Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. angullimala says:

    Man I hope the HBO series does it justiceReport

  2. Freddie says:

    This was my Lord of the Rings, too. Really loved the original trilogy and devoured tons of the lesser spin-offs.

    I don’t know, there’s something about a fantasy milieu that makes me allow for a bit more cheese than I ordinarily would. That’s part of what I loved about those original books; they were so overwrought in terms of drama and romance. You can’t get away with that usually outside of the fantasy world, but in that context I eat it up.Report

  3. North says:

    Ah yes Dragonlance. I came to it late but the humor, above all the humor, was how it got me.

    And yes, they ran it into the ground.Report

  4. Nob Akimoto says:

    I think the main problem with Dragonlance is that it moved from a set of books based on a pen and paper campaign they actually played (and thus characters with real personalities) to a bunch of books that didn’t have that same advantage. That said, I’m rather actually enjoying the Dark Chronicles, which I think has a nice mix of the elements of Chronicles and Legends….

    It’s a guilty pleasure, of course. But since I’m a self-published D&D sourcebook author, I think I can get away with that. :pReport

  5. Jaybird says:

    I read these in, golly, must have been 7th Grade.

    I was immediately entranced by all of the dynamics between everybody… they did a very simple trick that worked amazingly well to introduce the characters without having to introduce the characters to each other… the assumption was that everybody already knew everybody but they were meeting for the first time in a long time. (We’ve pretty much adopted this for our games as well… instead of saying that all of the level 1s happen to be in the same tavern, we say that all of the level 3s are coming back to the tavern after a year or so and they’re re-uniting).

    It strikes me as being a perfect series about a perfect epic gaming session.Report