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A Few Thoughts on D&D…

I’m a formerly active player. I admit it, and I had fun on the campaigns I played. While I like the version recorded for his Comedy Central special better, I can’t help but rock out and hum along to the chorus (laughing along the way) when I hear this Stephen Lynch song.

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Picture Pages…

I am goingto breifly touch on my “photo” resolution (hah!)… While on our honeymoon, I took over 1,000 pictures. That’s right. One. THOUSAND. pictures. I will be the first to admit that of those, there will probably be close to two-hundred of them that can be “tossed” – as fuzzy, or bad lighting, or ones that look okay on the camera, but not so good when viewed on a computer screen.

Going back to my gaming days – long before the manufactured “Collectible Miniatures” games, when we used real miniatures (some of which may have had lead in them) that we had to hand-paint, ourselves* – we used the Battle Systems & Skirmishes rulebooks. And I liked taking pictures of landscapes, especially of areas that I thought would translate well to dioramas and game settings.

That’s something that has stayed with me… I’m a sucker for a good mountain shot, or a sweeping lanscape with a variety of foliage and natural dynamics. On the cruise, going around Cape Horn, I took a variety of shots of the actual Cape, where the only difference was where a spot of sunlight was falling on the side of the mountain. I am still going through the pictures, putting together a movie/slideshow (WELL over an hour… more like two… with only a handful of pictures removed), but I will (and have already been asked by coworkers) to load them to my Flickr stream… And when I do, you will notice some of them inthe widget on the left (the one cycling the pictures)… I may even put a post (series) together of some really cool pictures…

*The painting thing was what our group called the “Silver Surfer” rule – if a miniature was going to be used in a game, it had to be in some stage (preferably finished) of being painted. This was to prevent anyone from dropping some money buying a ton of figures on their way to a gaming session.

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Gamer’s Lament

Long, long ago, in a living room far, far away…

I was a gamer… more hobbyist than die-hard-know-the-books-backwards-and-forwards-and-every-monster-stat-that-could-be-encountered. However, there was the story-teller part of me (or the writer’s part), that liked getting the “extra stuff”. This was back in the day when there were only two editions of AD&D to think about, and there were new boxed sets coming out every five minutes, and a half-dozen gaming worlds that could be chosen from. The market was pumped full of gaming goodies, and the wallet of a barely employed mid-teen could barely keep up.

Flash forward a dozen or so years, and the last time I actually sat in on a game was… at least five years ago.

Now, as I try to consolidate my horde of “stuff”, which includes a large stash of assorted gaming books and boxed sets, many of which are now out of print, I face the dilema, “To have, or let go”. I have already jettisoned most of the collection of Dungeon and Dragon Magazines, since they had just been sitting in storage (and, years ago I got the CD set for most of the Dragon issues). I have already decided to let go of the non-D&D materials (not that there were all that many, but still)… I had gotten them for ideas, anyway, back when I was actually gaming. Many of the other things, though… the modules and boxed sets, are now conveniently available online (with a little looking)…

I am leaning towards letting things go, just because they aren’t being used… but maybe I can hold on just long enough to pass the torch to another generation… or to find someone that may be interested in some of the stash…

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Say "Good-bye", Mr. Chips…

I just learned some *sad* news. Sad from the perspective of history, and reflecting on the “good ol’ days”… nothing horribly earth-shattering and monumental in the grand scheme of my everyday life, but still profound to bring a few sniffles from the gaming geek that is still off someplace, shopping for more dice, painting miniatures, and churning through pads of graph paper while drawing layer upon layer of ruins for possible future use.

Dungeon and Dragon magazines will cease to exist (in print form) in August. While I have been out of touch with the gaming industry (the last time I actually bought anything related to traditional RPG’s/D&D was at least five years ago, and the last time I actually rolled dice in a game session was at least that long ago), both magazines were staples while I was playing.

Dungeon was a great way to get several modules (mini-adventures) in one shot, or to examine how some adventures were put together – or just to scavenge for ideas! I didn’t always get the latest issues, but the fact that it was always there, always an option, was a wonderful thing.

Dragon, however, is a harder loss to hear. Through its years, there were rule variations, new magic items, sometimes new monsters (or explorations of older monsters!), and just a wealth of possible tools and ideas to make the gaming sessions more interesting. The other side that makes it difficult to hear, is that Dragon included a short story in almost every issue (at least, it did when I was regularly getting it). For years, that was one of my goals and desires – that one day I would submit (and, eventually, sell) a story to the magazine.

Years ago, Dragon was released in a compilation package (the first 250 issues on CD)… It would be nice if they did an updated release, providing all of the printed issues, for both Dragon or Dungeon magazines… great for nostalgia, as well as the random information and ideas to really mess with the head of the gaming group!

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