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When and what game did you start with.


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GuyBoy

Adventurer
Also played and enjoyed Runequest, Gamma World in late 1970s/ early 80s, and made use of lots of Judges Guild stuff in D&D campaigns.

Getting a bit more obscure, I also got to play a short campaign in a rare system called Bifrost. It was a British rule set, quite complex but I remember it fondly, maybe due to a good DM.
Anyone else ever play it?
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TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
Reading the other replies, I feel like the imposter.

First time I played D&D was probably in 2001 or 2002. Played one session of 2nd edition with a teacher. I didn't understand much. And a few weeks later a friend got the 3rd edition Player's Handbook and we started short 3rd edition campaign with that teacher.
 

GuyBoy

Adventurer
Reading the other replies, I feel like the imposter.

First time I played D&D was probably in 2001 or 2002. Played one session of 2nd edition with a teacher. I didn't understand much. And a few weeks later a friend got the 3rd edition Player's Handbook and we started short 3rd edition campaign with that teacher.
You’re definitely not an imposter. Doesn’t matter where, when, how you started. Just enjoy.
We all fight owlbears......
 



1985, D&D. But not that D&D, this D&D:
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(Though it's usually abbreviated DoD in order to differentiate it from Dungeons & Dragons.)
The original edition of Drakar och Demoner was a straight translation of Basic Roleplaying + Magic World, but this was a somewhat later edition that had evolved in a direction of its own.
 

Three little beige books plus Greyhawk in 1975. Only stayed with it a few years before moving off to other things; RuneQuest and Champions probably had much more influence on me overall.

Learned at SF Cons in Southern California, and absorbed the kind wide-ranging expectations they had (probably just as well; don't think the more "traditional" approach in some other areas would have grabbed me as much).
 

MattW

Explorer
Traveller. The "Little Black Books", plus Books 4 and 5. 1981 or 1982. Someone at the Science Fiction Society wanted to try something that wasn't D&D...
 

Argyle King

Legend
I attempted to start somewhere in the late 80s to early 90s, but the Satanic Panic prevented me from being allowed to buy D&D books.

Sometime around 2002-2003, I was between combat tours and the rec center where I was had some old Rifts books. That was my first time actually playing a ttrpg. (I very vaguely remember the story involving a super-computer which had become a self-aware megalomaniac.)

At some point, I started playing D&D 3rd Edition. Eventually, I picked up D&D 4th Edition. I think somewhere around the first year or two of D&D 4E, I picked up GURPS 4th Edition and started playing that as my primary game.

I've dabbled a little in Heroes Unlimited and the first edition of Pathfinder.

Currently I'm active as a player in a D&D 5th Edition game. GURPS and Edge of the Empire are my favorite games to play.
 


Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
1980.
War Games Club at high school.
D&D, Gamma World, Traveller little black books (solo), Champions, Starfire (solo), Star Fleet Battles, Boot Hill (once or twice), Star Frontiers (once or twice), Squad Leader (once), Guns of August (once), Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (once) - in no particular order.
Due to Satanic Panic, emphasized Champions, SFB and especially GW.
 


John, over at the My First Game: Top Secret/SI thread is right! That would be an interesting thread. When did you start playing? What game was it? What was the environment in the gaming scene like at that time? Let us talk of the halcyon days, when the sun was bright and the days long. Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of.
I started summer of 1981.
It was AD&D 1E.
The only parts of the gaming scene I knew were ...
  • the guys I gamed with: JW, AF, BW, BW, AG...
  • The guys I knew gamed but with whom I didn't game: RO (who had showed me his copy of Holmes), and someone else in the same 5th grade class who brought in the D&D digital boardgame.
  • The one clerk at Long's Drugs who stocked the games aisle, and pointed me at the least expensive way into D&D... the brand new Moldvay rules... I had to cheap out - bought just the book and a dice pack, as I was a dollar shy of the boxed set.
Oh, and I knew a few wargames players. Including my shrink.
 

Ulfgeir

Hero
Started in 1984/1985 with Drakar och Demoner. Not sure If it was the edition Staffan linked to, or the first one, which had a different cover.

The first game I bought myself was Chock, which was a Swedish translation of Chill 1e.
 
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eyeheartawk

Works 60% of the time, every time
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Committed Hero

Explorer
'80 or '81, the tail end of grade school. If anyone has read The Monsters Know What They're Doing, I had the exact same reaction to the review of D&D in Games magazine. There was no way a game could do all the stuff that the reviewer mentioned! But once I played with some friends - the earliest module I recall using was G2 - and was hooked.
 

GuyBoy

Adventurer
Thanks for this.
I enjoyed the read, and it brought back memories. The armour being used as a multiplier of hit points was pretty elegant, and I remember all abilities being done on a d10, but if you rolled a natural 10, you rolled a second d10, so scores were 1-20 in theory, but 1-10 was more common as a range. Having an 11 or more made you exceptional in that area.
I can also remember that my character was called Beccara and we battled against a werewolf-cult devoted to Fenris. Pretty visceral stuff.
 


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