D&D General Your first D&D experiences?

DeviousQuail

Adventurer
My parents got a new computer in the late 90s that came with a free copy of Baldur's Gate (and The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time). I played the heck out of that game and still do from time to time.

About a year later a friend introduced my brother and me to 3rd Edition D&D. He was the worst DM who enjoyed torturing my brother's character. It sucked. I only played sporadically over the next 12ish years before jumping into 4th edition with a group that I still play with now.
 

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payn

Legend
My father gave me Tolkien novels as a kid. He was more of a sports guy and didnt really get gaming. One year he bought a box set for my brother and I, but we couldnt really grok the manual. We ended up sticking with HeroQuest for quite a while.

I had a friend who said he would run me through a game finally. This was late 80's. He learned by playing with his step-father. He had this weird notion that you had to play the game and level up as a player before trying to GM. As in, he had some arbitrary real life leveling system. For example he would only run the game for me for so far because his GM level was too low to keep it going. Thats just a fun quirky story about my early D&D experience.
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
My friends’ older siblings played a game they called “AD&D” in what must have been like 98 or 99 cause I know they switched to 3rd edition when it came out. So I must have been 7 or 8 at the time, and they were a few years older, probably 11 or 12. My friends and I would overhear them talking about their campaign and it sounded like the coolest game we had ever heard of. They wouldn’t let us play with them, allegedly because it would be too complicated for us, but I’m sure it was mostly because they didn’t want to play with the little kids. Still, we were captivated by the idea, and would work the language we picked up from them into our games of pretend whenever possible. Picture a handful of 8 year olds running around the playground talking about their “prime requisites” and “weapon proficiencies” while they pantomime fighting with imaginary swords.

It wasn’t until 8th grade that I would actually play d&d. I switched schools that year and met one of my lifelong best friends, who had the core rulebooks for 3.5e, and had played before in a summer camp but didn’t know anyone at school who waned to play it with her… Until we met. I read her Player’s Handbook and made a character (an elf rogue) at lunch, and for the next week she DMed a one-on-one game for me over the phone after school every day. I remember that adventure ended after I found a magic wishing well and wished for a magical sword… And an orc or something appeared wielding the sword I had wished for and killed me.
 

HammerMan

Legend
How did you find D&D?
I was in a book store in upstate NY I was 12 or 13 and I saw the PHB and didn’t know what it was. I bought it and read a bit of “how to play” then waited until my best friend Becky came to see if I wanted to play ball and I told her we could play a game as Samus or Link or Conan or some mix.

We spent at least a month maybe 2 or 3 reading rereading and making characters and leveling them while we tried to just get a group togather.

Then we started world building and over 30 years later we are still world building and makeing characters (her kids do too now)
 

In the mid-80s a slightly older heavy metal kid ran a handful of sessions for my brother and me with only a rough adherence to the D&D rules. Stats and levels went into the hundreds very quickly. There was a wizard that lived in someone's hair. I had a pair of lightning-charged crystal daggers. Everything used a d6. It wasn't exactly coherent, but my brother and I fell in love immediately. I picked up the red box not long after that and started running my own game. By my estimation, I ran BECMI for about two years before "graduating" to AD&D.
 

I had played Rifts and 2 different new england LARPs, and one of the players of the Rifts game told me how he wanted to play D&D again... it was 1995 and I had my mom take me to the mall and I found the book store and the RPG shelf and found almost everything was AD&D... I bought a starter box set.
I went home and read it and thought it was similar to RIFTS... then that friend gave me his PHB and DMG to borrow. He then ran me through a single room dungeon then I made a world and he gave me a long list of house rules he said "made the game playable" (I don't think we tried RAW for like 3 years) and the entire RIFTs group got togather and I ran D&D
 

eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
My first ever game was a GURPS fantasy game at summer camp before the sixth grade.

My first D&D game was an AD&D 2e game where I made a barbarian with a magical loincloth. I remember nothing else about it. Except...

A thing that has bugged me since that very first session. What is happening here? Is this a human pose? Seriously, try doing this in the mirror.


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My left arm is now sore from trying to make that pose.

My first ever game was a GURPS fantasy game at summer camp before the sixth grade.

My first D&D game was an AD&D 2e game where I made a barbarian with a magical loincloth. I remember nothing else about it. Except...

