What D&D set did you start with?
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Poll: What D&D set did you start with?

Chainmail 5%       5%  [ 4 ]
OD&D - Woodgrain 5%       5%  [ 4 ]
OD&D - White Box 7%       7%  [ 5 ]
Holmes "Blue Box" Basic Set 30%       30%  [ 22 ]
AD&D - pre Unearthed Arcana 8%       8%  [ 6 ]
Moldvay "Pink Box" Basic Set 22%       22%  [ 16 ]
Mentzer "Red Box" Basic Set 18%       18%  [ 13 ]
AD&D - 2nd Edition 4%       4%  [ 3 ]
D&D - Rules Cyclopedia or later Basic Set 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
D&D - 3rd Edition 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:46 am 
 

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The first module we bought other than B2 and X1 that came with the boxed sets was S1 Tomb of Horrors. It was a great starter adventure for AD&D!  :twisted:



Get everyone up to 3rd level or so, then massacre them!!!!  :twisted: Well, back then there wasn't a lot of modules out, you had to use whatever.  We also ran S1 pretty early on but used the pre-gens.  I remember everyone except for the two lowest level characters dying horribly...
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:44 pm 
 

The pink Moldvay set.  A friend introduced me to the game sometime in 1981 and I got this set for Christmas that year.  Good thing too, since a couple years later my Dad would start lecturing to me about how people who played that game would murder others or commit suicide (all a bunch of BS).   :roll:
Anyway by that time at least I didn't need their money/help to buy more D&D stuff.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:34 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:40 pm 
 

I started with the Mentzer red set.

The first adventure was N1, and it was all just so cool. It was exciting, literate, action filled.....to this day the summer where I learned to play D&D is my favourite childhood memory.


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:44 pm 
 

bombadil wrote:Funny no one's entered woodgrain yet.


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:50 pm 
 

bombadil wrote:Funny no one's entered woodgrain yet.


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By the way, we started with the White Box (mounted knight), but Acaeum describes all those as "woodgrain". I do not remember if the box was woodgrain, but it definitely was an all white cover with the mounted knight. Just curious if you know if there was a white box as I described.


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:58 pm 
 

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Bombadil,

By the way, we started with the White Box (mounted knight), but Acaeum describes all those as "woodgrain". I do not remember if the box was woodgrain, but it definitely was an all white cover with the mounted knight. Just curious if you know if there was a white box as I described.


Heh, I am glad you actually borught that up.  I have never heard of such a thing and apparently neither has Foul. :)   Was the set yours that you guys used or was it someone else's?  Also, do you happen to know where it came from whoever's it was?


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:22 pm 
 

PM-Knight wrote:By the way, we started with the White Box (mounted knight), but Acaeum describes all those as "woodgrain". I do not remember if the box was woodgrain, but it definitely was an all white cover with the mounted knight. Just curious if you know if there was a white box as I described.


There's at least one possible prototype/test run/??? box out there back in OCE territory, but that's a new one on me 'twixt 3rd & 4th... :)


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:56 pm 
 

I started with Mentzer "Red Box" Basic Set, one of my brothers got it for me on Christmas. I'd borrowed modules from him, but I don't recall which one I ran first, I think it may have been B5. I ran the Bargle dungeon first though and some other homemade ones prior.

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:08 pm 
 

I started 9th grade in the Fall Semester of 1978 and learned about D&D from a guy who'd transferred from another school district.  He told us about it while we were out practicing football, of all things.  He ran us through a month-long campaign and we were hooked.

A couple of months later, we began playing on our own using the MM, PHB, Greyhawk ... and Metamorphosis Alpha  :!:

My crowd was big into science fiction ... we didn't care for fantasy at all ... so after we learned to play D&D we scrambled to find a way to make D&D fit into a sci-fi setting ... MA was perfect for that.

I bought the DMG in 1979 and was really bummed that they'd removed "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" from the top center of the cover.  I don't know why this bothered me, but I still don't like that yellow stripe in the upper corner.  I've always wondered why TSR did this.

