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Dungeons and Dragons - An “Everything Old is New Again” Moment!

Posted Oct 03 2008 12:51pm

Products_dndacc_217367200_lgpic I can be a bit of a nostalgia guy, and boy did this article take me back to my days of geekdom. A new version of the D&D Player’s Handbook! A fourth edition?! Am I getting old or what...

Yep, I played a bit of D&D back in the day. However, the idea of the game - the rules, the worlds, the lay-outs, the theory, if you will - was always of more interest to me than the actual game. Prior to stumbling upon the game for the first time around the age of 10, the most sophisticated games I had come in touch with were some old Avalon Hill games my Dad had, from his days of youth. The idea that a form of entertainment could be so rich in detail drew me to D&D, as well as triggered a long period of reading speculative fiction. One of my favorite parts of D&D was character creation - generating attributes, choosing races and classes, etc. Whatever else, role-playing games definitely allow people to flex their creative muscle. 

Anyway, I really enjoyed this article (and this one too, which compares the old and new versions). Like the author, my game-playing steadily dropped off as more and more responsibilities have built up in my life, to the point where, aside from an occasional poker night, I hardly play anything at all that doesn’t involve my young children. I still like the idea of playing, though, even if I never do so, and I’ve had urges to buy certain games I’ve seen for sale, even if, deep down, I doubt I’ll ever play them against another person. I don’t know, maybe I should try to play a game or two here and there. It is just so hard to do so when you have such a limited amount of free time. The other possibility, much more likely, is that as my kids reach double digits in age, they will want to play. Guess what? They’ll have a ready partner in their dad...

BTW, in case you were wondering, I loved playing a Ranger as a kid...

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