Sometime in September of 2012 I made a somewhat innocuous comment on facebook, something along the line of “getting your old D&D mates back to the table for old time’s sake was the modern equivalent of getting the band back together“.
That sparked a discussion with my old chum Shaun Keenan and we decided to have a go at it. We reached out to the legion of diceslingers who had once battled kobalds, goblins, and worse as a part of the Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club, a group we had formed back in the near prehistoric age of the late 1970s.
So it was that five years ago today, on the 5th of January of 2013, a group of friends came together for a game of Dungeons & Dragons.
Shaun made arrangements for us to use Ali-Caters in Marion, a sort-of abandoned tavern, complete with a dance hall still decorated like some kind of early 80s prom, with an obligatory spinning disco ball and blue and silver streamers punctuating the time-warp we’d entered.
Of the twenty plus past members we’d contacted, a relatively small assembly were able to answer the call, but answer it they did —Mike Duncan, Brent Smith, Joe Strunk, Doug Gentry, Shaun Keenan, Steve Congdon, and myself — seven grizzled tabletop warriors, returned to the fray once more and we have, for the most part, been together ever since.
Sure, it was supposed to be a one-time reunion, but it has evolved into a weekly online game with occasional gatherings in person. It’s been amazing reconnecting with these gentlemen, rekindling old friendships, and embracing once more the game that brought us together so many years before.
And we’re still evolving. While we’ve suffered great losses with the passing of two of our dear comrades, we have brought a number of new people into the game and we’re looking to grow even more.
We have big plans for 2018. While it’s the five year anniversary of our reunion game, it is also the forty year anniversary of the formation of the original Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club come December.
So, today, I raise a horn not only to those who have slung dice with us in the past and present, but also to those who will be dicing with us in the future.
Skál, Dog Brothers and Sisters. May your dice ever roll true.