Down the memory lane.

Down the memory lane.

I love books. Yesterday, I’ve stopped by the Powell’s bookstore downtown Portland, the way I do at least once a month. In addition of being surrounded by books, this pilgrim gives me a chance to discover books Amazon’s recommendation algorithm would miss. While roving the colorful rooms, my eye was caught by the subtitle of a new book: Gary Gygax and the birth of Dungeon & Dragons. I immediately found myself thirty-three years in the past, when I discovered with my friends AD&D (in its French edition, s’il vous plait!). I bought the book (Empire of Imagination by Michael Witwer). It was a bit pricy, but really interesting as it tells the reader the sorry of the birth of D&D and Gary’s biography. Like most role players, I knew the name Gygax but that was it. To be true, you don’t really need much more to play. AD&D gave us access to a fantastic treasure. Beside the endless campaigns played during the weekends – and more –, I learned to use my imagination. I’ve stopped playing years ago, maybe because role playing is a social game, and I’ve left many friends behind as I jumped from countries to countries. However, I never stopped messing with computers, and imagination is probably one of the most important skill you need to become a passionate programmer. So thank you M. Gygax!