Sunday, October 19, 2008

Our Earliest Gaming Sessions: Share Your Story

Allow me to go first. It was 1993, I was in junior high, and my buddy Brandon invited me over to try this new game (in a book???) he had picked up called Rifts. We spent a good two hours on him walking me through character creation--most of it laboriously poring over exactly which weapons to pick up, and detailing my Headhunter's awesome motorcycle (which had a smoke screen and oil slick capabilities, not entirely unlike a certain Nintendo game).

I asked numerous questions about the Rifts setting. I looked at Blind Warrior Woman boobs. Brandon showed me a pic of the Emperor of the Coalition States, Karl Prosek, and informed me that he was the big badass of the setting. I responded with a well-considered list of followup questions:

1) Can I try to kill him?

Brandon scoffed at such a lofty goal. Kill the Emperor? Who was doubtless numerous levels above me? No, I would earn my stripes fighting vampires along the Rio Grande. And so I made my final equipment addition ("knife"), and set off to where the long, lonely paths on the banks of the Rio Grande would lead my post-apocalyptic anti-hero (or "guy").

Clearly, the two hours of equipment selection and intense questioning had gotten to Brandon, because within 10 minutes, I had the following described to me:

Brandon: As you walk back towards your motorcycle, an asteroid falls from the sky and crushes you completely. Game over.

Despite this potentially frustrating start to my gaming career, I knew I was hooked. Palladium Fantasy and awkward, horrendously houseruled D&D sessions would continue my initiation into the hobby. And asteroid fatalities became much less common in the weeks and years to follow.

Let's hear it: How was your first gaming session?

9 comments:

thanuir said...

Game: Miekka ja magia, a Finnish dungeoncrawling game. Year: 97 or so. I am the game master. I have prepared one-level dungeon and planned how to best go through it. Of course, the players do not nothing of that sort, improvising their way through.

Things learned: Don't decide the best way to solve things. Railroading does not pay.

Reverend Mike said...

2003...

Jedebo the gnome rogue and Loftus the gnome cleric are wandering through the forest...

A small lizard lands on Jebedo's head...

Loftus freaks out and decides to remove it from my head with the pick end of his gnome hooked hammer (we had bought matching weapons)...

Loftus rolls a natural one...

My first character takes 4 damage from a pick lodged in his brain, survives, the party grows to 7 and Jebedo becomes the fighter of the party...

Josh said...

It was 1989, and I was about 6 years old, and all I knew about Dungeons and Dragons was that my mom didn't want me to see the Monster Manual because it showed breasts (come to think of it... I'm not even sure I knew exactly what breasts were back then... if she had said boobies, I'd have understood).

So because my mom didn't want to see it, I begged and begged my dad until he finally got the books off of the top shelf and played the game with me.

Even though my 1st level human fighter didn't do so hot against bugbears (even with a higher level NPC along for the ride), I have been hooked ever since.

And to think... I am probably the avid gamer that I am today just because my mom didn't want me to see harpy boobies.

Olman Feelyus said...

That cracked me up, your GM killing you with an asteroid. Did he remain a GM for the future?

I actually can't remember my first time playing. It may have been some kind of organized session with a kid from another school who was supposed to be an expert. He was a total railroader/control freak and had the nickname "Horny Toad". We moved on and I became the GM for me and my friends (doing some railroading of my own, for sure)

Zachary The First said...

@olman: Yeah, he stayed on for a bit. He was the one with the books.

@josh: Well, than hooray for harpy boobies!

Rob Lang said...

November 1990. Conned three friends at school I'd only known for 2 months into playing this game I had hurriedly scribbled together. 2 stats. Super fast character creation. Lots and lots of ridiculous guns. Spent a few hours killing zombies. Lots of fun.

Called it Star Fleet back then, now called Icar.

Zachary The First said...

@Rob: So that's how it all began!

Rob Lang said...

Zach, 'fraid so. I'd never GM'd before, I'd only seen it done from afar at my local gaming club. I was 14, I made everything up on the spot and frantically tried to keep track of my dreadful ad-libs.

dntspard said...

was about two years ago (yeah still kinda new) i decided to try and play mainly cause was stuck on college campus during a long break and thought what the hell. after about an hour and a half of me and two others constantly asking questions (this does what? what does that mean? etc etc) we finally got the game going. I was a 1st lvl human swordsage adventuring with a halfling rogue and a elven druid.

Ten minutes into the game me and the other players venture into the forest where its my time to shine...for 2 rounds, scared off a wolf, killed another then got bit and dropped to 0 hp in one attack. The other players freaked a bit didnt really attack and i still killed the other. It wasnt that great of a dm and we gained and lost numerous other players but overall got me interested enough to keep playing...even if my characters arent as strongly built and rule bending as my psycho roommate's characters.