Thursday, March 15, 2018

Twenty Years in the Making

I was going to write about something else, but I saw this come across my newsfeed today (courtesy of

Dungeons and Dragons had its Biggest Sales Year Since 1997

It took me a few moments to digest those words.

D&D had a better year in 2017 than when 3e was released in 2000? Better than before Wizards of the Coast bought TSR?


That's quite an accomplishment.

I'm sure that the success of Stranger Things hasn't hurt, and the interest in watching people play D&D on Twitch.TV (such as Geek and Sundry's Critical Role) has helped too. But maybe the fact that it's twenty years later means the gamers grew up, had kids, and now their kids are playing too.


For all the new (and returning) players, welcome to the world of RPGs! Pull up a seat and tell us about your character. I'll get you a drink: beer, wine, or the D&D staple Mountain Dew?* Sorry, I don't have any Nutter Butters around the house --one of the mini-Reds has a peanut allergy-- but I'm sure if you bring some snacks that'll do. (Even fruit or veggies.)

*Nowadays, it's Diet Dew for me, thanks. Or coffee.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fiddling Away

The oldest Mini-Red is home for Spring Break this week, and she had one request of me: that I put a mention about the newest LOTRO instrument in the blog.

So, this is for you, kiddo.

Meet the Fiddle:


Yes, they have a fiddle coming out soon as a playable instrument for LOTRO. My oldest is excited, but mainly because she really hopes they come out with an oboe sometime after the fiddle.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

When You Thought Things Couldn't get Stranger....

...apparently the 80's are back in a big way.

People trying to make sense of the rise of mass shootings in the U.S. has found a convenient scapegoat:  violent video games.

Just like with the Satanic Panic blaming D&D, Heavy Metal, and other assorted items for the decline in Western Civilization*, some people are blaming violent video games for the steady stream of gun violence in the U.S.

From what I can tell, the list of video game publishers in the President's Summit on Violent Video Games are there just as a punching bag. Unless, of course, Rockstar is hoping to get a boost in sales due to being labeled the "bad boy of the video games industry".

I guess we'll have to defend our hobby from this crap for the foreseeable future.

*Or that goths were to blame for the Columbine shooting in 1999.