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Newbiespud 4th Mar 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Doing the research for this part was like trying to straighten out a twisted family tree where some of the key ancestors changed names multiple times. I'm not even sure if this is 100% accurate.

Anyway, here's the comparison.

56 Comments:

ANW 4th Mar 2017, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Yesterday's comments was what got you into MLP.
So let's do the other side now.
What got you into Tabletop gaming?
You know, D&D, Shadowrun, those type.
Dakkath 4th Mar 2017, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
The 3.5 Draconomicon. Got it as a gift from my mom.
Jadelynn 4th Mar 2017, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Jadelynn
My childhood friend had an old 2nd edition beginner's kit that his parents gave him.

We'd seen the Dungeons & Dragons movie (that is universally lambasted, but we thought it was pretty cool), and we put two and two together and realized that the game and the movie were probably connected. So he dug out the beginner's kit and we tried playing it, using the module the kit provided. It should be noted that we were something like 8 or 9 at the time, so I can guarantee 100% that we didn't play correctly. We didn't find that experience particularly enjoyable, so we shelved that for several years.

Fast forward to the end of those several years, and we were starting to read comics the likes of Order of the Stick, and were making other friends that were into the D&D scene. They introduced us to it, and I've never really looked back, although I tend to prefer more freeform roleplays than actual D&D games nowadays.
Cliff Snowpeak 4th Mar 2017, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
I was invited to play D&D 3.5 with some friends who were starting a new campaign. They helped me roll up a fire-based sorcerer as my first character, who helped save the world from Tiamat. The next campaign, I asked if I could be the DM. The resulting campaign lasted three years and took their characters from level 1 to 27. Now, I'm regularly writing my own campaigns and running my own games, and I wouldn't give it up for anything.
Pablo360 4th Mar 2017, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Pablo360
You assholes.
Mykin 4th Mar 2017, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
Around the 6th grade I was literally left friendless and knew no one at the new school I was going to. Which was fine with me at the time, I didn't really feel like socializing all that much. Then I noticed a group of eight or so people in a circle throwing dice around and I just watched for a few days. Eventually I asked if I could join and was forced to take a very stupid test to show that I knew what D&D was (for the record, I didn't know what it was but I made the right guesses all the same). Once I got most of the questions right, they begrudgingly let me join.

So yeah, that started my experience with 3rd edition D&D; a lot of random deaths by the DM and playing with a group of people who didn't bother explaining anything about D&D to me until about a year or so into it. Looking back now, it was clear to see that most of them were complete jerks (Which spawned enough stories to make people wonder why I still like pen and paper rpgs, but I digress) but I made two lifetime friends from that group and the rest mellowed out over time. Eventually that group fell apart after high school and I didn't bother to get back into it until this comic convinced me to give it another go.
ZhonLord 4th Mar 2017, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
A friend in high school always had stories about her high-level campaign, they were a lot of fun to listen to. After a while her boyfriend looked to get people together, so I joined in.
albedoequals1 4th Mar 2017, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
MLP got me into tabletop gaming. Sort of.

I had researched ttrpgs on my own for a few years and settled on Pathfinder since the rules were free. Then I found a ttrpg group on Fimfiction and got some people to help me get started as a GM. (GMing before playing is rough. I don't recommend it. :P)

I'm still running that first game, and it's been a couple years now.
Evilbob 4th Mar 2017, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
Evilbob
Same, lol.
WEbcomics and friend got me into MLP, which also introduced the concept of tabletop RPGs.
MLP, however, was what got me into tabletop RPGs. Ahhh. I remember my first tabletop RPG system: MLP:RiM. It was fundamentally flawed in way too many ways, but it was fun and the group was great.
That eventually led to Fallout Equestria and the tabletop RPG of said universe.
Norgarth 4th Mar 2017, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Back in the early 80s, my family was heading up to visit some relative who lived on a farm outside of Ottawa. To keep me and my brother occupied (I was around 10, my bro a year younger), My Mum bought us the D&D Basic Boxed Set.

We've been gaming ever since (and we swiftly pulled our slightly younger cousin into it too, once we got back home)

We've even tried our hand at making our own RPGs, usually based around a toyline we liked like Transformers (we used the old Techspecs that came with the figures as the stats)
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2017, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I used to watch the old D&D cartoon in the 80s. I didn't really know it was an RP tabletop system until the 90s. ^^; Once I put two and two together I was able to follow.
Specter 4th Mar 2017, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Specter
My dad would tell my brother and I stories of his days playing the original dnd version. His time playing as both an adventurer and dungeon master.

