Expedition to the Barrier Peaks is an adventure module written by Gary
Gygax (pictured) for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. While
Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is typically a fantasy game, the adventure
includes science fiction elements. It takes place on a downed
spaceship; the crew has died, but robots and strange creatures still
inhabit the ship. The player characters fight monsters and robots, and
gather futuristic weapons and colored access cards to advance the
story. The adventure was first played at the 1976 Origins II
convention. TSR published the adventure in 1980, updated for Advanced
Dungeons & Dragons. The adventure is a favorite of many fans, including
Stephen Colbert. Dungeon magazine ranked it the fifth-best D&D
adventure of all time, and White Dwarf and The Space Gamer magazines
gave it positive reviews.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Post-Peloponnesian War Conflicts: The Thebans defeated the Spartans
at the Battle of Leuctra in Boeotia in the territory of Thespiae,
weakening Sparta's influence over the Greek peninsula.
American Revolutionary War: American troops at Fort Ticonderoga in New
York retreated from the advancing British forces, causing an uproar in
the American public since the fort was widely believed to be virtually
King Kalākaua of Hawai'i was forced to sign the Bayonet Constitution,
stripping the Hawaiian monarchy of much of its authority as well as
disfranchising all Asians, most native Hawaiians, and the poor.
Hong Kong International Airport, built on the island of Chek Lap Kok by
land reclamation, opened for commercial operations, becoming one of the
world's busiest airports.
Nathu La , a mountain pass in the Himalayas connecting India and China,
sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opened for trade after more than
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (mythology) To transform from an earthly body into a celestial body;
to place in the sky as such.
2. (astronomy) To turn into a star
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people
are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with
oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the
development of mental peace.
--Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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