Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (Blue Box)

5 Apr

Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (Blue Box)

My brother and I slaying the dragon 😉


This is what caused me to get into the hobby.
When it first came out I had no idea what a war game or RPG was, yet. Just like a random encounter or a wandering monster, I stumbled across this mesmerizing beauty   in the strangest place: the old Woolworth’s store that was in downtown St.Paul, MN.

The cover art by David Sutherland drew me in immediately! I quickly spent 2 months worth of my saved allowance get it, because I had to have this new thing!  (I was saddened by his death in 2005 and it was only then that I learned that he had been a Minneapolis native).

The entire experience of opening this box up and finding the treasures inside was an adventure in itself. I pored over the rules and finally shanghaied my little brother to play. He and I both enjoyed D&D and continued to game together in various home brew Holmes campaigns over the years.

I lost my original set in a move 😦
Thankfully, I was able to score a replacement set later, but by that time, AD&D was out and my group had already migrated to it.

As I stated in an earlier post, I found it funny that our earliest characters slew a Red Dragon (at 2nd level! lol) There has to be a dragon in the dungeon, because it’s Dungeons & Dragons, ya know? I probably didn’t know exactly what I was doing then, but Dungeons & Dragons and RPGs in general have been my lifelong hobby ever since those wonderful, whacky days 🙂

The Old School Renaissance has done much to bring back the experience of OD&D, Basic and AD&D to the table again. Whatever flavor you play, Old School or Modern, I wish you happy gaming.

Let the dice roll as they may, forever!


9 Responses to “Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (Blue Box)”

  1. Pere Ubu April 5, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    This was my first D&D set as well, though I only had the single book, not the boxed set. I still remember trying to (badly) draw cardboard chits for the monsters since I couldn’t afford miniatures.

    • Retro RPG April 5, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      I drew some out, also. I finally got some “real” monsters in lead miniature a couple of years later. Most of the action went on in our heads anyway 😉

      The single rule book was the best part… good stuff!

  2. Loki Morgan April 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Stopping by through the A-Z Challenge. I’ve never played D&D but I have watched several games. 🙂

    • Retro RPG April 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

      You should try it sometime! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by… I will check your profile out for a blog.

  3. j0nny_5 April 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Today, I’m a huge 4th Edition fan. I began with 2nd edition, about six months before 3rd came out.

    I don’t know what it is, maybe just being a newb is the secret, but there’s nothing like that first adventure.

  4. dldzioba April 6, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    I came into D&D at 3.5. I was so late to the game but both my DMs talk about how they had the various boxes that came out. I always feel like I misses out.

    • Retro RPG April 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      With the Old School Renaissance those days are still happening!
      Check out some of the free rule PDFs in my cool links, like Swords & Wizardry or Labyrinth Lord!

      I like the Paizo 3.5 modification of their Pathfinder. I have the Core Rule Book and their Campaign Setting main book 🙂

  5. boccobsblog April 6, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I started with the black box with the Jess Easley red dragon on the cover.

    I’ll tell you what I miss about D&D basic: The Rules Cyclopedia. Everything in one book. It was amazing.

    • Retro RPG April 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

      Those are going for a premium!
      I actually got a like-new copy of the Moldvay rules in the mail today. I never did own the Rules Cyclopedia, but I may look for one!

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