I'm Piper. I'm also on K&KA and Trollbridge. I live in Austin TX. I've been playing RPGs since there have been RPGs.
I like: D&D (prefer OD&D), Traveller ('77 boxed set), and though I'm new to T&T (leaning toward dT&T) I've been enjoying getting to know those rules. I'll play any edition of any game, if you'll help with getting to know the basics. I just enjoy playing games and try not to be elitist about my preferences.
I dislike: drama, so please leave me out of editions wars, picayune rules discussions, or character assassinations of big names in the hobby.
(Much of the below is cribbed from my first post from a week or two ago.)
0 level Flunky reporting for duty.
50-something professional who stopped playing around 1980-81, AD&D was as far as I got. I heard the 5th ed. was getting back to basics, and I had been thinking a lot about my years playing and checked it out. It looked nothing like the game I loved, so I started googling about and to my surprise there were not only people talking about the old games, but there was an "old school renaissance" and "retro-clones" floating about. And names I had only known from book covers were contributing to these discussions! It's been a great pleasure re-reading the old rules and especially seeing some of the art and sample dungeons from the original games and supplements. And re-reading some articles from the Dragon.
To the best of my memory, I started playing in the summer of '75. A friend invited us over, he was DM and excited about a new game he was playing. We played with the Greyhawk rules, and only he had books, dice etc. At the end of the summer he went his own way and I started DM-ing. Bought the three books, and couldn't make much sense of them. They recommended buying Chainmail and Outdoor Survival. Bought them, read it and saw it made no sense relative to the game we were playing, ignored it. I think all the d6+1 stuff was hard to understand because I was unfamiliar with Chainmail and had started with Greyhawk. I bought Greyhawk and things started clicking. I bought pretty much everything that came out after that up to and including ADD.
No one ever cared about the particulars of the rules. Sometimes we bothered with surprise or initiative, sometimes we didn't depending on the circumstances. So long as we had fun and if what I said as DM made sense everyone was good with it. If a player found a rule that they wanted to use, I usually allowed it (for example, weapon damage for various size creature was a complication I didn't care for, but if they wanted to keep track of it, I allowed it. Or if they asked about surprise or initiative in a situation where it seemed appropriate we would use it. Once while camping some friends wanted to learn the game so I carved a d6 from a soft piece of half rotted pine and used that. No books or charts needed just playing as best as we could from memory. Maybe the only hard and fast rule was "deeper is more dangerous". (I remember being stunned when a friend was solo adventuring and decided to go a level deeper alone until he explained he was only going to poke around a bit and quickly back out until he could return with the party. That seemed entirely reasonable.) Class limitations were also respected - no wizards with swords, no rod using fighters, etc. No one ever said anything like "but that should have hit because...." because they knew I would say "all that you know is it didn't hit that time, and you are kind of surprised because you were expecting to do some damage". Common sense and a feel for the situation/campaign world supported a more coherent game experience than faithfulness to the rules ever could. All of the players knowledge from books were as far as I was concerned rumors that they had heard unless it had been confirmed by in game experience.
Everything was what is now called, home brew, sandbox, and mostly mega-dungeon. Modules were a change of pace when the usual group couldn't get together or we wanted to play some higher level characters (I think 7th was about the highest anyone ever got) or whatever. After looking at the rules again after all this time I realize this may have been the result of being very stingy with treasure.
Anyway, I've enjoyed going over all of the old threads here, and though I probably won't be very active I hope I can add something of value once in a while.
Post by swordofkas on Nov 11, 2017 11:49:16 GMT -6
If you started 3e when it came out and you were 11, that means you are most likely 1 or 2 years older than me.
I started with 3.5, stopped playing for awhile and then picked up 5th when it came out. A few years later I discovered LotFP and the world of OSR. I really like 5e, but for me it comes in second to od&d and the OSR in my tastes!
I agree that most people want a million options and it can be difficult to find people our age for more minimalistic games. For Od&d and OSR games, I've found that the play by post games here are great, also there is a Tabletop RPG One Shot Group on facebook that is really OSR friendly. LotFP is one of the moderators go-to system. Otherwise, feel free to join our discord and set up some voice-only games!
I should introduce myself. I'm Michael and I joined the board to play in a play by post game hosted here.
