I grew up in the ye olde days of RPGs. Basically the only games available were DnD and Gamma World and I loved both. Eventually other games became available ADnD, Star Wars, MERP, Twighlight 2000. There were many games I enjoyed but I was always drawn back to DnD in one form or another.
My experience with fantasy began when I discovered the writing of Robert E. Howard. Conan, Kull, Bran Mak Morn were so cool and I loved their adventures. From there I discovered Michael Moorcock and his heroes (or anti-heroes if you will) Elric and Corum, now here was some crazy scary stuff. Other authors caught my attention, Lin Carter, Fritz Lieber and Karl Edward Wagner. Then Christmas of 1975 I opened a gift from my sister and underneath that shiny red paper was a book called “The Hobbit” I was a bit perplexed at first, “What’s a hobbit?” I thought. I began reading this strange book and once I found out how the game of golf was invented I was hooked! I devoured every page and when I had read the last I was saddened at the end of the journey. Soon I had acquired The Lord of The Rings and though I struggled with it at first I was fascinated with Middle Earth, Orcs and goblins and wizards oh my!
It was around this time that I discovered this odd little game called Dungeons and Dragons. A new world of fantasy adventure was opened to me and how cool was it that it was a world that I could help shape! No longer was I limited to just passively watch a hero traverse the adventures they experienced but now I could play a hero and make the decisions for them, fight the fights and explore the unknown first hand!
DnD remained my favorite game through it’s many various editions, then 3.0 and the D20 system came about and it just made so much more sense. 3.5 Made things a bit smoother and then 4.0 completly turned me off. When I read the designers wanted an experience that was more like a MMORPG I was crushed. Why would the greatest game ever made want to make itself like computer games that were a shallow imitation of itself? I just could not get onboard.
I moved on to other games, WFRP, Dark Heresy etc. and then discovered Pathfinder. Now here is an awesome game! The greatest edition of DnD and it isn’t even called DnD! Rock on Paizo!
It’s been quite a journey, meeting new friends, saying goodbye to old friends, weathering the storm of the RPG Satanic crisis, loosing friends over my refusal to bow to ignorance.
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