This post asks how you started gaming.
I've posted about this before, but for posterity on my own blog, here are my answers:
1. The year you began, and with which role-playing game
1. 1981, Basic D&D and AD&D. See #2.
2. Did you figure it out alone, or were you introduced by a lone but experienced GM, or by joining a preexisting group?
2. Two teens, sons of my mom's friend, taught me to play. They ran me with a mix of my D&D set and AD&D, which they played. I subsequently went right to AD&D but played with a weird mix of partially understood rules.
3. What was your first group like? Was it private among friends, in a game store, or in a club? Were they older, younger than you? Did their style of play shape the way you played later?
3. I assembled a lot of like-minded 4th graders and we played. We frequently fragmented into other groups. No one outside our immediate grade played with us. My first mixed-age group was in Junior High when a kid one year older played with us.
4. Your favorite role-playing game. (Was it the game you started with?)
4. GURPS. Not what I started with.
5. Anything else you want to share reflecting the impact of how you started on how you play(ed).
5. I think the weird mix of rules, and frequent rules arguments by kids who half-remembered the rules, heavily influenced my Rule Zero-heavy play style and rules writing style. Also, my general wariness playing with other gamers, as opposed to playing with friends who like to game. Later experience didn't cure me of that.
What about you guys? Submit your answers over at his blog, but you can copy them into my comments if you want my opinion on your experience. Heh.