Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Discussion: What Was Your Best Year of Gaming

This week's discussion asks the reader to think about when their best year of gaming was. Were you in college, playing marathon weekend sessions? Was it those nonsensical junior high games? Perhaps it was just this past year, with a reignited passion for a classic, timeless setting or system. Maybe it was in 1975, when a badly-smudged mimeo copy of Original D&D circulated amongst your friends.

So, what was your best year of gaming? I'll look forward to the answers below!

17 comments:

Mana Junkie said...

The best year for gaming for me was the year 2000. It was one fantastic time sitting around the table, the group of players: Dan, John, Windy, Chad, Chance, Mark and Angie was the perfect storm of gamers that graced the table. The adventures I ran were fueled by their imaginations as well.

Tim said...

1984. I had just graduated from high school, but I wasn't beginning college until the winter quarter. So, for three months, my friends and I gamed nearly every day in a monstrous ongoing campaign designed by a very talented DM. Almost every one of my "gaming tales" takes place during that grand three-month non-stop grind.

Gamer Dude said...

Summer of 1984... I had just returned from university out east and reunited with a bunch of my high school buddies. We played nearly every night that summer with a handful of new folks that they had met during school. All of them were engineers, super bright individuals. The DM was my best friend, a guy who could craft a story and keep the pace like no one I've EVER met before.

I think back upon those days very fondly and often find myself daydreaming...

Peter said...

This year! Thanks to 4th Edition D&D..

Oddysey said...

This one. Four nights a week of gaming over the summer, finally getting into the old school scene properly, and discovering the joys of relationship-focused games. It's been awesome.

Jeff Rients said...

I'm with Oddysey on this one. 2009 has been a great year. I feel like I'm finally hitting my stride as a GM and the player pool around here is just fantastic.

Questing GM said...

It was either 1999 or 2000 when we had a all night marathon in highschool. It was our first marathon and we were playing AD&D.

The coke didn't help to prevent me from having a DM/brain burnout just halfway through the session.

I'm looking forward to making this year the best gaming year since we've got a new game, a new group and we seem to be enjoying ourselves quite a lot.

Thasmodious said...

I have two candidates I'd have trouble choosing between. 1981 - I had played in a friend's brother's OD&D sporadic OD&D game for awhile. I owned a couple modules, some dice, and an AD&D PHB. Then I broke my arm, bad enough to need surgery. My mom promised me she would buy me a toy when I got out of the hospital, thinking Star Wars or GI Joe (I was 8). I asked for and got the D&D Basic boxed set. For much of that year, I played D&D by myself, wrote up characters and adventures and learned the game. A friend was running, poorly, an AD&D game that I wasn't much interested in at the time. Eventually that same year, I talked my younger brother into playing and began DMing for him, my first DM experience. It was pretty great and that year definitely set the stage for going on 30 years of continuing gaming.

1991 is the other. I, and the bulk of my gaming circle (about 20 guys) were seniors in high school. We played 4-7 times a week, including numerous sleepover all gaming weekends. We played 72 hours straight once over a three day school weekend that year. Our games were 2e AD&D, Shadowrun (lots of Shadowrun), Paranoia, Call of Cthulhu, Runequest, among others. When the summer hit, we played even more and for some of those guys, that summer was the last I've ever even seen them, for some others, it was the last they gamed, a couple of them I still game with to this day.

Alex Schroeder said...

This year! Playing every Monday, every second Wednesday, three out of four Sundays, and the occasional Saturday. Sure, we usually lack the intensity of teenage all week-enders, but it's great to be playing with adults! :)

Mike said...

1991. I was a senior in high school, as were most of my friends.

We played D&D every Wednesday, and RIFTS every Sunday. In between those days, there were usually 1-2 days of ad hoc games going on as well - Shadowrun, or Star Wars, or Marvel Super Heroes, or anything else that happened to catch our fancy.

Creatively, it also was when most of us writing homebrewed adventures for these various systems were at a creative peak. A lot of memorable moments and adventures took place during the spring and summer of that year.

Good times.

Badelaire said...

Between 2000-01 I ran a game using an RPG system I developed myself, with a group of eight players. Weekly Saturday sessions meeting for 5-6 hours at a time, my Year of the Blood Wolf campaign was a great, dare I say it, "Sword & Sorcery" campaign. It went for about two dozen sessions and probably lasted about 8 months (I can't remember exactly how long it went).

Between having a great campaign using my homebrew system, my homebrew setting, a very solid player count and a really good level of participation, it was without a doubt the best campaign I ever ran. I had a followup campaign set in the same world 500 years later and in another area of the setting, with much expanded magic rules etc., but Real Life intervened and I wound up having to cancel the campaign about 15 sessions in.

I've played in campaigns that might have rivaled my YotBW game, but it was easily my finest year of GMing.

Avatar said...

Hi there. For sure my best year of gaming was year 2002. Our group lived the longest quest ever. We were playing AD&D and later we convert our characters to d20. After this, more three guys join our group and we changed our campaign to Forgotten Realms, which I love until now.

But I had a lot of great experiences before this. But I didn't had the same maturity as I had at the year 2002.

Sorry for the untrained english, it's not my mother tongue :)

Zachary The First said...

@Avatar: No need to apologize, thanks for posting!

rologutwein said...

The college school year of '91-'92 was undoubtedly the best for me. First of all, I had my first 'real' regular gaming group (more than just myself and one or two other people). And secondly, just about everyone was a crazy as I was when it came to gaming. Of course, this was the Star Wars D6 game and not D&D, but it was awesome. We would play almost every week, starting at about 10 a.m. on Saturday and lasting till about 4 or 5 a.m. on Sunday. Sometimes we'd even sneak in a session or two during the week (classes permitting). Awesome.

JB said...

Toss-up between 1986 and 1987; I was sharing DM duties with my best friend (FINALLY...after years of running the game I got to kick some ass as a player), we'd finished collecting all the best TSR modules (G1-3 found in a used book store in Montana) and our AD&D campaign was in full swing.

Oh...and both Metallica and Def Lepard were still putting out great music...

clash bowley said...

This year. Every year since 2000 has gotten better and better.

-clash

Matt Finch said...

1992 or 1979, can't decide. 1979 was the gonzo junior high era with plenty of free time. 1992 was a group of good friends playing every week in a long-standing campaign.