Years ago I spent a lot of time with friends playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons™. You know, the game where you rolled dice and looked up a table in a hardback book to find out what happened.
After a hard day’s adventuring, slaying orcs, trolls, goblins and so forth the characters would retire for a hard-earned ale or four in the Green Dragon inn, a name we lifted from Tolkien. This was inevitably the cue to crack a few beers for real, if we hadn’t already. I’d never have guessed, back then, that I might one day sit in the real Green Dragon, on the Hobbiton Movie Set. Well, I did. And it was exactly what I imagined – a rusticated, Arts and Crafts-inspired building with mullioned windows, adzed beams, and a wonderfully home-like feel to it. Awesome.
The problem with AD&D was that it didn’t do what we…
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