I followed Havard over here from Dragonsfoot back in Aug 09 so he's to blame.
Even after becoming a member I still just lurked around but after 4 years of being a member but lurker it's time to change that.
This is my tale:
It was 1979 and some friends of mine wanted me to try this game that they were playing called Dungeons & Dragons.
The next thing I know I have my first PC a thief, and then my first game and it was a blast!
I had no real clue as to what was going on but I was hooked and hooked bad, I can still remember the cups with the little peaces of paper and the paper had numbers on them because at that time we did not have the funny looking dice.
Not bad for 6th graders if I do say so myself.
Getting my first boxed set and using that white crayon to fill in the numbers and just looking and reading X1 over and over again.
Then came the hard backs= AD&D! And they were a must to me and friends alike.
Hours and hours of playing (Sun up to sun down and then some.)
We had the wrong mind set then in that D&D was for little babies and AD&D was for us grown folk. (We were soooo wrong but you could not tell us different back then.)
Then I found the Greyhawk Boxed set and A1 C2 and on and on and loved them all but it was kind of strange for me because as much as I tried and tried I just could not get into Greyhawk, loved T1 and yet I did not care for the world where T1 took place.
While this is going on I have to give props to my mom.
She believed it was the devils game and that it was evil because of what she read and had seen on TV.
After we talked about it she never once tried to stop me from playing or going to the gaming shop/comic shop.
LOVE AND MISS YOU MOM!!!
Then one day it happened
I entered a hobby shop and I find this strange Grey Box.
What is this Forgotten Realms?
Taking it home I start to read and it clicked where Greyhawk didn't the Realms did.
When I want to get in deep, I go Realms.
Later on there came the 2nd Edition and I was like what is this HERESY AGAINST THE CHURCH OF GYGAX!
Burn the witches!
But soon I learned that they had done some good things and I found room in my heart for both of them.
Then came 3.0 followed by 3.5 D&D.
And again "Ok boys get your torches and pitchforks!"
And yet again I saw some good things in 3.5 so more room was found.
And thanks to Dragonsfoot I learned what I should have known all along, that B/X and BECM is not D&D for babies but lovely games unto themselves.
Then came 4th Edition D&D and I looked at it and looked at it some more but to me I found it soulless (**NOT AN ATTACK ON YOU IF YOU LOVE 4TH!**) This was how it seemed to me.
So this is where I am standing as of now, I will just stick with my B/X with the B/X Companion by Blackrazor and the Companion Expansion by barrataria.
BECM passing on the (I) part.
1st Edition AD&D and 2nd Edition AD&D.
As I said in my opening statement "It's all Havard's fault for me coming here.
These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed words unwritten-and set them down ere they fade...Learn then, well the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they will lead you to the greatest art of all: Understanding." -Alaundo of Candlekeep.