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Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 2:34 p.m. PST

I started playing commercial Board, miniature, RPG, computer games as a hobby in the 19??

I remember dicing with Romans soldiers on Hadrian's wall.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Feb 2012 2:36 p.m. PST


Waco Joe02 Feb 2012 2:48 p.m. PST

Early 70's

mad monkey 102 Feb 2012 2:48 p.m. PST


captain canada02 Feb 2012 2:56 p.m. PST


Scorpio02 Feb 2012 2:59 p.m. PST

Commercial games? As opposed to what? Homegrown?

MacSparty02 Feb 2012 3:01 p.m. PST

c.1981. Basic D&D probably first, then shortly after we discovered Avalon Hill.

Though Risk and Stratego before that. Do those count?

TheCaptainGeneral02 Feb 2012 3:03 p.m. PST

1999… I was in grade 9. Still remember rolling up my first GURPS character!

RavenscraftCybernetics02 Feb 2012 3:09 p.m. PST


Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 3:09 p.m. PST

"Commercial games? As opposed to what? Homegrown?"

Something sold, not knocking army men down with rocks then setting them fire game.

Terrement02 Feb 2012 3:14 p.m. PST


pink panzer02 Feb 2012 3:15 p.m. PST

Mid '70s. My mother still hopes I'll grow out of it…

Terrement02 Feb 2012 3:16 p.m. PST


Angel Barracks02 Feb 2012 3:19 p.m. PST


Dropzonetoe Fezian02 Feb 2012 3:22 p.m. PST

Well I played Risk/Stratego before Heroquest/Battlemasters came out and that lead me to real wargaming…

Of course I was playing Candy land when I was like two and that was a commercial game as well. Early 80's depending on what your asking

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 3:28 p.m. PST


Fat Wally02 Feb 2012 3:34 p.m. PST


Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 3:40 p.m. PST


Major Mike02 Feb 2012 3:40 p.m. PST

1960's, latter half

Timbo W02 Feb 2012 3:55 p.m. PST


redbanner414502 Feb 2012 3:55 p.m. PST

Avalon Hill's D-Day 1961

MajorB02 Feb 2012 3:56 p.m. PST

1968, but not "commercial games", rather the rules in Featherstone's books (not purchased, borrowed from the library).

Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 3:59 p.m. PST

Early 1960s with Avalon Hill's Tactics II.

abelp0102 Feb 2012 4:02 p.m. PST


Connard Sage02 Feb 2012 4:03 p.m. PST


JSchutt02 Feb 2012 4:06 p.m. PST

Late 60's – AH Stalingrad – I will never forget playing the German side for 7 hours only to lose on the last turn to a lucky Russian die roll breaking my encirclement of Moscow. It was too much to bear to ever play it again and went on to other AH/SPI products never looking back.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 4:07 p.m. PST

Another '60s veteran.

Connard Sage02 Feb 2012 4:14 p.m. PST

Late 60's AH Stalingrad I will never forget playing the German side for 7 hours only to lose on the last turn to a lucky Russian die roll breaking my encirclement of Moscow.

How did you make a game of Stalingrad last 7 hours?

mjkerner02 Feb 2012 4:24 p.m. PST

1963 if the Civil War game that came in Life magazine counts.

Little Big Wars02 Feb 2012 4:35 p.m. PST

'90s – I represent the part of the hobby that hasn't seen any grey hairs yet :P

Lance K02 Feb 2012 4:35 p.m. PST

1970s with AH's Arab-Israeli War then Metagaming's Melee, Wizard, Ogre, etc. and it's never ceased since.

Altius02 Feb 2012 4:36 p.m. PST

1980 or 81.

14Bore02 Feb 2012 4:36 p.m. PST

70's, and have played Stalingrad, How did you make it last 7 Hrs?

Andrew Beasley02 Feb 2012 4:40 p.m. PST

How did you make a game of Stalingrad last 7 hours?


For me early 70's

Chris Palmer02 Feb 2012 4:44 p.m. PST


JSchutt02 Feb 2012 5:16 p.m. PST

Stalingrad in this case was played by two pre-pubescent males agonizing over every move determined not to be the loser taking it to the last move on the move track consulting the rules often for some overlooked advantage…eating lunch and wondering what it would be like to be spending that time with a girlfriend…if we had one. Would not have traded that day for any other I had up to that point even that I lost. Wargaming did teach me life lessons about finishing what you start, losing gracefully, respecting your opponent, appreciating the notion of structured rules as well as learning how to think strategically and in the abstract. All of which serves me well today.

DyeHard02 Feb 2012 5:25 p.m. PST

Early 1970s

mhauck02 Feb 2012 5:25 p.m. PST


kyoteblue02 Feb 2012 5:34 p.m. PST


Perris070702 Feb 2012 6:02 p.m. PST

Somewhere in the haze of the 70's.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 6:05 p.m. PST

As a hobby ? About 1976.

35 years.

You get less for murder.

PapaSync02 Feb 2012 6:22 p.m. PST

88 . . . Space Hulk and Rogue Trader.


Tuudawgs02 Feb 2012 6:24 p.m. PST


cfielitz02 Feb 2012 6:30 p.m. PST


myxemail02 Feb 2012 6:40 p.m. PST

AH's Blitzkreig in 1972. Panzerblitz shortly thereafter. Of course the Risk/Stratego/Battleship/Broadsides/Hit the Beach/Dogfight games from the '60s


Ambush Alley Games02 Feb 2012 6:45 p.m. PST

Early 70s.


galvinm02 Feb 2012 7:15 p.m. PST

Early 70's.

man, we ARE an old group.

JRacel02 Feb 2012 7:33 p.m. PST


Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2012 7:48 p.m. PST


Fonthill Hoser02 Feb 2012 8:13 p.m. PST

1977. Stalingrad, then Arab-Israeli Wars.
Thus the downward spiral commenced…


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