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This part of the forum doesn't get used a terrible lot these days does it? Anyway, I thought I'd make this thread just to reflect on 'old times', namely introducing your friends to roleplaying, and/or your own introduction to roleplaying. Thought you guys might have a few funny stories to tell, so why not.
Right, so I'll start off. I was introduced to roleplaying by my older brother. It happened on a long car ride* about 4 years ago, from Melbourne to Shepparton, my brother was coming down to stay with us for a while as he was on holidays from university, and I decided to ride in his car while my parents took their car. We got talking, and I was raving on about how good Warhammer was, the rules, the armies, how he should play it, so he started talking about this game called 'Dungeons and Dragons', it's rules, the classes and how I should play it. Things went from there...
*(As these things usually do for me - I was lured into Warhammer by my friend on a 6 hour bus ride to Canberra after depleting his supply of White Dwarfs for reading material)
A few days after we got back to Shepparton, we were perusing the local hobby store (well, to be entirely honest it was a toy shop with a small section for Warhammer and such down the back) and came across a poster informing us of the local 'Roleplaying and Wargaming club' - and we thought 'perfect!' it had D&D, and Warhammer, so we could both be satisfied. We went through a few practise games (of D&D), character making etc. in the meantime, but the next Saturday, we decided to go to 'the club', as it would be henceforth known.
Being a little nervous, and unsure whether anyone there would even want to give me a game, I left my Warhammer in the car, and we headed in. We walked into the roleplaying room, sat down, introduced ourselves, met up with the guys etc., and conveniently enough, they had just started a game of D&D. Bam! Out came the character sheets - I was a dwarven fighter, my brother an elven rogue, and we were away. Yes, back in the day where I honestly believed 'Jump' was an integral skill to the game..That was 4 years ago.
I now stand before you (figuratively speaking) as a seasoned roleplayer (and wargamer I might add - I found time to get games in inbetween session of roleplaying) of about 4 years, with plenty of Roleplaying and Gamesmastering experience under my belt (including my first online RP - right here on LO -still going strong ).
I have played just about any system, mainstream or otherwise that can be named, and one of the most experienced roleplayers at my club (many have left). I still remember the day when I bought a 100 page plastic slip folder to store my character sheets in ,and my brother telling me 'You'll never fill that up! Get a smaller one'. That folder was filled a fair while ago, and I now have muliple sheets in each slip. Ah yes, the memories.
Oh, yes, and I can't forget introducing my friends to roleplaying - I'll keep it short seeing as I have rambled on about my introduction to roleplaying. I will leave you with a quote from a friend of mine when I asked him if he knew what D&D was, "Isn't that where you all dress up as wizards and stand around going 'Huzzah! We slew the dragon!'"
For me it was the D&D club that one of my high school's history teachers ran in his classroom at lunch times. This being 1981 it was pretty old school - we had both kinds of role playing: AD&D and Traveller.
Oddly enough, I only got into WH last year.
I was introduced into WFRP by my older brother. My first character was a Dwarf called Angrim, we played a small introductory adventure called The Oldenhiemer Contract which at the time seemed to bea sophisticated thriller set in the murky underworld of Nuln and dealt with the Tilean Mafia. In reality it was a glorified dungeon bash. Still good fun. After that I didn't play for quite a while untill I ended up playing the Enemy Within Campaign as a halfling called Harbull Furfoot. Started as a Herbalist ended as Marshall of Osterland. Not bad for someone under 5 foot.
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