Sunday, September 1, 2013

30 Day D&D Challenge, Day 1: How You Got Started

Day 1: How You Got Started

I got started in 1979. I was in "silent reading" and a buddy had a copy of the new AD&D Monster Manual.  WOW. IT blew my mind.  I loved mythology and had already read everything in the library on Greek and Roman myths.  Seeing all the same creatures, plus demons, devils and things I never heard of.
After that I looked for the rules, but to no avail.  It wasn't until I got a hold of a badly xeroxed copy of Holmes D&D.  The rest was as they say history.
Around this very same time I discovered the Hobbit, having seen it recently on TV.  I was in the right place at the right time for this to happen.  Like many my "first" D&D was a combination of Basic and Advanced. Still today that is the same experience I look for in D&D. Also recapturing that thrill of first holding that Monster Manual in 5th grade.


Dyvers said...

I love the Hobbit. No matter what version of it you're talking about I love it. Anyway, thanks for sharing how you got involved in the hobby! It's really neat reading everyone's stories.

Thomas Baumbach said...

Where were you in the world in '79? (The answer is almost always Southern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, but I'm always curious.)

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Almost. Central Illinois. I didn't know how good I had it really.