August 20

#RPGaDAY Day 1: First RPG Played

We all remember the first game we sat down to play with friends and the memory of that day is still as fresh in my mind as the last time I played.

A friend of mine had offered to run AD&D and after acquiring a copy of the Players Handbook from a nearby game store for the price of £11.95 I spent the Saturday afternoon devouring the contents of this strange hardback book.

My very first character was a cleric of some-sort, I can’t really remember much more than that aside from the fact I had a neat miniature to represent him now and through his later careers.

It was a great time to sit down with people I knew, one or two friends, an acquaintance and someone who just didn’t like me for some reason.  We spent an enjoyable afternoon scrabbling around some castle fighting goblins I think until the guy who didn’t like me decided to stab me.

Yes, you did read that correctly, he stabbed ME not my character, specifically he drove his sharpened pencil into my shin which smarted somewhat.  So I moved places away from this unstable idiot and the session broke down shortly after that.

As I was getting my things to go, I noticed my miniature had been taken from my bag and after a few minutes I was able to find it and slipped out the front door shortly afterwards.

From that day I was hooked and decided to play as often as I could.



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Posted August 20, 2014 by GeneralTangent in category "RPG

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I've been gaming on and off since about 1989 and during that period have played with numerous game systems. I'm fluent in a few, have a basic understanding of quite a few more and can get by in others. Somewhere along the way I found time to be a playtester, contribute to an unpublished game supplement and be associated with another gaming magazine written by far more talented people than I. This lead to one infamous article being written in which I followed the letter of the adventure and torched the parties river barge. I'm also listed on as a game designer.

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