I had a thought at 2:17 this morning. I know it was at 2:17 a.m. because I was compelled by some unseen force to check the time. Maybe this is the thing that makes me rich and famous. We’ll see.
Anyway, I was thinking of Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve never played, but I enjoy The Adventure Zone, a D&D-based podcast. And I have a bunch of old Monster Manuals that I’ve thumbed through casually. Being in a situation with time to fill, I’ve thought about trying to find a remote gaming group to get involved with, but having a roleplaying curriculum vitae that amounts to “Never played, but it sure looks neat and I’d like to try” probably isn’t the most enticing thing for a Dungeon Master to see.
I was thinking, though, of a possible campaign and what sort of characters would be involved. Then my brain zagged hard on me, and The Traveling Wilburys showed up.
The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup that included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. Part of the band’s conceit was that each member was a Wilbury.
So for the group’s first album, entitled Vol. 1, Harrison was Nelson Wilbury, Orbison was Lefty Wilbury, Lynne was Otis Wilbury, Dylan was Lucky Wilbury, and Petty was Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. The second album, Vol. 3, featured Lynne as Clayton Wilbury, Dylan as Boo Wilbury, Petty as Muddy Wilbury, and Harrison as Spike Wilbury. Orbison passed away before the second album was made.
There’s even a Traveling Wilburys Extended Universe – a TWEU, if you will – that involves Zsa Zsa Wilbury, Big Mac Wilbury, Chopper Wilbury, and others. These folks appear in the credits of a Traveling Wilburys documentary Harrison was working on at one point.
THERE WAS EVEN A SQUIRREL NAMED EDDIE WILBURY!!!
The scenario that filled my sleep-addled brain early this morning was this: would it be at all interesting or funny or worthwhile to run a D&D campaign built around the Wilburys experiences as adventurous troubadours living in a fantasy realm? Maybe even involving fantasy versions of Dylan, Harrison, Lynne, Orbison, and Petty as NPCs? Is that anything?
The answer, of course, is probably not. Not to anyone but me. And maybe not even me after a good night’s sleep.
But it made me smile at at time when my thoughts usually tend toward anxiety-inducing material. And that was a nice silver lining in the darkness of my bedroom.