28 Days: Day #9

d20 Dark Ages has issued a 28 day blogging challenge to celebrate D&D’s 40th birthday. I’ve taken up the challenge. You can find the image with the questions here.

Today’s question is:

  • What is the first campaign settings (published or homebrew) you played in?

gray_box_forgotten_realmsThis is an easy one for me. Until around 1988 or so, I ran almost pure dungeon crawls. The first word of the game is “dungeon” after all, right? When I came across the Gray Box Forgotten Realms set, I knew I had to have it. That was probably the summer of 1988. It was about a year after the Gray Box was released, and I’m very fortunate that the gaming store still had a copy.

I’ve been a Forgotten Realms addict ever since. I think I have pretty much every module, world book, campaign arc, map, dungeon, wilderness setting, etc., etc., etc.. published for D&D. The only thing I don’t have are the novels set in Faerun. Reading D&D novelizations grates on my nerves because I can see the game mechanics “leak through” the narrative, and that ruins the novels for me. I don’t want to see the game structure behind the storytelling.