As most of you know, I wear a red d20 around my neck and have been doing so for the last 2 years. There is the history of this dice.
We go back to a magical time, about 11 years ago when I was 19. My friends Sargon (chris Gale) and Carl Albarda along with another friend who doesn’t use facebook but his name is Jason were playing Dungeons and Dragons in the basement of my house in Heritage. I was new to the rules and had no idea what I was doing, but listened to Sargon and Carl about how to make the characters and was very intrigued. We were all playing Half Dragons and it sounded very interesting. Once the characters were made and the scene unfolded, we were off to explore the underground dungeon. Hours past and dice rolled, we had pulled the ceiling from the cave down to have a cone of sunlight beaming down on us so we could see some shadows (shades). I’m pretty sure more stuff happened after that and it is a bit fuzzy since I don’t remember much after that due to it being 2 in the morning and we were all tired.
Fast forwarding a bit. I am now 20 and I met someone named Daemon. We went to Wizards Comics in Millwoods (now called Quantum Comics) where there was World Wide Dungeons and Dragons Day going on. This is what I was waiting for, another chance to play Dungeons and Dragons again and have another adventure. I rolled up a Lvl 1 Human Fighter with all the starting suggested gear. We battled goblins in a swamp and kobolds in caves and it was an awesome time but the next bit was even better. During the last bit of the adventure, one of our adventures got eaten by a giant or Huge worm. Desperatly we tried to get him out by hacking and slashing at the side of the great beast but to no avail, Suddenly our cleric had a great idea, he was going to get into this fight and stab the slithering monstrosity in the hopes of making an opening for our unfortunate PC. With a successful roll of a 1 on the dice, he managed to stab and kill the PC in the worm and we were all dead soon after that.
Once the game was over and we collected our sheets and pencils, The organizer gave us each a dice to keep. Mine was a red D20 (which i still have to this day) I thought this was awesome! I have used D20 before when we played the one night at the house but I never owned a D20 before. This was my first real twenty sided dice and I was going to forever treasure this dice as my first gaming dice.
Years past and I didn’t play much DnD for a whole until I was invited to my Brother in Laws’ friends place to play with their group. I was excited to play again. I rolled up a level 1 human sorceror and called him Sayne. We played every Saturday night for months and I was getting very enthusiastic about playing with them more and more. During The Calgary Comic Expo of 2012, I found a booth (www.weregeek.com) where they were selling D20 necklaces with a clasp and a super glued dice. I bought the red dice on a chain and wore it proudly. I came back from the con and wore the dice to every session and every event on the outside of every outfit so everyone can see my red D20.
During the Summer of 2012, the edmonton fringe was happening and I saw an advertisement for: Dungeons and Dragons Improv and my mind was blown. Dungeons and Dragons improv, were they just going to be sitting around a table making up everything on the spot? Well yes and no. The cast were playing characters they had rolled up before. They had a program they were handing out during the show showing the audience the stats and names of each player and their actual names. 2012 fringe Dungeons and Dragons Improv programThe Cast of the 2012 Dungeond and Dragons Improv show.Before I could even grasp how they were going to determine fights and checks, Ritchie Panas pulled out 2 giant inflatable D20s and said, we will roll these into the audience and you will roll them back to us. THIS WAS EPIC!!! as the show continued every night of the fringe (and it was not the same show as the previous night, it was a long 11 day campaign) I thought, This is what dungeons and dragons is to me, acting and rolling dice and being the character and seeing and living the characters.
I joined a gaming group at Quantum Comics and Collectibles in Millwoods and Bodhi, the store owner and several other friends played (and continue to play) Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Big Eyes Small Mouth and ShadowRun. During the year, the YEGDND cast continued to play their show on Tuesdays at the Paramount theatre and I and several other friends continued to go every month, to every 2 weeks to every week until the Fringe came back again. More and different cast members showed up and the stories got more and more energetic.
The YEGDND cast and show have been a gaming family and a supportive group to each other and to the fans who continue to show up. With every new and wonderful show, you make an awe inspiring world and experience like no other. With every roll of the dice, the fate of each and every member is unravelled and with life and death hanging on by gentle sway and frow of the inflated polyhedrals. I thank you, the Yeg DND cast and my brother in law and friends for keeping me enthralled with Dungeons and Dragons. I thank Sargon Underclaw and Carl and Jason for introducing me to DND and I thank Daemon for taking me to Wizards and playing the game with me and showing me this adventure.
I wear this D20 to represent my first time playing in World Wide Dungeons and Dragons Day, To show my geek side and to always remember that special day when I was part of a game of fellow friends and enthusiasts and fanatics. I will continue to wear this dice over and above all other jewelry or clothes I own because it is a symbol of fun and adventure wherever i go.
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