It's Official
October 27, 2005

I am now officially old. Nope, it's not my birthday (that's November 4th).

You see, I'm a geek. I know that. I'm fine with it. I enjoy being a geek -- it's fun.

But the other day, I was on the shoutbox over at BlogExplosion and discovered just how old I am. I started one of those, "Well, in my day" stories.


It started out innocently enough. CharlesGwapo23 on the shoutbox began talking about playing some "old school" RPGs. (Role-playing games, for you non-geeks out there.) I began bemoaning the fact that I haven't played a good RPG in ages.

Turns out this guy was talking about computer games. And not like Bard's Tale from the Commodore-64, either. He was talking about old Playstation 1 games ....

And my first response was, "Well, back in my day we couldn't just play an RPG. We had to find people to play with, buy the dice, the character sheets, the little guys, the paints to paint the miniatures with, drive waaaay out to the local D&D club ...."

He pointed out that he'd never even played with paper and dice.

Now I admit I'm getting older. I'll be 37 next Friday. But the last place in the world that I expected to be one of the "old group," was talking about role-playing. I mean, it's a universal geek-thing. And this self-proclaimed RPG geek had never played the "old-fashioned" way. Holy crap.

Makes me wonder what the defining moment/event/conversation has been for other people. And what it will eventually be for Charles and his PS1 rpgs? "We actually had to use a DVD, if you can imagine that. We didn't have these fancy hologram rooms to play in." ????

Posted by Red Monkey at October 27, 2005 10:04 AM | Blog | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

Awesome post! *NNothing* compares to sitting around with your buds, some munchies, minis and actually interacting around the table... Haven't played in ages though :(

You should check out my minis...

BTW, I have two copies of that PHB... I am such a geek :D

October 27, 2005 11:01 AM


Phil said:

Whew! For a minute there, I thought maybe I was damn old, too, since I've still got all my old 1st Ed D&D books and stuff, too. But then I saw that I'm not nearly as old as you ('bout 2 whole years!), so I'm not so worried. :)

October 27, 2005 11:03 AM


Jillian said:

Well, this should make you feel a little better -- I ONCE OWNED THAT BOOK. :|

And I already know I'm "old." So there you have it. I would have jumped to the same conclusion that you did.

Don't feel bad. ;)

October 27, 2005 11:11 AM

Moderation? I posted a nice comment and it hasn't shown up :(

October 27, 2005 11:51 AM


justdawn said:

The times, they are a changin' ;)

October 27, 2005 11:56 AM


Red Monkey said:

glyn --
be patient!! i was at work, that's why comments took a while to get approved. i can check in on botb periodically, but it's harder to check comments until i get home. and since i deleted 15 spam comments for porn sites this morning and another 5 trackback spams, i can't really see lifting the approval process any time soon. :(
one of these days i'll look around for an api for moveable type that'll do the enter the characters you see above and get that installed in here to get around this!

and you own TWO copies of that book????? mine was stolen, which is why i posted that cover. i miss that book.

October 27, 2005 2:16 PM


BeckEye said:

Here's my "officially old" story.

It was my 30th birthday and some friends took me out to a bar after work. My one friend married a guy who is 5 years younger than her, and most of his friends are his age or younger. So, my best friend and I were talking to one of these guys and "Goody Two Shoes" came on. We were sort of be-bopping around singing along, and he looked at us like we were aliens. He goes, "how do you know this song..what the heck is it?" And we say, "It's Adam Ant! Old school! Around 1981 or so.", to which he replies...."WOW, I was born in '81". I jumped on my dinosaur and got the heck out of there.

October 27, 2005 2:49 PM


Mandz said:

Advance happy b-day to you, wish you a good one and more returns!!!

October 27, 2005 7:14 PM


lonniebhodge said:

Happy B-Day Ender!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 29, 2005 9:13 AM


presentstorm said:

I am with you on this one and I am 30 ..Any and all RPG's that I have ever played were the "old" way with dice and character sheets and a group of friends and the handbooks ...I never knew you could play on a video game but it just seems it would be very boring to me .

Great post !!

October 29, 2005 9:50 AM


Croaker said:

I remember those days Ender. The dice the books, I play Neverwinter Nights now when when I feel like RPG but I don't think it makes us old.

October 30, 2005 5:18 PM


charles said:

always been a playstation or nintendo guy but i will try paper and dice if someone will ask me out on it

October 30, 2005 6:55 PM
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