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Wallis Walking

Gaming industry legend and good friend James Wallis has launched a blog. Unlike many blogs, though, this one has a distinct and ambitious purpose. To raise money for Cancerbackup (a support organization for people with cancer and their families), James proposes to walk the entire 120 miles of the Pilgrim’s Way.

Chaucer wrote about the people on this same trail across southern England, from Winchester to Canterbury, in The Canterbury Tales. James plans to make his trip with the same sort of navigational aids that Chaucer’s pilgrims would have had back in the 14th century: none.

This includes no maps.

By way of his regular blog posts, you can join James in his picaresque quest. Or if you’re in the neighborhood and so inclined, you can even walk with him for a ways. Either way, this is sure to be an adventure to remember, even vicariously.

Plus, it’s all for a good cause near to James’s heart. I’m making my donation today.

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  1. If only he brought a copy of “Ars Magica” and some friends along. Then he could write down the “Canterbury Roleplaying Sessions.”

    Included tales…

    The Roleplaying Soldier’s Tale
    The Televangelists Tale
    The Woman Who Works at Bed, Bath, and Beyond’s Tale (okay a stretch)
    The Coed’s Tale
    The Nerd’s Tale
    and lastly
    The MMORPGer’s Tale

  2. If only he brought a copy of “Ars Magica” and some friends along. Then he could write down the “Canterbury Roleplaying Sessions.”

    Included tales…

    The Roleplaying Soldier’s Tale
    The Televangelists Tale
    The Woman Who Works at Bed, Bath, and Beyond’s Tale (okay a stretch)
    The Coed’s Tale
    The Nerd’s Tale
    and lastly
    The MMORPGer’s Tale

  3. Matt, though I hate to jump in and correct your generous and effusive publicity for my jaunt, particularly after you made such a generous donation, what Chaucer described was a group of pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury, which is about half the distance and has fewer hills. Also, these days it’s mostly covered by one major road (the A2), which would make the enterprise a lot more straightforward and a lot more dull.

    It’s a common mistake. There’s an article I have from one of the major UK daily papers in which a journalist, sent to cover part of the (actual) Pilgrim’s Way between Winchester and Farnham, talks about Chaucer in almost every paragraph. Another reason why I don’t believe what I read in the press these days.

  4. Matt, though I hate to jump in and correct your generous and effusive publicity for my jaunt, particularly after you made such a generous donation, what Chaucer described was a group of pilgrims travelling from London to Canterbury, which is about half the distance and has fewer hills. Also, these days it’s mostly covered by one major road (the A2), which would make the enterprise a lot more straightforward and a lot more dull.

    It’s a common mistake. There’s an article I have from one of the major UK daily papers in which a journalist, sent to cover part of the (actual) Pilgrim’s Way between Winchester and Farnham, talks about Chaucer in almost every paragraph. Another reason why I don’t believe what I read in the press these days.

  5. And here I even looked it up. That’ll teach me to second source things. Thanks for the correction. You I trust.

    Best of luck again on that long walk!

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    And here I even looked it up. That’ll teach me to second source things. Thanks for the correction. You I trust.

    Best of luck again on that long walk!

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