RPG a Day – Day 1: First RPG played

My first post as part of Dave Chapman’s #RPGaDAY.


1. First RPG played.

My first RPG played was “The New Easy to Master Dungeons and Dragons”, an introductory starter set for Rules Cyclopedia era D&D.  At that point in time (1995), I was pretty much just waiting to discover RPGs.  I was a huge fan of fantasy and sci-fi fiction, I was obsessed with miniature wargaming via Space Crusade and a couple of copies of White Dwarf my dad had picked up, and had already effectively tried to build a pseudo-RPG using Space Crusade as a basis.

https://i0.wp.com/dailyencounter.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/TSR1070.jpgSo, needless to say, I was immediately hooked.  It was a pretty lavishly produced set for the time, with a glossy paper dungeon map, a selection of cardboard miniatures to represent the PCs and monsters, and folder of rules on handy index cards.  It also included a solo adventure, which was quite important for a 12 year old with no roleplaying friends…


As starter sets go, this one certainly did its job well – even given the fact that D&D at the time was far from being an accessible game to someone with no clue about RPGs.  This was an era of magic users having one whole spell per day at first level, dwarves, elves and halflings being both your race and your class, and monsters being able to easily drop characters to no hit points with slightly above average dice rolls.  But this starter set took you through the rules in a logical progression, helped you with character creation, and included a decent amount of support for both new players and DMs in general.

Over the course of the next few months, I played through the adventures provided in the box several times, drew large numbers of dungeon maps, and rolled up dozens of characters.  I also started designing my own campaign setting along with my brother, but it wouldn’t be until the late summer of 1995 and a significant birthday present that I’d make the leap into DMing…

A couple of links about the RPG in question:





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