there is no one right way for the pieces to fit making it a game of almost infinite possibilities and beauty.