Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dungeons and Dragons

A really well-written article on old-school Dungeons and Dragons.  Written by and posted on the blog of two girls I had crushes on in high school.  It's a trifecta of nerdy nostalgic wistfullness!

Reposting the first bit with permission.  For the whole thing, go to http://www.liketotally80s.com/dungeons-dragons.html

Dungeons and Dragons
1984. A little girl eavesdrops outside her older brother’s bedroom. Inside, he and three of his teenage friends are clustered around a card table littered with exotic dice, tiny metal figurines and complicated hand-drawn papers.
She listens. They talk about “hit points” and “melee rounds” and the all-powerful “Dungeon Master.” They visit the “elemental plane.” They encounter a “water weird” and a “gray slime.” She’s fascinated. The door to his room opens slowly and –

She’s busted.
Hey, let’s get Julie to play! We need a thief! Come on, we’ll teach you.

(for the full experience... follow this link)