Any Old-School FRPGers Out There?

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  1. Michael Martin

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    For those who aren't sure what the letters stand for, that's Fantasy Role-Playing Game.

    Wondered if any HTFers are fans or active participants in the older games - first or second edition AD&D, Traveller, Call of Cthulu, etc.

    About a year ago, I started playing D&D again - but 1st edition. Using eBay, Amazon and a couple other sites, was able to get all the old books (6) for less than the price of two of the new ones.

    I'm not looking to debate editions here - just wondering if anyone else has this as an interest in addition to home theater.
     
  2. GARY C

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    Haven't played in awhile, but when I did it was D&D (1st & 2nd), Rifts, Robotech (all titles), Twilight 2000 [MERC] (great mindless fun), Star Wars and a little MERPS.

    Still have all the old books taking up a whole shelf in the storage room. Probably spent a good 2k+ on gaming in my youth.
     
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  4. Brook K

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    Some of my friends back in St. Louis that I used to game with still have a 1st ed D&D game going. Since I moved to Georgia I haven't played at all and really haven't played a campaign of any sort since Sophomore year of college (which would be 11-12 years ago, YIKES)

    Back in the day I played D&D (original, basic, and Advanced), MERP, Twilight 2000, Waylander, Call of Cthulu, Warhammer FRP, Gamma World, Boot Hill, 007, Traveller, Empire of the Petal Throne, Palladium, Ring World, Vampires, and probably a few others I'm forgetting.

    I GM/DM'd and owned significant amounts of D&D, ADD, MERP, and Traveller. But I gave all my MERP stuff away to a good friend who was more into it at the time than I was and I traded off just about all of my other RPG stuff in about 96 for Magic cards. About all I have left are a bunch of old character sheets and maps and my trusty box of dice.

    I stated playing when I was in 4th grade. I would say from 5th grade through high school I played countless hours of FRP. Then played with new people in college but some of the gamers didn't make it to 2nd semester and the game fell apart. I played in one or two games after that but it became harder and harder to get sizable groups together.

    I still go back to STL several times a year to visit my friends but that isn't enough time to FRP so we usually play board games, card games, Halo, or go to the Casino for poker.
     
  5. Jay H

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    I used to play AD&D, Traveller, also some of the James Bond type RPGs like Top Secret. But it just got a little too weird for me... A lot of my friends were a little too much interested in it [​IMG]. But I enjoyed it when I played.

    Jay
     
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    "I'm also immune to various wizard prismatic sprays..."
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    BTW, I love D&D and AD&D, back when it was hot there in the early 80's. We had tourney at school and stuff. Lots of fun. You don't have to dress up and geek out for it to still be fun. Its a great way to interact with other people, just like any board game or cards.
     
  7. Todd Hochard

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    I played AD&D, Traveller, Gamma World, and Boot Hill. I had most of the AD&D books that were out in the early '80s.

    Then, one day I noticed boobs. The end.[​IMG]

    Seriously, though, I have lots of fond memories of campaigns. We were hardcore- all nighters Fri and Sat nights, after-school clubs, all of it. It was fun. My mom thought I was possessed by Satan.[​IMG]

    I think I gave all my books away. Either that, or they're in my folks' attic. Either way, lost forever.[​IMG]

    I have a few editions of Wizardry that I can't get to play on my Athlon XP machine.
     
  8. Brook K

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    Oh yeah, Top Secret, I owned that too.

    When I was heavy into Magic in 96-97 there was a group of guys who played live action - rent cabins in the woods, make armor, etc. That was way too weird for me.

    In 5th grade one of my friend's Mom's decided D&D was satanic and made him throw his stuff away, even his dice! He was a good son too because he didn't play again until college.
     
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    Sorry to make you seem old but D&D is on version 3.5 now (version 1 & 2 were TSR games, version 3 came out after they were bought by WOTC, and Hasbro bought WOTC and unleashed 3.5).

    Other fun stuff: The Palladium multiverse, RIFTS, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: and other strangeness, Superheros, et cetera. I liked that all the games had the same rule system.[​IMG]

    Sadly, most people are only intrsted in MMORPGs now. Where is the ROLE-playing and social interaction in those? [​IMG]

    PS: Check out my sig links for D&D satanic wackiness, and satanic goth wackiness [​IMG]
     
  10. Michael Martin

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    So it seems like few (if any) active gamers here.

