Friday, January 21, 2011
Sherman and Mr. Peabody
"So you want to play a game tonight? We could play Trouble or Sliders." When the boy asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him 'boardgames you'd like to play with me.' Ties suck. He got me (R2-D2 is in) Trouble and Sliders. Much better than ties. Oh, that is Sorry Sliders, not the TV show with Jerry O'Connell and John Rhys-Davies - though the first two seasons of that would have been cool too.
"Um . . ." he started off with the tone in his voice he gets when he thinks I'm not going to like his answer. "Maybe we could play Castle Ravenloft or Small World." The two were games I had put on my Amazon wishlist for Christmas and actually received. He had been on a Trouble and Sliders kick and the change piqued my interest - but the punch in the arm from the slug bug sighting interrupted my train of thought.
"Ow! You got me!"
Then I smiled back at him. "How about Castle Ravenloft - since I finished reading the rules on that one and haven't started on Small World yet." I still had twenty pages to read of a Living Forgotten Realms mod I was running on Saturday morning and didn't want to learn an entirely new game all at the same time. My brain is old and floppy and can't keep up like it used to.
"Great!" he smiled.
"So two different types of D&D in two days. Wow." I pulled into the dropoff lane. "That reminds me. My copy of Labrynth Lord should be arriving in the mail this weekend. We can take Denis the fighter out for a spin soon."
"I shoulda named him Regdar." he sighed.
"Well, lets keep him as Denis for our Basic type D&D test game. You'll need to roll up a new guy for the the AD&D type campaign. Why don't you call that one Regdar?" The possibility of the first Basic D&D character he creates to die a miserable death is high, so I really didn't want to kill a Regdar on my son's first outing.
"Okay," he said without a fight. "I'll keep Denis, and the new guy for AD&D will be Regdar the First."
A look of confusion spread over my face as he got out of the car.
"My original Regdar was the one we played in the Sea of Tears game. He's Regdar the Second. Regdar the Third is the Regdar in Living Forgotten Realms. So the AD&D Regdar will be Regdar the First."
"Huh?" I asked, knowing that the parents behind me were getting angry, but having a burning desire to know what the hell my son was talking about.
"It' OLD Dungeons and Dragons dad. OD&D. OLD. We are going back in time, right? So this will be Regdar the First. Duh."
It took me a while for my brain to parse that. "Oh."
Geeeez. The neighborhood parents must hate me by now.