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Re: (TFT) Memories --> Tim gives us the goods on Dave???
You did indeed introduce me to Melee. The members of this list might
get a kick out of this story...
It was a Saturday night at college and you, Butch (who is on this list)
and Joe were playing this little game on a tiny hex map with some
pretty crappy painted lead figures (I remember lots of orcs for some
reason). You guys had been after me to try to play it for sometime so I
finally decided to give in. You pulled out Death Test 1 and put
together a character for me and while I tried to remember what the f__k
STR did Joe told me that I was going to lead the party since I'd never
played it before and they had gone through it dozens of times already
and something about not heading the party to the bear room whatever the
heck that was. So what did I do? I led the party straight to the bear
room. I was dead in a matter of 10 minutes and as I sat there and
watched everyone else continue to play on without me I remember
thinking what a sucky little game this is and how was I going to bail
out of the room in a way that I wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings. So
that was my introduction to Melee.
If I remember correctly you guys continued to play it a lot over at
Butch's house on weekends. I do remember some of you talking a lot
about the game you were running and how Joe had lost a hobbit character
that he had played because Butch (I think), while fighting a giant,
shot him in the back with an arrow and did triple damage. I recall
thinking, oh, that sucky little game again. Now my memory goes a little
fuzzy here. We were mainly playing some heavy duty, serious gaming
using Runquest rules and I don't really remember playing much more (if
any) TFT at college. It wasn't until after I graduated that, on a whim,
I picked up a copy of the rules (the edition with the naked gargoyle on
the cover) to see what this was all about. If you hadn't tried to
introduce me to it in the first place I don't know if I would have ever
bought it. What followed has been a love affair with this little game.
I don't even care to try to count the number of games I've played since
then. And never with counters. Since that first night going into the
Death Test with the crappy painted miniatures I've always played with
After college and in between our weekly Cthulhu game we did play TFT
several times. But it was mainly mass combat, arena style one nighters
if I recall. I'm trying to remember the Viking, Seventh Voyage of
Sinbad games. Did I play in those? Or did you game those down at the
Saturday club at the bank? (By the way the other game I was always glad
you introduced me to was Circus Maximus. I manage to play that about
once a year with a historical gaming group here on Long Island.)
So welcome to the list. I've been hanging out in here for a few years
now. Even though it gets quite every now and then all it takes is a few
e-mails and it seems to spring back to life. I hope we haven't bored
the regular members with stories from our early days of gaming.
If you want to catch up you can e-mail me off list.
--David O. Miller
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