Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

Christmas of 1979 was a banner time for playing D&D, we were out of school for 3 weeks, and there was snow up to our butts. We did what we had to do, we gamed all day and half the night, most every day, and it was glorious. I believe we slayed Tiamat and stole all of her stuff during one of these games. It was this Christmas that my mother gave me what has become one of my prized possessions, a copy of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook. It was at this point that my gaming split into two distinct groups. Bruce continued to run his game, although we paired it down to a small core group of Bruce, Ed, Chad, Darren and myself. Ed for whatever reason, referred to the group as the Vortex. I also joined a game being run by my Stepbrother Jerry. Both of these games were fun as hell and I have great memories of both groups. Bruce’s games were young and innocent, and filled with interpersonal conflicts that could only be generated by the drama queen known as Ed Badura. Jerry’s game was more mature, the plots ran deeper and tended towards the grim. I played in both groups until I moved to Bozeman in 1984.

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