For a while I forgot about D&D but as the world has a way of reminding you where you need to be headed I encountered some synchronicity a few weeks later. I was out and about doing chores and I hit a few local garage sales. Usually I find nothing but there at this one house sitting on a table filled with typical utensils and housewears was the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual. This was the real McCoy–the actual book I used to own from back in the day, way back in the 1980s. For a mere 25¢ I walked away with a piece of history. Once home I skimmed through the old worn book looking at the pen and ink art that made real the imaginary monsters that a Dungeon Master could use to populate a dungeon or adventure. That was it. I was hooked. I remembered looking at the books at the gaming store a few week prior and decided I wanted to get a new set of rulebooks of the current edition of D&D. Rather then go back to the gaming store, which I found a bit intimidating, I went to the local Barnes and Noble. B&N could care less how long you stood around and looked at their books and there I could take my time, read, and decide from what I saw what I felt I should buy. After about a 1/2 an hour I walked out with the 3 core rulebooks and a module or two. I made my way over to the gaming store and grabbed a few sets of dice and that was that. I found the books quite complicated and having never truly played the game properly as a kid I had a lot of reading to do. I enjoyed every second of it and even wrote down the basic rules myself, explained more simply than the complex books. This became the beginning of my research into gaming, testing different games at home, writing about games, coming up with my own home brew games, and even trying to get freelance work at gaming companies. As well, gaming and it's many sourcebooks has been a constant inspiration for my own fiction writing.
Eventually My son and I started going to D&D Encounters every Wednesday. My son and I both need to go in order to help us better learn the game. As well, we needed to play with a sizable group, but that will be the subject of my next entry.