Amazingly, the producer of the Dungeons & Dragons web site, Bart Caroll, read A Long Time Ago, enjoyed it "quite immensely", and asked to interview me for the D&D web site. My answer was Yes yes yes yes yes oh my god I have to tell my sister and Scott and everyone I know etc. etc. It took some time to regain my composure.
The interview is now up on Wizards.com. Here's an excerpt, but follow the link to read the whole thing:
Wizards: Was there ever any crossover between the two hobbies (I know there was in my earlier D&D games): character names, lightsabers as treasure, D&D scenarios based on favorite movie scenes, dabbling with sci-fi role-playing games? Or to ask a separate but nominally related question, if Han, Luke, Ben, etc., were a D&D party en route to save the princess, what sorts of D&D characters would you imagine they'd be?
Gib: In my earliest D&D days, playing with the Garfield DM, I easily talked him in to letting me create a Jedi Knight class. It made no sense in the quasi-medieval dungeon-crawling setting we were playing in. But Star Wars was still my reference point for all things fantasy at that time, so I suppose it was natural that I started by reaching for what I knew.
(Attached for your amusement is a cringe-inducing example of this failed crossover attempt.)
Thanks again to Bart Caroll!