Dr J. Eric Holmes was born this day, on February 16, 1930. Today, 89 years later, his RPG writing on the first Basic Dungeons & Dragons rules, his book Fantasy Role Playing Games, and his numerous short stories in Alarums and Excursions and later Dragon Magazine still epitomise the best approach to gaming to me. Listen to your players, let them do what they want within the context of the game, and then roll the dice … the dice never lie.

Happy Birthday!