I've been playing role-playing games, board games, and counter-based and miniatures wargames since the 1970s. I was a TSR junkie back in the day, playing D&D, AD&D, Metamorphosis Alpha, Gamma World, Boot Hill, Top Secret, Gangbusters and Star Frontiers. My group also had a good run with Call of Cthulhu, Champions, Villains and Vigilantes, and Traveller. We played Car Wars, Squad Leader, Third Reich, and Dawn Patrol. In high school, we added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Heroes Unlimited, Rolemaster, and Twilight: 2000 to the mix. Eventually, we drifted into AD&D 2nd edition, Vampire and the other White Wolf games, and Warhammer 40,000. We even tried a bit of D&D 3rd edition. