Chaotic Youthful

Several years back, I was working as a classroom assistant in a small elementary school. The class I worked with had a few youthful, bright-eyed geeky kids who had not yet had their first taste of tabletop roleplaying. I recalled being their age when I first stepped into my local game shop (most timidly, as the sign on the door said that only kids 13 and up were allowed without a guardian, and I was still twelve, a secret I kept until I was no longer a rule-breaking rapscallion). The Dungeon Master of my first DnD game was in his mid-20’s, about the same age I was during my employment at the school.

I felt a torch held out to me, waiting to be passed.

Not one to shirk my responsibility towards the next generation of nerds, I whipped up a (very) reduced and simplified version of DnD, designed for minimal mental math and maximal encouragement of creativity. And with the blessing of a very cool boss/afterschool program director, I was able to get paid for running a DnD game with a group of fifth graders.

The next seven years were a bit of a blur.

In late 2018, I was able to wrap up a campaign that had become truly epic in scale and grandeur and absurdity and, if it had been produced in narrative form, maybe even within accepted literary definitions. For better or for worse, much of what happened in those seven years that spanned two and a half interconnected worlds is lost to the time and the chaotic memories of growing teenagers (thus, some of it is very much lost for the better). The only things that remain are well-worn character sheets, a plethora of inside jokes, and several binders of utterly disorganized campaign notes. I truly wish I had had the mind to record or organize my materials more properly, so I could give everyone else a better glimpse into one of the most spectacular campaigns I’ve ever run.

What I did manage to do, however, was keep a running list of some of the most amusing quotes from the kids that I heard uttered during our sessions. With the blessing of the young adults who helped produce them, I have decided to use them as the content of this project-

Chaotic Youthful.

Chaotic Youthful posts will go up on Arnamantle’s Twitter and Instagram pages a couple times a week until my list of quotes runs out, and all of them will be archived on this site as well. Most of them lack a great amount of context; to be quite honest many of them would still lack sense or sanity even when explained. Please feel free instead to take what you see at face value and laugh at what you imagine; if the scenario you come up with seems impossibly strange, let me assure you that half the time, the truth was even stranger.

— Nagi