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:16 pm 
 

PM-Knight wrote:
Bombadil,

By the way, we started with the White Box (mounted knight), but Acaeum describes all those as "woodgrain". I do not remember if the box was woodgrain, but it definitely was an all white cover with the mounted knight. Just curious if you know if there was a white box as I described.


Paul, this is a total stretch, but if you weren't the owner, how about trying to track down the person who owned that box to see if you can get a photo or confirm the description.  If it was yours, have you lost/sold/given it away, or do you by chance have it packed away somewhere?  Would be a fascinating addition to the current SOK.

If none of the above, then let's work from memory.  Do you recall if it was simply a white box with the original woodgrain sticker on the front?  I guess there might be a possibility - however remote - that someone had removed the sticker from a worn-out woodgrain and glued it onto a new white box (perhaps 4th print?).


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:29 pm 
 

bombadil wrote:I guess there might be a possibility - however remote - that someone had removed the sticker from a worn-out woodgrain and glued it onto a new white box (perhaps 4th print?).

That would be fun to steam off and I'm not trying! Pity that John no longer has his spare copy.... ;)

Applying any "left-over" labels to "blank" white boxes sounds less likely since there weren't even enough of those to go around the woodgrain boxes. *jk*


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:31 pm 
 

No votes yet for 3e or the missing pre-pub ms option... ;)


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:36 pm 
 

I bought my white box set in fall of 1978. We had been using the Holmes set starting around Summer 78 and were looking for more stuff. The only thing our local hobby store had was the geomorphs - who needs them, the M&T assortments - I bought the 4-6 so I could make an adventure greater than 3rd level.

I decided to buy the white box because it was the only thing left on the shelf. Of course, a week later I went to Wintercon 1978 and there were was all this stuff inlcuding...a Monster Manual and Players Handbook... 8O

I probably had about $75 saved up from my paper route and I spent every last dime in the first couple of hours at the TSR booth. I had to bum lunch and dinner money from my friends and then raided my secret money stash that night to spend on Saturday and Sunday.

To make this long story short...finally...I never even read the white box set until many years later. To this day, those books are minty mint.


And I could've bought these damn modules off the 1$ rack!!!

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:54 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:
Heh, I am glad you actually borught that up.  I have never heard of such a thing and apparently neither has Foul. :)   Was the set yours that you guys used or was it someone else's?  Also, do you happen to know where it came from whoever's it was?


bombadil wrote:Paul, this is a total stretch, but if you weren't the owner, how about trying to track down the person who owned that box to see if you can get a photo or confirm the description. If it was yours, have you lost/sold/given it away, or do you by chance have it packed away somewhere? Would be a fascinating addition to the current SOK.

If none of the above, then let's work from memory. Do you recall if it was simply a white box with the original woodgrain sticker on the front? I guess there might be a possibility - however remote - that someone had removed the sticker from a worn-out woodgrain and glued it onto a new white box (perhaps 4th print?).




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I am strictly going from memory, such as it is :? , but I could swear that it did not look the one in this auction:


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It looked more white and I thought covered the top cover, but I can not remember if the sides or bottom were white or plain. The box was highly guarded & protected from myself & my friend, as we were intensely curious about the books inside, drawings, and the rules. It belonged to the friend of my friend's older brother, who was about 6' tall at the time (7th grade), so we were rather . . . subjugated :(



I will make some calls tonight and see if anyone has a better recollection than I do :wink:


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:19 pm 
 

Holmes set. As I was fairly young, it is very vague what else was available at the time. Only that there were 'older' sets out there. Our group as a whole ignored those items. I guess those would have been OCE's or something like that....

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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:22 pm 
 

Holmes set with B2. Had a blast and never looked back!!  :D


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Post Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:07 pm 
 

The remnants of a Holmes blue box.  One of my good friends introduced me to D&D as a week-long youth retreat.  It was a blast!  We played into the wee hours of the morning for the whole week.  I ran four characters, a mage, fighter, thief, and cleric through B2.

We still have, and use, the original module.  Even have the characters but they have been in retirement for a few years.

  
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