I was 9 years old when I was introduced to Dungeons & Dragons. My friend, Craig Jones, was a few years older than me and he had a set of books that always interested me. One day, I finally convinced him to let me try. I was in a dark hallway and around the corner I spotted some giant ants!
I bravely battled those ants for quite some time, but they just kept coming! Eventually, I died from the giant ant swarm and I was hooked.
On my tenth birthday, my grandparents came up from California and took me to the new ToysRus to pick out a present. I came home with the Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set (the magenta box). Over the next few years, my friends and I explored the Caves of Chaos. And eventually we went to the Isle of Dread.
Time passed, interests changed and all my D&D stuff went into the attic. Around 2012 my wife had a group of friends interested in trying it out and I was instantly pulled back in. I ran adventures using BECMI ruleset and then 5th edition came out…
In 2012, we played using rules from the following sources:
- Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set
Second Edition – 1981 – (magenta box)
- Dungeons & Dragons Set 1: Basic Rules
Third Edition – 1983 – (red box)
- Dungeons & Dragons Set 2: Expert Rules
Third Edition – 1983 – (blue box)
- Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia
Fourth Edition – 1991 – hardcover book
We also added more options and details from the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons ruleset and newer editions.
Our adventures were based on:
- The Dungeons & Dragons Set 1983 Basic Rules Introductory Adventure featuring Bargle
- A hybrid using the original Adventure Module B2: The Keep on the Borderlands mixed with the increased detail provided from Return to the Keep on the Borderlands from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition)
- B4: The Lost City
- I6: Ravenloft featuring Count Strahd Von Zarovich
Part of my weekly preparations included a game recap. I took those recaps and decided to create this blog-style website. More recent adventures include notes and recaps from my 5th edition adventures.
Artwork came from the following D&D artists:
- Bill Willingham
- Erol Otus
- Larry Elmore
- Clyde Caldwell
- Keith Parkinson
- Jeff Easley