Man, I am such a sucker for a blogging meme. Someone started a challenge to post 30 things in September, based on this schedule:
So how did I get started in D&D? As far as I can remember I was in 3rd grade, which would make it 1980, when my brother made friends with a pair of twins who had fairly recently discovered D&D. I think they had the Holmes book and the three core manuals (DMG, PHB, MM). It was a big deal when the new books — Deities and Demigods, and later the Fiend Folio — were released. Maybe D&DG was already “out” and we just hadn’t seen it.
We were already into fantasy before we found D&D, from movies like Bakshi’s the Lord of the Rings, the Yellow Submarine, and various Rankin-Bass specials, as well as Star Wars and comic books, and the D’Aulaires’ books on Norse and Greek mythology, so it was a pretty easy transition from Star Wars figures and fighting with sticks in the woods to D&D.
I don’t really remember what my first character was. Probably a fighter; it might have been a dwarf. I remember we listed the usual abilities (STR, DEX. CON, etc.) and also some of the things from monster stats (No. of attacks, Damage/Attack, and few other things) on our sheets. John was the first DM. He wouldn’t let anyone touch the dice unless he told them to make a roll, on pain of character death. He also loved rolling on the tables in the DMG and I think we had an assortment of magic items he’d rolled up the first session. As soon as my brother managed to get the books, he began taking the main DMing duties and the game got a lot better.