Sunday, March 09, 2008


This is one of the best tributes to what Gary Gygax created that I've read so far.

I never played D&D, although Chris did, and most of my friends in college were avid players. We went to Carnegie Mellon. We were geeks. We were damn proud of it.

I still am.

Geek culture rules. =)

(As a side note: my game of choice is Diplomacy. I ADORE that game. Seriously, why can't I find anyone to play it with me, now that I'm out of college and in the "real world"? There have to be other people out there who like screwing over their opponents as much as I do.)


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

At some point, even though there's a good chunk of years between us, we'll have to get Chris and the Tour Manager together. I bet they'll have common friends from the D&D scene.

(speaking of which, was Chris in KGB at all? They're having their reunion next month at Carnival. The Tour Manager was one of the founders. Yep, I married a Geek's Geek.)

Jenny Rappaport said...

Ohmigod, I had no idea we had a KGB connection, Susan!

Neither of us were ever members, but every year we could, we went to play Capture the Flag with Stuff. I don't know if they ever officially revised the rule, but I most certainly remember that when you had the special belt of something you were supposed to jump up and down continually while holding hands, and we did that in one of the elevators in Wean... and let us say that was a bad idea.

But oh boy, I'd love to come back to CMU and Pittsburgh. I do miss it. =)

Jonathan Turner said...

Did you say "Diplomacy"?

Ooh! Ooh! Pick me!

Seriously, I've been thinking recently that it would be a fun project to put together an online Diplomacy game. The main obstacle to playing in person is it's surprisingly hard to get seven people to commit 12+ hours of their lives to a single game. I blame that pesky "work" thing, personally.

Strangely, this thought started percolating around the same time I started lurking here. Coincidence?

Did you ever play Machiavelli? Basic Diplomacy rules in the Italian Renaissance, plus lagniappe in the form of plague, bribery, rebellions, assassination, excommunication, etc.


Golden Hands said...

I do not know, nor do I care if Neil Gaiman knits, but FYI, the Knitting Gallery ion Route 34 in Colts Neck is going out of business, and at the present all of their yarns ar 30% off.

L.C.McCabe said...

Here's another tribute to Gygax for you:

Jeff Sypeck refers to his childhood playing D&D as "the skinny-armed boys who raised fistfuls of dice in geeky solidarity during the early 1980s."