Tuesday, September 17, 2019

It's been a while... Good News, Bad News

Now with less and greyer hair...

Yes, it's been a while since I last posted. There's bee a lot happening in my family and gaming life, some of it very good, and some of it very bad. I'll try not to bore everyone with all the details, and stick with a summary and get back to regular posting.


Our Third Daughter miscarried our grandchild, who did not survive. She's doing as well as can be expected, and recovering.

We have a new roof on the house, which we hope will stop the various issues with water seepage that w've been dealing with for a long time.

I am on vacation at the moment, with a week left for time off. Things are getting done.

An old friend, Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo, has passed away after a long illness. We had some great times with him, and he still influences my gaming to this day. I'mm miss him.

I had a great trip to see friends in Alabama; I took Sixth Daughter with, so she could meet some publishers and show off her writing and artwork. It was very successful, I am proud to be able to say.

The Missus passed has cancer screening for another year, after a bit of a scare. She's clear, but we'll keep being cautious.


The documentary film about Dave Arneson and the early days of gaming here in the Twin Cities, is now up and available for downloads. Here's a link to their website:

(In the interests of full disclosure: I am listed as one of the historical research people, my collections and archives were used in the production of the film, and I appear briefly in it.)

The film covers the early days of gaming up here in the North Woods, up to the publication of the original boxed set of D&D. I'm told that there is a second film in production, covering the period after that date and up to the closure of Adventure Games, and I'm also told that I will have more 'air time' in this film as this the period when I was most closely connected with Dave.

Why you should watch this film: Because, purely and simply, you get to hear the people who played with Dave in the original games in their own voices. In some cases, you get to hear them for the last time; watching this film back in May at the premiere was pretty heart-wrenching for me personally, as some of these people have now passed away. This film may be your last chance to hear from some of my friends, and I suggest you take the opportunity to watch it and se what I found when I came to the Twin Cities back in 1975.

You will meet some pretty amazing people, and hear some pretty funny stories. I think you'll be amused.


As I mentioned, some things have gone very well, and I'll start posting on them shortly. Thanks for your patience!


  1. Sincerest condolences for your family's loss. And I'm grateful to see you active again online.

  2. Very sad to hear those bad news. Thanks for the heads up about that film. I had forgotten about it.