D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop #24-27: quick catch-up

First movie that comes to mind that you associate with D&D.  Why?

The Rankin-Bass 1977 animated version of The Hobbit is #1, with very honorable mentions to Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and Clash of the Titans (1981), and the Schwarzenegger Conan flicks.  Not because they are necessarily “D&D-like” in every respect, but because they were my cinematic introductions to fantasy adventure.  

Longest-running campaign/group you’ve been in?

My longest running regular group was probably my AD&D group during my college daze at UCSB, which met at least twice a month from ~1998-2000 and had, at its peak, 11 active players and 15+ characters.  I have individual friends with whom I’ve gamed since then for longer periods overall, but not on as regular a basis.  

Do you still game with the group that introduced you to the hobby?

Nope.  That first group didn’t last long — a few months of D&D, then a much smaller group took to Star Frontiers.  I’m still somewhat in touch with the two guys I played Top Secret with in 5th-6th grade, but we haven’t played together since grade school.

If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything different when you first started gaming?  

Maybe if I hadn’t been such a TSR-exclusive fanboy, I would have gotten to play some other great games.  I vaguely knew that there were other game companies out there, but with the exceptions of Car Wars and Twilight: 2000 — one I played and one I wanted to play but never did — I wasn’t interested in their products because somewhere along the line I picked up the notion that “TSR is the best.”  I even turned my nose up at games based on properties I loved at the time, such as Victory Games’ James Bond 007 or WEG Star Wars.  (Later of course I would learn the error of my ways…)

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