I played my first module - B1: In Search of the Unknown in late 1978. Later in the early summer of 1979 I played a lot more extensively and explored
B2: Keep on the Borderlands (Caves of Chaos). My older nephew DM'ed and me and a friend played through with 2 characters each. Man was that a learning
experience and I was hooked after that.
Unfortunately that mostly ended my playing experience and pretty much from then on it's been me as the DM and rarely ever do I get to play. Something
I have played so many PnP RPG's over the years. Let me tell you though, it was a rough being a young D&D gamer during the years of BADD (bothered
about Dungeons and Dragons) and all the Jack Chick propaganda. My mother got on the religion bandwagon and basically made me burn all my original
I later replaced some of it (much later) and I never stopped gaming - I just left my books and such with my best friend. I was able to keep some other
materials at home - Boot Hill, Gamma World, Chain Mail, Star Frontiers, etc. after all, they didn't have devils and demons or magic.
So many good stories from over the years. I have some fond memories of these games as I introduced friends, family and acquaintances to them.
...and then helped the graduate to actually casting magic spells, summoning demons, worshiping Satan and the all important virgin sacrifices. Ahh,
oh wait. just joking there. hah hah hah! who typed that?! it must have been my crazy, evil, little brother...yeah, that's the ticket.
Seriously though...some of the best times in my life.
Strangely enough, I read an I09 article this morning about a Biography of Gary Gygax.
I09 - Gary Gygax Bio
It has an excerpt of some of the history of him and D&D. Very interesting if all of you aren't familiar with the story.
Up until his death he was also very active with message board posting on enworld.org as Col_Playdoh. He had some interesting insights later in
Anyway, on with the gaming!