Happy 40th, D&D

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!

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Has been the Dungeon Master for the group since the early nineties. It all started when a school friend’s mother ran U1: The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh for him and some friends. Enthralled by this new thing he'd discovered, he quickly assembled a group of his own and began running games. From that point forward, he was hooked and hasn’t looked back since. He’s run games that run the gamut from old school to indie, and is always looking to try new systems or tinker with existing ones.

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