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Thursday, 20 February 2014

[D&D Blog Hop] First Non-D&D RPG You Played...


This one's too close to call (it was well over three decades ago), but it was either the original iteration of Top Secret or Traveller.

It was certainly Steve Grover, the person who introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons in the first place, who then taught me these other games as well.

I created an assassin called Matt Tallon (I'm pretty certain the name was cribbed from a 2000AD strip) for Top Secret (fun fact, trivia fans, he was the father-in-law of my recent Top Secret character, James ' Bicky' Bickmore from Pete's campaign in 2012) while my earliest recollection for Traveller was a bounty hunter called Boba Fett (again, I'd like to remind you I was only 12 or 13 at the time).

10 comments:

  1. The first RPG I owned was the old red box D&D, but I never played it. I have only rarely played D&D, the first RPG I played was probably MERP/Rolemaster. From then on I have always preferred percentile systems rather than D20 games.
    Rolemaster, Call of Cthulhu, Runequest etc...

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    1. That's interesting because although I have always found the settings of Runequest and Call Of Cthulhu fascinating, I find the d100 systems very cumbersome in comparison to the streamlined elegance of early D&D.

      I enjoy rolling buckets of dice when needed, but for task resolution I'll always go for the single die roll over percentiles or dice pools (although The Fantasy Trip's 3d6 resolution mechanic, which our current campaign is employing, appeals to the A-Level statistician in me)

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    2. I just find the simple percentage roll to be elegant and easy to visualise...

      And I used to love the Critical Hit tables in Rolemaster - anyone rolled a 66 recently!

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    3. I guess we're all most comfortable with the games from our formative years. The Rolemaster crit tables were notorious even among those of us who never played it ;-)

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  2. Traveller was the first game I played. Moved on to AD&D after that, and ended up GMing Red Box D&D and Dragon Warriors. Then I got into CoC.

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    1. A solid series of old school games there. I think I've only ever played one game of CoC and run one. And never played Dragon Warriors, despite being a big fan of the books.

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  3. Like you it is a VERY close call which of these two, Top Secret or Traveller, was the second RPG I played after D&D. I suspect that it was Traveller, although Top Secret was certainly the game that I played second most after D&D. A couple of years ago I dug the old Top Secret rules out and gave them another read. I don't think I really appreciated how brilliant they are back in the old days. Merle Rasmussen managed to cram a huge amount of useful utilities into so few pages. The truly awe-inspiring thing is that he wrote Top Secret while attending university. I was hard-pressed to find to even read a comic book while I was a student, let alone write the seminal espionage RPG.

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    1. I'd forgotten that about Merle. I thought the gun combat rules in the original Top Secret were superb, but found the hand-to-hand a real kludge that just didn't work in play.

      Don't let our Top Secret SI GM hear this, but I do prefer the old Top Secret to the second iteration.

      And like you said, it's impressive how streamlined and compact the rules were (and most old games from around that time) especially compared to the bloated tomes of today's games.

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  4. For the 100-sided dice ... I just used two 10-sided Dice...

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    1. Oh yes, that's the way to do it. And what I thought was so brilliant about the original Top Secret gun combat rules - your die roll not only told you if you'd hit, but also then WHERE and HOW MUCH damage you caused. All from the single percentile dice roll. So clever.

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