Hello all. My name is Chris but I am known as Calstaff on social media sites (sometimes Calstaff the Gold if Calstaff was already taken). I've been an aficionado of D&D since '79 when I was introduced to the "Holmes" blue book set by a friend from school at the time and I have been a player and then DM ever since. I mostly play 1e AD&D now, never played 5e or 4e and only played a couple of games of 3.5; I actually DMed two campaigns of 3.0 when it was released but when 3.5 started rolling out I bailed and returned to my roots. My campaign setting of choice is pre-Wars Greyhawk although I have participated as a player in Lankhmar, Forgotten Realms (2e), and homebrewed settings as well. I have also played Traveller, RuneQuest, Palladium Fantasy, and other non-TSR games, plus a wide variety of board and strategy games such as Diplomacy, Squad Leader, Axis & Allies, Civilization, and others too numerous to count or mention. In short, I'm an old school nerd that learned most of my socialization skills on the game table.
Post by geordieracer on Jan 1, 2022 0:55:28 GMT -6
Hello, I'm a recovering retroclone addict. Started playing AD&D1, Traveller, Dragonquest and Maelstrom in the 80s, played everything but D&D in the 90s, then returned returned to old schoolgames on the 00s. Having played using a plethora of retroclones/variant clones/neoclones my two gaming groups have settled down after a decade of bandwagon-jumping and incessant dabbling in shiny new takes on ye auld game. I am currently reveling in the lonely joys of megadungeon construction.
Hello everyone! My name is Tim Fox, and it's great to be able to join odd74. I'm originally from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, but I've lived in several places in Canada, and New York City was my home for 10 years as a high school teacher. I've now been in Japan for about 12 years as an English teacher at a high school in Kirishima, Kagoshima, Japan. I live here with my wife and son. My D&D experience began for me in the late 70s with basic and expert D&D with my older brother. Later we both got into AD&D and a little bit of Traveller. I remember also trying 1e Tunnels and Trolls, Gamma Worlds, and Space Opera with him. But, AD&D was the main stay for us up until about high school. However, I started a new school in high school and got worried about being seen as a geek and regrettably quit. At university, a friend introduced me to Vampire LARP. It was a great community with an equal number of men and women playing at our weekly games. I tried a few one off TTRPGs then as well. The community inspired me to write my undergrad thesis in anthropology on the benefits of gaming communities (I was trying to debunk claims of Satanism in our games - and remind the world - quite correctly - that it was just a game). After university, I hung up my hat as a gamer for several years, and satisfied myself with game books such as ones by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingston (ex. The Warlock on Firetop Mountain etc). In Japan, I felt was missing something in my life and I stumbled upon DriveThru RPG. During COVID, collected and avidly read games and read forums. With a huge gap in time, I could not relate to D&D 5e, and was drawn to various versions of Swords & Wizardry, Basic Fantasy, Iron Falcon, and the absolute gem of a game - Pits & Perils. I soon became a Facebook site admin for a then fledging pamphlet game Micro RPG, and proofread the latest PDF (not in print yet) version of Iron Falcon on the Basic Fantasy website. Though I never started with OD&D (I started with B/X), I became very interested in the OD&D for its charm and simplicity (though with rulings over rules - OD&D is deceptively complex as a game!).
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Hi everyone! I am William Dowie AKA "The Great Khan" from the Ramblings of a Great Khan blog. I started playing D&D with Holmes Basic in early 1981, and moved on to AD&D almost immediately. I still run a weekly AD&D game in a homebrew setting, Covid, weather and adult lives and responsibilities permitting. I own a lot of retroclones and I have a strong interest in OD&D and B/X mostly dating to the dawn of the OSR movement. I finally made an account here because people keep linking to this site and I got sick of not being able to see stuff.
Post by ochrejelly on Feb 21, 2022 21:33:12 GMT -6
Hi, thanks for letting me in, finally all those links to this forum won’t be dead ends! I started playing in the mid 90s with AD&D 2e, played a bit of 1e at the time as well, then stopped playing for a long while around when 3e came out. I picked up b/x when I started playing again, and also really got into classic traveller around that time. I was intrigued by OD&D, and once I read the 3LBBs I was hooked! Recently picked up a 5th printing of the white box and hoping to play soon! Looking forward to soaking in some great info here.
When I was just eleven, in the early 80s, a friend passed me photocopies of DragonQuest to read, together with some loose pages of Chivalry & Sorcery. Reading those texts I was fascinated by the possibilities and was chosen to run DragonQuest for my friends who become the group, was soon playing D&D (mostly Mentzer, and also Moldvay) and then quickly graduated to be the dungeon master of an homebrew AD&D campaign, which went from 1st edition through 2nd editions. We had a lot of free time back in the day and played a lot of many other different games, but that AD&D campaign was the most long lived though my teens and as a young adult. Then there was a time I went to university (Law school) and my gaming days were put on a hiatus.
Then when 3rd edition D&D arrived we mustered the old group back together and were playing again, but that did not last long. By then I thought my days with the hobby were over. Looking back I still have the fondest memories of 1st edition.
Later when 2nd edition WFRP came we reconvened the group again and played a campaign that lasted more than a few years, and by then I was looking at new games that have since appearing both in the OSR and indie scenes. I have since been active on the Lisbon gaming scene.
I have been running and playing many different games at public meetings, from Traveller (1977) to Apocalypse World. Since COVID I have been hosting sessions through Discord and Roll20.
It was only very recently that I have found and am currently fascinated by OD&D (1974), in particular the 1974 boxed set (3 LBB) and the implied Chainmail roots. As of this moment I am preparing to run some kind of OD&D game online on Discord. Interested in exploring Xyntillan or Morthimion Castles.
But I am also very interested in exploring the paths not taken and discussing some of the various possibilities for expansion contained within the text. Some of those ideias I have come with are already being addressed on these boards, and I am eager to discuss them with you.
Running: Traveller Classic, The One Ring 2e, Helvéczia Reading: OD&D, Chainmail, C&S 2e, Circle of Hands
I'm Sam. I started RPGs with B/X back in 1982, a very welcome Christmas present from my gran. (Who was also my first ever GM. The main thing I remember about her dungeon was that there were lots and lots of wererats).
Since then I've been playing RPGs at least semi regularly (lots of different ones from Paranoia to Unknown Armies). The only real rival for my gaming attentions was LRP at certain times although I also wargame.
I pretty much come to here through an increasing interest in the early days of RPGs; caused by a combination of Peterson's The Elusive Shift and reading early White Dwarf.
I don't actually know that much about OD&D as it plays at the table, so I'll mostly be observing and learning there. But you'll find I can wax lyrical about other early RPGs etc.