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May 24, 2012, 8:50 am

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How did you start?


After seeing the [My First Character] thread a while ago and it newly popping up in my inbox for some reason, I thought I'd add a scroll where players could share their introduction to roleplaying.

Note: As the summary already states, I thought we may as well have such a submission. It's counterpart, My First Character already exists. So I thought this would make a nice addition.

I remember when..

I developed an interest in roleplaying at an early age. I must have been around 9, maybe 10 at the time. I'd always read a lot, my parents taking great pride in the fact that I could and did(maybe it was a little too much, yet I still love them for it).

One day whilst secretly "raiding" the attic, on the prowl for newer "more grown up"/intellectual material. I discovered an old cardboard box, inside it was packed with small paperbacks. Taking one out I wiped the dust from the cover and looked at it. The first thing I noticed was the artwork, it somehow apaled to me.

"The Warlock of Firetop Mountain" by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.

I loved "playing" through the books, the whole concept of rolling to create a character, turn to page X etc, it was brilliant!

Of course my father found out and was a little angry with me (understandable) for not asking or saying anything. But eventually after a few days of sulking he came round and we started to talk about the books. About roleplaying.

A few years later, when I turned 12 he then got out his copy of AD&D 2nd Edition. Promising me that at weekends we could play together. The rules were complicated so we decided to simplify things a bit. Needless to say I was hooked.

Almost a year later after forgetting to hand in an assignment to my science teacher, I made my way to his classroom to hand it in. When I got there he was sat around one of the tables with 4 or 5 students.

They were in the middle of a roleplay, so after handing in my assignment I asked if I was allowed to stay and listen in. He agreed.

After a few months of attending the lunchtime sessions, held every Wednesday, and good grades/behaviour on my part I was finally allowed to partake. In my first group RPG.

This was also my first time playing Call of Cthulu. I'd read the books by H.P.Lovecradt before that, so I knew roughly what to expect.

And there you have it..

Rather a long winded speech, with more history than I meant to include. I thought, why not include the whole backstory.

Feel free to add your own histories of what/how you got into roleplaying!

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The moment that turned me onto gaming was back when I was a teen on the school bus. A couple boys a few grades ahead of me were playing D&D in the seat next to me and I listened, enamored at the story (I was a huge reader of fantasy fiction and choose your own adventure books back then) and thrilled at the idea you could make the hero do anything you wanted or tell any story you felt like.

I asked them if I could play too and they just stopped and looked at me for about a minute in silence before the DM nodded, and then they both tried to explain these strange rules to me in a rush which I completely got lost on. (THACO anyone?)

After that I was confused but hooked, and it just went from there. (although I never did get a chance to play with those two boys, I did manage to get my hands on a few rpg books and play with a some other kids during study hall and after school.)

2012-05-24 05:26 PM » Link: [6744#81589|text]
I have been gaming for almost a year now.

I remember playing an online RPG. (one of those MMORPGs) at my library on a weekend. When I was leaving the building after getting some books I walked past a group of people roughly my own age sat at one of thee larger tables towards the back of the library, an area generally used by students to study.

They where talking quietly, rolling dice, one of them had a bunch of notes, and it looked interesting. So I asked if they would mind me sitting there; they didn't and so I joined them.

I attended for a few of their sesions before I was asked if I wanted to join in. They said not to worry about rules and the like, that it would all come with time, and indeed it has.

Although I mainly consider myself a writer, I do enjoy our weekly gaming sessions.

Roleplaying has also been an influence on how I think when I write.

2012-08-01 06:22 PM » Link: [6744#82844|text]

My first game was in the dark ages - junior high school, 1984.  I lasted all of perhaps 10 minutes, but I was hooked.  They gave me a prexisting character - an orc or simulator bash & smash fighter.  I opened one door.  Flock of spikes later I'm dead.

Apparently I "forgot" to put on my armor.

Still was hooked and got into a real campaign 2 years later.


2013-02-28 11:33 AM » Link: [6744#85213|text]

My middle school days were filled with Diablo, Warcraft II, and a Roman fantasy MUD called The Eternal City.. I hung out with the "odd crowd" most of the time, and one day in 7th grade gym class my friends suggested we play "D&D," an abbreviation I was heretofore unfamiliar with. I was handed a blank character sheet, told not to worry about stats. I made a half-ogre mage just off the top of my head (probably the Warcraft influence). Our "play" consisted of my friends going on about how large their palaces were, how much wealth and women they had, and the variety of depraved things they could do (middle school, amirite?). We never did any rolling, fighting, or storytelling, really.

A couple years later, as I got more into fantasy fiction with the Shannara series, I stumbled on an RP forum called the Red Dragon Inn (long since defunct). There I discovered freeform fantasy roleplaying, and was hooked on creating characters and stories. Unencumbered by any rules or books, we wrote high adventure stories with a bent towards Mary Janeism.

Shortly after that, a friend invited me to join an online Dragonball RP site. It was goofy as hell, and poorly managed by an overly dramatic teenager but, it led me to more writing and another gaming community. After that site fell, my friend and I spun off our own RP site (God in Heaven, it still exists! ) that was equally short-lived. Even when no one showed up, I kept writing more setting and stories for it.

