I was given the Moldvay Basic set as a gift one Christmas, but I didn't start player unto I had purchased the Mentzer Basic set.
You could've just called this thread "Tell us you're old without telling us you're old".
We're a bunch of oldies, 40%+ of basic set!
Well, looking at the responses...I draw one conclusion from the ones I see thus far...(only 5 voting for anything after 3e as their start)...
We are a bunch of OLD foggy players.
I didn't really intend this as a stealth demographic poll, but since it might be skewing folks' interpretation of the results, should I add an option for the 1991/1994 Basic sets as a separate thing? While I can't edit the poll options I have, I can apparently add new ones. (Everyone who got the 1991/1994 Basic set would have to change their answer, though.)Now I'm really wishing the basic sets were split out more... I forgot there were some in 91 and 94 and was picturing the board being older than it might be from the responses.
It does seem like a follow-up poll on specific versions would be interesting, yeah.Since the Holmes/Moldvey/Mentzer basic sets seem to dominate as a whole, I'm curious how those breakdown.
I (eventually) managed to gather together all the looseleaf MCs, and they take up (counts) seven binders on my bookshelf. But the idea of a properly alphabetized version is appealing... I think there are a few still missing on DTRPG, however (and a few that are on there apparently have errors).ironically, with the march of modern technology, you could do that now. All of the loose leaf MC books are available from DTRPG (I think), and if you really wanted to, you could download them all, print them all out to one monster per page (some would be two sided, most wouldn't, depending on if the monster originally took up two pages or not), and with about 5-6 big binders, you could do it all. It would be an enormous expense in download fees, paper, and ink, but you could do it....
Personally, I would count a partial Holmes Basic set as having the Basic set, but choose whatever seems right to you! (And sorry to hear about the theft.)I chose other. I had the Holmes Basic book which could be purchased separately, but not the actual set. I remember being disappointed, because I had asked for the Advanced Player's Handbook and my aunt and uncle got me the wrong book. Later, I came to really like the cover and the example adventure with the pirate cave and was disappointed when the book was stolen along with other gaming stuff and my truck.
I had those as well when I was very little (dinosaurs had a place in my heart well before the Fiend Folio), but didn't notice that those weird not-dinosaurs had a D&D connection until the internet told me so...and although it’s not D&D per se, honorable menton to those who, like me, had the « prehistoric animals » that inspired the owlbear, rust monster, hook horror (and others I don’t remember). Don’t remember how old I was, nor whether my parents care too much about choking hazards when I was a toddler…
I didn't really intend this as a stealth demographic poll, but since it might be skewing folks' interpretation of the results, should I add an option for the 1991/1994 Basic sets as a separate thing? While I can't edit the poll options I have, I can apparently add new ones. (Everyone who got the 1991/1994 Basic set would have to change their answer, though.)