Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club
September 19, 2015
STILL ROLLING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
The Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club got its start in 1978. There was a Converse Branch, a Sweetser Branch, and a Swayzee Branch… sort of. There was a lot of cross-pollination going on, especially once people started getting their driver’s licenses.
So here we are, nearly 37 years later, and we’re still slinging dice.
We’re coming up on the third anniversary of our reunion game, which was held at Ali-Caters on January 4, 2013. Shaun Keenan and I had talked on facebook about getting the old gang back together for a one off D&D Reunion game. Shaun got the venue donated, we sent out invitations, and I created a bunch of player characters loosely based on the personalities of our old friends.
Obviously, we had a blast.
And the best part is, we had so much fun, we’ve played every month since, sometimes twice. Of our regular players, Steve comes down from Chicago, Shaun treks over from Marion, Joe hails from Somerset , while Doug, my son Connor, and I are just blocks away from our “clubhouse”, the Old I.O.O.F. Building in Converse.
This past weekend was a special treat. Mike flew in from Louisiana to play and took part in the early session with Conn, Steve, and myself and then tabled up with the ‘oldtimers’ once Shaun and Doug joined us for the late night game.
As an added bonus, the Saturday Night game saw John back at the table with us as well. He, along with his daughter Abby, made the journey up from Indy to take part in what proved to be a spectacular, action-filled night we won’t soon forget.
We have been at this a long time, and it looks like we’re in it to the grave.
As I said in my last “DUAT” blog entry, D&D is a social game, it’s about friends coming together to tell a story. For a few short hours every month I get to take part in something magical, with lifelong compatriots and my son to boot.
We’re hoping to put out another call and bring in some of the rest of the old gang, one more ‘reunion game’ with some of the old guard. Who knows, maybe some of them will become monthly regulars too.