After listening to those stories, I found a dnd book in our local hastings and decided to save up my money to buy it. A couple of years later, the day after Christmas, I had enough money to finally get the book. So I went and got.

That was the story I got into dnd, and more importantly, started with the adventurers hand book 1, 4th edition.
Azureink 4th Mar 2017, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
Azureink
The old 1st Ed D&D computer games from the 80s. I was born in 84 and got into them in the early 90s. From there it wasn't long until I started playing tabletop versions.
Truthkeeper 4th Mar 2017, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
This was me, but I bought them used in the late 90s.
redwings1340 4th Mar 2017, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
redwings1340
Its always sounded fun, but I got in my first campaign in my first year of college, one of the bright spots to an otherwise dull and maddening year of my life.

Later on I would join a roleplaying subreddit which would then dominate my life for the past few years.
Dusk Raven 4th Mar 2017, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
I was always a fan of RPGs and games with similar mechanics since Pokemon, and I'd long heard of Dungeons and Dragons so it was inevitable that I'd try it out. Finally did in high school, around age 15 or 16.

I had very little idea what I was doing, but that was all right, the DM made a few interesting mistakes too. I still remember my character, a half-elf Ranger with a wolf companion (well, Winter Wolf - like I said, interesting mistakes) and I've been thinking about remaking him for a 5e campaign if I get the chance.
Big Lurker 4th Mar 2017, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Old fart here; back to back Keep on the Borderlands followed by Crash on Volturnus. Must have been around 1980...
Joe the Rat 4th Mar 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Therabouts. Metzner red box was all over. Shortly after we added AD&D.
I got the Star Frontiers set.
Chronic Lurker 4th Mar 2017, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
So when I was 13 or so my grandmother signed my younger brother and I up for a class on Stage Fighting. Like in acting. Anyways, we ran into two kids that were engaged in a sort of role-play session. I got interested, they invited us to join in, and when I asked what it was called they said it was D&D. In hindsight, I doubt it was. For one thing, the kid running the game was pretty much making everything up as he went along and there were no dice rolls. All things like that had the outcomes defined by his whims. For another, none of the classes matched up. Yet, in spite of all that, I was honestly hooked. After returning home, I went out and bought myself the first D&D thing I could find...which turned out to be the AD&D Greyhawk Adventures Module. Never looked back.
NexAngelus405 4th Mar 2017, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
NexAngelus405
DM of the Rings.
remial 4th Mar 2017, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
how I got into gaming. oh, this one I know. So when I was a kid, maybe 7 or 8, and my brother was 5 or 6, over the summers we were babysat by the woman who lived down the block from us who had 2 daughters our ages. Every day she would pack the 4 of us kids up and take us across the street to her friend's house. The friend had a boy who was a "big kid" and older then me by 3 or 4 years, and a daughter who was my brother's age. This particular day, three girls, my brother and myself were all exiled to the back yard to play. Due to the politics of the neighborhood, the oldest girl, who was a month or so older then I was, decided we would all be playing school, with her as teacher, and the rest of us as students. You can imagine how excited the rest of us were to be pretending to be at school during summer vacation.
After what seemed like an eternity, we were finally allowed to go to 'recess' so we could play something else (even if it was only for a short time), and we choose hide and seek, because if the 'teacher' couldn't find us, we didn't have to go back to 'school'. I called time out, because I had to go to the bathroom, and went inside. The 2 adult women were sitting in the kitchen drinking coffee and gossiping, I was asked what I was doing inside, and was told I could use the downstairs bathroom, but wasn't to bother the older boys.
The son of our host was in the basement with his friend, and they had books with colorful monsters on the covers, and papers scattered on a coffee table. Having answered natures call, I quietly walked over and asked what they were doing. They said they were playing a game called "Dungeons and Dragons" and that I should go away. I asked if I could watch, and the son said no, go back outside. The friend asked what we were playing outside, and I told him we were all playing school. Both older kids looked at each other with, and said that I could watch if I stayed quiet.
The son was DMing for his friend who was controlling at least 4 characters through a trap and monster filled dungeon, making a map as he was going. After half an hour or so of being enthralled by this game, I spoke up, suggesting there should be a hidden door along one wall, (based on the map, there was a large empty space where a room should logically be) the DM looked at me accusingly and asked if I had peeked at his notes, and I told him no, I was just basing my guess off of the map. The friend grinned, searched for a secret door, found it, and was able to move deeper into the dungeon. He also handed me a character sheet of one of the characters, gave me a basic run down of what to roll for what abilities (the character was a thief), and together we continued deeper into the dungeon.
About an hour later, my babysitter came down stairs, frantic, because the other kids had 'lost' me. The 4 of us were dragged back across the street and we didn't go across the street to play anymore after that.
But it was way too late for me, I was hooked, and that year I asked for the basic set of D&D for christmas, something I wouldn't get until the release of the Red Box basic set.
So, yeah, I was exposed to D&D by older boys in a neighbor's basement, when my babysitter lost track of me for an afternoon.
Rastaba 4th Mar 2017, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
The original dungeons and dragons cartoon from when I was a kid.
Bagginses 4th Mar 2017, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Acquisitions Incorporated
Space Jawa 4th Mar 2017, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
While I knew about and had some familiarity with it for some time prior, the thing that REALLY got me involved where I actually started playing was Darths and Droids, of all things.

