From the Editor What’s your “origin story”? Since we’re celebrating the release of the new Dungeons & Dragons game in this issue, I thought it would be fun to reminisce about our early days with the game and what keeps us playing years, or even decades, later, The My Dungeons & Dragons “origin story” begins in junior high in the early 90’s. I came across my big brother’s D&D Basic rules and got, perhaps, a little too into it (as I am prone to do with new hobbies). My parents were still caught up in the controversy surrounding D&D in the 80’s so they made me stop playing only a few months later. I of course played plenty of video games growing up, and even dabbled in Magic: The Gathering for a while until I realized how incredibly expensive it was, but that short time with the iconic game planted a seed that lay dormant for well over a decade. That seed began to grow when my new neighbor invited me to join his new campaign just after I moved into his neighborhood. That campaign lasted only a few sessions, but the seed had sprouted and I needed more, so I branched out looking for other opportunities. I was able to find the local Living Greyhawk campaign which I played for the last year or so until it ended. After LG and 3.5E we moved on to 4E. Say what you will about the system, but we still had fun. We’ve now made the switch to 5E and I have no reason to believe I’ll ever stop playing. I’ve played other systems as well, and no system is perfect, but that’s not the point. What’s important is getting together with your friends, meeting new ones, having fun, and telling stories. That’s why I game, and that’s why I love it. So who was the neighbor who got be back into D&D, and who was the local LG organizer? Dennis Lundstrom, cofounder of the very magazine you are reading, and Don Brown, who I still game with to this day, and who wrote the Dungeon Master article on page 6. - Adrian Broadhead, Executive Editor
On the Cover: Cover: Shot on location at Game Night Games in Sugar House Utah by Adrian Broadhead and Dennis Lundstrom. Custom painted metal figurines by Bear Putnam.
Publisher & CEO Dennis Lundstrom
Executive Editor Adrian Broadhead
Contributing Writers Don K. Brown David J. West Carter Reid
Daniel Swenson Deborah Moore Zac Johnson
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Raising Geeks A parent’s guide to raising children in geek culture
The Road Trip By Deborah Moore The holidays are a time when people travel to see their family and friends. While they may seem like a necessary evil, they can be fun, whether you’re driving to the next town, the next state, or flying to another country. So how, exactly, does a geeky parent keep the peace in the car? Just use your geeky sense of fun and you can have a trip that’s just as memorable as the destination, and in a good way!
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