This is a post about some of the more problematic character traits that Gygax had written by Anthony Pryor. Don’t worry, we all still love him. There were just a few funny quirks to him is all 😀
Introduction by the author:
I wrote this essay a couple of years ago and have since decided that it’s a bit too snarky to submit to most gaming sites. It is after all a rebuttal to an editorial written over 30 years ago by a man now long-dead and includes long quotations from an article that most people probably no longer care about. On the other hand, I think it’s amusing and fun in a kind of nostalgic way, so here it is, snarkiness toward the father of roleplaying and all. This was roleplaying in 1978. Enjoy.
Link after the break:
With Wizards of the Coast releasing a slew of older Dungeons & Dragons books and modules to PDF I jumped on the opportunity to purchase some classics. Amongst the usual culprits of first edition AD&D I found that they had re-released the original Temple of Elemental Evil.
ToEE is one of those iconic modules that is still discussed and debated – usually in hushed tones. Many a gaming group has bravely faced down this monumental campaign and lost many a favourite character in the ensuing madness. It has a reputation as being nearly impossible to complete without a TPK or two along the way.
Needless to say, I’ve always wanted to play it…
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
– H. P. Lovecraft from The Call of Cthulhu
I am a big fan of the artwork and person that is Symatt. You will know him if you follow RPGs on Twitter by now. He’s been illustrating our RPG Goblins for a while now and doing a great job of it.
This is an illustration he did of one of my all time favourite roleplaying characters, Toki.
Toki was a continually drunk, mad, aggressive, smelly, Dwarven Cleric. He also rode a war pig called Oinkers…
Symatt does character art for people, so follow him on Twitter, and read his blog.
Drawn by Symatt