Happy Birthday D&D
Last night I received an email from RPG News and Reviews. In it was a notification about today (January 26th 2014) being named Dungeons & Dragons 40th Birthday! Here is some that message-
Tomorrow, January 26th, is researcher Jon Peterson's best-guess for the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons. "For all the reasons listed above, it's probably impossible to narrow in on one date and say with any certainty that this is when the game was released. But if we need to celebrate somewhere in the neighborhood of late January, then the last Sunday of the month (this year, the 26th) seems like the best candidate. As the El Conquistador advertisement above notes, Sunday was the day when Gary invited the world to drop by his house, at 1:30 PM, to have a first experience of Dungeons & Dragons. Since it's a weekend, many of us can clear our schedules to revisit some classic tabletop. So this coming January 26th, 2014, do take the time to celebrate the birth of Dungeons & Dragons and role-playing games."
40 years ago- WOW. I remember TV commercials for the D&D Game back in the 80's as well as the beloved Saturday morning cartoon -
Early this morning I got an email from a friend who let me know the same thing. His message ended with a question to me about when I first became a gamer. What a great question. I had to think about it for a while. When I replied my friend and I agreed it would make a great post. Here is what I wrote. A little blast from the past.
I got my first taste of D&D back in 1984 but it was not what you would call the full experience. We played at school and used coin tosses to determine outcomes. We did not even have books. The DM told the whole thing like a story we got to interact with. Very basic and tons of fun. That lasted a few months than the GM moved away.
That was that till 1986 when a school friend (named Tommy I think) was making a character in class while a lecture was going on. I remember that the character sheet was much more interesting that the lesson. I recognized the stat block from two years before. After class I asked him about it.
He was making a character for AD&D. As I did not fully grasp everything he was talking about it was decided that he would loan me something to help. The next day I got my hands on the D&D basic Red books. I read them over night and a few days later I went to Tommy's house and played my first actual D&D game (and also painted my first miniature around the same time-but that's another story)
Well That's all I have for now so till next time...