I've been playing D&D in some form or another for about 30 years or so (started with the B and E of the BECMI set). In my adult life, I've played mostly 3.5 and 4E. I ran a 4E campaign spanning over 5 years before I started burning out. At that point, I started looking out in the RPG world... investigating non-D&D games as well as re-discovering Basic and the old-school games. I started learning tons about the OSR and began introducing OSR games to my friends. Since that point, I have a 6 year old ACKS game going as well as running a ton of 5E games.
Regardless, I'm fascinated by the original D&D wish to learn more and maybe even experience it for myself. I'd love to learn about playing in and running a campaign in the spirit of the original game.
Post by DungeonDevil on Apr 19, 2018 7:37:33 GMT -6
Welcome muddy and MichaelH! This is a very cool, (usually) chill forum that is one of the best places to learn about old school D&D as it was in the rough-and-tumble early days of the hobby. Have a keg of ale on me!
I don't usually do this, but I just found out chris107 who I fondly remember as a long-term poster on DF, has found his way here.
Behold, folks, because I am going to declare: This is a cool thing.
Also, hello Chris.
...Also, hello to all the other recent newcomers. Seems the new vetting process is working out well. I am pretty happy that there is still a genuine interest in the oldest of all the older editions. - Good times, and good games.
I got introduced to RPGs in college. I played so much AD&D I think I should have a minor in it. Also dabbled in D20, 4E, White Wolf, and a few other things. Over the last decade-plus "life" (work, kids, moving, etc) has intervened and I haven't been playing so much, but my wife and I are both avid gamers and as our kids get older we're thinking about RPGs again. Off and on over the past few years we've had a few chances to play and I always lean towards something older school and lighter, especially if I have to run it! S&W:WB was my first intro to the OSR and its clarity was refreshing compared to the mess that AD&D can be.
I've always been a tinkerer -- we had a "talmud" for AD&D that was about 60 pages of errata long. These days I much prefer to work from the more streamlined, "purer" OD&D base. Looking forward to joining the conversation.
Hi All - Name is Chris, been lurking hereabouts for a few years just reading which is what you would expect from a Rules Lawyer.
Born in '65, live in Auckland, New Zealand and started off on 1E and Classic Traveller (mainly) around 1980. Been playing with the same group on and off ever since....back to 1E and Classic Traveller most often these days so I guess what goes around comes around.
Reaching back into the new old school even further as reading, and possibly gaming, material. Have LL, S&W Whitebox and Blueholme on the way to join my shelves of other old old school games.
Current idle dreams are to get a copy of the Brave Halfling edition of the WhiteBox boxed set and go to North Texas RPG Con one year - both of which may require bit of luck to manage, or a Lotto win. In the meantime I will stick to my books and regular Saturday Night games.
Everyone is writing a Retroclone in their own mind
Hello, Another ex-lurker, encouraged out of hiding by wanting access to the hidden forums! Not sure about my username, but I picked it in a hurry when asking to register. It refers to a game shop in North London where I first saw the LBB and bought one of the first copies of Holmes (UK edition) that they ordered in. Prior to that, I had been a 'proper historical wargamer', mainly Ancients and English Civil War, and remember the slight condescension towards this fantasy stuff when it made an appearance. I soon ventured further to Hammersmith to a little shop called Games Workshop -- and then saw this fantasy nonsense take off. Sadly, I had to sell my D&D collection when I was a student, and only kept some Avalon Hill boxsets, but finding this site reminded me of some fun times. There was something I can't put my finger on about the DIY nature of D&D before AD&D swept all before it. Steve
Thank you for the welcome scalydemon. I do keep hoping to find it one day in the garage, but am fairly sure it was bundled in with stuff I sold. It may have even made its way over to the US since I remember someone who bought a lot of my stuff in 1981 was from a US airbase.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying Vile Traveller's Blueholme, which I'm pleased I helped to back.
I’m more of a BECM guy (ever since I found a pair of Basic D&D books at Goodwill for $1 each), but have played 1st and 2ND AD&D as well, and OD&D does interest me – I like game history and seeing the evolution of the mechanics.
I’m also a big Battletech (3025 era) nerd, and I enjoy Villains & Vigilantes (for which I actually wrote official adventures – kinda cool, but also something that can burn you out on a game).
I’m here to learn more about D&D in its earlier forms. I know there is not much BECM(I) here, but it’s all D&D so I figure I can learn from it and level-up my Nerdiness.