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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Four

Red Box D&D; TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Due to more such folk wishing to share their memories, we have a final part to this series. Enjoy!

Leonard Balsera

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

Lenny: Moldvay’s 1983 red box basic set. I originally got into fantasy gaming through Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf books, a kissing cousin to the Fighting Fantasy books. I learned shortly thereafter that I could do the same kind of stuff with other kids, and pretty much that was that.

What’s your favorite piece of crunch, flavor, art, or text from that edition?

Lenny: The cover. That image is so iconic to me, cutting right to the heart of the game’s premise. I remember thinking of it as a promise and a siren call. “This, right here. If you’re into this, open the box.” I still feel that way, twenty-something years later.

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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Three

Expert - Blue Box - TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Due to more such folk wishing to share their memories, we have another part to this series. Behold!

Steve Kenson

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

Steve: Um…technically, AD&D 1st Edition, because our Gamma World characters arrived via Dimensional Portal in the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, fought our way out of the dungeon, and found ourselves stranded on Greyhawk and… What…? We’d run out of Gamma World modules!

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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Two

In Search of the Unknown; TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Come see how they answered four questions we posed in part two of this two-part celebratory series.

Wolfgang Baur

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

Wolfgang: I played the blue box with my sister and a neighbor, and later tried it out on my parents (they didn’t quite get it, but seemed to sense my enthusiasm for it). I was a DM from the start, and really only got to play an adventurer a year later.

What’s your favorite piece of crunch, fluff, art, or text from that edition?

Wolfgang: It’s impossible to pick from the blue box, but my favorite art from that edition is the cover of B1 In Search of the Unknown. I loved the adventure by Mike Carr, and I think the simple sense of newness and exploration was what drew me into the game. It’s impossible to capture that wonder in a bottle, but exploration and strange sights have remained my favorite parts of D&D. Dave Sutherland and Trampier were the defining artists of my first impression.

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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part One

In Search of Adventure; TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary today! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Come see how they answered four questions we posed in part one of this two-part celebratory series.

David “Zeb” Cook

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

“Zeb”: The first edition of D&D I played was the original white box (not the woodgrain box, though). Actually at first I think I was playing from bad photocopies. That was back in about 1974-1975, I think, definitely when I was in college. Eventually I found a copy of the box (and had the money to buy it!) at a local campus bookstore. It’s a classic early adopter story for D&D.

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4 New Adventures from Kobold Press

MA6: The Buried PalaceSummer’s almost here! With convention season coming and school letting out, there are more opportunities to play. You could probably use some new adventures to run, yes?

The Kobolds have you covered with four new adventures for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons.

Over at Paizo.com you’ll find two new adventures for Pathfinder RPG:

Beyond the Ghostlight Reef is a convention favorite by Christina Stiles, now available for the first time:  a group of 6th-level adventurers investigates the mysteries of a reef that hides vast treasures from ancient cities, and the odd women to delve its depths and return with arcane treasures.

The Buried Palace by Mike Franke is a dungeon adventure for 7th-level PCs level, who descend into a buried palace beneath a city-state in search of a powerful magic item and find themselves embroiled in a growing conflict between the city’s Lord Marshall and his enemies.

We also have two new adventures for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons at DriveThru RPG!

Fury of the Lords of the Sea by Teos Abadia sends a party of characters level 16-20 up against the Mharoti to prevent the summoning of the Isonade, the ancient and terrible lord of the deep.

The Iron Secret by Brian Liberge pits adventurers level 1-3 against a band of mad mercenaries who plan to flood the kobold warrens and ignite a war between dwarves and kobolds.

If you run any of these for your group and post an actual play report, let us know! We’d love to share your stories from the table.

 

 

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