Then in college, while looking for a name generator or something, I came across a little website called "Strolen's Citadel". It really wasn't until here that I got my first taste of rule-based, P&P roleplaying - even if the P&P was entirely ASCII. The rest is history, I suppose.

That early experience with freeform roleplay really shaped my writing and my thoughts towards gaming: more a storytelling medium than anything else.


2013-02-28 12:35 PM » Link: [6744#85215|text]
Man, I was RAISED on games. When I was a baby, mom would help me go to sleep by playing Ocarina of Time with me until I dozed off. My cousin's boyfriend Chris would tell me stories based on his D&D campaigns. From age 8 to 12, my favorite activity with my father was playing Heroscape (it's sort of like a "light" tabletop wargame. Went defunct a few years back, and that makes me sad.) Anyhow, my life's been almost completely saturated with games for about as long as I can remember.

2013-05-18 07:32 PM » Link: [6744#87061|text]
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Voted Murometz
May 24, 2012, 11:45
Ahhh, rpg nostalgia. Good work!

There is a forum thread where a few of us have tackled the "how did you start" topic. Maybe a few of those can be re-posted here as scrolls...or something.,2011.msg28356.html#msg28356
May 24, 2012, 14:22
Thank you Muro!

It would be great if people would add how they found their way into roleplaying.
May 24, 2012, 17:22
The link is sadly busted with Grue's lying in wait.
Voted Silveressa
May 24, 2012, 17:27
Fun sub, love these trips down memory lane!
Voted Dionysus
June 2, 2012, 13:46
Only voted
Voted chilled
June 9, 2012, 17:37
Only voted
Voted EmilioV
August 1, 2012, 18:24
I like the theme of this submission. It is interesting to find out how people found their way into this wonderful world.

The link to the forum thread doesn't seem to be working though. Is there another way I can find it? It is a shame that not many people have added their stories here.
February 28, 2013, 11:29

This seems to be as close as I've found to the link.,219.msg1233.html#msg1233

Voted valadaar
February 28, 2013, 11:29
Only voted
Voted young0ne2
February 28, 2013, 13:36
I honestly can’t remember where it all started… It almost seems to me, now looking back, that it’s something that’s always been in my blood. Where I grew up, there were only cornfields; we didn’t have a gaming store ANYWHERE nearby. (I think the closes was 2hrs away). I can remember making up fantasy games at school and having my friends act as the stars in the games while I acted as the bosses/monsters to the areas/levels they were in, while keeping detailed notes and drawings of the creatures and areas handy.
Then while I was in middle school going in to high school I remember sitting down with my friends and doing the same thing, but adding dice and props to the concoction, but still maintaining the “DM vs Player” mind set. I actually never played a RPG until my sophomore year in school. It was Baldur’s Gate for the PC and I didn’t even really know what it was, just played it every once in a while when I visited my family. Then I heard about Neverwinter Nights. I played the hell out of the game over, and over again, loving every minute of it.
It wasent until I got to college that I REALLY got to know what RPG’s really were. I played my 1st game of D&D, with paper character sheet, pencil, and digital Dice roller. It’s strange… thinking about it, the game came so naturally to me, almost like it was a river just flowing from my mind, that it seemed like it had always been a part of me, just unable to properly be expressed.
Now I game every week, played a very health combination of characters in a large assortment of RPG’s and have been able to find a great group of people to share the adventures with. I hope that we’re able to continue sharing the adventures in the future, both with each other, and with others.
February 28, 2013, 13:58
Here's the link i was trying to post last year...

Granted, its more about a "defining" rpg moment, but a few people shared their "how did you get started" as their defining moment :),2011.msg40582.html#msg40582
February 28, 2013, 14:27
'83? You beat me by a year you old goat! :)
March 4, 2013, 8:03
Didn't realise this had gotten further replies. Will have to update my E-mail address.
Voted Mythirion
May 18, 2013, 19:33
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May 18, 2013, 19:35
Man, you had a cool science teacher.
June 4, 2013, 7:02
Haha, yeah I did :)
Voted Gossamer
June 4, 2013, 7:50
Good idea, but it could probably have been done in the forums. Anyways, I started rather late. It started with me playing Baldur's Gate 2, from there, I started making my own World. Never did find any players for that World, but what I did end up with was burn-out. I simply tried to flesh out the world too much.

From there though, something was sparked. I've Always enjoyed boardgames, and I ended up buying Talisman. The game itself wasn't very interesting though, but I used the game's encounter decks to create my own customized encounters. I started giving abbilities to the monsters and so on. From there, my first attempt with an RPG with a player started. Using my little brother as a guinea pig, I created a simple World through ad-libbing and strung together encounters. But of course, that wasn't enough, so I started making maps and battle maps. But he soon hit the "level roof" of my little homebrew, and so I noticed the new D&D Boardgame, Wrath of Ashardalon, bought that, and from there started buying 4E books. And that's where I am today. I still regret having started with an ad-lib World, now I'm stuck tying up loose ends in my Campaign and some really dumb names.

The first time as a player though, was in the fullchat of this very site. In a game of paranoia, too bad it ended up only being one single session since MM disappeared.

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