I’m planning on revisiting last year’s entries for RPGaDay to see if my answers have changed at all, but the first few entries won’t — they’re about the first RPGs played, GMed, and purchased. So I’ll be reposting these from my G+ feed from last year over the next few days, eventually getting caught up to Now, Last Year by the end of the week.
#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 1:Â What was the first roleplaying game you played?
My first roleplaying game was the same thing as several other people in my feed: the Holmes version of Dungeons & Dragons. It was the one with the chits you could cut out and draw from a cup in case you didnâ€™t have any polyhedral dice.
I picked this up in 1982 as a hand-me-down from adults who heard it was pretty cool but didnâ€™t understand how to play. Back then, if you wanted to buy dice, you had to go into a store full of model trains, planes, and r/c cars. Maybe behind the sheets of balsawood, they would have some dice ready to buy. We picked some up from a store that summer. I devoured those booklets. I couldnâ€™t wait to fly back home and play with my friends.
When I returned home, I broke the game out and we were going to play with David and Eddie. I had a product that had just caves after caves printed on gridded paper. Eddie had us starting off in a cavern with three enemies: blink dogs, displacer beasts, and barbarian foes awaited. â€œNo!â€ I cried out, because that didnâ€™t make any sense: we all know that the blink dogs and the displacer beasts would have been fighting each other and the barbarians would be fighting them. These three wouldnâ€™t be just hanging out together in an underground chamber waiting for a band of heroes to attack! So Eddie and David walked around the block and I became the GM.
Since then, Iâ€™ve always seemed to be the GM. (I really enjoy it.)
I still have some of those dice from the first dice purchases. Thereâ€™s a powder blue set that came from another box set (or a separate purchase) and a multi-colored set. Of the multi-colored set, I still have a green d8 and yellow d20 that I can see. The d4 is around here somewhere. The powder blue one, I have a d6 that is still in fantastic shape. Thereâ€™s a d10 (probably in the basement) and d12 in my stein of dice, right by the computer monitor Iâ€™m typing this on.