Ye Old PC My Dad Played

Wow, I am still organizing and unpacking from the move to Florida. The wife asked me to try and clear out as much D&D stuff as possible, so today on Father’s Day, I was drudging through the 7 boxes of RPG game gear when I came across my step dad’s old PC. Yup my step dad played D&D with me on weekends and weekdays when he was not working. The date on the character sheet was erased, but it said 10/31/82, I was 16 at the time, and most likely the DM for the games he played in. I got a chuckle that he had 18 (00) strength, I had forgot about that stat, matter of fact, his character was pretty much a super hero (Str 18(00), Int 14, Wis 19, Dex 15, Con 17 & Char 18) compared to the ones I make these days using standard point buy rules instead of rolling dice. Back then, I think we used the roll 4 die 6s, 7 times, and re-roll any “ones” and then drop the lowest roll.

I called my step dad to say happy Father’s Day and told him I found his old PC and he laughed. He remembered it was a druid when I said the PC’s name. We talked for a while about the games we had played together. Now, nearly 25 years since we last gamed together, I said thanks for being involved in my life.

On the whole life thing, I saw on the back of the character sheet at the bottom a place for the PC’s will. Back in the days of AD&D, players died often, and sometimes that will area got used to help divide up the belongings of the deceased. I have not seen a “will” area on a character sheet in ages; too funny.

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Shent_lodge, AKA Jon, started this website, in 2000, initially as a player's guide to his home game. He has run through, and run for, hundreds of players of the Dungeons and Dragons game since 1980. These days he plays, or runs games using the WORST RPG rules set.


  1. greentiger says:

    Great post!