When I was about six years old, I found a book that claimed that ghosts were uncommon, that blue dragons could spit lightning, and that most devils were thankfully very rare. An older child had left the book at my parent’s house, where I discovered it and devoured it. I was not sure at first whether the monsters within were real or imaginary.
This week, I was reading the comic book Order Of The Stick: On the Origin of PCs when Patrick (age 6) asked me what an Orc was. I asked him to go find a book titled Monster Manual on a nearby bookshelf. He was clearly impressed by all the descriptions of monsters and their hit points and attacks. He already knew about hit points from Pokemon, but he had many questions for me about the other statistics. A day later he drew this, using ink and Conte crayon:
The legend reads (with minor corrections):
Hit Dice: 1d12 + 700
I stopped gaming for a dozen years after high school, but I’m glad I picked it up again. I’m more likely to play Hackmaster than Dungeons & Dragons, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for the first editon Monster Manual.