I started gaming when I was in high school, back in the 1980s. Of course back then we used these wooden sticks with a graphite core called “pencils” and slightly abrasive rubber “erasers” to make and remove marks on a flat, flimsy surface made of, can you believe it, wood pulp called “paper” to play the game. As it turns out, there wasn’t anything called Obsidian Portal back then, but then again, there was really no Internet back then either.
We also had dice. Typically they were two colors, one for the die and a second for the number. The basic mechanics of the dice haven’t changed, we rolled them then, we roll them now, but somehow the dice have become works of art with multiple colors and inscribed runes. It’s amazing the variety. I’m currently using dice that are older than some of the people I game with.
I took a short time off from gaming, roughly 20 years, before getting into D&D 4e. I had no idea how much I missed it until I was back in it. I’m currently involved in Encounters on Wednesday nights and a Friday night home game.