I was born on the Island of Saint Croix in the year 1976. Being raised on a small island in the middle of nowhere where barely anyone understood what D&D was. Needless to say we had no Hobby Shops. No place to buy miniatures we played with whatever was at hand on small grid paper and 8 by 11 sheets of paper taped and stapled together…we were 9 and no one helped us. We used green army men cut by Xacto knives. we painted them and used different toys to represent our pieces, heck we even used coins to represent mobs. REAL old school D&D. This was before anyone had NES or video games we’d stay up till late in the night playing by candlelight celebrating the time we learned to kick open chests. This went on for 2 years.
In 1992 William Gibson introduced the term Cyberpunk with his big hit novel Nueromancer and within the year of having read it there we were using hand drawn tokens to play Shadow Run in a small cramped space.
In 1994 I graduated Highschool and had not played any Pen and Paper game until D&D 4e came out. It was my first as a DM but I remember the great social event in gaming that Pen and Paper games bring out in people. It is a wonderful focused shared experience that I am glad to have rekindled. Now that I am older and can afford all the parts I always wished I could get but never got until now. As a grown man now I can afford to enrich the experience for my nephew who is now 12 and my friends from work and their children as well. We can share an experience that I always wished I could afford to play they way it was intended.
I am glad to be a member of this community and able to learn from others what it means to be a DM and how enriching an experience it can be. Awesome. Game ON.