Regdar (3rd Level Human Fighter, Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition by Wizards of the Coast)
GenCon, Milwaukee, the year was 2000, the newest edition of D&D was released, the halls were filled with folks sitting on the floors thumbing through their Player’s Handbooks (which had literally just been released at GenCon!). We found the only official 3rd Edition game being run at GenCon, and it wasn’t full! Why? It wasn’t labeled correctly in the conbook. The DM was Chris Perkins, and the adventure was “The Dungeon of the Fire Opal” written by Jonathan Tweet, and appearing in the upcoming Dragon Magazine #84, we were even listed as play-testers.
Chris Perkins, it can be assumed, had played his fair share of 3rd Edition prior to GenCon, having been part of the WotC team. The adventure was a dungeon crawl, lots of doors to open and monsters to be fought. Facing off against the dragon (white, relatively young IIRC), Regdar went down. Chris asked me to make a stabilization roll. The rules were still new to all of us. Roll a d20 on a 19 or 20 you stabilize. I picked up my d20 and I rolled.
“Wow, I have never seen anyone actually make the roll.” Chris remarked. Regdar dug in and stood his ground. His tale was not yet done being told. And, how lame would it be if the iconic fighter had died so early in his career.
I still have my 3e PHB signed by all the players at the table and Chris Perkins as well as the three Designers (Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams) and Gary Gygax!
And I made a friend. GenCon nametags used to have the state you were from on them. So, looking across the table, this energetic young man was also from Massachusetts. I struck up a conversation, thinking he was a teenager. Oddly, he signed his name XXX, M.D. I thought this to be an amusing affectation. Color me wrong, Dr. Paul was at Harvard Medical School and just happened to look young!
It was a good year!
My friend Jason played in the open gaming room where the sage, Skip Williams, was running a game. I bring this up, because when asked how much the damage would be when the ½ orc swung the unconscious bard at a monster, the answer was “d6” and that was straight from the mouth of the sage, so for those of you old enough to remember Sage Advice, now you know.
Weapon: Bard (blunt) 1d6 damage.