Go figure.
Marvelous TK 4th Mar 2017, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
My friend said, 'Hey, I've been playing Shadowrun, and we need a new player for our new campaign. Here's some of the stuff that happened during our last one.' He then proceeded to tell me a story of crime, intrigue, and that time he accidentally both set up and accepted a hit on his own team. How could I refuse after that?
Cerby 4th Mar 2017, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
My family is literally full of engineering nerds. I don't remember precisely what age I was, maybe 7 or 8, but I do remember it was the D&D 3.0 starter box, with the classic prerolled characters like Jozan and Tordek.
aylatrigger 4th Mar 2017, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
My mom played D&D back in college. Her college friends got my brothers into D&D. They got me into D&D.

...I remember being upset they would not let me join until I found out what THAC0 was, but they wouldn't tell me.

When I finally was able to join, I was 8. ...Being 8, I made a character who was also an 8-year-old girl. An 8-year old ogre girl. +5 racial strength. ...And being 2nd edition, we rolled 1d20's for stats. My strength was 25 at first level. It was pretty epic.
SilverShadow4 4th Mar 2017, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
My big brother and his friends played D&D 3.5 every weekend after their college class (video game design) and I was homeschooled so I asked if I could tag along one time. I enjoyed hanging out with them so I just kept going and watching but never played because I didn't really like the DM. The first time I played was in 2013 with some new friends I met after moving. All sorts of things went wrong because all of us were completely new to it, we had only watched before, but it was loads of fun and hasn't stopped since! Even when we had to split up, we started using www.roll20.net (awesome site, check it out!)
Robin Bobcat 4th Mar 2017, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
That's easy: I'm Second Generation.

One of my earliest memories if of my father and his buddies playing at a Fourth of July picnic. For my tenth birthday, I was gifted my father's dice and Blue Box Basic Set, which I still have.
spudwalt 5th Mar 2017, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
My dad had mentioned playing D&D back in the day, and I'd seen references to it in the Foxtrot comic strip, but I hadn't really pursued it much beyond saying "that would be neat to do someday".

My first active foray into the world of D&D was discovering people who did podcasts of themselves playing. First with Dungeons & Doritos (which I'd found out about from reading 8-Bit Theater) and the Penny Arcade/PVP games, both of which got me interested in browsing through the various 4E books at Borders and other bookstores (RIP Borders). I'd also started reading D&D-themed webcomics like Order of the Stick, Goblins, and Rusty and Co., as well as some of the Drizz't novels, but hadn't translated that interest into starting an actual game due to a combination of lack of money and being a colossal introvert.

What *really* got me started was watching Critical Role and the Yogscast's High Rollers, which gave me enough understanding of 5E's rules to really start to get how the game works. My sister and one of my friends had both expressed interest in playing D&D, so I said "Fuck it. I've thought about doing this for long enough -- let's just buckle down and get a group together." Around last May-ish or so, I bought the 5E Starter Set, the three core books, and a huge bag of dice, rounded up some people, and the rest is history.

