Celebrity Game Table Archive
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Peter Adkison's Ilboria Campaign
Operation: Deepfreeze - A Montecon Adventure
Thomas M. Reid: The Lunchtime Dungeon Crawl
Daneen McDermott: The Sumberton Campaign
Ed Stark: The Campaign Kick-Off
Rich Baker: Return to the Tomb of Horrors Campaign
Peter Adkison: Random NPC Generator
Philip Athans: The Tegel Campaign
Sean Reynolds: The Praemal Campaign


Celebrity Game Table
The Lunchtime Dungeon Crawl Campaign
By Thomas M. Reid

Roll Call

Unfortunately, I can’t begin to remember every single person who played in my dungeon crawl over five-plus years, but here is a list of as many as I can recall, along with a few notes on their characters.
Gone, But Not Forgotten

Peter Archer, managing editor of Book Publishing, played Farfallen, a dwarf with a big axe of his forefathers known as "Blood-Blood." Farfallen was very proud of his heritage, speaking of it often (to anyone who even remotely looked like they were listening).

Phil Athans, also an editor in Book Publishing, played Pstebp of Pstubp (all of the "P"s are silent), a cleric of Manfred, the god of greed and cowardice. Manfred’s symbol was the ever-bulging eye. Pstebp often screamed like a girl and usually wanted to run away, but if you phrased everything in terms of finding treasure around the very next corner, the greed usually overcame the cowardice. Usually.

Jess Lebow, the third Book Publishing amigo in the group, played Clempf, a human warrior with uncanny strength who could throw a mean dart. Clempf was absolutely fearless, no matter what the situation, and when he died, his brother Clempk instantly appeared and vowed vengeance. Jess had lots and lots of dice.

Julie Mazurek, one of our typesetters back in Wisconsin, played Lynx, an elf armed with a bow. As quiet as Julie was, I think she used to have the most fun in the game. She was also the only one who ever mapped worth a damn.

Ed Stark played Squib, the halfling "adventurer" ("Never call me a thief!") who set up a combination bank and mail-order store for people to safely stash away resurrection savings funds and acquire magical items from afar, all in one convenient place.

Douglas Steves of our brand team played the Ranger Jozarian, then his brother, the Ranger Ozarian, then their cousin Zarian, and. . . .

Steve Winter, also known as "Old Man," was the AD&D creative director back in Wisconsin. I can’t remember anything about his character, surprisingly enough, but I do remember the day he was captured by jermalaines, who tied him up and stuck raisins up his nose. Or maybe it was the other way around.

I know there were others, but they escape my memory for the moment. I hope they had as much fun as I did.

The Current Roster

Eric Cagle, the Roleplaying R&D department’s administrative assistant, plays Ten, a cleric of Kord. Ten actually thinks his name is "Medic!"

Katie Kallio, D&D’s marketing director, plays Gizmo the half-elf fighter. Katie is slowly but surely learning the game and seems to have the most fun of all of us.

Adam Conus of our customer service department, runs Kobort, the fighter-wizard. He used to play a cleric who stuck his arm into a big purple squishy column and lost it. Then there was a barbarian who tried to jump across a 30-foot-wide chasm. I think the resultant demise is what gave Brian Mitchell (see below) the inspiration for his own characters’ names.

Miguel Duran, D&D promotions coordinator, occasionally appears with Torvauld the bard. Torvauld doesn’t really have much to say. He’d rather sing. . . .

Jeff Grubb plays Thock the monk. Thock is beginning to grow suspicious of his companions, because he always seems to find himself fighting one-on-one with whatever foes the group encounters. He also hates ogres.

Brian Mitchell, D&D marketing manager, has gone through a whole heap of barbarians, each of which was given a name "that sounds very much like a sack of rotting garbage hitting the pavement after a long fall." Currently, Barm prowls the dungeon, waiting to rage on behalf of his fellow adventurers.

Jack Sabin, director of corporate communications, plays Vytol, a young buck learning the trials and tribulations of being a paladin among so many ne’er-do-wells.

Alex Weitz, also of customer service, plays Samus, a fighter-rogue who seems intent on talking the DM into giving him a powerful magical sword. Or was that a cursed backbiter? I never can remember which. . . .

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