Verna Byrns

This book is dedicated to my mother, Verna Byrns.

As a child, I had a lot of problems learning to read and write due to dyslexia. Back then, in early 1970s Britain, educational problems were rarely diagnosed and many teachers were simply unaware of them. Children who could not read were written off as stupid and doomed to a life of illiteracy.

My Mother, a teacher herself, refused to accept this fate for me. Immersing herself in the research and educational techniques coming out of America, Verna persevered. Somehow she managed to get the letter shapes and sounds of English to connect in my mind and, in doing so, my Mother not only saved me from the dead-end of illiteracy but also opened my eyes to worlds of adventure and magic. One of my few childhood memories is discovering The Hobbit and that book, plus a new-found love of reading, sent me on a journey which in time led me to role-playing games and this book.

Not long after retiring from a lifetime of teaching children to read, my Mother had an unexplained fall. After a few months of brain scans and doctors' appointments she was diagnosed with dementia. Since then it has progressed rapidly, ravaging her brain, and though physically alive the person who was my Mother is gone.

Almost from the moment this book's creation was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Verna's physical condition started to decline significantly. For most of the last year my life has consisted of nothing except working on the 6d6 RPG and helping with my Mother's care. Past, present and future, this book is intrinsically and irretrievably linked to her.

To my Mum, who made it possible for me to explore worlds.

Chris Tregenza, December 2013

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The 6d6 RPG tabletop store is owned and operated by Chris Tregenza. Who also owns and runs Myomancy, a site about ADD / ADHD medication, Autism and Dyslexia Treatments and also site called Poosk. Chris also provides copy-writing, web design SEO advice to sites like Dingles' Games pathfinder rpg resources.