My D&D History

My first Ad&D handbook. Still on the shelf

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).

Is B/X Essentials the same rules as D&D BECMI rules? : osr
The sets I bought. I still have these as well (but not the boxes).
Game:Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness - Palladium ...
TMNT – Palladium Games (again, still on my shelf)

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.

Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebooks Gift Set (Special Foil Covers ...
Bought this set, but have transitioned to mostly online now.

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.