|My original Moldvay Basic Set|
I was 11 years old in that magical summer of 1982...the year my life changed. I had recently moved to the other side of town and was the proverbial new kid when Chris Chew invited me to a birthday party camp-out in his back yard. After the normal stuff that kids do, and when the parents had all gone to bed, Chris and his friends pulled out numerous books, boxes, miniatures, strangely shaped dice, and sheets of paper and told me we were about to embark on a grand adventure. That night will forever remain as one of the most memorable of my life.
From that night forward, I was hooked on Dungeons and Dragons. I played every possible moment and collected as much material and books as I could get my hands on. For about the next six or seven years my life revolved around the fantasy world. I made great friends and went on wonderful adventures, and even learned a few things that could be applied both to school and life in general. Those were the best of days.
Eventually my obsession began to wane and by the time I left for college, D&D had become much less important than girls, and cars, and girls, and beer, and girls. I sold off most of my vast collection for beer and date money (a huge mistake that I still regret to this day) but I did hold on to a few pieces that held the most memories. (My original Moldvay Basic Set is my most prized and beloved gaming possession). I sometimes thought about D&D but I never returned to the game. It was Peter Jackson and the LotR movies that rekindled my love for fantasy and gaming in general. After a nearly 15 year break, I began to drift back to the game I so loved.
So happy birthday D&D and thanks for the memories!