D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2

Day 2: First person you introduced to D&D. Which edition? Their first character?

I don't know if I can completely take credit for it because his older brother also played D&D, but I introduced my neighbor to D&D back in 6th grade. I'm going to claim this one because I doubt he would have ever played with his brother if I hadn't been involved. In fact, to this day, I still can't believe he played at all, much less every other week for a year or more. Most of the guys I played RPGs with back in middle and high school don't play anymore, and they didn't really fit any "gamer" stereotypes back then either. My interests were split pretty evenly between basketball and gaming, while most of them were much more interested in being athletes than rolling dice. Still, they humored me, and I like to think there was enough nerdiness in them to actually enjoy most of it. If they didn't, they were even better friends than I thought!

His first character was a dwarven fighter named Gimli. How original, right! Back then we were playing a 1st edition/2nd edition combination. Even though the style changed quite a bit between 1st and 2nd edition, the basics were still similar enough to run material from either one side by side with very few (if any) modifications. I had to save up allowance money for weeks to buy a new book, so we started with a 2nd edition Player's Handbook and everything else 1st edition (because my dad had already given me those). Somebody bought a new Monster Manual, and I borrowed it from time to time. After a while, we almost transitioned fully to 2nd edition, but I clung to the 1st Edition Dungeon Master's Guide for a lot of things even though I owned the new one as well.

Those were good times.
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