While the ‘Dads are on adventures at home and abroad, EarBuds can share and enjoy 77 minutes of some of our best Dungeons & Dragons content from the past few years of TechnoRetro Dads.
Michael Witwer talks about his book Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons in his first two appearances on TechnoRetro Dads, shazbazzar and JediShua recall their earliest experiences playing Dungeons & Dragons, and the Shualings and shazlings watch the animated Dungeons & Dragons TV show from the 1980s.
It’s been an adventurous week with the ‘Dads as shazbazzar took an unexpected trip to Ashland, Kentucky and JediShua battled strange magicks which had cursed his castle in Arvada, Colorado. So this seemed like a good time to FLASHBACK to seasons 2, 3, and 5 of TechnoRetro Dads in some of the Dungeons & Dragons discussions from the past.
Toys in the Attic
JediShua and shazbazzar first talked about playing Dungeons & Dragons in July 2014. From their first Basic Sets to their experiences with the “older kids” and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, shazbazzar and JediShua remember friends like Randy McClure, Jason Fisher, Jeff Grimm, Perry Lipker, and more. Dungeons & Dragons was nothing like the ‘Dads expected (no one was actually killing anyone), it was all about becoming a different person in a moderated community story-telling adventure where players’ characters interact with foes and friends in a fantasy setting where magic is real, dragons exist, and it’s always good to have an interesting (and interested) Dungeon Master. And try not to shoot your friends’ pets.
SuperFriend Michael Witwer
After last fall’s release of his second book about Dungeons & Dragons, it seemed fitting to revisit the first two times SuperFriend Michael Witwer appeared on TechnoRetro Dads. Introducing his book, Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons, Mike gives some insight into what EarBuds can expect in the book. Then, soon after its release, he returns for a more-informed discussion with the ‘Dads after they had both read the biographical history of Dungeons & Dragons.
JediShua and shazbazzar reminisce about watching Dungeons & Dragons, an animated series from the ‘80s that featured a group of kids at an amusement park who were magically transported into the world of Dungeons & Dragons when they rode a specific rollercoaster. As one of the last cartoons of their childhood, the ‘Dads fondly remember the short series as their imaginations ran wild with ideas of how to incorporate some ideas from the television show into their gaming experiences.
We Love Our Cereal…
…and the younger versions of our kids did, too! The shazlings and the Shualings join in for a cereal challenge, long ago, as the ‘Dads sat down for a bowl of Corn Pops in a Cereal Challenge from years ago. Part of the Cereal Challenge was to eat cereal while watching some classic cartoons from the ‘70s and ‘80s. While eating Corn Pops, the TechnoRetro families tuned in to the animated Dungeons & Dragons cartoon from the mid-eighties.
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