Monday, December 15, 2014
Gamers and Granola
In addition to my robotics class I am also in charge of a Dungeons and Dragons group for our middle school after school program. Yes, yes, King of the Nerds, I know.
It looks like a very fun group, and compared to robotics it is generally an easy class to do. A little preparation and a lot of improv. No inconvenient Laws of Physics or anything of the sort.
There are of course a lot of dice involved. Happily my archaeology pal Moose and Hobbes has been doing conservation work on ancient Roman dice found in London. Her stuff is always worth a read..... Romans....Game Over..
I asked her if the Romans had figured out the classic Dungeons and Dragons 20 sided dice and she immediately put me onto some interesting examples. Most appear to have been made in Egypt, either in the Roman era or the Greek/Hellenistic era that preceded it.
I suppose it is all a by product of the current obsession with preventing childhood obesity. This is a pet project of our First Lady and I concede it is an attempt - albeit misguided - to work on a real problem. But mandates without nuance are always an arbitrary foot stomp. What party of adventurers can be expected to endure and survive the rigors of a harsh and stressful campaign without a fluorescent green strengthening draught of raw sugar and caffeine?
In my role as game master I can but shake my head and intone somberly; "We live in Dark Times. Dark Times indeed."