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Happy Birthday D&D! 26 Jan 2014 09:34 #1

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Forty years old today and all versions still being played around the world :)
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Happy Birthday D&D! 29 Jan 2014 21:09 #2

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I've still got my white box boxed set kicking around here - I came across it when I had to move my hobby room into a smaller room back in October.

The box has collapsed, but I have it, the three buff rule books and a quick reference sheet of some sort. It was a 1974 printing, I think.

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Happy Birthday D&D! 29 Jan 2014 23:00 #3

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Blimey John, I was only four! Lol!
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Happy Birthday D&D! 29 Jan 2014 23:35 #4

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Later this year I've been encouraged to run a "red box" game using the original basic rules. Could be fun.
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Happy Birthday D&D! 29 Jan 2014 23:52 #5

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Are you looking for players? :)
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Happy Birthday D&D! 30 Jan 2014 16:29 #6

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Brett wrote:
Blimey John, I was only four! Lol!

What can I say? I was born in 1956, so 1974 was the year I turned 18.

I'd been working for about a year when I bought an import copy from Esdevium Games.
There was no real UK agent at the time, but I'd learned about the game from friends returning from University - notably Stuart Peachey, one of the stars of the Tales from the Green Valley TV Living History series.

Games Workshop (still at the Bolingbroke Road address at that time, I think) started to add D&D content to their Owl and Weasel fan magazine about then. It had mostly dealt with board games and play by mail games like Diplomacy until then - I found a few copies of those when I moved my hobby room, as well.

Ultimately, Owl and Weasel subscribers were allowed to convert whatever subs balance they had towards a subscription to a new magazine that GW were launching - which is how I got my first few copies of White Dwarf

I gave up serious efforts at role-playing in about 1991-92, when the Plymouth club were heavily involved in organising the National Wargames Championships, and I was too busy to do the prep work being a proper DM required, and I never really got back to it.

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