Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Skill Focus (Education)

I'm sorry about this, but I've been maintaining such a laser-sharp focus on smoking weed my current classes that I've been neglecting this blog, emails, and I can't remember the last time I DM'd or played.

I'm still alive; I still love D&D; and I'm not about to nuke this blog anytime.

Now for some gaming content:

I absolutely HATE the teaser I've seen for the covers of rerelease of the 1st ed. AD&D hardbacks. No soul 100% guaranteed. I already have the books, but even if I didn't there's no way I would ugly up my bookcase with those eyesores when the originals are available.

Which bring me to this: Am I the only person who not only likes, but loves the 1st edition original AD&D Monster Manual cover? Monsters here, monsters there, monsters everywhere! When I was 9 years old it was utterly compelling.

And the part on the back with the goblins fleeing the purple worm? It cracks me up every dang time. I'm giggling just thinking about it...


  1. I like it. I'd love it with the proper chemical enhancements. :)

  2. Well, ya know; they gotta' appeal to the newsies with all them flashy knobs and tridlins.

  3. I love how the old MM doesn't take itself seriously.

  4. As an adult, I can't say I love it - cuz it's kind of lame. :) But as a kid, it rocked my world. Seriously. So it's got big nostalgia value for me. I remember getting that book in my hands for the first time. It was truly an epiphany.

    MM II? Not so much.

  5. I've always thought it was kind of appealing through the sheer force of its dopiness-that dragon's face? Stupid-looking, but you kind of smile along with him.

    My MM's got the embarrassing re-release cover with the dragon surrounded by entirely uncool pegasuses.

  6. Quietly looks at his Monster Manual. Nope still as compelling now as it was when I was 9. Why because one can't improve on perfection. MM II great monsters but the cover isn't as good. A bit too stylized for me. Great post though. Glad to know that "attending" classes is going so well.

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