Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Nik Nak’s Weekly Teaser — 27-7-2016: Gary Gygax

Right … 

I am feeling decidedly rushed: as I want to get a letter written: BEFORE I head into town to post it.

But, on the upside?

At least the postman’s been with a delivery!

So, without much further ado?

Here’s the Brentwood Gazette Weekly Teaser for THIS week: covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 27th July saw the birth of games designer, E. Gary Gygax.   In which year of the 1930s?
Q2) Gygax was the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons.   Who did he co-create the game with: Greg Stafford, Dave Arneson or Ken St. Andre?
Q3) Gygax’s company first published Dungeons and Dragons, in which year of the early 1970s: 1972, 1973 or 1974?
Q4) The original Dungeons and Dragons was a version of an earlier Gygax game: called Chainmail.   Chainmail was a what: board game, wargame or video game?
Q5) Dungeons and Dragons, itself, kicked-started the popularity of what: collectible card games, tabletop role playing games or board games?
Q6) In Dungeons and Dragons, players assumed alter egos: called player characters.   These player characters are also known as what?
Q7) The referee who ran and organised a game of Dungeons and Dragons was referred to as a what: games master, play master or dungeon master?
Q8) In Dungeons and Dragons, both players and referee used multi-sided dice.   The notation for these was in the form, XdY.   X was the number of dice, Y was the number of sides on each die and the d stood for what?
Q9) Gygax set up a company called TSR, in order to publish Dungeons and Dragons.   The initials stood Tactical Studies … what?
Q10) Finally … Gygax, himself, died in 2008.   Dungeons and Dragons, lives on.   What’s its current edition: fourth, fifth or sixth?
Here last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 20th July saw the first men walk on the Earth’s Moon.   In which year of the 1960s?
Q2) Name either of those first two men.
Q3) Which member of the crew stayed on the orbiting command module?
Q4) That command module took its name from a craft in a book by which Frenchman … ?
Q5) More to the point, what was the command module called: Columbia, Magenta or Riff Raff?
Q6) What was the name of the landing craft … ?
Q7) Lander, command module and crew were launched on a Saturn what rocket: Saturn 4, Saturn 5 or Saturn 6?
Q8) Given what mission designation: Apollo Ten, Eleven or Twelve … ?
Q9) Which US president was the one to announce the US would be heading for the moon?
Q10) Finally … the landing craft land in the Sea of where: Tranquillity, Serenity or Cognitum?
A1) 1969.
A2) Neil Armstrong and Edward ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.
A3) Michael Collins.
A4) Jules Verne.
A5) Columbia.    (It takes its name from the giant cannon shell used in the book: called Columbiad.)
A6) The Eagle.
A7) Saturn 5.
A8) Apollo Eleven.
A9) John F. Kennedy.
A10) The Sea of Tranquillity.   (Astronomers usually refer to it as the Mare Tranquillitatis: the Latin name, in other words.)
I hope those are fun!

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