. . . with paper and pencil and traditional legendaria . . .
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
This Summer of 2023 marks my ten year anniversary of returning to Dungeons &
Dragons as a hobby. In the summer of 2013, I was on vacation with my family at a
beach house. I remembered playing the video game
as a kid. I did some internet research on it.
Then I remembered what it was derived from: Dungeons & Dragons. Then I went down
an internet rabbit hole of research. Back in 2013, the OSR was not quite over. I
would say, it was just on the other side of its hey-day. I was swept up, and,
because of the kind of person I am and because of waht fascinates me, I
discovered the original game. I have now enjoyed hours of joy, terror, fun,
play, entertainment as a player, and service to others as a referee.
something I share with my children, young in 2013, now almost out of the house.
We "speak" D&D and we have grown formed in its culture.
I remembered an old
friend I had played D&D with back in my youth. We grew apart in high school, and
lost touch by college. I ran into him at his work place when moving back to my
hometown. By coincidence, one of my new D&D regulars new him from his work as
well. We invited him to play. After 30+ years, I was reunited to this old
childhood friend through this amazing hobby. Now I play D&D with him as an adult
almost every week. This hobby has breathed life back into a stressful world for