This book is dedicated to Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax, who first opened Pandora's box, and to Ken St. Andre, who found it could be opened again.I regularly hear gamers make the claim that one can never go home again. That is, there will never again be a game like your first; you can't experience the thrill of discovery more than once. Once the Red Box has been opened, it's a lifetime of cynicism thereafter.
I find that attitude odd, because it doesn't at all reflect my experience in this hobby. It is possible to go home again. I know this to be true, as I've experienced it many times throughout my time roleplaying. D&D may have been my first game, but it wasn't the only game to fill me with awe. Traveller and Call of Cthulhu had as profound an impact on me as did D&D. Likewise, rediscovering old school D&D after years of not having played it -- or, in the case of OD&D, never having played it at all -- has been like a homecoming. And, as my recent reading of Stormbringer has shown me, there are always new-old horizons to explore, many of which bring me as much pleasure as the first time I cracked open the Holmes rulebook at Christmas 1979.
Here's to opening Pandora's Box many more times.