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I got into role-playing games in the mid-Eighties, well after the hobby’s faddish push into mainstream culture had come and gone. As far as my peers were concerned, it was a done deal to be spoken of in the past tense and I considered myself lucky when I stumbled across a handful of hold-out enthusiasts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It’s only fitting that I follow up last week’s post about the Best of Dragon with a sourcebook that was essentially an officially sanctioned, hardbound edition of those “house rules” anthologies. I picked up Unearthed Arcana at Toys R Us for a tenner. At the time, I wasn’t sure what to make of the book. […]

The gyre may be widening and the center failing to hold, but I’m not going to let a little thing like the heat death of liberal democracy keep me from updating this pitiful remnant of a once popular website. The world may crumble, but I’ve still got three decades of role playing game memories to […]

While I was going to shelve Role-Playing with the Changes for the duration of the Halloween Countdown, sale the next item on the feature’s chronological to-do list just so happened to dovetail quite nicely with the spooky season theme. I got into Dungeons & Dragons at the extreme tail end of the game’s faddish high-water […]

Although my first direct experience with Dungeons & Dragons left me with a desire to delve deeper into the hobby, anabolics it would be a good four months before I got around to acting on that particular urge. The most formidable obstacle on that front was the financial one. Role playing game stuff carries a […]

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