Those Were the Days

While going through some boxes that were in my closet, I came across an old binder with a folder and some papers in it. I opened it up to see what was inside. It was a bunch of old character sheets from D & D. Some of them were filled out. Some of them were blanks.

I took a few minutes to look at some of the characters I had created.

There was Shade Bladesinger, a Neutral Evil halfling Bard/Assassin. Another was Danalia, the chaotic good female half-elf who was part fighter, part cleric. Hell, there was one character that had 5 different classes. I don’t remember ever playing that one, but that sounds like it would suck to play. Even at high levels, it would be someone who could do a lot of little things, but nothing very powerful. “Look! A dragon! I’ll do one point of damage to it with my magic missile!”

I remember my D & D playing days fondly, for the most part. Yeah, there were some problems with other players on occasion, but overall they were fun times. It was freeing to let your imagination run wild while chance dictated your moves. Before my original gaming group went to shit, that was probably the most fun I’ve had playing any kind of game.

Then, life and time happened.

I would like to play a tabletop RPG again, whether it’s D & D or something else. The problem is finding the time and the right people to play the game with.

Unfortunately, I don’t see either of those things happening any time soon, so I’m stuck reminiscing about the good old days. On the bright side, walking down memory lane from time to time is fun too.

A Surprising Discovery

My wife and I have been slowly, but surely (and stop calling me Shirley), cleaning out our second bedroom to make room for baby stuph. This weekend, my main goal was to move my bookshelves out. Since I have a lot of books, this was no easy task. I was able to do it, and while I was moving them out, I noticed something.

I figured that the author that I had the most books from would either be Michael Connelly or Harlan Coben. To my surprise, it wasn’t. The most books I had from one author turned out to be R. A. Salvatore, which is someone most of you have probably never heard of.

R. A. Salvatore is most known for writing novels set in the Dungeons and Dragons setting of Forgotten Realms. He has also written some fantasy books outside of that setting, but I have yet to read any of those. A few people out there might know him because of the two Star Wars books he’s written: Vector Prime (which is the beginning of the New Jedi Order series) and the book adaptation of Attack of the Clones (which I have yet to read, but I’m sure he made it more interesting than the movie version).

His writing style is very unique. Even though the settings of his books are fantasy worlds, whether it is Forgotten Realms or Star Wars, he has a way of pulling you into them. His characters are always multi-faceted and compelling. He is also the best I have ever read at describing action or fighting scenes.

If you ever feel like reading one of his books, I would suggest starting with the books of the Dark Elf trilogy, as it is the beginnings his most famous character, Drizzt Do’ Urden. If you’re anything like me, after you read the first Drizzt book, you’ll want to read the rest, which means reading at least 15 more books.