I Used To Believe

2008 August 27
by Vanir

I Used To Believe is a wonderful site where people share silly things they used to believe as a child. The vast menagerie of monsters that children create (most of which apparently live in the toilet) is simply amazing to me, and that section of the site is my personal favorite.

My brother, who is a very nice man nowadays, used to implant very strange ideas in my tiny mind when I was little. One was that if you drank milk and threw up, it would come out in cubes. Another was that there was a new kind of bee that looked just like a fluffy dandelion seed. Of course, they were floating everywhere that time of year, and my poor unwitting mother couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t seem to remove her hysterical 3 year old from the house.

I started reading my brother’s D&D books when I was pretty young. I think I was probably 7 or 8 when I was going through the D&D Basic Set and reading through the section on monsters. Not all of them had pictures, and for some reason when I got to the section on Wights, I envisioned them as a pale, flying, undead manta ray that could drain your levels. About 5 years later, I was in high school and I purchased the AD&D 1st Edition Monster Manual, which had a picture of a wight. Needless to say, when I found out the truth, I was very disappointed.

Did you have any strange D&D misconceptions when you were growing up or first started playing? Please share!

3 Responses leave one →
  1. The_Gun_Nut permalink
    August 28, 2008

    Zomg, your description of a wight sounds so much cooler than the real deal. I may just use that as a monster in my game.

  2. Storyteller permalink
    August 28, 2008

    I did not at all understand the concept of CR’s as a youngster. I figured a party of adventurers were just as likely to run into a band of goblins as they were a beholder, and live to tell about the tale. Throwing a beholder at my first group of level ones was a poor choice…

  3. Dante permalink
    September 10, 2008

    I used to believe that Canadian Bacon was made from geese. I don’t know how I got that idea, but I suspect it was from my Dad constantly telling me that the migrating geese were heading towards Canada.

    I suspect that during one such day, I had Canadian Bacon pizza and there we have it.

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