Day 31 — What D&D means to me…
In the Fall of 1978, on a shelf in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of the bookstore in our local mall, I discovered something… magical. It was a colorful box set with, admittedly, childlike artwork, but to this twelve year old, it offered everything my heart desired.
I had already discovered JRR Tolkien and Robert E. Howard by this time and was hungry for fantasy in that obsessive way that only pre-teens can experience.
TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons offered to fill that void, boldly proclaiming —
“You are holding a fantastic world of Swords and Sorcery Adventures in your hands!”
“Dungeons & Dragons is the original game of fantasy role playing. It is a truly unique experience, for each participant assumes a game persona who goes from adventure to adventure, growing more powerful with each successful expedition.”
“Dungeons & Dragons will allow you to completely unleash your imagination and creativity…”
There was absolutely nothing I wanted more and Dungeons & Dragons delivered.
Receiving that Basic Box Set for Christmas that year was easily the best gift I ever received, because it introduced me to the game that has continued to inspire me in all the decades since.
I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons (and countless other games inspired by it) now for 37+ years and I’ve shared the game with dozens upon dozens of gamers, making lifelong friends along the way.
Dungeons & Dragons, as promised, unleashed my imagination. I am the writer I am today because of the years spent honing the craft of storytelling from behind a Dungeon Master’s Screen.
And best of all, I’ve been able to share the game with my son, now twelve years old himself, and he’s in love with it too.
What does D&D mean to me? The world. It means the world.