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My first introduction to D&D probably started by playing the board game Hero Quest
Elemental Quest was as cliche as you can possibly imagine. It was all about defeating the ominous Lord Dark and his evil army, by collecting the various elemental crystals to create the only weapon that could defeat him, or something along those lines. We were very young, so my memory is hazy. What made Elemental Quest quite interesting, was that we also made our own custom clay figurines. We made up all of our own monsters, and then spend a lot of time molding them and painting them. Of course they looked nothing close to the sort of miniatures that we use today. But still, it was an awesome army. If one of the adventures had a big dragon at the end, then we started making a big dragon out of clay first.
We maintained an entire book with all the details of our home brew 3.5 setting, along with any drawings that we made during the sessions (be it maps, or just funny drawings of characters and situations). We would often switch DM's, and so each DM would add new cities and characters to this ever growing world. We wrote everything down, to keep things consistent. We made sure that if the players ever returned to a certain city, in someone elses campaign, that the city would still have the same ruler as before, with the same appearance. An interesting detail, is that the dark skinned war mongering Kooghan were first introduced as villains in the campaign of one of our DM's, and I would later bring them back as an allied pirate faction in Pirates of the Emerald Coast.
I LOVED Hero quest. This came much later in my life, but I enjoyed buying squared paper from Office Max (which were a comparable size to the squares on the hero quest board) and making my own, larger dungeons, and more complex enemies. My favorite adventure was one where I had my players hunting two demons called Pogo and Wylon.
This sounds like it would have been awesome!
I wish I had the benefit of having the same players all this time to do this as well. After my parents divorced, we hardly saw each other again. My next group of folks was during my teen years where we experimented with many other games instead of D&D (like Chill, Battletech, Warhammer Fantasy, Star Wars, Shadowrun, and the first game I ever ran: Cyperpunk). In later teens, I got back into D&D with 2nd Edition, but went into the Air Force soon after and back into the experimentation with games like Deadlands and BESM - all the way to 3rd Ed. From there it's been a cycle of D&D with occasional spurs of other games.
I'm old-school. I was around eight or nine in the early '80's when one of my younger brother's friends from school came over our house to hang out. The kid's older brother who was sixteen had driven him over, and had brought his D&D stuff with him to work on something.
That was the 1981 "magenta" box of the Basic rules.
He ran us through an adventure which largely involved killing everything, smashing all the furniture and setting anything flammable on fire with out torches, lol.
When I was ten, I got my own copy of the 1983 red box Basic set.
My first introduction to D&D probably started by playing the board game Hero Quest...