I can't remember when I first read the Order of the Stick. I remember that it was at Jesse Decker's desk, when Jesse was still a relatively new designer (fresh from DRAGON Magazine, before he became Development Manager). I remember reading the strip, laughing like heck, and going back to my desk to read all the archives up to that point. I remember not getting very much work done that day, but I don't remember what day it was.
I met Rich Burlew when he came to Wizards to talk with us about his proposal for the setting search. I liked his proposal a lot, and I still hope we do more with it some day. Would it be utterly inappropriate for me to tell you that the creepy death-worshipping elves of Aerenal originally appeared in Rich's setting, and we liked them so much we incorporated them into Eberron? Probably, but I guess it's too late now.
Now Rich is selling a compilation of the Order of the Stick comics. It's going to be a fabulous book. You should buy one .
Oh, and Rich asked me to write the preface to the book. How cool is that? I was tickled to do it. I guess I still don't recognize the fact that I have any degree of fame in this tiny little community of gamers. It was an honor.
This is the picture of me that Rich drew to accompany the preface in the book. Looks just like me, doesn't it?