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November 6, 2014


Monographs on subjects of interest to me are one of my favorite things, and I’ll almost always pick them up sight-unseen, especially if they contain a personal or journalistic element. I found one over the weekend at my friendly local city-block-sized book store. I wasn’t sure it was going to be any good; it seemed […]

[AD&D and me] The Cleric

October 26, 2011


This is part of an ongoing series. Previous posts can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Today’s post covers page 20 of the 1987 AD&D Player’s Handbook. Finally! Today we’re getting into what for many people is the core of D&D: the classes. Originally I was going to do a post per class […]

[AD&D and me] : Intermission

October 19, 2011


I’ve got an AD&D and me post in the works, but it’s just not together today, folks. If you haven’t read the archive, go ahead: Intro Gandalminster? What’s this game about? Strength through Charisma! On the Origin of Races Or tool around a little bit and see what else I’ve written, hmm? See you next […]

The Classification Lens of Callois

October 5, 2011


I have no [AD&D and me] for you today. That’ll be back next week. But wait! I have another post for you: I’ve talked before about The Magic Circle: Principles of Gaming & Simulation. I never finished the book, but today I want to talk about it a bit more. The author discusses Roger Callois'[1] […]

[AD&D and me] On the Origin of Races

September 28, 2011


(previous posts in this series: one, two, three, four) Today we cover pages 15-18 of the 1978 AD&D Player’s Handbook. After the ability tables, the book gets deeper into what characters are about, starting with Character Races. I really wish Gygax had picked a term like “species” or something, but he didn’t, and it’s stuck […]

[AD&D and me] Strength through Charisma!

September 21, 2011


(previous posts in this series: one, two, three) Today we cover pages 9-13 of the 1978 AD&D Player’s Handbook: Strength through Charisma! We’re fully into “Creating the Player Character” now, and after a brief detour into An Explanation of the Usages of the Term ‘Level’ (Summary: there’s character level and spell level and monster level […]

[AD&D and me] What’s this game about?

September 14, 2011


Previous posts in this series: 1. Intro 2. Gandalminster? This series updates once a week, with new posts on Wednesday evenings. Today we cover pages 7 & 8 of the 1978 AD&D Player’s Handbook. That’s right. Two pages. Well, then! We’ve gotten through the foreward and the preface, which means of course that we have […]

[AD&D and me] PHB: Gandalminster?

September 7, 2011


If you don’t know what this series of posts is all about, start here! (this is post one, and covers through the preface). Well, then. I’m going to do these posts page-by-page. I won’t necessarily talk about every page of every book, but I want to begin at the beginning and move from there, mostly […]

[AD&D and me] pt. 1

September 4, 2011


I’ve been interested in the cultural roots of the role-playing game for some time now, reading blog posts and the like, but only recently have I gone out and acquired some primary sources. The sources being, of course, 1st-edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons books, the ones with the original fuck-yeah covers full of demons with […]

Not So Magical

July 8, 2011


In my last post, I talked about a book called The Magic Circle: Principles of  Gaming and Simulation. I’ve gotten about 70 pages in (of some 380), and decided that the book isn’t worth reading, for my purposes. I was interested in gaining a deeper understanding of games, and maybe game design. The author does […]