The following handwritten notes from four sheets ruled 8.5 x 11 paper are about encounter areas in the Earth Temple section of the Crater Ridge Mines in the dungeon adventure Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil. My group played through this for a couple of years and had a lot of fun with it, if I had to guess then I would say that these notes are probably from around 2003-04.

Following is a brief piece I wrote a few days after Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax died in March 2008 and which I am sharing here on this fifth anniversary of his death. I can recall being pretty upset at the time. This item was the first of several that appeared in a memorial to Gary on our old website and responses and independent posts from other readers followed it. 

Following are some notes on an 8.5 x 11 ruled sheet. The references to "Arabian Adventures" and "kits" suggest that these were some ideas I jotted down while reading the "1,001 Arabian Nights" in the early 1990s and prior to my submission of a proposal to TSR for 2nd Edition D&D campaign setting -- something they came out with shortly thereafter in the form of their "Al Qadim." On the back of the sheet there is a reference to two vocabulary words, presumably ones I came across in my reading of the Arabian adventure stories. 

* Scrubbing Bubbler, et al (8.5 x 11 sheet of binder paper, from 1982 or 1983, for the gaming group I was part of at Carson Long Military Academy. One of our buddies had some hygiene issues and as part of trying to both give him a hint and screw with him we stat'ed up a bunch of cleanliness-oriented monsters, including the Scrubbing Bubbler and Mr. Clean Himself. This is clearly a monster that would be well adapted for use in a swarm, as per the current edition of the rules.) 


10th-Level Spells

Greater Wish

Delayed Blast Meteor Swarm

Summon Monster X

Improved Energy Drain


Power Word Kill, Mass

Doomsday Machine

Time Travel

Card deck, used for divinations. Infinite number of cards. All are archetypal themes, and intuitively known to a practiced oracle. Four main suits (swords, stars, staves, cups), but actually no limit to the number; items from other suits may turn up when appropriate. For example, the "5 of Pearls" might appear in a certain context. Other Major Trumps: The Four Horsemen (one card or four?); Warfare (J.M.'s card); The Beast (Winter?).