I would like to teach a course on role-playing games. I have taught this course twice already and I have always found it enjoyable despite it being a lot of work. I have dealt with Tunnels and Trolls, Dungeons and Dragons, and Bunnies and Burrows. I would like to do more research into these 3 and perhaps add one or two more. I could spend the first week talking about my experiences with role-playing and working with the students to decide what we want to do with this class. For the next 5 or 6 weeks we could spend one week on each game, discussing various aspects of it in relation to the player, the dungeonmaster and the purchaser. The last 2 or 3 weeks the students would give their presentations. I would require each student to give an oral presentation and a demonstration of a role-playing game. More credit would be given if they presented a game not covered by me in the course. The objective of the class would be to increase players' knowledge of gaming and role-playing and to help them find the right game (or games) for them. I would enjoy having teachers as members of the class. I think they would find it to be a harder and more serious class than they expected.
Old journal entry from writing at school says I played Tunnels & Trolls in March 1981 on, I think, the 15th of the month.
On family RV-camping vacation along the Oregon coast—my parents, my grandparents, me, fellow kid Morgan who lived with us with his mom (she looked after us in afternoon while my folks were at work, then they looked after us while she was at evening classes).
Night at Sunset Bay.
From my mother’s journal of the trip:
“Before bedtime we had a short Tunnels & Trolls game with Dinah as Dungeon Master, & Jinx, Paul, & Morgan as adventurers. Besides our regular adventure characters (Jinx as half-elf mage Serendipity Thomas, Paul as elf-mage Floki Fairhair, & Morgan as dwarf fighter Aldo Snowdon with his charismatic mule Demo Shineyhooves), Dinah & Mort had rolled up a couple of “ringers”—a male elf, Slythra Slyne, & a female dwarf fighter, Jili Ironore. We adventured long enough for Floki & Serendipity to be gravely reduced in constitution through some nasty mishaps, & Slythra was magically transformed into a badger—& equipped with seven-league boots… We came to a resting place & Paul & Jinx (who felt as if they really were reduced to constitution points 3 each) decided to call it a night.”
[The next day had sand castle building by day and (someone who was probably me but maybe Morgan too playing Solitaire Dungeon). And the day after “& for the younger set Dungeon Adventures.”]
Went to M.V.T. [Multiversal Trading Company] and found out that the proprieter [sic] is David Hargrave himself. He autographed “Welcome to Skull Tower” for me.