Please enjoy this encore post on Dungeons & Dragons, originally published March 2016.
Last week, after a book launch event at a used bookstore downtown, I became the proud owner of 1979 printings of the Player’s Handbook (PHB), Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual from the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (by Gary Gygax, as the covers proudly state).
So there I was, browsing the PHB and marveling at what the late 1970s considered optimal tabletop game design (racial preference tables! alignment-specific languages that you forget if you change alignment! different scaling for distances depending on whether you are above or below ground!), when I discovered that, uniquely among all the character attributes, the STR (strength) score has a numerical “in real life” quantification attached.
What would be my personal strength rating in Dungeons & Dragons?