Growing up in Chicago, Lage Geneva was just this place that family members would go to when they wanted a bit a luxury getaway. Little did I know that while I was playing soccer and obsessed with G.I. Joe, Gary Gygax was there in Lake Geneva, creating the foundations for Dungeons & Dragons, and in doing so, creating what would become part of my future job. If you're interested in going to see the Gygax home and all of the other gaming-historic spots in Lake Geneva, Geek Nation Tours is headed there. But you'd better get your ticket soon, booking closes on the 1st of May.
About the tour:
A journey to mecca, and an adventure to the heart of the very creation of the game we all love – Dungeons and Dragons. We go not only to game and to seek out adventure, but also to discover its roots and reconnect with our own pasts. To roll dice and to take on roles of wizard, thief, cleric or warrior. To visit and make merry with a new band of adventurers, to meet elves, dwarves, halflings and orcs… To gain friends as well as gold. Come with us to adventure… come with us on a Geek Nation Tours of epic proportions where you will battle dragons, delve into the deepest dungeons, collect the treasure, meet at the tavern, visit sacred places of power, study ancient texts, listen to tales of lore from wise sages and forge your own path of destiny!
Geek Nation Tours will travel to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the birthplace of Dungeons & Dragons and all roleplaying games that have come in the time since. We will play Dungeons & Dragons in the very house where it was first summoned, the immortal lair of Gary Gygax. We will be joined by Gary’s son Ernie Gygax, who (along with his sister Elise) was one of the first two people to ever play D&D. Ernie was the wizard Tenser of “Tenser’s Floating Disk” fame. What’s more, Ernie will be behind the DM screen to run a very special “everybody in” massive group session of one of his father’s best known (and most feared) modules…The Tomb of Horrors (module S1)! But that is not all, he will be sharing at least one module of his own creation – The Marmoreal Tomb. Other former TSR creators will also be on hand running some of their own classic modules in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, including Jeff Leason, who was the co-designer of The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (C1). Mr. Leason will also be running playtest games of a sequel to The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan: C2 The Hauntings End!
Everyone will have a chance to play with these legends throughout the tour and achieve the exalted status of a Gygax Number of 2! What’s a Gygax Number you ask? Why, it’s the degrees of separation between yourself and Gary Gygax. Since it is no longer possible to play with the father of RPGs himself (granting you a Gygax Number of 1), playing with those who have played alongside him (Ernie Gygax, for example) will earn you a Gygax Number of 2.
Kick back by the fire in the tavern and hear stories from the early days of Dungeons & Dragons and TSR from the people who were there. Be sure to bring your books and modules to have the creators make their mark upon them for all to see when you return home to regale your family, friends and fellow gamers with your tales of high adventure.
This tour will also feature trips to historical locations within the Lake Geneva area where Gary Gygax’s imagination was fed by his childhood exploration. We will also visit the original home of GenCon, former TSR locations and the fountain where a memorial for Gary Gygax has become a sacred location and pilgrimage destination for gamers. Be sure to bring your favorite D20 to roll on the memorial and perhaps receive a blessing (or a curse depending on the roll)!