Tuesday 15 December 2009


I don't know if it means that this blog has come of age, but I now have twenty-one followers. Welcome, Scholaboy - can't reciprocate, as you don't seem to have a blog of your own, but if you have anything that I can visit or link to, please let me know.

I hope that you like what what you read here, and as the Rusty Battle Axe can testify, I do respond to reader requests. Occasionally.


  1. Hi - thanks for the welcome.

    Sorry for the confusion - I added as a follower once using a yahoo groups id, scholaboy, but realized that this kind of access doesn't allow comments. So I'm back in under a Google id with my name.

    I'm looking forward to reading about more of your Daddy Grognard adventures, having just started a D&D 4e campaign for my two kids and their friends. Prior to that I had been out of gaming for over 20 years.

    I have to say, we don't seem to be having quite as much fun - partly, no doubt to being a poor DM, and partly because there are just too many damn different powers. I'm appreciating the Old School elegant simplicity, even if in the old days I had wished for a little more structure around combat, especially magic use in combat.

    Still, I think the kids like it, and I knew where to buy all the stuff.

    Looking forward to maybe returning to some more old school events myself in the near future.

    No blogs for me for now. I'm just reading - tough job, but someone's got to do it!

    Best wishes,


  2. Good to have you on board, Rob. As I've mentioned earlier, I'm one of those Old Schoolers who never moved past 1e and therefore knows nothing of 3e, 3.5e or 4e or why so many people seem to be getting disenchanted with them and moving back to Old School, either original 1e or the retroclones.

    My son seems to be having no problem with the 1e rules, complicated as some people say they are. They are complex if you try to use all of them at the same time, but really you just need what's on the character sheet (two sides of A4 do for us, but the second side is used for the equipment, thief skills and spells if needed). Other than that, we can go full sessions without me having to dip into the books at all - if I've done a good job of making my notes beforehand. Rulings, not rules is the Old School watchword.

    My good buddy Old 4 Eyes has run a first session of my Training Dungeon for his boy and it lasted 4.5 hours, with plenty of good old-fashioned action and, more importantly, fun. Said boy has asked to game both days this weekend! Result!

    DMing for the first time after 20 years is a tricky business, a steep learning curve, especially when you realise that you are providing these kids with the memories that they'll look back on in 20 years themselves. That having been said, I find it surprising just how quickly I got my mojo back, so I hope that it all works out great for you.

    I got my 1e stuff via Amazon, where the price was reasonable (in fact virtually unchanged from what it was 30 years ago)and the quality very good.

    Good luck and keep reading!