In my attempts to get back into blogging, in hopes that it helps to improve my writing skills which have been sorely lacking as of late, I find there’s no better way than to practice using preconceived topics. In this case, #RPGADAY.
Like many, I saw this topic floating around the RPG Bloggers site and decided to give it a go. I’ve been meaning to get back into posting on my blog but over the last few years, with all that has been said and done in my life, I’ve drifted from this project and, in some ways, lost the spark for games I once had back in the day.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still love playing games and GMing. The roll of the dice, the telling of fantastical tales, the enjoyable social interactions amongst friends.
But lately, I’ve felt like there has been a certain something missing from the part of me that considers itself a gamer. A certain je ne sais quoi I had back in the days of running Cyberpunk 2020 with my friends at school or when I first started my longest running (and only successfully completed) D&D campaign. There was a certain energy about my love for games and gaming that I feel as though the flames of which have tapered as the years went on. An energy I have recently been wanting to renew as I reminisce about the past and the enjoyable memories I can still recall.
So, to that end, #RPGADAY. As I find myself pondering the past and yearning for that old spark once more, what better way to try and stoke the fires than to discuss all that was, is, and may be of my gamerhood.
So, enough with the self reflection and down to the enjoyable brass tacks.
Day 1: First RPG Played: For me, that was the classic D&D from the Set 1: Basic Rules to the Set 4: Master Rules (Never got into the Immortals box set). I remember a friend of the family coming over to watch my brother and I many, many years ago when we were wee lads and introducing me to my first RPG and my first character; the warrior Rancor (Yes, while my memory is fuzzy, I’m almost certain I named him after the beast in Return of the Jedi). I remember slaying my first werewolf in a halfling village before I knew what it even was and I remember that it was not much longer after that that I was introduced to GMing.
Today, I may not have most of the box itself, but I have been able to preserve the inside cover of the DM’s manual with my favorite dungeon map key on the inside. Thanks TSR.
Day 2: First RPG Gamemastered: Well, leading off my entry above, my first foray into game mastering was Dungeons & Dragons: Set 1: Basic Rules. I remember taking that box set everywhere, even to the dentist, and pouring over the rules, intro adventure, and charts galore. I even thought I lucked out when I opened the box and found they gave me 2d10s instead of the 1 I was expecting (I was young and didn’t know about d100. Sue me.)
I remember running several of the old school adventures, B11: King’s Festival and B12; Queen’s Harvest to name a couple, and finding myself introduced to the world of Mystara, the great city of Specularum in the Grand Dutchy of Karemeikos, and the wicked Baron von Hendricks (DDA3: Eye of Traldar). Many goblins were slain, much loot was found, and many crazy adventures were had.
Day 3: First RPG Purchased: Well, while I could say the D&D Set 1: Basic Rules was the first RPG bought, it was a set that was bought for me as a gift and not by me with my hard earned money. To swing in that direction, the first RPG I actually purchased, if memory serves, was Heroes Unlimited Revised by Palladium Games. I was big into Marvel comics at the time and prior to learning about HU, I was introduced to the Palladium system thanks to discovering the old TMNT and Other Strangeness RPG book at my local library. It was my first foray into learning an RPG on my own and, despite the memories of sitting in the back room, staring at the book and wondering in my mind as i struggled to understand the system, “What the hell are Bio-E points?”, I fell in love with the game.
So imagine my surprise when I heard about a superhero game based on those very rules. I don’t recall if I saved up money from my paper route at that time (if I had it yet) or from other odd jobs a kid could do, but I remember opening that book for the first time and throwing myself into a fantastic world of heroes and villains. I still have that book today, squirreled away in storage, but kept out of loving memory of times well spent.