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Day 18 of #RPGaDAY

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RPGaDAY - Day 6: Favourite RPG Never Get To Play

Day 6 of #RPGaDAY

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RPGaDAY - Day 5: Most "Old School" RPG Owned

Today is Day 5 of #RPGaDAY - and the topic is Most “Old School” RPG Owned… 

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RPGaDAY - Day 4: Most Recent RPG Purchase

I keep forgetting Tumblr exists. I’m sorry. Day 4 (yesterday) was Most Recent RPG purchase, where I popped to the Games Room in Norwich (fantastic shop, BTW).

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RPGaDAY - DAY 3: First RPG Purchased

Day 3 (catching up) was First RPG Purchased. Much like a lot of people, it was AD&D. 

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RPGaDAY - Day 2: First RPG Gamemastered

Catching up… Day 2 was First RPG Gamemastered… Love Star Frontiers.

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RPGaDAY - Day 1: First RPG Played

Slacking a bit with the Tumblr. Here’s a quick recap - Day 1 of #RPGaDAY was first RPG played.

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1st - First RPG Played

The first RPG I played (ignoring Fighting Fantasy books) was probably red box Dungeons and Dragons with my friend Jack.

I can’t really remember much more than that. I’m a member of that generation which grew up immersed in geek culture, starting with Star Wars. We got hit by the double whammy of Warlock of Firetop Mountain and ET, a film in which pretty much every product placement and reference seemed to get analysed in minute detail. And there was this tumble of product - suddenly every book shop seemed to have a roleplaying section and this huge range of brightly coloured game boxes were on display for young eyes to get excited about.

The first RPG session that I have a clear memory of was using MERP - but the system was way too complicated for a 10 year old so we just ended up making it up as we went along. We used the Caverns of the Dead floorplan published by Game Workshop and a bunch of Citadel miniatures and it was essentially all improvised. It featured a portable hole (cribbed from my reading of the ET novelisation) and a NPC wizard called Boggles who just walked around being a bit of an idiot. Of course it was utter nonsense, but I remember having enormous fun. I’m not sure I had that much fun roleplaying again for years - possibly decades.

At some point, it seemed to stop being about having fun and started being about the rules. It took me a long time to realise that was the wrong way around.

Source: proj-awe