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Photo Friday: RPG Day

Tim and I introduced our sons to role playing games last weekend, and they had a blast.

Dice English

Be honest, geeks: who among us didn’t try to influence important dice throws like this?

Tim busted out his Dragon Age boxed set and gave the kids a great rundown of how RPGs work and what to expect. The whiteboard on the table was a nice touch, giving us somewhere to take notes, keep track of character info, and even help contain errant dice when the kids got too excited.

Checking Skills

“I want to do this backstabby thing and do more damage!”
That’s how it’s done, son.

The two eight year olds wandered a bit, and only really got interested when it was time to fight monsters and roll dice. My ten year old, though, jumped in with both feet. He figured out the combat fast, and worked out how to read his character’s skills to best handle a given situation. Now he’s begging me for RPGs to play at home, and he dug out my old AD&D (2nd edition!) and Call of Cthulhu books. He doesn’t quite get that I can’t teach him to play in ten minutes—especially since I haven’t played in well over a decade—so I downloaded a copy of Dungeon Squad! for him. Five pages, simple rules. All he needs is my old dice.

These won’t technically be the best photos in the Photo Friday set, but they get high marks for nostalgia. Deal.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Farewell to Heroes

I was told once that you’re not getting old until the people you looked up to as a child start dying.

Yesterday, Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away at the age of 69.

Like many of my writing friends, I spent a big chunk of my childhood making characters, battling imaginary monsters, and rolling funny-looking dice. I spent a lot of time as Dungeon Master as well, creating several adventures and characters that sometimes never even made it to the gaming table. In short, Gygax is at least partially responsible for exercising the creative side of my brain and turning me into the storyteller I am today.

I was sitting in a meeting with my boss when I got the news. John had posted a note to Twitter about it, and his Tweet rolled across my cell phone as a text message. One moment I was discussing our technology budget for next year’s Apple purchase, the next I felt myself go pale and I lost track of what I was saying. I recovered and told the boss it was nothing, but the moment I got back to my office I hit Google News and got the full scoop.

Rest in peace, Mr. Gygax, and thank you for the years of entertainment and creativity you provided.

The guys at Penny Arcade put up a great tribute comic here.

News of Gygax’s passing prompted me to recall another name from my gaming days, Eric Wujcik. My friends and I were never quite sure how to pronounce the guy’s name, but we sure played the hell out of games he had written. I looked him up and discovered he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December. He’s still with us and undergoing chemotherapy, but the cancer has already spread to his liver.

Talk about your one-two punch. I didn’t feel at all old until I learned about Gygax and Wujcik and recalled what I was told about childhood heroes. I haven’t had the opportunity to play an RPG game for years, but suddenly I feel like a part of my youth died.

I need to find my dice.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.