At first I though I had read it wrong - Sofia? My Sofia? Well, apparently my eyes did not lie, you did come to Bulgaria
I'm from another city, but I study there now and I have been amazed at the geek levels here. In my city there is no RPG community, maybe a few friends here and there trying to play. I tried D&D with a couple of friends, but the DM wasn't serious about it and kept slacking off so that died off. About the necessary materials - we downloaded the D&D books from the internet ( guess if it was legal ), we printed out character sheets and we used a dice program ( so we had to play indoors ).
I tried Endyval ( I think it had a second edition, we used that ) too, but we were too lame for all the rules, so we played on "easy". It was quite fun, but half the other players didn't enjoy it as much it would seem, so we never played again :[.
And here in Sofia, there is just such diversity. I went to a book festival last year, and there was a whole stand with RPGs - Magic, Pokemon, The Witcher (obvious cash-in) and all sorts of board games. I've heard stories of people gathering to play these games, but it remains a mystery to this day. Well, to be fair, I haven't exactly been searching for RPG players, but after reading your article maybe I should look this up...
I'm looking forward to your future articles :]