Portrait of a Young Geek Playing Dungeons & Dragons, 1982

Mike Hughes The Arrow 1982

The geek and “Dragon Master” is Michael Hughes, a writer, teacher, performer, and occultist. Hughes founded the D&D Club at Andover High in 1981-1982, and, as luck (or fate) would have it, one of his homemade adventure modules appears in a compendium I wrote about a couple of years ago, The Habitation of the Stone Giant Lord and Other Adventures from Our Shared Youth. Mike talks a bit about D&D and The Habitation of the Stone Giant Lord here.

At the link you’ll also see an old school character sheet for “Grey Wanderer,” a half-elf ranger/cleric who possesses suspiciously high ability scores—though not so much in the way of looks, poor fellow. You’ll notice “Chaotic Good” listed under languages. That’s not a mistake. “Alignment languages” were a thing in the early versions of D&D and AD&D.

If you’re into Lovecraftian horror, do check out Mike’s novels Blackwater Lights and Witch Lights, published by Random House.

Mike Hughes CS

1 Response to “Portrait of a Young Geek Playing <em>Dungeons & Dragons</em>, 1982”


  1. 1 Mark G January 17, 2020 at 6:00 am

    It’s interesting that the article mentions Brian Boru. That’s the name of the game character played by Scott Gardiner, the main character in the “Mazes & Monsters” like novel “Hobgoblin” that was published in 1981.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobgoblin_(novel)


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