Other Original RPGers out there?

spr1975wshs

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I started in September 1975 with Dungeons and Dragons, still have the Little Brown Books, supplements and other materials I bought back in late 75 though the next couple of years.

Started playing Traveller, the first widely successful SF role playing game, in early 1978, still have my Little Black Books and a bunch of other materials I got back then. Traveller is the one I've played the most over the years.

It is also the game (one of its design features) where your character can die during the creation process. You roll stats on 2 6-sided dice (D&D is 3 D6). Then you pick a service that best fits your stats, making rolls for enlistment, commissioning & promotions (where appropriate), special duties, survival and then re-enlistment. All characters start at age 18, terms of service are 4 years. The character gains skills of varying type. There are no experience levels as in many other games. The motivators are more skill driven, economic and social.

Have materials from most of the follow on editions of both. In fact, participated in the Kickstarters over the past few years that helped Marc Miller come out with a 5th edition of Traveller, then and improved edit into a set of 3 Big Black Books.

Also have the Steve Jackson Microgames (including The Fantasy Trip series of materials), Chivalry & Sorcery, Tunnels & Trolls, Twilight 2000 and several others in the household archive. Never got into the Vampire, Steampunk or other Dystopian RPGs.

Even got paid to be a game master for a couple of years before I got married.
 

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INGSOC
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1978 I got the Boxed Set for Christmas and the DM's Guide ...

then I discovered Gamma World when I purchased this in 1979.

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Later I discovered Star Frontiers and a whole host of other RPG's ... Post Apocalypse being my favorite - Fallout on the Mac was great in 1994

Today I have a folder on a hard drive that is 286 GB and has PDF's from most Game Systems in the past 40 yrs

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WotC has made available most 5E stuff Digital [ for a price ]

https://www.dndbeyond.com/
 
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INGSOC
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In fact, participated in the Kickstarters over the past few years that helped Marc Miller come out with a 5th edition of Traveller, then and improved edit into a set of 3 Big Black Books.

Marc is semi active in several of the Facebook Traveller Groups as is James Ward in Gamma World and Metamorphosis Alpha
 

spr1975wshs

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Marc is semi active in several of the Facebook Traveller Groups as is James Ward in Gamma World and Metamorphosis Alpha
When Marc read of my pancreatic cancer diagnosis, he sent me a get-well package, including an autographed map of the Spinward Marches and 2 certificates of titles within the Imperial Nobility for a long time NPC I'd had as a Patron in my campaign.

I had also supported his Kickstarter for the "Agent of the Imperium" novel.
 

spr1975wshs

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I'm also acquainted with Charles Gannon, who used to write Traveller materials back when, and has had some good success writing SF novels and short stories. I helped with a Kickstarter on an anthology that his traditional publishers turned down. Other authors writing stories in his Terran Republic setting.

For that, I was Tuckerized into a character in his "Marque of Caine" novel. I'm an AI character in a full immersion simulation in which the main character is constrained to participate.
 
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