The Twelve Days of...Gaming?
By Philip Athans

Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, "Weird Al" Yankovic . . . I walk among giants.

It wasn't my idea, but I was a willing participant. I wrote new lyrics to the classic Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," with the intent of selling Wizards of the Coast products. I will not apologize for that.

At first it was going to just be the lyrics, posted to the website, leaving all the singing up to you, but my ambition knows no bounds so I asked if we could actually record the song and post that here too.

Enter Keith Strohm and the Wassailants: Wizards of the Coast's own in-house choir (and what self-respecting game company doesn't have its own choir?). They lent their time and talents and I thank them all for bringing this song to life. There is nothing stranger than hearing people sing something you wrote, and stranger still when they just sing the hell out of it. I was floored! Just before the tape rolled, conductor Alex von Hochtritt turned to the soprano section and said, "Remember, I want Maria Callas." Maria Callas should be so lucky.

Destined to be a holiday classic? You decide. I just thought it would be fun, and it was.

"The Twelve Days of Gaming"

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(To hear the song you will need Real Player G2. Download it from their site.)

(Click on the links below to find out more about each title.)

On the first day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
A brand new Player's Handbook.

On the second day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Two Fallen Suns
and a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the third day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the fourth day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Four DM's Guides,
three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the fifth day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the sixth day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Six Servant of the Shards,
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the seventh day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Seven Star Wars games, six Servant of the Shards,
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the eighth day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Eight Dark•Matter books, seven Star Wars games, six Servant of the Shards,
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the ninth day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Nine Living Greyhawks, eight Dark•Matter books, seven Star Wars games, six Servant of the Shards,
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the tenth day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Ten D&D minis, nine Living Greyhawks, eight Dark•Matter books, seven Star Wars games, six Servant of the Shards,
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the eleventh day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Eleven Invasion decks, ten D&D minis, nine Living Greyhawks, eight Dark•Matter books, seven Star Wars games, six Servant of the Shards,
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

On the twelfth day of Gaming, my DM gave to me
Twelve Pokémon cards, eleven Invasion decks, ten D&D minis, nine Living Greyhawks, eight Dark•Matter books, seven Star Wars games, six Servant of the Shards,
Five Five Rings books.
Four DM's Guides, three Monster Manuals, two Fallen Suns
And a brand new Player's Handbook.

The Wassailants
Under the direction of Keith Strohm

From left: Mary-Elizabeth, Keith, Britt, Doug, Miranda, James,
Alex, Monica, Marty, Wendy, Stegar, and Jennifer.

Mary-Elizabeth Allen, soprano
Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, alto
Marty Durham, bass
Monica Glasenapp-Horn, alto
Miranda Horner, soprano
Britt Scott, soprano
Douglas Steves, tenor
Stegar Thompson, bass
Wendy Wallace, alto
James Wyatt, tenor
Alex von Hochtritt, conductor

Recording and web development by Mark Jindra
Idea and inspiration: Sue Cook


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