Sunday, September 1, 2013
30 Day Challenge
How did I get started in D&D?
Well, I think I have answered the question before, but will answer it again as best I can.
Back in college, way back in 1996--yes starting couting if you must--I came back from a weekend at home (free laundry service and free food. Come on, who wouldn't.) I found a group of my friends in a circle talking about things their character was doing. I was intrigued, but wasn't sure what to do. I waited for the DM, a guy named Kyle, to finish up and I tracked him down after. I asked him what he was up to and he said, "Playing D&D."
Until then, I was the Sci-Fi nerd supreme, looking down my nose a little at fantasy for being "cute and folksy." But I had gone to college for trying new things and when he asked if I wanted to create a character, I jumped at the chance. He had 2nd edition AD&D books and I devoured them. Looking through them, amazed by the art, by the magic and baffled by the rules. I made a character, a 1st level dwarven theif who had the kit of locksmith. I even delved into his backstory, giving him a scar on his arm from not disabling a trap quick enough and having to run off from the job he was doing.
And then...nothing. The game never got picked up again. I was dejected and sad, but then the same guy started up a Superhero game and I got to play in that, so that was the first rpg I every experienced. (Superheroes Unlimited, the first edition. Pretty fun one shot. Never played that game again either. Sigh, the problem with college sometimes.)
I didn't get my first taste of a campaign until I called up a friend and asked what he was up to. This was 2002. It was late, about 10 pm, and I as bored He said, "We're gaming. Want to come over?" I thought, why not. I went over and again, 2nd edition AD&D. I was told we already had a thief, but "We could use a ranger, and if you want to be an Elven princeling, that would help tremendously..." So said the DM. (I later learned this was a trap. Oh Admirmal Ackbar, where were you?)
And since that day, rolling up Symal the Elven Ranger, I have never looked back.
Now, as an addendum, there is a friend who tried to get me into rpgs a year or so before. But, I stll had the bad taste in my mouth of gaming with the guys in college for a session and then nothing. Since that time, that friend and I, have gamed often.