2nd week at Nottingham Uni. Uni games club - first week I’d been dragooned into a flipping DIPLOMACY game and looked wistfully over to the D&D table.
Rolled a fighter (name forgotten) and a Cleric (Msar - theoretically still alive). Run by a well prepared and experienced DM - who I thought must have been one of the best in the country. I didn’t realise this was normal. (About 6 months later I worked out he was actually a bit of a dick.)
We passed a farmer on our way to a ruined city containing a multi-level dungeon which lots of people we exploring. We even passed a (guessing) mid level party coming out as we went in. It was everything I’d expected after reading Steven Jackson’s article in Games and Puzzles - and more.
My fighter was killed by a Tin Foil monster. I don’t remember anything else.
One of my brothers came home one evening with a pocketful of polyhedral dice and a vague idea of how to roll up a D&D character. He'd been playing with his friend Mark... who had been taught by his older brother... who had come back from university with a the Basic D&D rule books.
So we played this strange Chinese whispers version of D&D.
I'd heard of D&D and this taster session was enough to make me hunt the game out myself when I escaped the middle of nowhere to a city with civilised things like a FLGS.
My first ever session was in the Summer school holidays of 1987. I had been first introduced to the idea of gaming the previous year through the Fight Fantasy chose your own adventure books and a friend at Scouts told me that his brother played something called Dungeons & Dragons. So I went round and played it one afternoon and was instantly hooked! In 1990 I moved and found an AD&D group to play with, and later that year I was first introduced to Chaosium's Stormbringer.
- D&D red box, B1 module
- In an actual coal shed sitting on bags of coal
- Two brothers playing
- Younger one gets cursed from a magic item
- Older one threatens to get his Dad unless I reversed it.
- Cleric lives in alcove down next corridor selling Remove Curse spells