- READ FROM TSR TO WOTC: A HISTORY OF D&D - a collection of links, articles, essays, and letters from the last 40 years.
I started playing D&D nearly 30 years ago. I was about 12 years old, and played the B of BECMI at lunchtime with my friends at school. One day somebody turned up with some hardcover books called "Advanced" Dungeons & Dragons, which we promptly switched to. The following years were filled with avid consumption of Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles (and later, the Legends). I had a bit of a break round about the time I went off to university, but soon fell in with a new gaming crowd and AD&D 2nd Edition. I remember one rules dispute which had me look up the phone number of TSR UK to ask them a question - it was about a lion's claw attacks and offhand weapons or somesuch. A nice lady took my phone number, saying everyone was at lunch. Half an hour later, my phone rang and a chap from TSR UK (I wish I knew his name) called to help us with the rules.
In 1999-ish I stumbled across a website called Eric Noah's Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News. It transpired that a new edition of D&D was in the works, and I devoured every snippet of information coming from a remarkably candid development team at WotC. Since then I've played 3E, 3.5, 4E, and Pathfinder; and later this year we'll see the advent of D&D Next (or whatever name they go with).
D&D has been an enormous part of my life for nearly 30 years, and I suspect it will be for many years to come.
Plenty of news organizations have mentioned this occasion, including the Guardian and USA Today. This year, Community (the TV show) will have a D&D 40th-anniversary episode.
- Kobold Press - Words to Celebrate: D&D memories from David "Zeb" Cook, Bruce Cordell, Jeff Grubb, Margaret Weis, Colin McComb, Robert Schwalb and Wade Rockett.
- Monte Cook on what D&D means to him.
- Mike Selinker's love letter to D&D.
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