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A reader discovers his old D&D notebooks

ibejph writes:

Recently, I was helping clean out my parent’s garage and I found a dusty box filled with my old D&D material. I was surprised about the number of rule books that were available (and that my parents bought me).

Also, in the same box, I found my D&D notebook. Judging by the sheer amount of hand written material, I spent many a girl-less night writing plots, making maps and developing adventures.

Many memories flooded back, going through those old books and notes. I took an hour or more just thumbing through them, lost in thoughts of younger days.

When I brought them home, my wife’s first inclination was to throw them out. After explaining to her what they meant to me, she relented and at least understood my nostalgia but not what the books actually contained.

Some say that D&D prevents social interaction but it was just the opposite for me. I brought together friends of all types and we had two or three fun summers of D&D. And swimming. We’d play D&D for an hour or three, then hit the pool and then back to D&D. Good times and friends.

There’s similar material in my parents’ house, I should probably retrieve it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. “When I brought them home, my wife’s first inclination was to throw them out.”

    What’s up with that? D&D isn’t my thing but my wife does the same with my stuff. “Throw it out! Get rid of it! You’re not using it! What are you keeping that junk for?” Cuz it’s MINE. Now, leave it alone!

    destructure

    August 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

  2. I wouldn’t advertise that.

    I nerded out once and wrote a monte carlo simulation for battle outcomes in axis and allies. The online odds calculators are crap. Germany and Japan will win every time if Japan attacks the USSR and Germany makes nothing but tanks.

    pequenino

    August 7, 2014 at 7:01 pm

  3. “I brought together friends of all types and we had two or three fun summers of D&D.” ———————- How many types exist in the nerd genus?

    “[B]ut my wife’s first inclination was to throw them out.” ——————— There are certain truths women would much rather hide from themselves.

    “There’s similar material in my parents’ house, I should probably retrieve it.” ————————– Hopefully something published by Playboy Inc.

    Curle

    August 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm

  4. You should. Don’t let them accidentally sell it for $1. What I hated about the later editions is their attempt to clean everything up from 1st ed. Maybe some of the mechanics needed to be tweaked, but the depth and intelligence you needed to get it all was unmatched. Also, I liked having AC go into the negatives in 1st ed. Are people really too stupid to figure out negative numbers?

    ASF

    August 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    • Yes.

      Toad

      August 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    • Maybe some of the mechanics needed to be tweaked, but the depth and intelligence you needed to get it all was unmatched.

      +1d4

      Also, I liked having AC go into the negatives in 1st ed.

      +1d6. Also, THAC0 ruled.

      Are people really too stupid to figure out negative numbers?

      Yes, unfortunately. 3rd edition, among its other faults, was the edition that really tried to reach a wider (read: dumber) audience by making the game “easier”.

      It really is too bad that more people don’t write about D&D. D&D made me into an extraordinarily better person, no two ways about it, in terms of broadening my intellectual interests and introducing me to other pastimes I would never have been interested in were it not for the game.

      Samson J.

      August 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  5. Why don’t you play again if it’s fun? Put a post on Craig’s list for players.

    Dave Pinsen

    August 8, 2014 at 5:51 am

  6. A D&D player actually found a wife? You, sir, are a pioneer.

    Brendan

    August 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

  7. Vin Diesel used to play D&D. Thoughts?

    jjbees

    August 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    • He still plays D&D. Unlike most D&D players who are ashamed of their hobby, Vin Diesel is proud of it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    • This clip gives me a new affection for Vin Diesel. My friends used to play this game when I was a child, but my parents wouldn’t let me because they were Evangelical ‘Happy-Clappy’ Christians in the American mould, and thought that it was Satanic or some such nonsense. When I hear them talking about it, I always feel I missed out on a fun experience (my friends, not my parents).

      Prolier Than Thou

      August 9, 2014 at 12:39 am

  8. O/T – Lion – Montreal’s “Katz” Delicatessen:

    http://schwartzsdeli.com/ca/en/

    And probably with better service and atmosphere because unlike Katz’s in NYC, they are no feisty blacks and Hispanics who work and eat there.

    JS

    August 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

  9. You should retrieve it. Now I don’t have too, I still have mine (no dice though but I don’t care, the old dice were junk) and I am fine with it. You should also set up a game and invite the misses. I did my ex and while the hobby didn’t take she was super happy to know what was up and cool with it.

    Now I don’t have a current Mrs. Prosper but she would be informed well before marriage that a few times a month the guys and I get together to play D&D . If she wants to come, drop in any time. Its not just a guy thing If not, I am still going. Deal. If she can’t hack that, a marriage won’t work.. Besides the wife should be glad you aren’t drinking or gambling or whoring. Gamer girls generally aren’t tempting at least to me

    Now currently I sometimes play D&D with a bunch of other grownups the youngest 20, the oldest 40’s . It won’t be the same as those lazy summers but its never too late to give the game a try Prolier Than Thou.

    and I remind folks feeling old that Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson were middle aged (late 30’s) when they invented the game. Its not just for kids and they never stopped playing.

    Also whats nice is you can download the basic rules for the new edition or various clones of old editions free and and legal on the web. The new edition is top notch though its “inclusive” in places and the others are less coherent but very fun rules sets. Take your pick.

    A.B Prosper

    August 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    • I think the Rolemaster is the best gaming system. And you can download the beta test of the new version free from their website.

      Back when I was in high school, I was once able to get some people to try a session. The campaign fizzled out for logistical reasons, but I think that everyone enjoyed the gritty and more realistic combat.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      • Some of the best games I’ve ever played used Rolemaster. Nice to know about the beta which I will check out.

        Something about the rigor of the system IME attracted a better class of player yet its association with MERP (Middle Earth Roleplaying) and the highly creative Shadow World didn’t drive away the more artistic players. I liked the fact that the dregs that often make up players in some game groups were usually absent.

        As an aside, I guess there is some truth to use reactionaries ,if you’ll forgive me for calling you that, being geeks. A lot of us geeks self study and are exposed to actual education not whatever the heck it is that passes for schooling in this day and age. Also the skills used to design and work with rules tend to give some of us (not all) a little edge in thinking about whether things work.

        Now of course the hobby has its lefties these days “inclusiveness, diversity” the usual rot is here and there but it will be hard pressed to harm a game that’s much about reiveing and plunder. Gaming after all like the old saw isn’t explicitly Conservative and thus the Left will try to eat it.

        They’ll choke though and happily the worst of them have wandered off to story games and the like and what peon to muli-cult is out there is harmless thus far. I’ll be keeping an eye on it though. Still I can say actual reactionary things with my gaming buds and still get invited back which is good enough and gaming is still fun and cheap.

        A.B Prosper

        August 11, 2014 at 2:02 am

      • I think the Rolemaster is the best gaming system.

        “Best” from a technical perspective, perhaps, but don’t miss the fact that all these other RPG systems that try to “improve” on the basic rules of other RPGs are just… beta. The fact is that D&D is the alpha RPG system, and there just ain’t no way around that. I think you’ll agree if you think about it, and are able to overcome my use of “D&D” and “alpha” in the same sentence.

        Samson J.

        August 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      • Yes, D&D players get the hot babes, and Rolemaster players don’t.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      • See, now don’t be sarcastic like that. Don’t misunderstand what I mean.

        Samson J.

        August 12, 2014 at 7:59 am


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