Nostalgia Vomit

This entry is part 11 of 42 in San Check

Standard Monday morning. I was outside smoking a cigarette. One of my coworkers asked what I did over the weekend.

I played Dungeons and Dragons with the girls on Sunday.

I didn’t explain what D&D was and she wasn’t confused by my response. Generally speaking, most people are aware that it’s some sort of game.

With the recent ending of our first campaign, I have reflected back on my first exposure to RPGs. Obviously it was nothing compared to how the girls learned to play. At their disposal was an experienced Dungeon Master that could answer whatever questions came up and a person with a useless amount of trivial knowledge of most things “geek.”

Clash of the Titans Mattel

I remember playing with my Clash of the Titans action figures in the park. I remember discovering Dragon’s Lair for the first time in the smoke-filled arcade of Golfland. I remember watching the silly Dungeons and Dragons cartoon on Saturday mornings a few months later. More importantly, I also remember that at this point I didn’t know what Dungeons and Dragons really was, aside from the fact that I was not allowed to play it.

So while I’ve stated that no one games in a vacuum, how the hell did I learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons, let alone be the Dungeon Master without anyone to show me?

The religious beliefs of those around me were more interested in keeping me on the straight and narrow path, so how did I succumb to the vile darkness of satan’s game?

Did I just grab a copy of Ian Livingstone’s Dicing with Dragons and say, “Oh, got it.”

Well, not exactly.

Delve - San Check - TOC
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  1. You know, for kids!
  2. Digger, Please!
  3. Semantic Railroads
  4. Mapping Progress
  5. Honeymoon Adventure
  6. No One Games in a Vacuum
  7. House Rules, You’re Doing It Wrong!
  8. WotC’s Poisoned Apple
  9. Oh Shit Run – An Outside Perspective
  10. Greyhawk Campaigns
  11. Nostalgia Vomit
  12. Dicing with Dinosaurs
  13. The Eye of the Dragon
  14. What Did You Do Over the Summer?
  15. It’s Like Cops and Robbers, but with Dice!
  16. Emergent Death or Why Losing Is Fun!
  17. How to Train Your Delvers (More WotC Snark)
  18. WotC’s Babel Fish
  19. More Nostalgia Vomit
  20. Fantasy Fighting
  21. Fighting Fantasy
  22. The Delvers 1985
  23. From Weird WotC to the creator of Giant Space Hamsters
  24. The Daedalus Complex
  25. There Is No Cow Level
  26. Double-decker Bologna Sandwich!
  27. It is Not a Secret Door if You Tell Me
  28. All Apologies
  29. Be the First to Solve the Mystery and Claim the Dungeon Treasure!
  30. Dungeon Treasure & Hidden Treasure
  31. You Unlock this Door with the Key of Imagination
  32. The Answer to the Mystery at The Delvers
  33. The First Keeper
  34. Sandbox Apophenia
  35. Nearly Enough Dice – Interview
  36. The State of The Delvers
  37. Vicariously Join Two Girls and Their Mom Around the Gaming Table
  38. Cassette Cover Art
  39. Bastion of the Boglings
  40. WotC Piss and the Last Boy Scout
  41. Campaign Timeline
  42. B4: The Lost City

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