Discovering Unknown Lands

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:

Patrick's Insect
The legend reads (with minor corrections):
Type: Insect
Always Good
Hit Dice: 1d12 + 700
Attack: Horn

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.

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8 thoughts on “Discovering Unknown Lands”

  1. Hackmaster is what first and second edition AD&D might have been had the designers decided to make things more complicated and more funny. If you’ve ever played 1st ed., Hackmaster fits like an old glove.

  2. I am dying from the kewtness here!

    I was thinking the other day that I cannot wait for Aidan to be ready for board games and the like. This only makes me more excited about when that day will come.

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