It was 40 years ago today,
Gary & Dave taught the world to play.
They were rolling dice in and out of style,
cause D& D was gonna stick around awhile!
- *sung to the tune of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band”.
Ever struggled to explain tabletop RPGs to friends or family? You may want to point them to the Why People Play Tabletop RPGs page I recently created. It contains three short videos about why people play, what they get out of it, and the cultural impact of tabletop RPGs (and D&D in particular).
My interested in role playing games happened by accident. It all started in September ‘79 when I missed the 3:15 bus and hung around school til the late bus (since I attended high school three towns over where I lived it was quite of a jaunt). The Games club was meeting and running AD&D and I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. This was my first introduction into role playing games and let me tell you it was AWESOME. I didn’t know what I was rolling but the game master was telling the story, describing what was happening and asking me what I was doing. I was giving a Players Handbook by a fellow who had an extra copy he told me to read it and it will give me an idea of how the game played; he told me not to worry about the other books since there was stuff in it that I wasn’t suppose to know.
I didn’t pick up the second edition books when they first came out since I was heavily into AD&D 1st edition. Since there was only a few changes in the 2nd edition I house ruled them into the 1st edition campaign I was was running. I had picked up the re-release of the 2nd edition books (you might say the 2.5 version books) to add to the collection. I eventually waned from the 1st edition to 2nd edition and thought it might be good to have these set of rules on my shelf. Though when the 3rd edition was announced, I wasn’t planning on picking them up since I had sunk a bundle of money into the 1st two. Though, my players at the time had chipped in and bought me the core rulebooks after a few months it came out (God bless my group of players at the time). Though, I never did pick up the 3.5 edition since I had been going strong in 3rd and never saw the need for it. Soooooo 4th edition core rulebook was a gift from the family.
So there is my Reader’s Digest version of the D&D editions that I have.
A List of AD&D Spells that someone had written and tucked away in the Middle Earth Role Playing book that I recently acquired. I like finding things like this in used books; hand written notes, a character sheet, a dollar bill as a book mark, also something like this.
Yo Dawg, I heard you like attack of opportunity. So we put an attack of opportunity in your attack of opportunity when you are doing an attack of opportunity!
Tonight I took a step back into my past and dusted off these books and wrote up a low-fantasy low level adventure.