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Posts tagged ‘1987’

Toward the tail end of the Summer of 1987, I began spending less time with my buddy Scott. There was no drama or ill-will behind this slow drift. Scott was a hyper-motivated Type A personality on a fast track to success, and that brought a host of CV-building obligations that cut into his free time. […]

The bulk of my adventures in RPG mail-order were carried out through Games On Call, a Texas-based firm that advertised heavily in Dragon Magazine. A phone or mail inquiry would net you a free copy of their current catalog, a meticulously categorized newsprint directory containing all manner of ludographical treasures available for purchase. The selection […]

I got into role-playing games during the market correction which followed the fad-driven boom times of the early 1980s, when ads for the D&D Basic Set dropped out of “respectable” publications and slid back into the realm of funnybooks. There were no dedicated game shops within biking distance of Woburn, and the places which did […]

After successfully completing a marathon playthrough of the Temple of Elemental Evil “mega-module,” my little brother and my new buddy Scott were itching to take their absurdly overpowered characters to new heights of loot-intensive glory. As it happened, I had just the adventure for them…. …The Mines of Bloodstone. A follow-up on what had intended […]

Though my attempt to run Tomb of Horrors turned out to be a glacially paced fiasco, it did result in a new friendship with yet another kid named Scott. Scott lived two streets over from me and that geographical proximity led to Scott spending a good deal of time at my place during the summer […]

After my buddy Mike and I went our separate ways, I gravitated into the orbit of a trio of geeky underclassmen — Scott, Christian, and Damian — I met while doing independent study for a “cool” English teacher. What began as dorky lunch table conversations about shared interests soon escalated into a consensus that we […]

Apart from the abbreviated session that introduced me to the hobby, I spent the entirety of my early RPG days stuck in the gamemaster role. Lil Bro was too young to handle the task and what other players I could find expressed little interest in taking on the job. I didn’t have too much of […]

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 23

February 23rd, 2017

(from “William Hell’s Overture” by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell and Bob Lewis in Suicide Squad #4, August 1987) A true black orchid is characterized by its deceptive elegance.

I was going to hold off on further installments of this feature until I made it past my personal life’s present logjam, but the news of Loren Weisman’s passing compelled me to crank out a bit of commentary regarding one of his most famous creations – – one that just so happened to be the […]

This installment is going to wander a bit, so let’s get the basics out of the way first. I purchased my copy of AD&D’s Monster Manual II at the Paperback Booksmith at the Woburn Mall, right before a Saturday afternoon daytrip with my family to Lowell. Even though the store had the original Monster Manual […]

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