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  1. JonnyP71

    1E AD&D paladin strictures

    Precisely this - running 1E with adults nowadays I see very few Paladins, but when I ran games in my teens, the Paladin class seemed to attract a certain type of player. I remember one person in particular - problem was, we played at his house as he had more space and parents who didn't mind...
  2. JonnyP71

    Who brings food? The GM or the Players?

    We sort our own food out If you want food you bring some, if you don't want any you don't bring any. If you want a full meal eat it before the session starts, don't interrupt our game with your takeaway. (our sessions are typically from 7.30pm to around midnight). I have to be careful about...
  3. JonnyP71

    Music and D&D

    I've always associated The Levellers album Levelling the Land and Nirvana's Nevermind with playing 2E in the summer of 1992 - it was the last time we played at Uni, and the last time I played any RPGs until 2012 - and those albums were our student anthems of that hot Summer. Nowadays, I listen...
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    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    By mentioning AL you may have hit the nail on the head, certainly with regards to one problematic aspect. In my (albeit limited) experience of AL games, the focus is much more mechanical than most home games I've played in, there's certainly a higher proportion or combat and skill resolution...
  5. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    We have an exam that many pupils take called 'the 11+'. If you pass this exam you are entitled to go to what is known as a 'grammar' school - many of which are single sex. The most common form of schools we have are the state-run 'comprehensives' and semi-independent 'academies', these are...
  6. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    Not even slightly. As I have said repeatedly, I experienced worse mocking from groups of girls than I did from groups of boys (mainly travelling to and from school by train - as we often played D&D on these journeys - or at least attempted to). I'm not up for an argument any more in this...
  7. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    Thinking about the 'getting defensive' comments... I guess it's time to address that, and the statements to that effect. Many people making such comments in this thread are not from the UK, and are likely not of the same age. The original post was referring to a specific poll in an edition of...
  8. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    This here is a key point. We all have different experiences, and it seems that some of those looking back have entirely unrealistic ideas of each contributor's own personal situation, and their capability to have any influence over that! When I was doing most of my gaming it was 1983-1988 - I...
  9. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    I guess my own situation regarding the people I gamed with is likely to differ from most here. As I said right at the start of the thread, I went to a private school (all boys - twin school over the road was girls only). I knew 1 person within walking distance of my home who played RPGs, he...
  10. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    How does that in ANY way contradict anything I've said? The article was referring to the balance of gaming specifically in the UK in the 80s, and I gave my own experiences, as a geeky teen in the UK in the 80s - my all male group of teenage misfits, we'd have welcomed anybody to game with us...
  11. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    Nobody is saying that at all. We're saying that experiences will differ based on age mainly, social circles, and possibly era. Venley is older than me for example - my group of shrieking teenage geeky boys would have welcomed any female players gladly - but girls didn't want to associate with...
  12. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    That'll be why your experience differs from mine too, I was 12 when I started playing in 1983. Home computers were beginning to appear, and anyone interested in computer games and rpgs was branded geeky - and it was the teenage girls who were the most vocal in their teasing of our nerdiness...
  13. JonnyP71

    Kris' all new miniature thread

    Damn Kris, every time I think my own painting is improving, you go and do this :p Even the tufts you make are better than mine!! What do you use to make the flowers?
  14. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    That may well have been the case - but it wouldn't have been us boys who did that, it would have been their own social circle... girls were certainly more vocal when teasing us for playing the geeky games. I often see the males who played the games being blamed for the lack of female players...
  15. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    Marginalised? That seems overly dramatic. The girls I knew were simply disinterested in geeky games. This included computer games.
  16. JonnyP71

    General Gamer Stats From White Dwarf in the 80s

    UK player here, I was 15 (maybe 16) when that article was published - depending on when in 1987 that was printed (tick) We mainly played AD&D (tick), with some D&D, Paranoia, Marvel, MERP, and tried Toon - probably in that order in terms of frequency. I went to an all boys school, though it was...
  17. JonnyP71

    General Definitive Greyhawk Adventure

    Plenty of solid adventures that define Greyhawk for me - a historically inspired setting that is vanilla enough to allow a DM a lot of leeway with it, but yet contains a load of interesting fluff and inspiration - the heraldry, the titles, the regions clearly inspired by medieval European...
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    General The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)

    Fixed the bold bit, as they were never adjustments. Currently happily running a 1E game with all 3 of the above. Prefer it to 5E. None of the above are bad things.... (lights touch paper and runs for cover!). I dragged my current group from 5E to 1E, they are big fans of 1E now, and...
  19. JonnyP71

    2E Returning to 2nd Edition

    I embraced 5E when it came out - indeed I embraced the playtest before the finished game appeared - and I liked it. I liked it a lot. But I tired of it after a while, advancement was far too rapid, everyone was pushed towards the 'superhero' levels of play *much* too quickly for my liking...
  20. JonnyP71

    General The perfect D&D edition (according to ENWORLD)

    Remove the bits about minions and multiclassing and I'd be on board. Multiclassing should be *much* more difficult (I've not been a fan of it since 3E), and I dislike minions intensely.
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