RPG 30-Day Challenge, Day One
I got hit with the 30-day RPG Challenge, and was asked to begin my responses on Jan 1. (It’s technically the second now, but it’s still the first *somewhere*). I’ll see how well I can do with these, though paid writing obviously takes priority. 🙂
Day 1 – How Did You Get Started?
I actually get asked this a lot, and I remember it clearly enough it’s a story I have told many times. This respons originally appeared in The Encounter Table.
“I was first introduced to D&D in the summer of 1982. I was staying at my uncle’s house in Tennessee, the year of the Knoxville World’s Fair, while my parents took a trip to Europe. My uncle had a library at least as vast as my parents’ (and mostly with different books), and among them was the 1979 1st edition AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide. I was enrapt.
But that’s all the D&D he had, and he’d never played. I wanted to play, and he was willing to run a game, but he wanted me to “figure out how to play” so he could run it for me. There were lots of clues how D&D was supposed to work, but without a Player’s Handbook or Monster Manual, I saw there was a lot of information I needed to fill in before we could try anything.
So, I set to work creating my own notes for classes, and weapons (which, as I remember, included light sabers, space axes from the Lensman books, and the kligat throwing weapon from the Star Trek episode Friday’s Child). I have no idea how good the rules I cobbled together were – no copies survived leaving my uncle’s house that summer –but they were good enough for us to get a few games in. It is thus literally true that I was writing rules for RPGs before I had ever played one.”