Now I'm running the Starter Set campaign (with a few additions of my own) with a party of a Halfling Rogue, a Wood Elf Ranger, a Dragonborn Monk, a Warforged Barbarian (that follows Asimov's Laws of Robotics), and a Wood Elf Druid -- they just got to Cragmaw Castle. I'll probably have them do more adventures in the same world after they finish with the pre-made stuff; in particular, our Rogue was raised by an assassin cult devoted to a forgotten goddess (all of which came from the backstory my sister wrote for her character) and our Barbarian has resolved to stop Gruumsh from making all the orcs so evil.
Akouma 5th Mar 2017, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Akouma
D&D 4e. One day my sister was bringing a crapload of friends over and said "hey, you're trying D&D with us tonight."

What really sticks out in my mind as the deep dive point is when I first tried out Marvel Universe RPG. (The old, bad one. Don't play it. Seriously don't. I'd rather have a go at Fatal than play MURPG again, because at least Fatal wasn't so boneheaded that they thought they were too good for dice.) I hadn't really heard of and superhero RPGs before, and we had a really cool group going. I've told many, many stores about the universe we all created together in that game and followups (we switched to a system that didn't suck a game or two later) and given how many of its players have expressed ideas for new adventures and a general desire to go back, expect more sometime soon.
Joe the Rat 7th Mar 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
That's not the old one.
The Old-Old one (We're talking Shuma-Gorath Old here) was the Marvel Sueprheroes RPG (MSHRPG) that TSR did in the 80's.

They *knew* the dice were pretty much a mess, so you got plot points (karma) to make things happen when it counted.
DM's Choice 6th Mar 2017, 2:45 AM edit delete reply
Typical German gateway drug: The Dark Eye.

And actually, it's a terrible rule system. But in the early 90s it was the easiest P&P-RPG to get in Germany, and for a long time the only one available in German. Since I was only beginning to learn English back then I needed a German system to get into the concept. My first English system, by the way, wasn't even D&D. It was the highly esoteric Mage: The Ascension :D (I could even say, I learned more English from that than from school).
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2017, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
A high school friend of mine was into D&D (AD&D 2nd edition specifically) and he intro'd me into the genre. Had a lot of fun and just really got into it and stayed.
Winged Cat 6th Mar 2017, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
For me, that's like asking, "So when did you get into this whole 'literacy' thing?"

I know I was in a game around 10 years old; I think it was D&D. I have since been doing freeform RPs in one form or another almost constantly - at first mixed with improv acting, though lately it's just been RPGs of various forms (save when I need to bust out improv storytelling skills for various business reasons, which happens quite a bit). Actual RPG systems took a hiatus until college, and has waxed and waned since then though I've usually (with brief pauses, never more than a few months) been at least GMing something for over a decade now.
Guest 4th Mar 2017, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
Isn't the meme one from Hyper Street Fighter II, though?
Newbiespud 4th Mar 2017, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Newbiespud
Probably? Or Super Street Fighter II Turbo? I had a lot of trouble finding consistent sources on this.
Dusk Raven 4th Mar 2017, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
The vid I've been listening to (the SNES version hurts my ears, at least over headphones) lists the source as "Hyper Street Fighter II Anniversary Edition."
TheFreshDM 4th Mar 2017, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
The thing that probably got me into RPGs in general was a long time ago (About 14 years has it been that long?) was I was hanging out with my mom and her friend and their sons and one of their sons (a bit older than me) was into D&D and was talking about it one day as we went to a bookstore as he wanted to get a book there as we were in that section I was flipping through the rulebooks fascinated by the pictures and everything seeing how cool this game looked I asked him more about the game a little and he was nice enough to explain a few basic things like what a Roleplaying game how it worked a little small minor things etc. I than found out when they left they had come out with a Basic Game for beginner players I bought that and well after that it spiraled into the large collection of books I have and my love for RolePlaying Games in general now
T.J. 4th Mar 2017, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
I'd first heard about tabletop RPGs when I was fairly young when I overheard my brother talking about it. I asked to join in but he told me I would probably be fairly bored by all the dice rolling. I didn't really get into D&D until my first year in college, where I joined their gamer's society, which had an event where they ran short sessions to introduce newcomers to the game. Shortly after that, one of the members invited me to play in a 3.5 campaign they were running. I rolled up a warlock, and never looked back since.
Anonpony 4th Mar 2017, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
For me it was the Binder class from 3.5. So many of my friends hated the class, but thought it was fascinating as your characters personality could change on a whim, as well as the ability to have so many great abilities that could potentially help in a situation as needed. I love the jack of all trades type characters, they appeal to me.
Guest 4th Mar 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Not for nothing, but I really feel like this was kind of a waste of a page.
Tentreto 4th Mar 2017, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
What got me into roleplaying was in fact, Fallout is Dragons. I listened to the podcast versions as I walked to my Uni, and fell into it that way.
I actually started with the Manehatten side stories, as I wanted to see if it would be worth going through the 40+ sessions. It was!
Truly Mad Moves 4th Mar 2017, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Truly Mad Moves
I was about nine years old. My stepfather played Baldur's Gate II. Then I did. I played it for years, all day long. Never finished the story, never even came close, I just wandered around the expansive game world, spending years in Chapter 2, just doing stuff. Ah, those were the days.

