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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 2:52 p.m. PST

That should be "What age…"

If you've ever played D&D even once, what age were you when you played your first game (your best guess)?

10 or under.
60 and above.

I was 9 years old when i first played in 1978. I played til I was 12. I'm only now looking to get back involved in my 50s!

USAFpilot21 Apr 2021 3:01 p.m. PST

1978 or 1979; I was in 5th grade and my older brother was a freshman in high school. One day he brings home the D&D basic rules and talked my Dad and me into playing (we had no idea what it was). The first room of the first dungeon both my Dad and my characters are killed, and we are like, this is stupid. Shortly thereafter my Dad took over as DM and we played nonstop over the next few years until older brother went away to college. Much fun was had. I guess I was age 10 or 11.

Gokiburi21 Apr 2021 3:06 p.m. PST

My first game was the day that 3rd editon came out, it was at a game store release event.

DisasterWargamer21 Apr 2021 3:09 p.m. PST

15-20 in 1977

45thdiv21 Apr 2021 3:15 p.m. PST

14 years in 1979. Still play now and then at 56

KevinV21 Apr 2021 3:19 p.m. PST

15 in 1978. WE used to play at the back of the class.

Wackmole921 Apr 2021 3:40 p.m. PST

15-20 in 1978

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 4:14 p.m. PST

11-15 (Age 13 or 14), 79-80.

Started with the Holmes Blue Book (which I recently reacquired), graduated immediately to AD&D 1e, switched to the Mentzer "BECMI" boxed sets (and the Rules Cyclopedia) when 2e took over. Currently playing 5e (as a player) and DMing BECMI (with house rules). For the record, I much prefer BECMI/RC to any other edition.

Thatblodgettkid21 Apr 2021 4:16 p.m. PST

11-15. I was introduced to the white box in 1977 and have been playing various versions ever since

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 4:24 p.m. PST

31-35. It didn't stick.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Apr 2021 4:34 p.m. PST

15-20 1975

taught my kids when they were about the same age

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 4:45 p.m. PST

Around 12 or 13 I believe.

Personal logo martinjpayne1964 Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 4:47 p.m. PST

15 in 1979 with Holmes Edition.

Captain Oblivious21 Apr 2021 4:50 p.m. PST

First game at 6 playing Chainmail with my 16 year old brother and his group. I played a Barbarian fighter, and charged a band of Goblins and got hurt, then charged an injured Wyvern and killed it. Hooked me then, though I didnt really have a clue what I was doing.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 5:07 p.m. PST

Played D & D once in university – didn't especially like it, have not played since

Now Chainmail on the other hand – started in my teens, loved it

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 5:12 p.m. PST

18 in 1976

TMPWargamerabbit21 Apr 2021 5:14 p.m. PST

15-20 in 1975. Still have the original booklet boxed set and Chainmail booklet.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 5:18 p.m. PST

1978 at age 10. Purple Edition

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 5:32 p.m. PST

21-25 and around 1976

KeithRK21 Apr 2021 5:34 p.m. PST

12 in 1982. Tom Moldvay Basic D&D, then on to AD&D.

Irish Marine21 Apr 2021 5:38 p.m. PST

Probably 1980, 12 years old, I gave up on Chainmail since trying to find good miniatures was difficult. Started with D&D then AD&D. AD&D lead to Gamma World, Chill, Twilight 2000, Tunnels&Trolls, Star Frontiers and Rune Quest.

CPBelt21 Apr 2021 5:42 p.m. PST

16 in 1979. It was AD&D. The DM Guide was brand new that year. My buddy's older brother ran the game. It would change my life for the better.

John the OFM21 Apr 2021 6:05 p.m. PST

23. White box.
We didn't have no stinking "advanced" nonsense back then.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Apr 2021 6:06 p.m. PST

18 in 1978, with my wife to be. We still game, and now play with grandkids

Grelber21 Apr 2021 6:08 p.m. PST

1977 or 1978, so I would have 25 or 26. Didn't play much, but now that I'm retired, I'm thinking of taking it up again when life returns to something resembling normal.


Striker21 Apr 2021 6:09 p.m. PST


Chimpy21 Apr 2021 6:56 p.m. PST

About 1977 aged 15. We'd heard about it and a friend brought a copy over from the USA.

