The D&D bug has bit again after about 10 years of not playing. I know, you're thinking, "How can anyone go without playing D&D?" Well, life kinda takes over and some things get pushed to the side. Work, kids, house, etc... it adds up and when you look up, there's no time for much else.
In the "old days" when I was a teen, I DMed a group that actually had 12 players in it. It was an AD&D game that took place in the Forgotten Realms and the group was sent on a mission to find proof of, or retrieve, a mythical Dwarven artifact that was rumored to be buried in the catacombs under Durlag's Tower. Remember Durlag's Tower? It was one of those places on the FR map that had little to no info on it in the books, so I fleshed it out and ran a few adventures around it.
Oh, what a game! We'd get started at our friend J's house. The Forgotten Realms map was hung behind my head, the DM screen was put up, all the players would find a place to spread out, whether it was at a table, on the sofa, or laying on the floor, then we'd get down to playing. From that point on, it was non-stop playing, with the exception of a 15 minute break every other hour or so. We'd play the entire weekend from Friday night until about noon Sunday. The good old days...
Now, things are different. My wife would choke me if I announced that a group was coming over to spend the weekend playing D&D. So, I have to get my fix in. Luckily, a player, and family member, in my Reunion game last weekend has decided to pick up the task of DMing another game. He's already got a full background for our campaign, a starting point for our group, and several ideas brewing for what we are going to be getting into. We'll play about once a month, which should be just right for the little time we have now to put into the game.
What will also be exciting about this game, is we will have a brand new player who has never played D&D before. It will be cool to see the wonder in her face while playing. Everything, even rolling the dice, will be a new experience for her. It should be a good time!