The adventures of Mathias Warlock begin with two different sets of guests before breakfast.
It was 2002, or 2003, or…look, the exact year isn’t important. What was important was that Wizards of the Coast had released 3rd edition D&D and with it the OGL, the Open Gaming License. They invited anyone who wanted, to make their own Dungeons and Dragons rules and settings. It was a magnificent time full of possibility.