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Gateways into gaming.

Postby Dom » 8:39pm on 14 Jun 17

So, my interest in gaming was triggered by the first pilot issue of Space Voyager. There was a great article on gaming in it.

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I then discovered the earlier version of "What is Dungeons and Dragons?" And the split page description of the raid on the Shrine of Kollchap hooked me. One page with rules, the other with narrative.

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I was lucky because the library had this and I had it on loan for a long time!

And then the local gift shop got some RPGS and I ended up founding a club at my secondary school, supported by the trendy rocker RE teacher Miss Smith. The rest is history.

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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby matakishi » 8:48pm on 14 Jun 17

Tangley Model Workshop in Guildford.
I saw a framed Barry Smith Conan print in the window and went in to have a look. The place was full of fantasy dioramas using 60mm or larger miniatures. Wonderful stuff.
I found a 25mm Frazetta Death Dealer by Ral Partha and so my lead addiction started.
After a few weeks of regular visits I was shown the Holmes D&D box with the dungeon geomorphs as a possible way to use the miniatures I was buying and I was intrigued.
When I found members of the bike club were also interested i was off and running.
That was in 1980.
I've kept going since then.
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby dpmcalister » 10:06pm on 14 Jun 17

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. It was genius and I devoured it and every other Fighting Fantasy (and knock-off) book released. For my 13th birthday a couple of years later I had a massive £10 to spend and was looking at the shelves on my local Toymaster the red box edition of Basic D&D fell off the shelf above me and landed on my head. Picking it up I read the back and I was hooked. I started my own club in 1985, ran my first one-day "convention" (more a games day) in 1987 and haven't look back since (although there was a 5 year enforced hiatus when I joined the RAF).
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby thenovalord » 11:03pm on 14 Jun 17

14 at school. Saw a bunch of students huddled around a table with weird dice, metal minis and odd maps
My first gaming love, Dragonquest, was discovered
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby Neil Gow » 11:42pm on 14 Jun 17

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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby simonpaulburley » 6:29am on 15 Jun 17

My dad was a board gamer. We were raised on Waddingtons games.

My dad started to buy "Games and Puzzles" magazine. Great magazine. Its reviews of games included two slider bars - random vs tactical, easy vs complex.

I was already reading fantasy books. You had to read a book a week as part of your English homework (you were tested on them) and The Hobbit and Stealer of Souls were two of the books you could choose to borrow to read.

Then in G&P there was an article by (UK) Steve Jackson about this new game in the US called "Dungeons and Dragons". A GOOD article. I was hooked.

My dad wouldn't buy the game so I had to wait a year until I got to university where I made a beeline for the games club.
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby ajevans » 9:47am on 15 Jun 17

Hero Quest by Milton Bradley Games was the big catalyst for me, as I imagine it might be for a lot of people in the mid to late thirties.

But also I was close friends with my Godmother's son, whose father played D&D, had painted miniatures round the house and a lot similarly themed board games. Whilst I was never directly introduced to D&D through them, it certainly increased my awareness.
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby nclarke » 10:58am on 15 Jun 17

I'd been playing war games since 69 or thereabouts (using rules by Charles Grant published in Meccano Magazine) plus lots of board games and when a friend brought a photocopy of the three book D&D set back from Cambridge at Xmas 1974 the wargames group was hooked.
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby ragr » 11:20am on 15 Jun 17

1978. In my mum's living room playing some tank battle out with Airfix/Hummel models and a friend mentions they've heard about a fantasy game a bit like Lord Of The Rings. With little delay, and following some research that I can't remember conducting, I stuck some birthday money in my pocket, gave 10p to the driver on a 220 and popped off to the newly opened Games Workshop in Dalling Road and swapped my cash for a copy of D&D Blue Box.
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby Dom » 1:58pm on 15 Jun 17

nclarke wrote:I'd been playing war games since 69 or thereabouts (using rules by Charles Grant published in Meccano Magazine).


His compiled version of that - "Practical Wargaming" - was also one of the things that led me into the hobby. I found the "What is Dungeons and Dragons?" book after I'd read that repeatedly as they were in the same reference section in Holmes Chapel Library.


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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby Vile » 3:21pm on 15 Jun 17

Dom wrote:So, my interest in gaming was triggered by the first pilot issue of Space Voyager. There was a great article on gaming in it.

I then discovered the earlier version of "What is Dungeons and Dragons?"

Wait, are you me? :shock:

I still have that magazine, though I had to buy another copy of What is Dungeons and Dragons because the one I read in 1982 wasn't mine.
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Re: Gateways into gaming.

Postby Darran » 6:25pm on 20 Jun 17

Back in 1981 I was introduced to role-playing games by my elder brother Russell and his friend.
At the time I was drawing maps of ancient Greece as I had been going on a Hellenic mythological binge, so I was well up for a good fantasy game.

The game was RuneQuest (Games Workshop 2nd edition box set) and the setting was Glorantha. First scenario was 'Rainbow Mounds' and my character was a Blackfang Assassin as I wasn't keen on Orlanth or Kygor Litor (the only other options for cults).
From that moment I was hooked!



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We also explored the Young Kingdoms with 'Stormbringer', Known Space with 'RingWorld', the Mythos with 'Call of Cthulhu', lead an Elf Tribe with 'ElfQuest', and were even knights of Camelot with 'Pendragon'. We always stuck to Chaosium games and we returned to RuneQuest and Glorantha.
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