I got hit with a bad bout of flu this week. Well Thursday it got worse. So I have been asleep for about 34 of the last 48 hours. I should be asleep now but I only woke up a few hours ago.
Anyway I saw something today to took me back to my youth.
When I was young, say 6 or maybe 7, I got a book from the Scholastic book club that I loved.
Norman Bridwell's The Witch's Catalog.
Uf you have never seen the the book there are some excerpts of it here and here.
Basically it was a catalog of all sorts of magical things you could get such as shrinking powder, dragons, invisibility suits and a witch's "Weather Balloon" that could change the weather underneath the balloon.
I can't say for certain if anything from this later ended up in a game of mine, but in my pre-D&D days this was the book for me. I do recall reading about "if you are not lucky enough to have a witch living near you". I remember thinking how cool that would be. I was 6.
Any way special thanks go out Dr. Theda's Crypt and YargCade Blog for turning up this wonderful childhood memory.