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27 Sep, 2009

Dungeons and Dragons Camp

Posted by: Dave In: Games


This photo was taken at the Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp in 1982.  Are those dragons I smell?  Nope, they’re teenagers…even worse than dragons.

Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp ran in the summers of 1981 through 1985. There were two one-week sessions, each Sunday evening through Friday afternoon. I found out about it because the teacher we had convinced to sponsor the school D&D group got a flier for it when it was first organized.

Campers were divided into different gaming groups at the beginning of the week, with councilors doubling as DMs. There were morning lectures (seriously) with gaming in the afternoon. All the groups played through the same adventure, written specifically for the camp. It wasn’t an actual tournament, but each group pretty much tried to get as far as possible before the end of the week — a slightly rigged process as I found out once I became a councilor.

I never knew something like this existed when I was a teenager.  I’m sure I would have loved it.

Link to D&D Camp (via BoingBoing)

5 Responses to "Dungeons and Dragons Camp"

1 | Trish Baker

September 27th, 2009 at 9:25 am


this is a blast from the past! cool.

2 | Jim Thompson

September 28th, 2009 at 3:15 pm


As I recall from my D&D days, “rigging” things is well within the purview of the DM. You might say it’s his job.

On the other hand, I believe that whatever chance I have of leading a “normal” life would had vanished at one of these camps and never returned.

Where are the girls? Oh yeah, they must have had their own camp.

3 | Nathan

September 28th, 2009 at 3:48 pm


What are they?

4 | Nathan

September 28th, 2009 at 3:49 pm


What is their Alignment, and many Hit Dice do they have?

5 | Sujatha

December 29th, 2009 at 9:05 pm


There were girls! I went for two years — not the year this picture was taken.


  • Dave: Not sure, Bryan, but I'd love to know where Craig lives.
  • Bryan Hanks: What city were those in?
  • Kevin David Anderson: check out our other wreaths at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150452725264516.391111.360128594515&type=3
  • epiphenita: Like Tom Waits without the music.
  • epiphenita: Reminds me of my good friend's artwork: http://victoriacarlson.blogspot.com/2009/06/untitled.html
  • Dave: I think someone should make some dance music from those "WHOAHs."
  • epiphenita: Oh, Dave. That was tonic to my soul. Perfect. I vote for an exorcism.
  • Dave: Hmm, looks sober to me.
  • Scott: I'm thinking that the guy with the hat might have had a drink or two before this picture was taken. Just a hunch...
  • Scott: There's a roleplaying scenario just waiting to be written based on these pictures. :-)


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