No, today is not my birthday, it was October 12, and neither is it today D&D’s birthday (not sure anyone remembers exactly what day it is), but it’s close enough that both are in October. The fact does remain that this month both D&D and I turned 30 years old. I’m not sure what that says about me, when I love playing a game that is as old as I am, and which I’ve been playing constantly for more than half our lifetimes. That I’m a geek? Old news. Perhaps it really doesn’t say anything at all (at least I’m not one of those who has been playing non-stop for the past 30 years; I know a lot of those and most make me shudder).
Anyhoo, I find it funny that all of a sudden D&D is all across the major news organizations. It truly is a Golden Age of Geekdom (especially if we can forget completely about that D&D Movie travesty) when you go to CNN.com to get the latest on the war in Iraq or the race for the White House, and right there you see a fellow geek rolling some dice, quite likely telling the DM, “I waste it with my crossbow!!!” Ahh, brings a smile to my face.
Take a look at the Associated Press article on CNN.com entitled “Gamers Mark 30 Years of Dungeons & Dragons” and another one from the National Review Online entitled “I Was A Teenage Half-Orc.” And heck, click to see the Google search on “Dungeons & Dragons 30 years” and be surprised (I know I was) by all the articles spreading geekdom across the US.