|For the adults in the house, it was probably a bit like this|
At no time, though, did I ever feel I wasn't a gamer. I participated in gaming forums, tinkered around with various game systems, and otherwise kept myself in the loop. The thousands of hours I put into playing during my adolescence and young adulthood gave me a very good foundation for how games work. It's a lot like riding a bike - you might be a bit rusty after not doing it for a while, but you don't just forget.
|We all know this is what happens when you try to game after a long hiatus|
|When was the last time you played?|
What game did you play?
What is the probability of curve of 3d20-d12+5?
As a postscript, I'm not referring to this phenomenon in terms of individual games, rather gaming as a whole. I do believe you have to play a game in order to truly understand all of the nuances of the system, how smooth it is in actual play, what works and what doesn't, etc. It's possible to judge a game purely on a read through - but that's limited to content, quality, and the overall rules structure (sometimes you can identify a "broken" rule before playing a system).