Of course, for years I assumed that Baldur's Gate II was much better than the D&D game it was based on, because it had story and dialogue and stuff. I genuinely thought D&D was nothing but a board game. Only when I was in high school did someone inform me that, in fact, D&D is LESS restrictive than a video game because you can, in fact, do absolutely anything. Then I think I started drooling.

Baldur's Gate II also got me into my other primary interest, voice acting, when I realized that the reruns I watched on the Toon Disney channel contained the exact same bunch of actors as BGII did. With my primary interests from my formative years being voice acting and D&D, you can imagine that another time I started drooling was when I learned that Critical Role existed...
Ravian 4th Mar 2017, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
Baldur's Gate also did it for me. My father played a lot of it alongside the Heroes of Might and Magic games, so I can blame both of those for my fantasy interests, but Baldur's Gate connected pretty directly to my tabletop RPG interest.

I basically consider the original Baldur's Gate strategy guide (which described all the races, classes, and spells, along with some of the basic mechanics that the game ran on) as my first RPG book.

From there it branched into D&D and then on from there.
Kereminde 4th Mar 2017, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
What got me into tabletop gaming? Well . . .

"Tunnels of Doom". I blame this game entirely for being what amounts to "D&D Lite" before such a thing was anywhere on anyone's radar, and it made me much more receptive for later games like the Gold Box games, which led me to beg for the AD&D 2nd Edition books.
Dusk Raven 4th Mar 2017, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Woo, classic music! Was hoping to post this earlier, but... when I listened to Guile's theme, I thought, "You know, I wouldn't have thought of fighting game music while listening to this," and I started trying to think of some alternate context - that is, if I were designing a game, and already had this music, what stage or event would I set this to?

Unfortunately I had to listen to the "meme" version because the SNES one hurts my ears, but what came to mind was some sort of classic beat 'em up or shoot 'em up, it's midway through, and you're going through the enemy camp situated in an occupied town or city, kicking ass for the freedom of the citizens!

Anyone else like to do that? Imagine alternate contexts for classic music?
*Sigh* 4th Mar 2017, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Don't think I didn't see you memeing there. Wot in musical classification?
kiapet 4th Mar 2017, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
It's in my blood. My parents have been playing since they were in college- my dad since in high school. My dad has a veritable library of D&D books that I always liked to read, and I think I made my first character for my first campaign around age ten.
Robin Bobcat 4th Mar 2017, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
The challenges of a cartoonist: Properly conveying the sound of two different chiptunes.
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2017, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Right? It's so hard to get that onomatopoeia just right.
Robin Bobcat 6th Mar 2017, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
Side note: Why the hay doesn't onomatopoeia sound like what it is?
Digo Dragon 6th Mar 2017, 5:55 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
"How do you know?"

Maybe if you went to an arcade, Twi, you'd get the idea. ;) I grew up going to arcades, so I could tell there is a difference in those chiptunes with what got ported over to the consoles.
AnnikaBell 6th Mar 2017, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
My wife took me to her regular Monday night gaming group (playing the steampunk game Tephra) two days after we started dating. She was really nervous and worried that I would find it (and her) strange. I absolutely loved it! Here were other people who had never really grown out of playing make-believe and there was actually rules and stuff for it!

Anyway, about 5 1/2 years later, we still go to Monday night gaming, although with a different game (5e), and currently are in 3 other games.
Night Spinner 6th Mar 2017, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
Friend I played magic with bought the black box second edition starter and ran me through part of it one night at the gamestore... I bought my own copy and was hooked ever since.
Guest 7th Mar 2017, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
"Sonic Booooms
And Flash Kicks are his style,
But when you think of Guile,
Remember his lifelong vow:
To never fight
With freaking eyebrows!"

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUO7UMIsvGw)