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Posts tagged ‘1987’

Dum duh dum dum

January 15th, 2020

It doesn’t matter who the participating parties are, my eyes can’t help but be drawn to old ads for cross-promotional contests. My brain feverishly attempts to work out the process which united these strange bedfellows, speculates about the winners, and wonders about the current status of their major awards. I assume most folks opted for […]

Death or CD

January 8th, 2020

“It was like swimming against a current that swept you backwards however hard you struggled, and then suddenly deciding to turn round and go with the current instead of opposing it. Nothing had changed except your own attitude: the predestined thing happened in any case. He hardly knew why he had ever rebelled.” – George […]

Spirit of ’97

July 3rd, 2018

I love transitional periods in pop music history. The Last Big Thing is dead or dying and The Next Big Thing hasn’t taken shape yet. In the absence of their hegemonic shadows, a host of niche ecologies emerge in a mad scrum for the public’s attention. Media conglomerates and self-appointed tastemakers thrash about in search […]

When I started my ongoing autobio series about role-playing games, the plan was to cover everything. Each box set, system, module, sourcebook and so forth from my teens and early twenties would get a write-up regarding its personal significance. In practice, however, that proved to be an impossible task. There were a number of items […]

Sometime during the last few weeks of 1987, my pal Scott spotted something interesting in the back pages of the current issue of Dragon Magazine. Buried between the ads for custom character portraits and play-by-mail adventures was an ad for the Compleat Strategist, a small chain of stores specializing in role-playing and other games. What […]

It’s time for the entry I’ve been dreading since I first embarked on this feature. It has little to do with the game in question and everything to do with the historical context. In the latter half of 1987, my dad got busted for drunken driving. He wasn’t technically operating the vehicle when it happened. […]

While the start of my sophomore was an academic shitshow, my routine outside school hours remained unchanged from my junior high days. I continued to spend a lot of time with my pals Scott and Damian (though almost never simultaneously). We were all still into role-playing games as a concept and cash sink, but our […]

My ninth grade year was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal junior high experience. It was the year I managed to hone my dorkiness and social maladaptation into something resembling a persona — a goofy pastiche of performative eccentricity and clearance aisle Hawaiian shirts. My delayed embrace of Dungeon & Dragons connected me with […]

If you haven’t been able to figure it our thus far, my younger self purchased a slew of role playing games which saw little (if any) actual play around our gaming table. I’ve delved into the various reasons for that in previous installments of this feature, so this time around I’d like to discuss the […]

In the last installment of this feature, I talked about the giddy accumulation of stuff which comes when one dives head-first into a new hobby. This week, I’m going to discuss a regrettable adjunct to that strain of over-exuberant consumption — the signal-to-noise ratio which causes the occasional jewel to get lost amidst the torrent […]

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