    I agree that MMORPG's have sucked a lot of interest from the pencil-and-paper games. I can understand that, but still think they're different style games.

    I'm well aware that D&D is up to edition 3.5. Since my post was not meant to start any kind of edition wars, suffice it to say I don't care for the newer versions.

    Back in the day, I played heavily from junior high to high school - though once I could drive and date, it definitely took a much lower priority. Got back into in college, then had a long (14 years!) drought. Found a great online community dedicated to the OOP versions of the game, and got hooked again.
     
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    I used to play D&D and AD&D 1st/2nd edition (tells you what kind of geek I am when I differentiate it), Battletech/Mechwarrior, Illuminatii (before it became a card game), Car Wars, Star Fleet Battles, and few other board games. Now I do mostly gambling (poker, blackjack, sports) and my computer replaced my old gaming group. The hard part is breaking away from family, conflicting work schedules, and having people tolerable to play with/against.
     
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    Started playing in 6th grade, played through HS on and off (less so when we got cars). Lost it when I was oncampus at Michigan Tech to Quake 2 via LAN and playing Jihad/Vampire card game (and drinking).

    Started playing again briefly with my old H.S. friends (and my wife) but they moved away.

    We were playing with our old 2nd Edition AD&D books.

    RPGs are about the social aspect - I remember laughing my head off. Still remember some good gaming stories.

    No one to really play with now. And I don't have a lot of tolerance for power gamers. It's fun for playing Baldur's Gate II, but not so fun when playing the real thing.

    I probably wouldn't have the time now anyway. Too busy with work & school.
     
  13. Scott Leopold

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    I've always been a huge fan of the Palladium Books (Rifts, TMNT, Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas & Superspies), but had the most fun playing the Marvel Super Heroes game. I'd run the game with a group of friends. We'd get together every Friday or Saturday night, drink a ton of beer, and I'd put them through a virtual hell. I was a real pain in the neck of a GM.
     
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    I still have my 1st edition AD&D books around someplace. Haven't played in 20 years.

    They bring back memories of staying up all night in my friend's basement drinking copious amounts of cola.
     
  15. Phill O

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    Yeah I used to play D&D, traveller, Daredevils(1930's Pulp),Arduin.

    I had a great game master he was able to incorporate many elements into the games. They where all well beyond
    "stock footage" games. For example we where playing traveller and "Doc" had brought in parts of war hammer 40K in to the game.

    Anything you might have read about in books (like Perry Rodan, Doc Savage, ect) or see in a movie or TV (Like Cylons, and Klingons) They would be in the games. But it was never easy!

    Tragically I lost a great friend and GM to Cancer back in 1998, and I haven't played a game since. I miss him and the games we used to play allot.

    I have thought of looking for a group but I don't have the time
    right now. But if anyone knows of a high quality group let in
    the Tucson area let me know.
     
  16. Walter Kittel

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    Closest I ever came was collaborative play of the original Apple II RPGs with a close friend. One of us would 'drive' the game, and the other would draw the map. Off hand, I fondly recall

    Wizardry I - Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
    Wizardry II - The Knight of Diamonds
    Bard's Tale I

    We tended to alternate RPGs with the Infocom and Sierra On-Line adventures ( Planetfall, Zork, Mystery House, Cranston Manor, Wizard and the Princess, etc. )

    - Walter.
     
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  19. Kenneth

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    I played FRPG's in High School but lost track of it when I went to college. I actually started with a little stand-alone game called Melee (it was like a simple stand alone module). That progressed into Basic D&D and then Advanced (I still have most of the books). Once I went to college I didn't have much spare time and lost track of the old crowd.

    I did have some fun playing some of the old modules that have been adapted for Neverwinter nights though. That brought back some nice memories. Also, I love the good CRPG's like Wizardry, Balder's Gate, Icewind Dale, and others.

    Kenneth
     
  20. JamesED

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    Good timing for this thread, my friends and I are piecing the old group back together to play here at college. We haven't played in 7 years or so since middle school.

    We're going to be using the v3.5 books, but I miss AD&D 2nd Edition. Fighters use to be so much better but they're weak in the new rules.
     

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