As a 12 year old I had bought a number of AD&D books from their display on a rotunda at the back of my small local bookstore. I started with the Dungeon Master’s Guide, as the Player’s Handbook was out of stock that week.

So my introduction was Jess Easley’s amazing swirling elemental wizardry holding forth against a viscous red dragon. Opening the book I read through all of the incredible magical treasures before I got a glance of the rules and spells the following Saturday.

Jess Easley’s Covers to 1989’s AD&D Core rulebooks

Gather Your Party?

Platforms, such as Roll20, make it fairly easy to get a group of players together. Back before Web 1.0 it was a lot more difficult. Small town U.K. did not give much chance for gaming meet-ups, for 12 year olds at least. I played in a couple of short-lived games though, starting with (pre-advanced) DnD.

On the Origin of PCs

It wasn’t until the immortal Baldur’s Gate that I gathered my party and ventured forth. Twenty years or so later, my kids are now playing the same game on their Switches.

My wife, our kids and I used to play Dungeons and Dragons 5e. It’s a good game for introducing people to table top role play due to its simplicity. I was certainly very glad, when I picked up the core 5e rule books, to see a return to the 3/3.5 flavour.

A few of our DND 5e adventure books

Now that we have played several 5e campaigns and several standalone adventures we have worn through that simplicity, which happened to coincide with the Pathfinder Playtest and the subsequent Pathfinder 2e’s release.

A Couple of Things Are Going to Happen

The guys at Glass Cannon (GCP) were great fun to watch and a good learning resource as they ran the playtest adventures, talking through rules changes and their effect on the fun and flow of the game. In turn, I’ve also picked up the Pathfinder 1 rules (not miles away from the DND 3.5 rules Paizo sought to improve) from GCP’s Giant Slayer podcasts and recently the heavily discounted Paizo Humble Bundles of rules and lore books in pdf form.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

With the first Pathfinder 2e stand-alone adventure complete and the titular village of Plaguestone saved, our party of a paladin of Iomedae, a wild shaping elfling and a burning leopard (and the leopard’s pet cinder rat) are settling down in the nearby hills and valleys.

The Fall of Plaguestone

We may return to these much enjoyed characters in the future, but for now we move on to Age of Ashes, with the final book in that series now on our shelf and the Pawns due soon.

Age of Ashes Adventure Path

A Journey of a Thousand Miles

I will write more about those adventures and perhaps also a 2e adaptation of the collected Ghosts of Saltmarsh DND adventures in future posts.

For now, this is my first step planted in creating this blog, with a hopefully enjoyable journey ahead.

I will share it on Twitter @CambionBlack.

It would be great to hear about your thoughts on introductions to table top roleplay and your own DND journeys?

Cheers,

CB

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