The question is: Where were you first introduced to RPGs?
At school, at the age of 12.
I had taken the wise decision, after the first year of comprehensive, to join the brass band. It meant a certain commitment, but the key was access to the music room at break times. No longer did I have to hunker down in the rain at lunch or those brief intermissions between lessons.
Under the guise of practising the trombone, I played my first game of red box Basic D&D.
After that first session, I was hooked. Other friends picked up their own games and we rotated through GM responsibilities for Call Cthulhu, Star Trek, AD&D, Warhammer Fantasy Role Play and more besides.
I think MERP (Middle Earth Role Playing) proved to be my finest hour and my first attempt at running a game myself, with a long campaign — the details of which, thankfully, have been lost to the haze of time.
In my very first session, I had the player characters ambushed outside Bree by a band of Black Númenóreans. In truth, it was the excited ignorance of someone who had read the game and picked the first adversaries off of the encounter table that caught the eye. I wouldn’t read (or finish reading, at least) the Lord of the Rings trilogy until more than two decades later and never touched The Silmarillion or the Unfinished Tales — except to place secondhand copies unread on my bookshelf.
RPGaDay is a prompt-driven experience in tabletop roleplaying, initiated by Dave Chapman of Autocratik, and powered by me and you.
The prompts for this year are as follows — and you can find out more on Dave’s website.