I think I was seven when I started playing Dungeons & Dragons, though that feels like too young. I think I started reading Choose Your Own Adventure at six, and D&D was like right behind. It was a natural transition. I learned the game from my brother Malik. Malik works at Dreamworks. (I'm very proud. Can you tell? If you look at this post, Malik is second row, far right.) I work as a writer. I like to think it helped introduce us both to the powers of imagination.
At any rate, Malik was always the DM when we played. The video below is from the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary. I had the luxury of being interviewed for this. In fact, the guys invited me to a game, which I hope I can still take them up on once I know out this book.
Anyway, in the video I talk about the first time Malik led me into the Caves of Chaos, a scenario from the awesome Keep on the Borderlands module. Actually, I think I'm talking about the second time. The first time I rolled a magic-user who had one hit point. He was punched to death by the Mad Hermit. Fun times.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.