Don't Roleplay any more due to lack of time, just wargame.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 6:58 p.m. PST

33 with the white box version

Rich Bliss21 Apr 2021 7:11 p.m. PST

Never played

KarlBergman21 Apr 2021 7:26 p.m. PST

I was 19 in 1974 when I started playing. I still play role playing games but not D&D anymore.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 8:22 p.m. PST

Still time Rich Bliss. Don't be overwhelmed by all it's bell's a whistles these days.

Personal logo cloudcaptain Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2021 8:43 p.m. PST

6 years old (1982). My older cousin would run me through some basic adventures. Ruined me for life :)

Prince Rupert of the Rhine21 Apr 2021 9:17 p.m. PST

I was introduced to historical gaming at nine back in 1983. My dad found a local gaming shop, called Past Times, that sold Minifigs but when we visited they also had D&D and Citadel fantasy miniatures. Sometime after that I got the red box basic D&D set and discovered second edition Warhammer Fantasy battle.

Martin Rapier21 Apr 2021 10:31 p.m. PST

Played White Box D&D when it came out, so 11 to 15.

McWong7321 Apr 2021 10:36 p.m. PST

8 back in 81, didn't understand a lot of it, but gave it a good crack at 11/12, but stopped once I discovered miniatures wargaming. Played a bit in uni to kill time, RPGs aren't really my thing.

Huscarle22 Apr 2021 12:32 a.m. PST

11-15 with the white box back in 1976; still play grin

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2021 1:59 a.m. PST

Just also adding that the great thing about D&D today is that all editions but the Holmes Blue Book are available as PDF downloads from DriveThruRPG. That includes the original 1974 game on up. So whatever flavor you like, you can play. On top of that, there are some excellent "retro clones" of various editions that are excellent as well. So if you don't like the current 5th edition* from WotC, you're not stuck.

*(IMHO, 5e is much more streamlined than previous WotC editions, but places a heavy emphasis on character powers and is very hard to tweak or house rule without breaking the system.)

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Apr 2021 2:47 a.m. PST

D+D feels best in my opinion with at least 4 players and a dungeon master.
This gives a better conversation and interaction "buzz".


mrwigglesworth22 Apr 2021 4:13 a.m. PST

9 or 10 I believe.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2021 4:53 a.m. PST

About 23-24. Mind you, it was 1975-76, so it was new then. Last game I was probably about 33. But it wasn't continuous: it was a few years of grad school and a hardship tour in the ROK.

Green Tiger22 Apr 2021 4:57 a.m. PST

12 I reckon

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2021 5:29 a.m. PST

15, in 1980. Still playing. More fun than a human being ought to be allowed. Also, very cheap entertainment, and we play it, unplugged. Face to face, interactive, team-building, shared open-ended storylines, everyone working together to overcome a common enemy… Like I said, more fun than a human being ought to be allowed. Cheers!

David O Brien22 Apr 2021 6:18 a.m. PST

Never played it which is unusual as I've tried most things.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Apr 2021 7:07 a.m. PST

Actually, as a follow-up to my post above, I have never actually played except once. I have always been the DM. The one time I played was with a group that had been started and DMed by one of the people who was a character in my world. Five minutes into that game, one of the veteran players just killed me for no reason. They all had a big laugh though the Dm was shocked. . Said my thank you's And got up to leave. They said I was being a poor sport, and I simply told him this is not what the sport is about, left and never went back. Poor fellow that invited me was extremely apologetic next time he came to my place to play, and said the group had broken up for good after I left.

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2021 7:21 a.m. PST

In the 1970s with the white box 1st edition. Came across Tunnels and Trolls and found it more to my liking. When I play fantasy RPG which is extremely infrequently it is T&T.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2021 8:32 a.m. PST

It was 1981 and I was 8 years old. My sister is 10 years older than me and usually had to drag me along to whatever thing she was doing at the time. Pretty soon, I found myself playing D&D with her high school friends and it was all downhill from there!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Apr 2021 8:38 a.m. PST


DrSkull22 Apr 2021 9:53 a.m. PST

12-13 in about 1977, Holmes Basic

SpuriousMilius22 Apr 2021 9:56 a.m. PST

I bought 1 of the 1st available rules sets here in Dallas so I was 24 or 25 & my friends & I were thus 1 of the 1st D&D gaming groups in the DFW Metroplex.

14Bore22 Apr 2021 11:06 a.m. PST

19 -20

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