Everything old is new again

Fifteeen years ago, or maybe even a bit more, I played Dungeons & Dragons with a fantastic group in Tallahassee, Florida. I have never had more fun as a player or DM as I did with that group. We were all in our 20's, and could play from 6 in the evening until 6 in the morning without feeling too poorly the next day.

Of my characters, my favorite was Bek Orccrusher, Dwarf Cleric and twin brother to the rash theif, Mek Orccrusher. I had so much fun trying to pull Mek's hide out of the fire, shaking my head in exasperation all the while.  Suffering the adverse effects of trapped rooms, fighting mostly unseen beasts in a partially submerged room, running for our lives to get to the Yawning Portal before Halaster blows us into oblivion.... good times.

As for everyone, life moves on. I got married, and had 3 boys of my own. Time became tight, and getting games in became tough. Recently, that changed. My brother-in-law, my nephew (7) and two of my sons (9 and 6) decided they wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons. I got a few new books, some more dice, and Keep on the Shadowfell. Over the winter holiday, we played a few encounters with the pre-made characters. I got to DM, so I was able to just sit back and enjoy as the boys tried to figure out strategies, role played a bit, and even took down that tough Goblin, Irontooth.

While I can't wait until we can get together again and continue this adventure, I am really looking forward to getting some playing in myself. I have the incredible good fortune of living across the street from a fantastic game store - Emerald Knights, in Burbank, California. I am in the midst of negotiating with the wife to get over to an Encounter session in the near future. And I subscribed to D&D Insider, so I can use the fantastic Character Generator. I have my first Encounters character all rolled up. He is a Dwarf Cleric, and his name is Bek Orccrusher. My old friend is ready to heft his warhammer again, and I can't wait to see him start adventuring again.        
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