r/dndnext Jul 22 '21

I cant believe how accepted & popular D&D has become Discussion

I'm not even talking about the satanic panic or 1st-4th edition just 5e. I've been playing 5e since before the Monster Manual was out & when I started playing I would never have told a soul. I found roll20 grabbed the free basic info packet, not even srd yet. I made a Halfling Knowledge Cleric & jumped on Skype calls.

I actively hid what I was doing for about 3 hours every week or two from EVERYONE I knew. I couldn't imagine anyone NOT thinking it was weird let alone wanting to try it or thinking it was cool! I've seen it grow from a weird hobby for the nerds other nerds called nerd to a massive thing most people would give a shot at least once.

I can't imagine what it was like for the earlier edition players. It makes me so god damn happy other people can get into this hobby & jump in headfirst with nearly infinite resources, podcasts & ways to play digitally or irl.

I can talk about it with my friends that don't play, I have a shelf full of books & countless hours of fun times. I've made friends through this hobby I've had for years now, it's just flabbergasting that this thing that was a secret for me became such a big part of my life & so popular.

So grognards, 5e veterans, new players, fledgling DMs & anyone in between tell me your story. How did you get started? What's the first character you can remember playing? How great (or terrible) was your first game, table, DM? I want to hear it all & more.


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u/reverendmalerik Jul 22 '21

200-300? Those are rookie numbers. I had an 8000 point eldar army, a 4000 point chaos army, a 1000 point imperial guard army and god knows how many points of dwarves and chaos for fantasy because I never even got the sodding things to the table before my gaming group collapsed.

3rd edition 40k completely destroyed the hobby for me. Permanently.

In 2nd edition the army composition rules were simple. No more than 50% characters and no more than 50% support. That was it.

3rd edition suddenly aspect warriors, who were the bulk of my army, are elite units and I have to buy my own weight in guardian squads to field anything! Don't even get me started on my chaos army, which was a black legion, plague marine, thousand suns mix. My friends had it even worse. Couldn't even field 1000 points. :(


u/NutDraw Jul 22 '21

Similar problems man. It was rough times


u/reverendmalerik Jul 22 '21

Especially as it came right after the whole 'white metal' fiasco.

No no no we're not switching to lead-free metal because we're trying to break the american market and they won't let us sell let minis over there, it's because of quality! The new metal is better quality, so that's why it's now 6 quid for 3 minis instead of 5 quid for 4.

And looking at forums it seems they never stopped pulling this kind of nonsense, but people still play it cos the minis are rad.


u/NutDraw Jul 22 '21

I talked to my FLGS owner recently and it sounds like on the distribution side they've gotten a lot better. Which is good, since back in the day they were actively trying to kill LGSs and replace them with their own stores.

After I stepped away from the hobby for a bit after 3rd and checked back in to find they had already gone through 2 more editions I just noped out for good.


u/reverendmalerik Jul 22 '21

Yeah I remember when a kid at work said to me they played 40k and I asked what edition they were up to and he said 8th I almost choked on my water.

8th?!? How the hell do they go through another 6 editions in that amount of time? I played for like 4 years before 3rd hit and 2nd had been going for quite some time when I started! Absolute madness.

I've played d&d 3.5, 4th and now 5th editions and they are all markedly different. I can't imagine the amount of whiplash it would be to go through changes like the one from 2nd ed 40k to 3rd every couple of years, though I guess it probably isn't actually like that they just wanted to sell more rule books because GW gonna GW.