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The torch has been passed, or at least lit with a cantrip.  It is a time honored tradition for a man to pass onto his children the accumulated wisdom gleaned from his time on this earth, so they can carry on and forge new and brighter paths into the future.  As of today, I have fulfilled that responsibility by initiating and teaching my eldest son the ways of the D&D. I glossed over the darker days of wedgies, public ridicule, and involuntary abstinence (he is only 8). It’s a brave new world out there; and the geeks have truly inherited the earth. We are no longer relegated to parents’ basements…unless we want to be. We are everywhere, and social cliques are as fluid as they have ever been. I can’t believe he is going to grow up in an age where people will actually go to a theater or convention centre to watch a live D&D game be played. Still the necessary nods and respect to the old ways were observed. There was Cheetos, chips, and mountain dew aplenty. I tried to kill the boy with a save or suck effect, but he is wily like his old man, and he came away unscathed.

I have to say, without ego, that my son was absolutely amazing, he was a natural.  I mentioned last post that I had converted UK1 “The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh” module to 5th edition. The party is comprised of my son’s elven rogue, Stargazer, my friend is playing a half-elf warlock, and two dwarven NPC brothers (life domain cleric and fighter). They have penetrated the “haunted house” and have cleared the first floor. We started with a brief session 0 to establish bonds. My son came up with the idea that he was orphaned  when orcs wiped out his village and he was taken in by the dwarven brother’s family, and now seeks to hunt down these orcs. That’s pretty good eh? He even role played at times. When the barkeep at the Drunken Sea Urchin told him he needed to speak to an elderly poacher if he wanted more information on the “Haunted House” he asked me if he could “mutter” under his breath that this is ridiculous and a waste of his time. Also, when he found out how much it would cost to rent a room for the week he exclaimed, despite having no concept of money and what things cost, that this was “outrageous” and a “rip-off”. We also had to gently explain to him why he couldn’t make the NPC brothers go and investigate the horrible wailing and screams coming from the dark basement.

I think the hardest part was trying not to overly constrain his imagination. He was climbing into rafters to shoot his bow down at the monsters and dodging out of the way of incoming attacks. I made a sinfully bad DM error. He kept wanting to attack with his daggers, but he does more damage with his rapier, which I kept pointing out like some kind of overbearing power gamer. This is something I would never dream of doing with another adult, but I guess I am so used to telling him or teaching him how to do things as his dad that I didn’t catch myself until after. Next time I will be more mindful of that and just encourage him to do what he thinks is cool……and then kill him and build a character that doesn’t have any daggers.

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Long time no post eh. Were you hoping I had blog faded? Died? Gone forever? Stopped subjecting you to my banal and asinine ramblings? Well no such luck suckers, because I’m back.  What have I been up to for the last 2 ½ years you ask? Well, I have been doing exactly what you would imagine a 45 year-old with 2 kids would be doing, dealing with bullshit and grinding out an existence. But seriously, I found myself not gaming much and a little burnt out on tabletop rpg’s. It seemed that my limited free time was being filled more with video games and brewing beer than with tabletop rpg’s. I also found it difficult to carve out a chunk of time to be able to just sit and play. I had typically played online after the kids had gone to bed, but was struggling to maintain consciousness for longer than an hour after I had put them down. So I had nothing really to blog about, but I guess if you wanted to be technical I am not sure you could really say I ever had “anything” to blog about.

Just like a phoenix rising from the ashes, I am back dropping (do the kids still say that) loads of rpg goodness all over your face, neck, and chest. How did this happen you ask? Well like any addict, all it takes is a little nudge or taste to get that itch going. I happened to read an article on Polygon, during my daily procrastination routine, about the upcoming “Tales of the Yawning Portal” by WOTC in which several classic modules from past editions were being updated to 5th edition. The article was about the Tomb of Horrors update and I had the ridiculous idea that I should run it for my old gaming group as their first experience with 5th edition.  It actually took buying the book and reading halfway through the adventure before it dawned on me what a horrifically dumbass idea that was. So I flipped to the beginning of the book and started prepping “The Sunless Citadel” update instead. I sent out the call to arms and was surprised by the overwhelmingly positive and excited response. I guess we were all caught up in daily grind of trying to manage family and demanding careers, that a little escapism seemed just right. We play Friday nights every 2 to 3 weeks, and it seems that it has hit the sweet spot of not cutting into family time or generating too much spousal aggro. We made our way through the Sunless Citadel with me killing them multiple times and onto Princes of the Apocalypse, where I have also killed them multiple times; but more on that later.

What about that “Ancient Blood” adventure from Dungeon Magazine I kept threatening people with? Did I ever finish prepping and playing it? Let’s be honest, you already know what the answer to that question is, so stop badgering me. What I have done is begun a second game, I know like WTF how is that even possible, and before you ask , no I haven’t been laid off or “fired” or divorced thank you very much.  My 8 year-old (he is the baby seen on the header of the blog) has taken quite an interest in D&D and has been pestering me for a while around when he would get to play. Of course he took my suggestion that he needs to be a little older and a more capable reader before he begin his journey as me being a mega asshole dad who just wants to ruin his life and won’t let him do anything fun. You know, pretty much the usual.  When he started reading through the Harry Potter novels I knew I couldn’t push it off much longer, so I bought him the 5th Edition Starter Set and told him to read through the player /game rules and then we would build his character (FYI I made him roll his stats).  So I decided to convert the U1 AD&D module “The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh” to 5th Edition (super-easy to do) for us to play through with one of my friends. Needless to say, I am looking forward to how this turns out as my son takes his Elven Rogue “Stargazer” into his first grand adventure (FYI I will probably kill him).

Alright, I feel like at this point I need to remind you of the ground rules here. For full disclosure, if you are looking for any kind of substantive, insightful, or thoughtful commentary or criticism, then this is not the place for you.  I also design or create nothing or really offer anything of value. So you have been forewarned.

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