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Today is the last day of the 31-day Character Creation challenge. This time, instead of rolling up a character, I thought I'd report on something I've been working on and off for the past year or so.

Sometime during the last few months of 2019, I became interested in rolling up characters using only 3d6 in order per the original D&D method, just to see what outcomes were to be had. But because I was lazy, or didn't have a whole lot of time on my hands, I decided to conduct the experiment using BASIC running on an emulated Commodore machine.

Screen Shot of a Commodore 64 screen
Casio PB-80 pocket computer

As a distraction from recent events, I've elected to participate in this minor challenge to create new characters—one for each day of January—released a few days at a time. For days seven through 10, I did these characters for Star Frontiers (Cook, TSR Hobbies, et al., 1982), one for each of the four playable character species (human, dralasite, vrusk and yazirian).

 

Star Frontiers, role-playing game

As a distraction from recent events, I've elected to participate in this minor challenge to create new characters—one for each day of January—released a few days at a time. For the past six days, I did these characters for Dungeons & Dragons, Basic Edition (Moldvay, 1980).

I rolled 4d6 for stats (discarding the lowest die), but 3d6 (times ten) for determining gold pieces.

January 1st:

Moldvay D&D Basic Rules

Recently I had to go through and apportion which of my father's dice would go to a nephew—himself a gamer—and which I would keep. I opted for some of the oldest dice in Dad's old collection, and will be sharing images of many of them here as I get to it.

Dice from Dad

This month represents the second year of Orc.one. I've written about it before now, and all of that still applies.

For the next year, I aim to increase the quality and quantity of my own commentary on the hobby, from the gameplay diaries to meta-discussion on the nature of my own nostalgia. There may be more writing about the personal history I have with the hobby, but I also intend to have new experiences to write about.

It's 1984.

Dad's in the Navy; receives his orders for where he is to be stationed after our two years in Antigua, and we fly to Orlando, arrange to drive to the Pacific coast in order to catch an international flight to Tokyo International, Japan. Our final destination: Yokota Air Force Base.

In spite of some faulty memories, I'd yet to encounter roleplaying games of any kind, and the most sophisticated game I'd played up to then was probably Risk or Stratego.

Moldvay Dungeon Module X2: Castle Amber

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