I graduated high school in 1985, and graduated law school in 1992. Started playing D&D with the Holmes Basic Box in about 1980 and was fully addicted beyond any hope of recovery by 1983.
Thanks, but it's LEIF not what you said. And that rhymes with "chief," by the way. I generally am not too draconic about discussions of other games/systems. I figure if they're talking about that stuff in my game then that says something about where their loyalties truly lie.
And while we're on the subject, I don't know how much of the 1980's and 90's you children recall, but back then there was a plethora of add-ons to 1E AD&D, to the point where the game became unweildy. This led to 2E, which led to 3E, 3.5E, etc., etc. And now Pathfinder finds itself in the exact same position as its predecessors, where the tweaks and add-ons have taken precedence over the game. I see 5E as a re-set to simpler values -- ROLEPLAYING not character gimmicks.
My first encounter was the red box that my mother bought my sister and me. I fell in love with that box, and played the solo adventure over and over! Then, fast forward to '92, my sister was dating a marine, who let me play with them AD&D. My first magic item? Gauntlets of Ogre-kind, complete with the rumor that if I wore it too long, I would begin to take on the characteristics of an ogre! They were even using the training rules, where you had to spend time training to gain a level (once you gained enough XP)!
NAME: Fitheach Featherbrew
Race: Hill Dwarf
Str: 13 (+3)
Dex: 10 (+0)
*Con: 16 (+3)
Int: 8 (-1)
*Wis: 15 (+1)
Cha: 12 (+0)