Sunday, November 29, 2009

Harold & Kumar Go To GenCon

On a Deadhead board recently, I read a post detailing what kind of erm, chemical help, the band was availing themselves of during the recording sessions for each album. Not sure how true it was, but it was funny as hell. Similarly, I've always wondered about rpgs...what kind of drugs were the designers doing when they wrote that stuff? Here are my tongue-in-cheek guesses:

OD&D - Coffee, beer & red wine, nicotine
1e AD&D - Sensimilla, coffee, nicotine, fruit wine
2e AD&D - coffee, nicotine, wine coolers
3e AD&D - Starbucks coffee, microbrews
4e AD&D - AA badges
OSRIC/LL/S&W - Viagra, coffee, nitroglycerin
Empire of the Petal Throne - Nepalese temple-balls, Persian H, mescaline, chai
Runequest - shrooms, sensimilla, herbal tea
WFRP 1e - blow, Lebanese black hash, Newcastle brown
CoC - pcp, nitrous, opium
Sorceror - Red Bull, paint stripper
RIFTS - roids, Gatorade
T&T - coffee, sensi, beer
Gamma World - acid, sensi, mescaline
d20 Gamma World - Xanax, diet pills
Traveller - coffee, truckstop speed, tequila
Vampire: The Masquerade - Xanax, ritalin
Talislanta - more of everything with a needle & a spoon
GURPS - valium, coffee
Forward to Adventure! - pipe tobacco, coffee
Exalted - fruit juice masquerading as a 'smart drug'

And feel free to add you own favorite hopped-up games to the list.


E.G.Palmer said...

We drank a lot of mead while playing AD&D. It seemed fitting.

ze bulette said...

What a crazy post... A part of me now regrets I never tried to engage any Green Tortoise passengers in a game of old D&D...yeah, I was a Green Tortoise driver a long time ago... :-)

ze bulette said...

oh yeah, your list seems to have forgotten the more obvious:

Paranoia - Sensimilla, although Crank seems to be apropos too (no exp. points with it here though) :-) it's funny cos I read a B/X Blackrazor blogpost recently about Otus and thought about posting a similar to this entry.

hh said...

What about Jorune?!?! You KNOW Leker/Teves/Leker must've been on some serious drugs. Let me take a crack (no pun intended) at it: Peyote, mescaline jelly, and ganja.

Ragnorakk said...
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Ragnorakk said...

This slays!

"RIFTS - roids, Gatorade"
heh heh!

maybe Miller & co had large doses of Dimenhydrinate(dramamine, etc) around at various points of Traveller...

crazyred said...

Metamorphosis Alpha - ditchweed and Cap'n Crunch.

Adam Thornton said...

Arduin: weed, weed, weed, weed, shrooms, weed, weed, beer, weed, weed, weed.

J.A.G.S. Wonderland: Stelazine.

F.A.T.A.L.: Roofies.

Mike(aka kaeosdad) said...

Hm... sounds like I may have to give Runequest a try.

E.G.Palmer said...

Where are you,Kellri? I need more awesome free gaming stuff!

Brunomac said...

Ale and the green weed monster (medical and legal, of course) often plays a role in my games. Hey, Paul Atredies had his spice to get in the mood, and so do I...

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Genghis Don said...

Heh, cute