I was clicking through and found this wonderful column of “add-to” tags on someone’s blog.
You have to be a paste-eater to understand, but the inventor of Dungeons and Dragons — Gary Gygax — passed away yesterday.
Constantine von Hoffman and Tim Abbott are blogging.
“Also at some other time I will tell you the story of how Mrs. Collateral Damage got me to come out of the geek closet. The punch line, though, â€œHow many Friday nights do the you have to spend playing D&D with the guys from Worcester Poly before you admit youâ€™re a nerd?â€
In the words of one of my favorite t-shirts: I am not a nerd. I am a 12th level paladin.”
“I grew up with Dungeons & Dragons.Â Back in the analog 1970’s, all that virtual reality required were some odd-shaped dice, pencils, graph paper, and above all a passion for all things swords and sorcery and someone to share it with.Â While the power of persistent digital worlds has supplanted the bibliocentric medium that Gygax created, it owes a tremendous debt to D&D (as D&D, it must be said, owes another to Tolkien).”
I never played the game — knew some people who did and they were definitely wedgie-bait (not to say either Con nor Tim are deserving of a wedgie). I suppose World of Warcraft has basically ended D&D.