Caught this link over at Akratic Wizardry: "How Dungeons & Dragons Changed My Life".
Its a pretty insightful article by a writer who played voraciously in the early 80's, abandoned it, then rediscovered it when life settled down again, a story I suspect mirrors those of a lot of folks.
As the author puts it:
"Pure and simple, for many, D&D represents a lost age: It was an individualized, user-driven, DIY, human-scaled creative space separate from the world of adults and the intrusion of corporate forces. As Allison rightly noted, D&D recalls that day "before orcs and wookiees were the intellectual property of vast transmedia corporations." Back when you had lots more free time than money --- before girlfriends, job, kids. Life. But it also reminds me of a part of my creative imagination that I lost touch with as well."
Read the rest here.