Portrait of a Young Geek Holding the D&D Companion Set and a Bullwhip, Circa 1984

Rothfuss 1984

The geek is Patrick Rothfuss, who discovered D&D in the early ’80s, became a writer of fantasy novels, and recently found himself listed in Appendix E of the new Dungeon Master’s Guide. Read the hilarious and heartfelt story—he takes the sleeveless t-shirt head on, don’t worry—at his website.

I bet you’d forgotten about the Aerobie, the “flying ring” first sold in 1984. Because so many of us demanded a more aerodynamic flying disc, preferably one designed by an engineer.

4 Responses to “Portrait of a Young Geek Holding the <em>D&D Companion Set</em> and a Bullwhip, Circa 1984”


  1. 1 contradextraavenue February 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I wouldn’t knock the Aerobie, those things could seriously fly! In high school, before track practice, we used to play catch with one from opposite end zones of the football field. On more than one occasion, an overthrow would even result in it landing in the creek behind the field.

    • 2 2W2N February 11, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Not disputing the Aerobie’s greater aerodynamic ability. Just saying that adding one to a birthday or Christmas list makes one a giant nerd. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, obviously.

  2. 3 narvo February 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Ah dood, I totally remember the Aerobie. If my memory serves me correctly, the first time I threw one it went so far and high that it got stuck in a tall tree, and it’s convenient O-shape caused it to wrap conveniently around a branch, impossible to retrieve (for a shrimp of a teen). Those things were super awesome. Since it was razor thin and incredibly aerodynamic, it definitely took some skill to throw it correctly and safely.


  1. 1 Portrait of a Young Geek Holding the Players Handbook and Wearing a Moose Hat (1981) | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on August 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

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