Monday, March 08, 2010
I'm fairly sure you are going to think less of me for this, but in my circle of friends, circa 1977, this would have made me the coolest dude alive.
@Ray - the difference is girls, sad to say. In my day, we had lots of nerdy fun at TI and nobody judged. During the Falklands War, the club divided on the subject. One day a bunch of us went to the mall and bought plastic model kits of the planes and ships in the British and Argentinian arsenals, built them, and hung them from the ceiling on opposite sides of the TV room. You sat with "your side" during the evening news, which was announced loudly by one of the football players at the appointed hour: "Time for the war!"
Those were the days.
In the early days, Dungeons and Dragons was cool and the local convention the Sheraton Inn in Anaheim attracted hundreds of beautiful girls and lots of positive MSM press. Architects, actors, college students of all stripes played the game until the 2 in the morning every weekend. It was all about sharing a story telling experience. Then Dan Rather and his duplicitous "60 Minutes" episode aired and everything changed. Think about how the "sudden acceleration" hysteria is hitting Toyota right now and you get the idea. The news media wanted headlines, Gary Gygax had to hire a bodyguard and the our world was changed forever.
As far as the room goes, from this architects perspective, he nailed it.