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    was about 11-12 when I started, so about 24-25 years ago with 2nd ed.

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    On and off from 1978 - 2015. 3.5 was the last edition of the game I played.

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    Played my 3rd session this very Thursday. So about a month.

    Had been interested in playing for, what, 16 years?

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    Around 30 years. Started with hand-me-down Basic box and 1e AD&D

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    12 years. Started with D&D 3.5. Have heavy bias in favor of that system as a result, but still enjoy other systems, as long as they aren't crap.
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    I first played in 1986 (1E). But I've gone for long stretches without playing.

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    I started with OD&D and my brother as a DM in '85, I think. Played off and on through 2e as player and DM through the early 90's, and then a few times with 3rd edition after that. Played quite a bit over the years with my cousin's homebrew system since '86 or '87, too.
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    46 years ago (September or October 1975), I played my first game with the three original pamphlets of D&D in the white box, with Chainmail as the combat system. The available classes were Fighting Man, Magic-User, and Cleric.

    By my second game later that week, we had the first supplement Greyhawk, which included Paladins and Thieves, as well as a complete combat system.

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    I first saw it in a local toy store in the early/mid 80s - maybe 84? First time I experienced it was in about 88. A school friend had inherited the 1st edition game and a pile of old characters. I rolled up a character and killed a couple of things with him but we wren't really playing.

    First time I properly played was in 91 when I joined a group. I think we started with basic but soon were onto 2e and that was what we played with a lot. I was with that group, right through 3e and 4e, until 2013 when I had to move across country. 22 years with a group has a lot of memories.

    Sadly have barely played since then. Job and family get in the way of getting out and looking for a new group. I still keep buying new games though and storing them until the day the kids are old enough to play with.

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    Man, it's hard to say. Started in maybe 3rd grade, maybe 40 years ago?

    Started as a poor scribe, simply copying pages of rules from other people's books.

    Quickly decided I wanted experience playing with every group, in every system, that I could, to maximize my exposure to different RPG ideas.

    Rarely was there a period where D&D wasn't at least one of the systems I was playing.

    Once I got out of the house, where no longer would the religious patriarch burn my books, I began amassing my own collection.

    I still prefer 2e D&D, even if the quality of published modules includes my vote for worst module I've ever read.

    Still playing D&D whenever possible.

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    Started playing in 1987.

    Started DMing in 1998.

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    I started in 1982. So that's 39 years.

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    1979. The AD&D Monster Manual and Player's handbook were out, but the Dungeon Master's Guide was not. So, ~42 years.

    I've owned many more books than I've played (although I scavenged some boss fight mechanics from 4th edition back into 3.PF). Some Gamma World, one session of Boot Hill.

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    My first D&D rule book was 8.5 x 5.5 saddle stiched and came in a plastic baggie ;)
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    Introduced to the game at High School in 1980. Still playing 41 years later!

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    2003 with dnd 3.5
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    I remember that when I got interested in D&D, I waited a few more weeks because 3rd edition was about to get released. So I started pretty much when 3rd edition launched in 2000, with the Forgotten Realms stuff I bought still being AD&D 2nd edition material.
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    Late 80's, but played a few RPGs besides just D&D.
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    I'll say 1981. I think I played earlier since my friend's older brother introduced us to the game but Christmas 1981 was when my mom bought me a copy of the 1e PHB and my father bought me a copy of the Red Box basic set. Which led to some odd hybrid play until I got my hands on a 1e DMG and Monster Manual but, hey, it worked.

    Unlike some of society's devil-fearing parents, my mom figured that me hanging out at home playing D&D or tinkering on the Commodore 64 was better than me off roaming feral in the mean suburban streets.
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    October 12th 1988

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    Since around '05, so ~16 years or so. We played some poorly-thought-out homebrew systems that we called D&D before getting both 3.5 box sets (one had a black dragon and one had a blue dragon), and eventually a slew of 3.5 books.

    I briefly played some 4e in college, but never really got a campaign going. I've been playing 3.5 and 5e since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amidus Drexel View Post
    We played some poorly-thought-out homebrew systems that we called D&D
    Hey, that's how Gygax got started!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sktarq View Post
    October 12th 1988

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    I am impressed you know the exact date. I wish I did for fun, but have no idea the exact date.
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    Early 90s, i know it was before Highschool but cant recall by how much and then it wasn't till 3.5 came out that i really got into it and owned my own books.
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    If we count the various CRPG versions, since Pools of Radiance. Played the later ones (Baldur's Gate and NWN mostly) heavily. Read many of the books growing up. Mom never let me get into actually playing, though. My brother and I did lots of free-form role playing (what we'd now call Isekai-type, with ourselves being thrust into a new situation, rather than being really different characters).

    Started at the tabletop in the summer of 2014, after I was asked to head up the D&D club at the school I taught at. Bought a bunch of 4e books, ran a couple games that year as part of the club. Then switched to 5e the next year. I've been DM'ing probably 95% of that time, usually 1-2 games per week in different groups (with some gaps). Played one (short) campaign (about 5 sessions that I was part of before real life intervened) of PF, did not especially like it.
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    45 years on and off. I started with the original HOLMES "Blue box" edition and played through to 2E. I didn't touch it again until my nephew asked me to try 5e... I was too involved in both a long-term (7 years) RUNEQUEST game (based on a hybridized 2E and 3E ruleset) and a long-term DARK CONSPIRACY game (based on GDW's version 2.2 rules with a LOT of homebrew rules).

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    I was too involved in both a long-term (7 years) RUNEQUEST game
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    I started in fall of 2001, so it's been 20 years now.
    I DMed my first game starting in summer of 2002, so 19 years of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velaryon View Post
    I started in fall of 2001, so it's been 20 years now.
    2001...20 years ago...Please, stop making me feel old... :)
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    2001...20 years ago...Please, stop making me feel old... :)
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