Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Dungeons and Dragons was the game I played. All through middle school and the first couple years of high school—until the possibility of sex hove into view. Before that, sex seemed like something for tall people who could run faster.

And here's how you played Dungeons and Dragons:
You got a sheet of paper. You got a pencil. You got three six-sided dice.

—Wait, stop. I tricked you. Did you think that was me writing? No, I only wish it were. That's Patton Oswalt, American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, on the merits of role-playing games, from his new memoir Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. It's a pretty funny book, with bits on grandmother's birthday gifts and snow forts and dropping acid alone. There's even a comic (as in comic strip, comic book, not humorous, but that too) chapter. And great "full disclosure" interludes throughout of lists of stuff Oswalt "did on the Internet while writing this chapter".

Stuff I did on the Internet while writing this blog post:

-Googled "young people voter turnout Canada" (37% for 18-24 year olds in 2008, c'mon guys).
-Refreshed my e-mail every few minutes (no new messages in inbox).
-Looked up the lyrics to Dark Fantasy by Kanye.

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