May. 14th, 2013

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One of my goals over these last couple of years has been to do things that I've always wanted to do but, for one reason or another, have put off. Learning magic has been one of those things. I've also taken a trip to Alaska, adopted a dog, and have been making a real concerted effort not to pass up small opportunities to go out and have fun because of a perceived lack of time or money. But one of the big things that I've been wanting to do has been to start playing Dungeons and Dragons again.

I used to *love* playing when I was in elementary and middle school. I had a small group of other "indoor kids" that I hung around with and every lunch break we'd break out our Dungeon Master's Guide and Monster Manuals and have adventures that would last throughout the school year. Unfortunately, as I got older it became more and more difficult to find people my age who still shared an interest in playing.

Fortunately, a few months ago I casually mentioned to our friend Mike that I was interested in playing and that Carly (who has never played before) might be coaxed into playing as well. I knew that Mike used to be an avid player but had stopped, himself, some time ago. Given that there were only three of us it seemed unlikely that we'd ever be able to have a genuine campaign but thankfully Mike agreed to not only DM but play a character as well.

We had our first gaming session two weeks ago and everything went surprisingly well. The rules have changed somewhat and Carly and I both needed some tutorials and rundowns on the rules for combat and whatnot, but by the end of the evening we had everything more or less down pat! Our second session is tonight and we're both looking forward to it! We have our new Player's Handbooks, bought miniatures for our characters, and she even has her own set of dice. Playing again has totally opened up a direct portal to 1984 in my brain and I couldn't be happier. :)

That said, if there is anyone in the LA area who would be interested in joining us and doesn't mind making a trip out to Pasadena every Tuesday night, let me know. :) We provide the pizza, barbecue and beer!


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