In about a week — Saturday, June 7th, to be exact — the latest edition of the world’s most famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) role playing game will “officially” roll out. The old school pen & paper role playing gamer in me is really looking forward to the release of the new Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition.

As I’ve posted before (Must… Make… Willpower Saving Throw), I grew up playing role playing games. This was way before the time of World of Warcraft. That’s right kiddies, we used to have to gather around mom’s kitchen table and roll multi-sided dice, write on character sheets, and if we were lucky, we had miniatures to use as tokens. I played for many years, and I played many different titles — but the grandfather of them all was clearly Dungeons & Dragons.

Now, with the release of an all new edition of D&D on the way, the geek in me is beginning to salivate like Pavlov’s Dog. I’ve been reading up on what the new edition will contain, following threads over at the EN World message boards, and perusing all of the official pre-release sneak peeks.

Am I going to buy the Players Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide, and Monster Manual when they come out? Yeah. Am I actually going to play the game? That’s a dragon of a different color. The ol’ gang that I used to play with back in the day have gone out and moved all over the world and have families and careers. (Damn them.) I’m not really sure if I can put together a new group of role playing gamers from within the circles of friends that I currently run with. But, I might just see if I can incorporate my long-time love affair with the game into my writing.


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