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A Gnome Birthday

Just for the record—I was asked to post this article, I am not one for ringing my own bell.

This weekend was my birthday.  I won’t say which one, but let’s just say that I was in 4th grade when I started playing the Moldvay version of D&D.  When I was young, my mother started a tradition of making a cake decorated with my current hobby for each birthday.  Around age 12 she made me a Red Dragon cake, based on the drawing in the 1e Monster Manual.  Through the years there was a newspaper cake, when I became editor of the school newspaper, a car cake when I turned 16, and a guitar cake when I went though my hair-metal stage.

After high school the cakes stopped. I suppose making a keg shaped cake is not the kind of thing that mothers aspire to.  This year, my wife conspired with my mother and as a surprise this birthday, I was presented with the following cake.

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Believe me, it tasted just as good as the stew….

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12 Comments To "A Gnome Birthday"

#1 Comment By John Arcadian On March 22, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

A very happy birthday phil! I would like you to shrinkwrap a piece of that cake and send it to me. I doubt this will happen, but it looks delicious. We need to get one made for Gencon!

#2 Comment By Scott Martin On March 22, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

Another happy birthday. According to the PHB (of whatever edition), how many more birthdays until you hit Adolescent or Young Adult as a gnome?

#3 Comment By Patrick Benson On March 22, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

Happy birthday Phil! Does Gnome Stew, like fine scotch, get better with age?

#4 Comment By Kurt “Telas” Schneider On March 22, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

Congrats on surviving another year, and on having a cool wife and a cool mom.

#5 Comment By spenser On March 23, 2009 @ 5:27 am

Happy Birthday! Any chance you brought some of that cake home with you?

#6 Comment By Martin Ralya On March 23, 2009 @ 6:11 am

Happy birthday, Phil! Your cake is the rockingest.

And I LOVE that you had a hair metal phase. 😉

#7 Comment By Walt Ciechanowski On March 23, 2009 @ 6:59 am

Ah, the good old days, when gnomes could mate with trolls to create gnolls (and who could forget the thoul?).

Happy Birthday, Phil! The cake looks mighty tasty!

#8 Comment By Matthew J. Neagley On March 23, 2009 @ 7:56 am

Happy Birthday Phil. That cake is fantastic! If you didn’t already, have an extra piece for us. 😉

#9 Comment By BryanB On March 23, 2009 @ 9:58 am

Happy Birthday! You started gaming at a younger age than I did. I started with the ’81 red and blue boxed sets when I was in the 7th grade, before quickly moving into AD&D (that’s first edition for you Padawans). 🙂

#10 Comment By drow On March 23, 2009 @ 10:05 am

happy birthday!

#11 Comment By frostryder On March 23, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

Happy birthday, Phil! 🙂

#12 Comment By MattyinAK On March 24, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

Happy Birthday! I recently turned 40 and realized that one of the coolest things about it was the fact that I was still gaming and had been now for 29 years.

Thanks for sharing it with us.