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Hi folks I was wondering about AD&D 1st Edition in North America or USA in 1983, what were the Youngest Players of this game?.


Did any players also played Atrai Swordquest games?,

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I had a cousin that started on 1E in 1985 at age 6 and she also loved the Treasure of Tarmin game.
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1983 not 1985 so what we known as Pre teens did play it.

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lwhitehead wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:39 pm
1983 not 1985 so what we known as Pre teens did play it.

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I mean Youngest player and DM in AD&D 1st and D&D as well.

what was Treasure of Tarmin game?,

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lwhitehead wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:36 am
I mean Youngest player and DM in AD&D 1st and D&D as well.

what was Treasure of Tarmin game?,

LW
I never played the game myself, but here is a link to the wikipedia article on the game.
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In 1983, my 2 year old cousin nearly swallowed my gem dice when I was tasked with babysitting after school during the winter. But sadly, she never learned to play D&D, and eventually grew up with little knowledge or desire for fantasy, science fiction, rock music, or RPGs. She graduated suma cum laude and went to college to learn fashion and hair design. She is happily married now to a building contractor and has two wonderful boys who love football. A little too much.

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Well Dread Delgath how old were you in 1983?, people have stated that D&D box sets were aimed at preteens while AD&D 1st edition was more for kids.

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lwhitehead wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:35 pm
Well Dread Delgath how old were you in 1983?, people have stated that D&D box sets were aimed at preteens while AD&D 1st edition was more for kids.

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Hi, lwhitehead. I didn't state my age since I know from talking with many other players that there were younger players than I, including some of the players that I played with bitd. I believe there were younger players than this, whom I did not play with, but have only heard anecdotally.

I must admit that I am slightly confused and somewhat amused at your OP.
lwhitehead wrote:
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Hi folks I was wondering about AD&D 1st Edition in North America or USA in 1983, what were the Youngest Players of this game?.

Did any players also played Atrai Swordquest games?,

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I don't understand what 1983 has to do with the question you ask. Do you wish to know what age I was in 1983, or what the youngest age of any player was in 1983, or what age range was the game intended for in 1983, knowing that different editions were revised and released throughout nearly every year from 1977 to 1989, and each version says something different.

It seems to me that when you say "...D&D box sets were aimed at preteens while AD&D 1st edition was more for kids..." it was said in a derogatory manner. People say a lot of things, and many of those things are not consistent with what may actually be. It all depends on perspective. I've never once let anyone deride me (although they've tried) for playing any game that I find immense pleasure in playing.

I look to the books to derive an answer, or at least a statement of fact:

Basic D&D edited by Holmes (1977, 1980, 1981) states on page 5 "Dungeons & Dragons is a fantastic, exciting and imaginative game of role playing for adults 12 years and up.", while the D&D Basic set by Moldvay (1980) states on the box cover "The Original Fantasy Role Playing Game For 3 or More Adults, Ages 10 and Up."

The Advanced D&D Player's Handbook (1978, 1980) states on page 7 "The game is ideally for three or more adult players..." but does not give an age range that I am aware of.

I hope this helps refine your search for the answers you seek.

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Angelika Tatsu wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:03 am
lwhitehead wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:36 am
I mean Youngest player and DM in AD&D 1st and D&D as well.

what was Treasure of Tarmin game?,

LW
I never played the game myself, but here is a link to the wikipedia article on the game.
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I'm not trying to slam anyone I just need to know the Age range it's for my Quarters setting,

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I started playing in elementary school (1st or 2nd grade, I forget exactly which) with the D&D basic set (Moldvay edition) and while that was the main version we played, I did know other kids my age that played 1E. The predominant sentiment was that D&D was sort of the "entry version" and AD&D was the "expert" version (it was called Advanced after all). That said, I didn't really know anyone who played straight AD&D until much later in life, although all of us playing Basic/Expert often played a hybrid where we cherry picked stuff from AD&D (monsters, magic items, spells) and used them.

I also not only remember Treasure of Tarmin, but we owned it and played it frequently on our Intellivision (which was the far superior video game console, in spite of what the Atari players would have you believe).
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But it was the Atari system was offering the prizes altogther worth $150.000 US in 1980's cash made by Fraklin Mint and you know how well they make there stuff.

this setting idea is inspired by Stranger Things and the comic Paper Girls,

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lwhitehead wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:27 am
I'm not trying to slam anyone I just need to know the Age range it's for my Quarters setting,

LW
I am curious to know how the age of people playing D&D in 1983 affects the development of your Quarters setting.

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I have to admit I also don’t understand the relevance of the question, but you have your reasons.

I started AD&D in 1985 when I was 13 years old. I’m sure I wasn’t the youngest player on this forum. I was the youngest in my group. Technically I had an RPG before then, when my aunt gifted me Gamma World for Christmas, but I had no idea what I was looking at. It made more sense when someone taught me how to play RPGs.

I did play Earthworld on the Atari 2600. It was after the contest, which was good because I probably would have tried to solve it on my own. I could’ve found the words in the comics, but I don’t think I would’ve gotten the clue to focus only on prime numbers. And now that I’ve seen what it takes to get the sword in the game, I’m glad I didn’t bother. I wasted enough time on that “game”, and I can’t imagine spending enough time to learn what pieces go where.
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I believe the OP is actually referring to the “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” video game (a cartridge game) released for Mattel’s Intellivision console. The game was based on the AD&D 1st Edition role-playing game, but was solely a video game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_ ... y_Mountain

A version of the sequel (“The Treasure of Tamrin”) was also developed for the Atari 2600 console, but never released.

Of course, the title did not include “1e” or “1st Edition” because at that time there was only one edition of AD&D, so it didn’t need the ordinal designation.
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Well the Arari Swordquest prizes which only Two were won in our timeframe, but 1983 Atari shock/crash happened and ended the contest the rest of the prizes were stolen and nether seen again.

The winners were in there Twenties but can or 12 years old win this contest and play D&D as well.

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I’m not certain what you mean by your last sentence. Is that a question? If so, there appear to be words or concepts missing.

Are you specifically asking about the old Intellivision AD&D video game and the Atari Swordquest games? Or are you asking about these and the TSR Gygax role playing game as well? Or are you asking what age people were when/if they played any of these?
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