My Gaming History

A response to the RPG-bio over at Dragonscar Note that these are games played, not just owned.

  • Got a gift certificate from Sears from my uncle (who always gave interesting presents).  Bought the D&D Basic box set (blue rules).
  • Started playing AD&D modules with a friend, eventually bought the rules
  • FASA Star Trek
  • Champions, 1st ed. which was a huge eye-opener for me
  • Champions, 4th ed (no RPG stores where I lived as a kid)
  • Robotech, my best RPG experience ever
  • Spacemaster
  • Rifts
  • Star Wars RPG 1st ed.
  • Star Wars RPG 2nd ed.
  • Vampire the Masquerade
  • AD&D 2nd ed.
  • Amber
  • Over the Edge
  • Star Trek (Last Unicorn)
  • Champions: New Millenium
  • Marvel SAGA
  • D&D 3.0
  • D&D 3.5
  • Castles & Crusades
  • Morrow Project
  • D&D 4.0

Some analysis of the list after the break.

Now, I will say that this is on roughly a chronology, because certain games would get played, get put aside, and get played again.  Champions, 4th ed. is a perfect example of this.  I played Champions off-and-on throughout college interspersed or sometimes at the same time with other RPG’s.  Some games only got played once (e.g. Star Trek by Last Unicorn).  If I had to really put the list together based on actual man-hours gamed, you’d see Champions, Castles & Crusades, and Star Wars 2nd Ed. at the top and most everything else in the distant background except AD&D, since I’m really not sure how many hours I shot the breeze gaming adolescent power trips in high school with that game.

If I actually wanted to get a real gaming history codified, it might look more like this:

  • The hormonally challenged period where we ran NPC’s from Dieties and Demigods through The Vault of the Drow and Queen of the Demonweb Pits.
  • The college slacker geek period where we got caught up in the early 1990’s Marvel X-plosion and played a ton of supers and anime-style games.
  • The post-modern period where we started doing really abstract games with complex moral themes.
  • The gaming-while-pregnant period where we started trying to get back to more four-color episodic play because it was easier to run those kinds of games while having babies and working three jobs.  There were a lot of false-starts in this period.
  • The I’m Old enough to know what I like Period where you realize that it is just more about scratching what itches you and you’ve learned how to cook Portugeuse food and want to show off for your friends.  Oddly enough, despite your being financially secure most games are now free and you feel somehow offended at the idea of spending $40 for an RPG book.


  1. What is your opinion of 4e now? I just read your camping trip post from last August and was wondering how you would describe your experience. In our area, if I decide to join an existing group as a player, chances are I’ll be playing 4e as that seems to be the norm.

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