I remember the first time I played Dungeons and Dragons. It was with my friend Daniel Wade. We were both pre-teens messing with the AD&D red box set. Daniel’s mother had bought it for him, and he and I were determined that we were going to play. We opened the box and went through the materials and, to be frank, got very little done. The truth is our lack of progress didn’t matter. Both of us were hooked.
Fast-forward to 2020, and you see where we are. Dungeons and Dragons is still around, and it’s more significant than ever. Popular culture has erupted in the toys, cartoons, and fantasy offerings of my childhood. Somehow, we’ve managed to embrace the geeks despite the forgotten history of when geekdom wasn’t quite so cool.
For me, seeing popular culture embrace fantasy, Sci-fi, and other elements of my past has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve loved how the things of my youth have been tackled in a bigger, better, and more creative way. Most of all, I’ve loved the sense of community that now exists around these things. I love sharing them with my friends and family. Also, I never thought, when I was younger, I would enjoy sharing them with my sons.
Earlier this year, I was working on a Pathfinder adventure to run for my regular group. I’ve played with these guys for around ten years, and all of them are accomplished role players. Even more daunting is that they consume films, movies, and books just like I do. We all love to try to find those moments of fascinating escape in our games, and sometimes we’ve really threaded that needle in meaningful ways.
The game was centered in modern-day Texas and explored Texas folklore moving in on current events. The players were going to be everyday guys with powers because of the shared Texas memes and stories we embrace in the Lone Star State. I was really looking forward to running the game, and I had everything planned out. I was just waiting for one of the other guy’s campaign to end.
It’s at this point that I should remind you that if you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans. So as his campaign ended, COVID began. To say that it has been “disruptive” would be an understatement.
So, we’re all stuck in the lockdown, and I have all of these creative ideas that I’m dying to explore, and I have no one to run this game for. Aaaarrrggggghhhhhh!
As I was in the depths of my creative despair, I remembered what people always told me: You should write a book. Yeah, the dyslexic guy with a wife, five boys, two dogs, and a petroleum job, during an international oil price war, should write a book?
All I can say to that idea was: Hold my beer.
So, now I’ve done it. I tried to get an agent or a publisher, and I got rejected like the other guy in the poster that Michael Jordan is dunking on. However, undaunted, I have completed the book, the editing, and the self-publishing process. As I type this, my book is hopefully less than 72 hours away from being available on Amazon in either the eBook Kindle format or in paperback.
This means that all of you, my friends, family, kids, gaming partners, and friends I have yet to meet, have to chance to dive into the Urban Fantasy Pathfinder game that COVID couldn’t kill. It’s like I’m playing the most massive D&D game ever, and the fact that I can invite you all is pretty cool. Hopefully, you like it. And if you do, I have good news. The Stars At Knight is the first of five books, and I’m already 3/4ths of the way done with Book number two.
I’ll share more as I get more details from Amazon. In the interim, Via Con Dios and God bless Texas!