Thou young whippersnappers! With thy fancy dice-rolling apps and prepainted plastic miniatures that go on prefabricated battle mats!
Remember when fantasy roleplaying was a social experience that relied heavily on imagination, and there was more gold stretched across the hairy exposed chest of the Dungeon Master than your heroes could ever hope to find in any maddening maze?
Well, that age is upon us again, as Glendale gaming store Imperial Outpost and ManaWerx plans Back 2 Basic: A 70s D&D Experience. The Oct. 29 event, organized by the forces behind Vul-Con, will be part 1970s costume bash and part Dungeons & Dragons convention — and while admission is free there will be fundraisers for Tracie’s Tooth Fairy, a charity focused on helping cancer patients, in the form of merchandise sales, raffle tickets and even in-game potions and magic items.
In addition to a funkadelic costume contest, there will of course be D&D gaming using the late ’70s Basic Set and the adventure modules that came packed in with it in that era (1978-79): B1, In Search of the Unknown, and B2, The Keep on the Borderlands. It really doesn’t get any more classic than that, folks.
There’s also a virtual special guest planned: Mike Carr, who is one of the few survivors of the team that developed the original Basic Set, will join those in attendance via Skype. In addition to writing In Search of the Unknown, he also was an editor for TSR, with credits including the original Monster Manual (1977), Vault of the Drow (1978), Players Handbook (1978), White Plume Mountain (1979), The Village of Hommlet (1979), The World of Greyhawk (1980), The Keep on the Borderlands (1981), Descent into the Depths of the Earth (1981), Against the Giants (1981) and Deep Dwarven Delve (not printed until 1999). He also is the creator of the 1968 TSR board game game Fight in the Skies, perhaps better known now as Dawn Patrol.
I’ve added this special event to the Nerdvana Calendar so you can plan how it might work into your Halloween week — but don’t wait too long, as seats at the gaming table are limited. Dig?