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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 […]