The last couple of years has seen me dip, and then jump back into D&D. The blog has started to fill with game reports and such, so time for a little background.
Way back in about 1988 I played a couple of sessions of AD&D (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, I still have the PHB) at school. Not much came from that.
The next year I started playing the red basic set (from the BECMI set) with some friends in the boarding school I was at. I eventually ended up purchasing the whole set. We played a fair bit of BattleTech as well (another property I would continue to spend time and money on). We also had a stab at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rules (from Palladium). But after a year or so, I moved away and never played D&D again (actually I don’t really remember playing either D&D or BT again).
Many years later, in about 2016, I dug out my Basic set and tried to introduce my daughters to the game. There was a little interest, but it didn’t really catch alight. And it went back into the box for a while.
I’m not sure why, but my interest grew a little and I discovered D&D Beyond and bought the current Starter Kit. Again I was hoping to spark some interest from my girls I guess.
I popped along to a couple of game evenings nearby, hoping to get into a game, but my busy life really meant that the times that most played (usually weekends, and evenings) really weren’t available to me.
And this is how I ended up DM’ing a game. I discovered Roll 20 and announced in the RPG related bulletin boards that I would be running a game on Sunday mornings. Initially I wanted to be a player, but it became clear that the only way I was going to get the game going was to DM. So here I was, a new DM and almost 30 years since I last played! I had a bit to learn.
And the rest is history?
Well, the players from that group left after a couple of sessions due to the time, but almost the entire group was replaced. The new group has worked their way through the Lost Mines of Phandelver module, and I have linked them into the further adventures that came with the Essentials Kit. I’ve had a couple of turns at being a player in another game too, which has been fun. I would like to keep doing that too.
Well, so far, that’s where I’m at. Mostly DMing, to a group full of experienced DMs, through Roll20.
I am enjoying myself. And the players seem to as well. And that is the point, isn’t it.