Saturday, November 23, 2019

D&D, BBC3, and 'Beardos'

"So," I asked in my best John Cleese voice,
"Are there any women here today?"

High-pitched voices: "No! No!"

Low-pitched voices: "No! No!"

I'm back, after a long spell of working odd shifts and dealing with odder contractors.

The genesis of this post was a post on the BBC Twitter feed, about the current state of gaming:

I was astonished by the whooping and hollering about this post that consumed certain gaming and 'geek-culture' circles on the Internet, and gave me some food for thought.

Now, as you all know, I take my responsibilities as an Elderly White Male Gatekeeper Of The Hobby (note 1very seriously; we only do Serious Gaming here at the House of Wonders, with lots and lots of Serious Fun to be had.

In that vein, and in the spirit of this video...

... I asked my players if they'd seen the BBC post. They had, and so arrived at the next game session properly equipped for some Serious Gaming.

And yes, there was so much laughing that at one point in the game, our first-time-in-Tekumel player had her head down on the table, sobbing and crying with laughter.

It's what it's all about, folks, and has been since I got started in this lark by Dave Arneson and Prof. Barker back in 1975: A bunch of friends sitting around a table and laughing their fool heads off...

(Note 1 )


  1. Did you have to explain who the Monty Python group was? ;-)

    Good to see you back!

  2. Always good to have a bit of levity in your games.

  3. I hadn't seen any of this rigamarole. Regardless, your post makes me smile.

    Glad to see you're doing well and still spreading the joys of Tekumel.
    : )