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tesral
07-07-2008, 08:05 PM
We have had an age poll. I am curious as to how long you have played RPGs and what the spread is.

EDIT: Sorry for my dislexia in the poll question.

Law Dog
07-07-2008, 08:13 PM
Since '77.

cplmac
07-07-2008, 08:29 PM
Since '91.

Engar
07-07-2008, 09:32 PM
I guess I could have lowered myself a notch for time off in between sometimes.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
07-08-2008, 12:30 AM
1974-1975 or so. It was in the very beginning. Still have everything ever purchased, including all the Dragons beginning with issue 1.

Thoth-Amon

tesral
07-08-2008, 12:31 AM
1974-1975 or so. It was in the very beginning. Still have everything ever purchased, including all the Dragons beginning with issue 1.

Thoth-Amon

I've been slowly ditching mine. I'm a user not a collector, and I got the Dragon Archive.

trechriron
07-08-2008, 12:41 AM
1981. Red Boxed set. D&D Cartoon. Advertisements on TV from Toys R Us.

Ahhh, the memories... I can still roll dice with my walker. So HAH!

:whoo::fencing::horn: :thumb: :hippie: :clap2: :tea: :cheer2: :heh:

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
07-08-2008, 12:54 AM
I've been slowly ditching mine. I'm a user not a collector, and I got the Dragon Archive.
Probably would have done the same but my brother, a fellow gamer, has 2 younglings and our excuse for keeping them are for the kids... when they get old enough.

Thoth-Amon

Freejack
07-08-2008, 06:59 AM
Wargaming in '72 or so
RPGing in '77
LAN parties in '97
RPGing again in '06

I have a bunch of gear including Dragon and White Dwarf 1. Not to collect, just because I don't like getting rid of stuff. It's part of my past :)

Carl

Tomcat1066
07-08-2008, 08:06 AM
Thinking back, I actually started playing in 1994 while in Corpsman "A" School...Battletech at the time. Started playing D&D about a year later, and been hooked ever since. I've played a lot of systems since then, but always loved gaming.

Law Dog
07-08-2008, 10:07 AM
I've been around so long, I actually had to use chits.

I'd bet some of the younger gamers don't even know what those are. :confused:

Bearfoot_Adam
07-08-2008, 10:14 AM
Since '97. Good old AD&D 2. Gotta love that THACO

Webhead
07-08-2008, 10:40 AM
I've been around so long, I actually had to use chits.

I'd bet some of the younger gamers don't even know what those are. :confused:

Oh yeah. I managed to keep all the chits from the mini-game that came with The Orcs of Thar Gazetteer.

I also picked up the re-releases of Tom Wham's Snit Smashing, Snits' Revenge and Awful Green Things From Outer Space which all have hordes of chits. :)

praksis
07-08-2008, 11:13 AM
89/90 - Twilight 2000 (not quite a gamer yet)
91 - AD&D 2nd, full gamer from there on

As for chits, heard them mentioned before but really no idea what they are. Guess I'm not quite that old yet :)

tesral
07-08-2008, 11:17 AM
Oh yeah. I managed to keep all the chits from the mini-game that came with The Orcs of Thar Gazetteer.

I also picked up the re-releases of Tom Wham's Snit Smashing, Snits' Revenge and Awful Green Things From Outer Space which all have hordes of chits. :)

I thought that was snits.

The Tom Wham stuff from Dragon was great fun.

Law Dog
07-08-2008, 11:20 AM
89/90 - Twilight 2000 (not quite a gamer yet)
91 - AD&D 2nd, full gamer from there on

As for chits, heard them mentioned before but really no idea what they are. Guess I'm not quite that old yet :)


Chits are little cardboard squares with numbers on them. For instance, to simulate rolling a d20, you might put twenty of them numbered 1 - 20 into a cup and then when you needed to generate a d20 roll, you would reach into the cup and pull out a chit. Then you'd put that chit back into the cup for the next time you needed to "roll". You needed to shake the cup in between rolls.

Once they started packaging dice (the pale blues and the muddy tans) with the D&D boxed sets, the need for chits was pretty much gone.

Mead
07-08-2008, 11:27 AM
Since 79. I recall using chits maybe once or twice, but only because someone had forgotten to bring the dice.

Webhead
07-08-2008, 11:30 AM
Once they started packaging dice (the pale blues and the muddy tans) with the D&D boxed sets, the need for chits was pretty much gone.

And those early dice didn't tend to last terribly long under regular use. I have a set of "blues" from the 2nd edition Gamma World box and they are all heavily rounded at the corners with barely readable numbers. They almost feel like they are made of wax.

tesral
07-08-2008, 03:47 PM
And those early dice didn't tend to last terribly long under regular use. I have a set of "blues" from the 2nd edition Gamma World box and they are all heavily rounded at the corners with barely readable numbers. They almost feel like they are made of wax.

I think they were. Turkey shit dice we called them. Good dice are a blessing.

agoraderek
07-08-2008, 07:51 PM
wow, im an old fart...and im only 38...

