D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop #20: First non-D&D RPG

First non-D&D RPG you played?

My friends and I started playing Star Frontiers sometime in the spring/summer of 1984.  I don’t recall who was the first to get hold of the game materials — a couple friends had Alpha Dawn and I had the Knight Hawks expansion (which we didn’t use nearly as often) — but once we had them, D&D was pretty much jettisoned out the airlock in favor of sci-fi adventure.  I recall that our PC group was evenly split between Yazirians and Dralasites.  My buddy MM and I were staunchly pro-Dralasite, and our group had a houserule that allowed Dralasites a limited shapeshifting ability a la Gleep and Gloop from the Herculoids cartoon.

We played the heck out of Star Frontiers for probably a year or so.  Once I got my hands on the Top Secret boxed set (Christmas 1985), we shifted gears again and pretty much just played that (with some side forays into Car Wars and, to a lesser extent, Gamma World) for the next few years.


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