Friday, May 1, 2015
30 days of D&D Day 1: How you got started
But my now-fiancé, then boyfriend, Jim was running a 2nd edition game for some friends of ours. I wasn't deliberately disincluded, but I was ignorant, and there was a point at which I asked to be taught. I never did join that 2nd edition game (though I did put a character on paper for it), and 3rd edition came out or at least caught on in our college gaming culture at about that times, so once the door was opened, D&D was on the table.
(get it, on the table? Tabletop role playing? Yeah. I'm here all month!)
Because most, if not all, of those people I played Magic with were people who were D&D players. And, in my eyes anyway, D&D was better. We also added World of Darkness in pretty short order, but numbers wise, most of our college games were Dungeons and Dragons.
I think the first game I actually played in was an ancillary or maybe a continuation to one our friends had been running the previous year, commonly referred to at the time as "the Henry game". We went to visit one friend, and that's what we ended up doing. I played a rogue named Bella Windjammer, a half elf who had an aversion to magic and a love for sailing. Not long after that, back at school, the same DM ran a game for my fiancé, Kelly, and I. That time I played a ranger named Tory, with a skunk animal companion. That was the game I learned about tieflings, because that's the race Jim played in that game. More on them tomorrow.
Towards the end of the semester, we got involved with a game in town, with some friends of Jim's I hadn't met yet (a friend from home and some "townies"). I played a druid in that game (name long gone) with a raven animal companion, Jim played a....sorcerer? He was into the charm spell sorts of things. Our friend Dave (who's been my most frequent other DM I'd say) played...a paladin? But that's the game where I eventually learned about aasimars. More about them later in the month too.
D&D is like writing a story together with people. Or like improv theater with specific agreed upon rules. It's the kind of thing I wished I'd known about years before; I'm sure it would've enriched my high school life immeasurably, especially when I was busy writing my terrible fantasy novel.