Seminary here refers to a religious school; he's training to be a minister, IIRC. He and his wife moved to Manhattan last year to attend school. And yeah, he had a bit of a falling-out with some people at rpg.net and doesn't visit anymore. I have no idea whether or not he maintains a presence on any other gaming boards.
Archaeology is nothing like Indiana Jones. I've never once gotten to punch a Nazi!
He mentioned that his wife was attending seminary to become a priest (see here), not sure if he also was going to seminary school or not. Someone else posted that he is, but I couldn't find any links to Mike Mornard himself saying that he was, just that his wife was.
Post by gronanofsimmerya on Jul 9, 2011 9:00:09 GMT -6
General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, NYC
My wife is studying to be a priest, and will graduate in 2012.
I am studying to get a degree in Congregational Development (Fundraising and capital management) and will also graduate in 2012.
Havard's original request hit just after midterms and got forgotten.
I left RPGnet because somebody made a comment about "a priest convicted of child molesting, what a surprise", and I got tired of Christians being the last unprotected group on RPGnet. If the person had happened to be homosexual, and I had said "A gay child molester, what a surprise," I would have been permabanned so fast my bum would have dropped into hyperspace.
I just got tired of the "We are going to protect all groups except Christians" unstated but enforced attitude.
Michael, thanks for taking time to post in this thread. As you may know, I have a bit of an obsession about Dave Arneson's original campaign. I have learned alot from some of the others who played in his early games, but I would also be interested in hearing more about your experiences.
A couple of questions:
1) Did you have a specific character that you remember playing? Or if not, did you have a class or race that you would frequently use?
2) Arneson ran multiple parallell games in Blackmoor. Who were the other players in the group you played with?
3) Do you remember playing in any specific locations in the game, like the Temple of the Frog, the Blackmoor Dungeon, or even some other areas?
4) Did you experience any of the truly weird ideas that Dave has become known for?
Much appreciated if you have time to answer these, or any other memories you might want to share
Welcome, Michael! We do like to have a relaxed atmosphere here where you can talk about the old days or the games that were around in the old days.
I for one am quite jealous that you got to know so many key RPG folks back "in the day." My contacts with both Gary and Dave happened many years after this and I can only imagine their enthusiasm level when OD&D was all just coming out in the first place. Amazing times.
Marv / Finarvyn DCC playtester (2011) S&W WhiteBox author (2009) C&C playtester (2003) Builder of the TrollBridge for T&T; Amber Diceless player since 1993 OD&D Player since 1975; Metamorphosis Alpha since 1976
"Don't ask me what you need to hit. Just roll the die and I will let you know!" - Dave Arneson
Hiya Michael, Great to see you see you over here, too.
> A correction on chronology: > Late 1971 or early 1972 or whenever the hell Gary started running Greyhawk, started playing Greyhawk
*g* Right at the end of 1972.
> 1973 started running pre-publication D&D at the U of MN wargames club, whose advisor was Prof. MAR Barker (Phil) > 1973 or 1974, Phil disappears for six weeks or so and reappears with the first ditto copies of Empire of the Petal Throne, which is almost 100% identical in content to the TSR version
August 1974. Still amazed at how quickly Phil moved; from just getting back into gaming to playing in your D&D game (letters published March & August 1974 respectively) and reworking his extensive Tékumel material into game form.