Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday Discussion: What Were You Playing in 1991?

Its been a fun week, between the Jason Bulmahn interview, a new (old) article about Braunstein, and talking about Heroic Worlds and gaming in 1991.

Today's Friday Discussion is straightforward, and a chance for some reader to come clean about their age: what RPG were you playing in 1991? If, like me, you didn't start gaming until after that (1993 here), what year did you start, and what was your first game?

Let's start the weekend off with some gaming talk! Have a great one--whether or not you're partaking in Worldwide D&D Game Day, enjoy yourselves!

34 comments:

rdonoghue said...

1991 would be DC Heroes and Rolemaster more than anything else, I think.

-Rob D.

Rob Lang said...

Icar. I invented it in its original incarnation Nov 1990, so I'd been roleplaying for about 2 months when 1991 dawned. It's all I played until about 1994.

What about you, Zach? what were you playing in 1993? You've neglected to start the ball rolling. :)

ChattyDM said...

This puts me square in my Gurps and Paranoia 2e years!

Mad Brew said...

I think I had my grandmother order the Basic D&D (Rules Cyclopedia) [and when I saw the demihumans were clases, I said "WTF"] brand new that year, but I was also playing AD&D 2nd Ed.

Stargazer said...

I've started playing around 1992. The first time I actually roleplayed was on the PhanCon '92 near Bonn, Germany. And the first RPG I ever played was TORG.

Shortly after that I've started playing Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying.

Chgowiz said...

1991 - that would be 1st edition AD&D, Battletech/Mechwarrior and Shadowrun. I was really getting into the SSI gold games at the time as well, so I was starting to do a lot more CRPGs.

Vampir said...

I've only started playing in 1999... with Vampire The Masquerade...

ChattyDM said...

@Chgowiz: Oh man, Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bond I remember those fondly!

Bonemaster said...

Wow - 1991. Let's see where was I? I know I was in the Navy. So that most of meant that we were doing some MegaTraveller and Some AD&D (1st). Might have also been doing some Rolemaster. Due to the operational tempo of the ship I was on, that time is a bit of a blur to me.

Zachary The First said...

Me? In ’93, my first game was Palladium Fantasy, followed closely by Rifts (spent some time making a character, only to have him crushed by a falling meteor within the first 5 minutes—ah, junior-high GMing). Then Rules Cyclopedia D&D got into the picture later that year.

MJ Harnish said...

Sadly, I was playing nothing because it was during my RPG hiatus that lasted from 1990 through 1993. If I had been playing, it likely would have been AD&D

clash bowley said...

In 1991 I was running my 15th straight year of my 20 year Jalan AD&D campaign, and going slowly nuts. I had given up attempting to get my playing group to try anything else - they were all perfectly happy playing in my D&D game - but my mind was starting to go dry on Fantasy.

I was desperately trying to freshen the game. I literally destroyed and remade the world in-game. I created a tesseract mega-dungeon. I had the players find gates to the other side of the world. I kept moving the tech level up and up. I had them dealing with the gods. It lasted five more years.

-clash

James V said...

By 1993 it was all about RIFTS. It was the first game that really got my friends motivated to play with me and ended a pretty good stretch of not playing.

Thasmodious said...

'91 was my heydey and I played quite a range - Runequest, 2e D&D, Paranoia, Top Secret SI, Shadowrun, Blood Bowl (lots of Blood Bowl), Toon, Call of Cthulhu, Mechwarrior, Star Wars...

James Maliszewski said...

I was playing 2e, mixed with some MegaTraveller and Call of Cthulhu -- pretty much as it's always been :)

tim said...

I wrapped up a Shadowrun game and was just starting up a Dark Conspiracy game in 1991.

Jeff Rients said...

I was heavy in BECMI D&D and just started on the road to a half decade or so of HERO System fascination. Also played a very brief Doctor Who type game using rules drug in from Palladium. I was the Time Lord of the party. There were cybermen lurking in the steam tunnels.

Welleran said...
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Welleran said...

Until May of '91 it was year 11 of my Old Campaign (as opposed to the later "New" one) using a mish-mash of 1E/2E rules with some Holmes leftover bits.

After May, on active suty in the Navy and all gaming ceased for about 4-5 years!

Barking Alien said...

I started gaming back in '77. We played a lot of different games over the years, always eager to test out something new. We also always returned to our favorites. In 1991 at 22 I was running Star Trek (FASA), Star Wars (WEG D6)and playing Champions.

Still three of my favorites.

Once again I'm amazed and impressed by the number of people not playing (or at least exclusively playing) D&D.

AD
Barking Alien

mthomas768 said...

Hmmm. '91 would have been AD&D 2nd edition and Shadowrun. Might have been some classic Traveller thrown in there too.

I started playing in '78 or '79 with white box D&D, followed by a vast ream of homebrew additions.

Amityville Mike said...

I would have been running a AD&D 2E game at home and playing in a 1E AD&D game and a Cthulhupunk homebrew game at college. '91 would have been the beginning of my slide into RPG hiatus but I'd pull a little more life out of the hobby with VtM 1st edition towards the end of '91/beginning of '92.

Scott said...

I believe that would have been year 2 of my 1st ed. AD&D City of Greyhawk campaign...

Gleichman said...

Effectively, same as I'm playing today.

Age of Heroes and HERO System (although a different edition of course).

stu said...

Cyberpunk

Dead Orcs said...

Wow...in 1991 I was playing precious little, as I was engaged to be married and expecting my first child to boot. On the rare occasion that I did get a chance to play, I played either 2nd Edition D&D or the Talisman Table-top game.

L. Beau said...

1991? I was still in school, so I had lots of time for gaming: AD&D (mostly 2e), WEG's Star Wars, Marvel Super Heroes and Hero System (4th ed), more or less in that order by frequency of play.

John Fiala said...

I'm not certain, as it's been a while, but probably Call of Cthulhu, a wierd systemless thing that my friend Will Timmons was running, and/or Palladium Fantasy Roleplay.

Blotz said...

Probably Champions in '91.

Darran Sims said...

In 1991 I had just returned from Corfu after a three year stint working as a professional beach-bum.
I jumped back into an epic Gloranthan campaign using RuneQuest III. I was loaded with so many story ideas back then some, only now, coming to the fore.

Mark said...

1991 would be mostly WFRP (my group's "The Enemy Within" campaign was in its 3rd year by then), with a little WEG Star Wars and Paranoia on the side.

Good times. I wish I could somehow have bottled them...

Sean said...

I and everybody I knew was playing AD&D pretty much exclusively from '86 to until D&D 3.5. I'd played other stuff before that, but in small town British Columbia it was the only game in town (there was a fair bit of Vampire being played too, but I wasn't into that).

We tried a few other systems in that time, but the only one that lasted was a GURPS Cliffhanger campaign I ran for about 3 years.

Mike said...

Ah, the good old days.

I was playing in a weekly 2nd Edition AD&D campaign and a weekly Shadowrun, and running a weekly RIFTS campaign.

Lots of time for gaming back then ...

Daniel M. Perez said...

1991 - wow.
First and foremost was D&D, a hybrid version of Basic D&D and AD&D, favoring more the Rules Cyclopedia. Also Shadowrun.