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
07-08-2008, 07:54 PM
wow, im an old fart...and im only 38...
I'm not sure if i care for the term "old fart" either. Just the other day i was listening to an '80's station when the DJ jumped on to introduce the next song. What he said next vexed me... "you are listening to the oldies." That's just wrong. Thank God my denial is working overtime.

Thoth-Amon

agoraderek
07-08-2008, 07:56 PM
I'm not sure if i care for the term "old fart" either. Just the other day i was listening to an '80's station when the DJ jumped on to introduce the next song. What he said next vexed me... "you are listening to the oldies." That's just wrong. Thank God my denial is working overtime.

Thoth-Amon

denial IS my favorite river... ;)

tesral
07-08-2008, 10:25 PM
denial IS my favorite river... ;)

Watch out for the crock-o-dials.

I'm well into the old fart category. And had to wait until I was 18 to find the game.

starfalconkd
07-09-2008, 07:32 AM
I'm turning "Grognard" this year. I've been playing since 1988.

tesral
07-09-2008, 09:31 AM
I'm turning "Grognard" this year. I've been playing since 1988.

Here's your grumpy attitude. Now, get out of my face. :biggrin:

Webhead
07-09-2008, 10:26 AM
Here's your grumpy attitude. Now, get out of my face. :biggrin:

:lol:

Greylond
07-09-2008, 11:54 AM
Nah, you need to get your "Git off mah Lawn!" Sign...

cplmac
07-09-2008, 01:26 PM
Watch out for the crock-o-dials.

I'm well into the old fart category. And had to wait until I was 18 to find the game.


:hail:

starfalconkd
07-10-2008, 07:21 AM
Here's your grumpy attitude. Now, get out of my face. :biggrin:

:lol: Too funny.

Ramzei
07-10-2008, 09:34 AM
It was hard enough for me to push senior... though I did knock off a bit for it not being sustained gaming! I am only 30 :mad:

jayphailey
07-11-2008, 08:09 AM
Wow. Just did the math and it's 27 years for me. Zowie, I am not that old.

Started with AD&D 1st edition. still have a couple of the books flying around here somewhere.

Good ideas are where you find them.

Jay ~Meow!~

jayphailey
07-11-2008, 08:10 AM
Here's your grumpy attitude. Now, get out of my face. :biggrin:


Roll for initiative to GET OFF MY LAWN!

Jay ~Meow!~

tesral
07-11-2008, 11:58 AM
Wow. Just did the math and it's 27 years for me. Zowie, I am not that old.

Started with AD&D 1st edition. still have a couple of the books flying around here somewhere.

Good ideas are where you find them.

Jay ~Meow!~

You kids are lucky, we laid the ground work and invented the bloddy game for you. Banging rocks together until we had DICE!

agoraderek
07-11-2008, 12:52 PM
You kids are lucky, we laid the ground work and invented the bloddy game for you. Banging rocks together until we had DICE!

you had ROCKS??? man, all i had was primordal ooze...

Engar
07-11-2008, 01:17 PM
Yeah! I had to walk to school twenty miles through eight foot snow drifts without shoes uphill both ways. When the teacher told me I needed practice I would carry the piano. We never complained either. I was just glad it blocked the wind and felt sorry for the guy with the organ.

Webhead
07-11-2008, 03:38 PM
Yeah! I had to walk to school twenty miles through eight foot snow drifts without shoes uphill both ways. When the teacher told me I needed practice I would carry the piano. We never complained either. I was just glad it blocked the wind and felt sorry for the guy with the organ.

Speaking of which, I had a concept for a Bard character in 3e who's performance specialty was the pipe organ. The party would mount a specialized organ on a wagon drawn by two horses. Of course, in order to be ready for battle, a lance was attached to either side of the wagon, so that he could charge enemies without having to stop playing his music.

Then there was the guy who played spoons...:D

Stormhound
07-11-2008, 04:20 PM
Not nearly as annoying as the bard who wanted to play sporks. :target:

Tomcat1066
07-11-2008, 04:34 PM
I've nixed exactly one character in my life. This was a bard who's musical specialty was arm pit.

The rest of the group thanked me profusely. ;)

Dimthar
07-11-2008, 06:48 PM
Started playing in 1991 with AD&D, bought my books and dice at "A Convention" which was in the Garage of Burger restaurant. That Convention is now the largest in Mexico with at least 4 Spin-Offs (Which means the organizers are the same) in other cities in Mexico (including Can Cun).

Later our group moved to WoD (Vampire, Werewolf and Mage), I was the one running Mage.

Played a little ToFV and CoC. We moved to 3.X and soon after that I left my Home town.

Started playing again when I moved to Dallas.

We always played with Books in English since the translation to Spanish was never good.

RPG were not the only thing we did, we had LAN Parties and after 2000 started with the European Board Games.

.

tesral
07-12-2008, 02:39 AM
you had ROCKS??? man, all i had was primordal ooze...

With darkness to attack no doubt.