Bill Paley (mycroftca) wrote,
Bill Paley


I came upon an unusual book for this book report: The Elfish Gene: Dungeons, Dragons and Growing Up Strange by Mark Barrowcliffe. The author describes his youth, and how D&D affected it. He does a pretty good job of portraying the sociology of the game, and a bit of its history as well. I have to say that my own experience of the game is colored rather differently as I came upon it earlier than he did, but that I'm older than he was, and the group who introduced it to me wasn't exclusively male, but always included females. Still, it's an interesting read, and I recognized many of the gaming products he mentions.

Yesterday, I spent a fair amount of time dealing with computer issues, updating some software, and whatnot, followed that with a little laundry, and then helped forestcats unload soil and fertilizer for the garden. I also managed to watch another streaming episode of Jeremiah in there somewhere.

In the late afternoon, we drove to Hollywood, parked at Dungeonmaster, and from there walked to one of the three venues of Umami Burger. This venue has alcoholic beverages, and they had a rye whiskey that I could actually drink, as it was 100% rye, and had no barley. I haven't had whiskey in a long time, so here I was, enjoying delicious burgers, and knocking back neat whiskey! Lovely...

I then swayed and stumbled my way back to the show. We had a fair turnout, and the adventurers included four folks who'd never played before, and one with one adventure under her belt, IIRC. They were faced with a confusing situation, in that magic isn't working properly...kar3ning was rolling a die to see if spells got off as intended. They succeeded, though with only two surviving players at the end. Still, they had fun, and it was a pleasure seeing the folk enjoy themselves. Next show'll be on the 28th...which is forestcats and my anniversary!

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