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Day 18: First gaming convention you ever attended.

Heh. Easy one. GenCon '89. It was the summer between the freshman and sophomore year of college. Dad suggested that he, my brother, and I drive out for the convention. We rented a car and left Tuesday night. Dad and I alternated driving, since my brother didn't have his license yet.

I still have the clipboard and the mug I got from that con. Also have more than a few memories
  • The 3 morning Dungeon Master workshop ("Neon" signs that say "Don't Adventure Here")
  • Narrowly losing out as the best player in the Villains and Vigilantes game
  • The AD&D open
  • The one non-gaming memory: Watching people "step-to" when Dad flashed the AmEx Corporate card (never seen hotel staff move like that before or since)
  • Gazing around in wonder at the dealers room

It sparked something in me that hasn't been extinguished yet. I still work cons, I just don't go to many "big" ones, usually due to some combination of time and money.


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So, I hope that the gamers among you are enjoying this trip down memory lane with me. It's certainly been fun for me so far.

I'll be completing the rest of the entries, don't you fret. Don't know how good I'll be about them this weekend, as I'll be at Mysticon this weekend in Roanoke, VA with the family. Not a bad drive, and it's a fun three days. I'll be there in my official capacity as a member of the SJG MIB, so I'll be running some events.

Meanwhile, the guy who nominally started/coordinates this Bloghop Challenge has posted what they thought were some of the stories that stood out to him...and one of my entries (Day 4) made his list. Cool!

You can find his blog entry here. There's some good stories he links to.
Day 17: First time you heard that D&D was somehow "evil"?

It would have to be Mazes and Monsters. I had been playing for a while when I saw that, and knew it to be bullshit, even then. Fortunately, so did my parents. It was obvious to me even then that the people in question had their own huge sets of problems - the game was not the real problem.


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Day 16: Do you remember your first edition war? Did you win?

Does anyone really win in a war? ;-)

To be honest, I've never been involved in any such thing. By the time such things became "commonplace", I was already of the opinion that the system was less important than whether or not people were having fun. I may have systems I prefer over others, but anytime arguments break out over which game/edition is better, I just walk away.

I think muskrat_john said it well in this Dork Tower strip.


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Day 15: What was the first edition of D&D you didn't enjoy? Why?

Well, that would be 4th Edition.

And here's why: It doesn't *feel* like D&D to me. It feels like a D&D skin over World of Warcraft.

Now, this is not necessarily a bad thing - Hey, if it brought people into the hobby, then that *is* a good thing. But it wasn't for me, and is part of the reason I turned to Pathfinder.

I know a lot of people agreed with me. And a lot of people disagreed with me. This is why we have more than one game system at our FLGS, right?


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Day 14: Did you meet your significant other while playing D&D? Does he/she still play?

I sort-of met mousecat0 playing D&D. Lemme 'splain.

Technically, the first time we met was in the scene shop at WMC, when I (allegedly) nearly clocked her with a 2x4 I was getting down from the lumber racks. I don't exactly remember this, but she says it happened, and in the interest of being able to sleep in a bed, who am I to argue? However, we were first introduced to each other at one of the next Sunday night gaming sessions of the college gaming group, the Knights of the Sextagonal Table.

And yes, she still plays...


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Day 13: First miniatures you used for D&D?

The first minis that my brother stoooooooo & I used, we got at Christmas. It was one of two sets, and to be honest, I don't remember which set we got first. So, in the interest of nostalgia and fun, I'll present both!

ONe Christmas, we received these two sets (1 each, I think my bro had the monsters)


However, I also remember us getting the following diorama sets another year.:

And yeah, I do still have some of each of those sets. Including the lower (spider) half of the drider, which still gets pulled out from time to time.

Bonus material! My favorite minis I ever bought: The Comedy Lords set from Grenadier

Not shown above: The invisible stalker mini!


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Day 12: First store where you bought your gaming supplies? Does it still exist?

Hm. The first store I can remember going to specifically for gaming supplies was in the Burlington Center Mall. There was a game/hobby store down the JC Penney's wing on the second floor, almost to the end. Assuming I remember correctly, the store logo had an 8-ball in it. Damned if I can remember the name.

Anyway, they didn't last too long - maybe a year. Bought more than a few gaming items there.

As I said before, South-Central NJ never seemed to be much into gaming. Damn shame.


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Day 11: First splatbook you begged your DM to approve?

I don't know that I ever did. Remember, I've spent most of my gaming career behind the DM screen.
I'm the one that was being begged - and truth be told, I don't remember anyone begging me in any real way.

Boring, I know, but there it is...


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Day 10: First gaming magazine you ever bought?

Easy one: Dragon Magazine. Picked up the occasional copy, then my brother and I would get a subscription every Christmas.

When Dungeon came out, I got a subscription to that.

I loved the anticipation of getting that in the mail. And when it came in, I hungrily devoured every bit of gaming goodness within those pages.

Later, I would subscribe to Shadis, Kobold Quarterly, and I am a current Gygax magazine subscriber. I'm still a gleeful kid when the magazine comes in, and I still devour every word with relish.

(But not ketchup - too sweet!)


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