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A Classically Liberal Neoconservative Tibetan Buddhist from the Midwest

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Man who made me what I am today

(besides that Byelorussian choir director who sent me to Soviet Union Language Village in the 1980s)


Sometime after I received my first Ninja "shuriken" throwing star in Catholic junior high through some East Coast martial arts catalog, I went out and purchased Advanced Dungeons and Dragons' Oriental_Adventures.

I was a bit disappointed that they never really fully developed any other player-characters besides Japanese ones (a yakuza gangster in Tang Dynasty China??), but the book (along with the badly-dubbed Saturday morning kung fu flicks) did get me into East Asian culture- albeit a culture dominated by samurai, bushi, "wu-jen" magicians, shugenja priests, sohei warrior monks, and of course ninja.

Eventually (like more than 10 years ago, OK?), I outgrew the gaming part of it and just began to read up on Japan/Korea/China history and culture.

I learned a bit of Korean in high school while taking Tae Kwon Do, went to Chinese language camp, went to Japan for 3 weeks, and became somewhat of a normal individual.

A brief cut-and-paste from Ace_of_Spades_HQ:

He will be remembered by many geeks of a certain age for helping making
long-lasting painful celibacy seem almost hip and cool (almost) . .

Hey, at least we didn't become fathers at age 16, alright?! So I got that going for me . . .


Blogger Uncle Ben said...

I have that same book tucked away somewhere. My friends and I played mainly with the second edition, but Oriental Adventures was fun for something different.

Saturday, March 08, 2008  

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