D&D General First official D&D game product you owned?

What was the first official Dungeons & Dragons product you owned?

  • Original 1974 boxed set

    Votes: 6 3.4%
  • Original D&D supplement (Blackmoor)

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • D&D Basic set (1977/1981/1983)

    Votes: 79 45.1%
  • D&D BECMI set (Expert/Companion/Master/Immortals)

    Votes: 5 2.9%
  • D&D Rules Cyclopedia

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • D&D Basic/BECMI general supplement (Creature Catalogue)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D Basic/BECMI setting supplement (D&D Gazetteers)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D Basic/BECMI adventure (Keep on the Borderlands)

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • AD&D 1e core (MM/PHB/DMG)

    Votes: 24 13.7%
  • AD&D 1e general supplement (Deities & Demigods)

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • AD&D 1e setting-specific supplement (World of Greyhawk)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • AD&D 1e general adventure (Tomb of Horrors)

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • AD&D 1e setting-specific adventure (Dragonlance modules)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • AD&D 2e starter set (First Quest/Introduction to/Adventure Game)

    Votes: 3 1.7%
  • AD&D 2e core (PHB/MM/DMG)

    Votes: 20 11.4%
  • AD&D 2e general supplement (Tome of Magic, Player's Option series)

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • AD&D 2e setting-specific supplement (Dark Sun Campaign Setting)

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • AD&D 2e general adventure (The Rod of Seven Parts)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • AD&D 2e setting-specific adventure (Ravenloft modules)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 3e starter set (Adventure Game/Basic Game)

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • D&D 3e core (PHB/MM/DMG, 3.0 or 3.5)

    Votes: 10 5.7%
  • D&D 3e general supplement (Book of Nine Swords)

    Votes: 2 1.1%
  • D&D 3e setting-specific supplement (Magic of Faerun)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 3e general adventure (The Sunless Citadel)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 3e setting-specific adventure (Eberron modules)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 4e Starter Set (2008/2010)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 4e original core (PHB/MM/DMG)

    Votes: 3 1.7%
  • D&D 4e expanded core (PHB 2/3, MM 2/3, DMG 2)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 4e Essentials core (Rules Compendium, Heroes of the Fallen Lands, DM's Kit, etc.)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 4e general supplement (Martial Power, Heroes of the Feywild)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 4e setting-specific supplement (Dark Sun Creature Catalog)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 4e general adventure (Keep on the Shadowfell)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 4e setting-specific adventure (Seekers of the Ashen Crown)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D Next general adventure (Dead in Thay)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 5e Starter Set (includes Essentials Kit, Stranger Things)

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • D&D 5e core rules (PHB/MM/DMG)

    Votes: 5 2.9%
  • D&D 5e general supplement (Tasha's Cauldron of Everything)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 5e setting-specific supplement (Eberron: Rising from the Last War)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • D&D 5e adventure (Storm King's Thunder)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other (please specify)

    Votes: 3 1.7%
  • I've never owned an official D&D product

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • (late add) D&D Basic set (1991/1994, New Easy-to-Master/Classic)

    Votes: 3 1.7%

  • Poll closed .
The Basic boxed set with the Elmore cover was my first D&D product. However, if I remember the timing correctly, I had both some Endless Quest books and the Fantasy Forest boardgame first.
 

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JEB

Legend
Gonna be honest, kind of shocked at the tiny number of folks who entered the game through 5e. Suppose there's still half a week left on the poll, though.

Thinking this will be another one to contrast with a Reddit version. (Plus the aforementioned "which Basic set was your Basic set?" follow-up poll here...)
 

teitan

Legend
Gonna be honest, kind of shocked at the tiny number of folks who entered the game through 5e. Suppose there's still half a week left on the poll, though.

Thinking this will be another one to contrast with a Reddit version. (Plus the aforementioned "which Basic set was your Basic set?" follow-up poll here...)
I think that's more to do with the audience of ENworld which was a big element of the 3.x era experience, by the time 5e came out other types of sites appealed to younger gamers coming into the hobby while us old timers stuck to ENworld.
 

Kinematics

Adventurer
Gonna be honest, kind of shocked at the tiny number of folks who entered the game through 5e. Suppose there's still half a week left on the poll, though.
The first book I ever owned was AD&D 2E. I played a bit of an Al Qadim campaign, which was pretty much all the D&D I played pre-2015. The first version of the game that I actively liked (as a game system; I did like the Al Qadim setting) was 5E.
 





My vote for 1E AD&D PHB probably needs an asterisk by it. That is the first product I bought and actually used, but I first started D&D in 1981 by buying the red box. I quickly found out that no one in my area was playing Basic, but rather Advanced, when my very first game of D&D was at one of those huge tournaments that TSR was running back in the 80's. So I tossed the box set aside and got the AD&D books, found a gaming group from a bulletin board in my local comics shop and never looked at Basic again.
 

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I think part of it is that this community has been around a while, and so have many of us that have stuck with it over the years, err, decades. If you go to some of the newer gaming spaces (Like some of the groups on social media), they seem to skew younger. I know I frequently find myself an outlier and one of the older people (and I'm not that old) there.

Oh wow, you guys are all much older than I thought.

* Changes mental picture *

I started with 5E, just a few years ago, got the 5E PHB as my first product.
 



JediSoth

Semi-Professional Author
Epic
The first product I owned was the D&D Expert Set (Moldvay w/Erol Otus cover). My friend had the Basic Set, and as 8-year-old, we weren't exactly flush with cash. Our group perpetually had the Basic Set checked out of the library that summer until more of us were able to find it. I ended up buying the Mentzer-revision Basic Set several months later, not really understand why mine was the same, but different than my friend's, but I appreciated having the player's stuff and the DM's stuff in separate books.
 

South by Southwest

Incorrigible Daydreamer
Basic (Moldvay) way back in 1982, I think it was. It came with Keep on the Borderlands, which was fun but never really moved me the way its reputation suggests it should. I mean, I had fun with it, but as a group we always had a better time creating our own campaigns.
 





Quickleaf

Legend
I think for me it was a hand-me-down of H2: The Mines of Bloodstone and the AD&D Monster Manuals 1 & II. Probably around 1988 when I was a kid.

Just enough to give my parents a heart attack looking at the cover art.
 


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