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Seamonkey Matt walked past us on the deck. A few days earlier, he'd asked me if I was interested in playing Settlers of Catan with him before the cruise was over. I told him that I was, but I didn't want to be inside when it was beautiful outside, and I didn't know if I'd have time. It turned out that, at this moment, I had time, and we were already outside where it was beautiful. We found a table that was protected from the sun, and began looking for group. I quickly found my son, Ryan, and asked him to play with us. "I've never played Settlers," he said. "Yes you have. We played this all the time when you were little. You'll remember as soon as you see the board." As we began to put the board together he said, "Oh, I remember this. Wood for sheep!" "Yep, that's the one." Continue »
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This was originally written and posted in 2008. I just found out that Gary Gygax died. He was only 69. For most geeks, RPGs are a huge part of who we are, and many of the games I've loved -- and continue to love -- probably wouldn't exist as they do without Gary Gygax. The news reports are calling him "the father of D&D," but he was really the father of all role playing games, whether they were played with dice and paper, a deck of cards, or on a computer. Yeah, wargames existed before D&D, and fantasy existed before D&D, but D&D is the game that introduced fantasy gaming to my generation. I didn't know him, and never met him, but his impact upon my life can't be overstated. Continue »