The Mystical Trash Heap
A repository of pop-cultural detritus
Sunday, May 28, 2017
My games with Gary (part 1)
A couple of years back I did this detailed write up of the AD&D games I played with Gary Gygax back in the 80s, because a couple of folk...
Thursday, May 25, 2017
[music] Jeff Lynne in the 80s
Everybody knows Jeff Lynne's work from the 70s with the Electric Light Orchestra - the seemingly-endless series of bombastic maximalist ...
Monday, May 22, 2017
I've rarely ever used miniatures in my D&D games. I've come to realize that a big factor in that is likely because of what was a...
Friday, May 19, 2017
[D&D] Reclaiming the Temple of Elemental Evil (part 2)
OK, so when we left off we were talking about Frank Mentzer, Gary Gygax's 80s-era right hand man and Official AD&D Rules Guru who to...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
[D&D] Reclaiming the Temple of Elemental Evil (part 1)
AD&D module T1-4: The Temple of Elemental Evil , released in the summer of 1985, is one of the most famous of all D&D modules, for s...
Saturday, May 13, 2017
[Toys] [D&D] The Strange Case of Those AD&D Toys
Around the spring or summer of 1983 (so, a few months before the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon premiered) a line of "Official Advance...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
[D&D] The trick to really understanding the AD&D rules
Gary Gygax's rules-design style was situational, descriptive, and instinctive. In the traditional of "Free Kriegsspiel," when ...
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