Sunday, December 28, 2008

A great Christmas gift

My daughter gave me a copy of Mark Barrowcliffe's book, The Elfish Gene, about growing up with D&D. Poignant, but also hilarious (for anyone who was a D&D player; my wife did not find it funny when I would read passages to her). Lots of laughing out loud. After Mark's experience, though, I'm glad I was older in the 70s, and played with a (somewhat) more mature crowd. We were all grad students, in biology, astronomy, chemistry, chem engineering, and something like environmental law before that was a major. It helped that we were in Wisconsin, could go to the earliest of the Gencons, and get to know several of the principal designers, most of whom were fairly level-headed and reasonable folks.

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