D&D is 40 today. The venerable granddaddy of RPGs means a lot to our hobby, whether we’re all willing to admit it or not. While D&D might no longer scratch that particular itch for you, it’s hard to not pay some respect to the game that started it all.
I got my start back in the early nineties when I was in grade 5. I was invited over to a classmate’s house to play D&D. It was AD&D 1st Edition, DMed by my classmate’s mother. I had a wizard named Lancelot who wasn’t afraid of doing battle with skeletons in U1: The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh and I was HOOKED after that. I quickly went to creating my own version of D&D without any books to draw from. The utterly gonzo games we had in our early day didn’t really change much with the addition of actual rules, either. A teacher of a friend’s brother graciously provided us with a copy of the old D&D Red Box. We played Basic for awhile, but it wasn’t too long before we all got AD&D 2nd Edition and began playing that. The rest, as they say, is history.
We haven’t been playing D&D proper for awhile now, having grown tired of 4th edition, but D&D still has a strong place in all our hearts, and we hope to see the new edition rekindle that spark.
Below, I’ve included a roundup of celebration from around the net today.
Wizards of the Coast posted the great anecdote from Ed Greenwood embedded above, and another from Troy Denning.
Here’s a GREAT bunch of anecdotes and memories on the Kobold Press site from key people in the life of D&D. The list includes David “Zeb” Cook, Jeff Grubb, Colin McComb, Bruce Cordell, Margaret Weis, Robert Schwalb, and Wade Rockett.
Monte Cook talks about what D&D means to him on his blog here.
Matt Forbeck talks about his beginnings with the game here.
EDIT: Here’s a couple more:
Salon has a great article about D&D here.
New York Magazine has a nice little article about D&D as well.
Happy Birthday, D&D!