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The first RPG I ever played was the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons. I was home from college and not having many friends in town during the summer, went looking online for local players to learn more about the tabletop game hobby that had grabbed my interest from a chance encounter with a stack of games in a student lounge at school.
Thanks to the Access Denied player database — retired as of February 2014; wow, it’s been a while! — I found some folks out in Essex. We met up twice, as I recall, and played through a short module from Dragon, plumbing the cave system attached to a well. It was my first encounter with the trope that there is always random treasure scattered at the bottom of a well.
There was some awkwardness, I was your typical super quiet first time player — with a dwarven ranger, who named his crossbow Winona, because I’d been watching a lot of Farscape — and we closed out the second night — or maybe spent a third night? — watching Rob Roy rather than playing, which was a letdown, even though that’s a really good movie.
I didn’t let that discourage me from the pastime, though.