Thinking about playing D&D again has got me thinking about those old campaigns. I have to wonder if the edition war hysterics are somehow about people feeling that an edition that they do not enjoy somehow threatens those memories.
This was the game we played in my mom’s living room. We played on that table with the mirror top that had viciously sharp corners but the cool thing was that as long as we used non-permanent markers, we could write battle-maps right on the thing. This was the only time that table was at all useful.
The setting was a kind of early history of D&D. Vecna was the wizard-king and Khas was his loyal knight, known to be the finest swordsman of his age. Elves and Dwarves were warring and elves still kept humans as slaves, thinking that they were not really sentient. They Drow split hadn’t happened yet but was brewing.
The players started as slaves in a gladiator pit in the elven empire. They escaped on a spelljammer ship during an event in which the gladiators fought on ships in a flooded arena; I had read somewhere that they sometimes flooded the arena in Rome. Some kind of conspiracy had slipped a working spelljammer ship into the arena and away they went.
I don’t remember much; it was a terrible game, hamming our way through 2nd edition. I was in a Robert Jordan phase and was stealing from the first three books that I had read of that series left and right. It was that kind of awful teenage pilfering that I look back on and wince.
Pete was playing a dwarven monk who didn’t have any hair. Jay’s swashbuckler-ish rogue (maybe a swashbuckler kit? I dunno) slept with Khas’ wife. Good times.
If anyone remembers any odd, fun or crazy details from their teenage gaming, feel free to post ’em below.