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Dice Upon A Time

d20There’s a famous quote from Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax that reads: “The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don’t need any rules.”

Well, this was never much of a secret back in the early days of the hobby. When my friends and I started playing in the late 70s, we didn’t have a lot of money. We bought what we could afford: the core books, a few modules, a Dragon magazine now and then, but certainly not everything that TSR produced. I mean, good luck finding it anyway.

There was a Used Bookstore that carried D&D stuff about 20 minutes away, but they didn’t carry everything, just the essentials. The bookstores in the mall weren’t much better. We had to make due with what we had, which meant we made a lot of it up as we went along, and we had a…

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