Friday, May 7, 2010

100th Post

According to my public school mathematics...this will be my 100th post!

Unfortunately, I'm not really sure what I should write on such an occasion, so I'm taking a note from Trey over at From the Sorcerer's Skull and posting one of my very first Dungeons & Dragon's characters. 

I started playing late in 1979, but never really knew how to play for quite some time, I just read the books and thought about being a wizard or dreamed of being a warrior on an epic quest. During the summer of 1980 my neighbor introduced my to a friend of hers that played D&D and said he would teach me how. She worked at the local Goodwill with her friend so my mom would take me down there once in a while so I could learn to play. We, my brother and I, would just make characters on lined notebook paper and didn't have dice so we would write numbers on strips of paper that we would put face down on the table. Most of the notebook papers didn't survive long, but my first ever character did, wedged in the pages of my Moldvay Basic Edition Rulebook. As soon as I got "official" character sheets, I transferred him over and promptly never played him again. But I still have him. 

If you'll notice on the back side, you'll see that my character was carrying a lucern hammer on his belt.
Yes THIS lucern hammer.

Did anyone REALLY know what a lucern hammer was back then??
BTW, I couldn't think of a character name so I looked around my living room and on the bottom of a painting was a prayer in Latin that I couldn't read...except for one word.

You never forget your first character...

5 comments:

  1. Ah, the old Goldenrod sheets. You can still get those at the Mad Irishman's site

    http://www.mad-irishman.net/pub_dnd_1e.html#1e_sheet_oa

    Classic!

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  2. I was going to say...1st level? Your first character didn't make it very far!

    A while back I found my 1st AD&D character, also on goldenrod. Maybe I'll post it some day.

    "Amen." Ha!

    Oh, and no...I doubt any non-medieval studies major knew what a lucerne hammer (or a guisarme or a ranseur, etc.) was prior to the publishing of the UA. Pikes and halberds, sure. But the only glaive I knew was in the movie Krull...very different.
    ; )

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  3. "Did anyone REALLY know what a lucern hammer was back then??"

    Even though I had the benefit of the 2nd edition Players Handbook, which at least made it clear that a lucerne hammer was mounted on the end of a pole, it was still years before I saw a proper picture of one.

    Kids these days growing up with instant answers courtesy of Wikipedia and the internet must be having such a different experience of learning about obscure things like that. The social anthropologist in me is fascinated by how that difference is going to manifest itself over time.

    Happy 100th post!

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  4. Congratulations on your hundredth post!

    I'm going to assume those are Mountain Dew stains on that old school character sheet.

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  5. I was never much of a mountain dew fan so it must be a pepsi stain...i hope

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