A thing that has bugged me since that very first session. What is happening here? Is this a human pose? Seriously, try doing this in the mirror.


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HammerMan

Legend
My first ever game was a GURPS fantasy game at summer camp before the sixth grade.

My first D&D game was an AD&D 2e game where I made a barbarian with a magical loincloth. I remember nothing else about it. Except...

A thing that has bugged me since that very first session. What is happening here? Is this a human pose? Seriously, try doing this in the mirror.


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I think that is a comic book artist. Bending in inhuman ways is kind of a thing for them
 


I was driving somewhere back in 2000 when I heard an advertisement on the radio for the D&D College Tour. I’d transferred to Ohio State that year and remembered a friend of mine who went to school there would set his away status to “Playing D&D in the Union” every Saturday, so I went over to check it out. I picked up some tat, which I still have, and then went to the Union that weekend to play my first D&D game. I made a fighter, which the group helped me name (Gorman). I think I ended up getting the books as a Christmas gift. I played 3e with that group for a while, then my friend and some others split off to run our own game.

I eventually got my turn to DM. My game was very strange because I made it up as I went along. It was set ostensibly in the Realms, but since I never bothered to read any of the books, I just used the names on the maps and made the rest up. I’m sure someone who was deeply into the lore would have had a conniption, assuming the campaign itself didn’t do them in. That campaign is still a source of memes though all these years later, so I must have done something right. We took a break from D&D for a while, but we eventually came back, and I’ve been our forever DM ever since (other people run other games, but I’m the run who runs something D&D-like).

I’m also still running for that and one of the other guys from our college group these 22 years later.

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A quick look at the props and I calmly thought: "Cool, a flashdrive with 3e logo". Then the big "2000" hit me...
 

My first ever game was a GURPS fantasy game at summer camp before the sixth grade.

My first D&D game was an AD&D 2e game where I made a barbarian with a magical loincloth. I remember nothing else about it. Except...

A thing that has bugged me since that very first session. What is happening here? Is this a human pose? Seriously, try doing this in the mirror.


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That, sir, is called busting a door with style. Things you learn at Barbarian School in class Busting Doors Advanced: How to Mix It with Beyoncé-inspired Moves.
 


I bought the 1E books before finding a group, managed to get into one that was running a one shot with starting PCs, played some kind of half elf fighter/mage. The main thing I remember about that first adventure was getting stuck alone someplace with a zombie and killing it with a couple of lucky arrow shots as it was shambling in my direction. After that, I became a regular, rolled up several other PCs and ran them through a whole bunch of printed and homebrewed adventures....
 

pogre

Legend
A cousin introduced me to D&D in 1975. Got the three book set and we "played" something we called D&D. I did not fully understand the game until I got the Blue D&D box (Holmes) in 1977. I must have taken my group through B1 In Search of the Unknown a few dozen times.

We started going up to the gaming club at a nearby university and it was a hotbed of gaming designers and new ideas. Guys would come up from time-to-time from Decatur (home of Judges Guild), or over from Bloomington-Normal (Games Designer Workshop), or from Wisconsin (TSR). We sometimes got pushed to the side as kids, but for the most part everyone was very gracious and kind to us.
 


5e game with some people on the internet. Was playing the classing Edgy Drow rogue. During character creation I said, out loud "I'll take (proficiency in) Slight of Hand because I want to steal crap" (harsher words were used but grandma looks on this forum).

DM took us to a ruined dwarven city with a bunch of skeletons in clouds of gas. Decided to do the rogue thing and sneak up on them and give them a good stabbing. Proceeded to roll a natural 20 on both stealth and my attack roll and kill the skeleton in one hit. Then the rest of the skeletons decided they wanted to party too and proceeded take me to zero. The Paladin then decides to jump in, pick me up, and throw me out of harms way of the skeletons. Needless to say I've been hooked ever since.

I've also gotten better at playing the game and making characters, at least I hope so.
 

Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
1979, I was at a Jewish weekend summer camp. In a cabin with other kids I didn't know. Top bunk looking down, and members of the cabin invited another cabin over and they all started to play D&D. I had not even heard of it but I had just read Lord Of The Rings and couldn't believe people were playing hobbits and elves and dwarves and humans in their own adventure.
Got home and asked for all the books for my birthday.
 

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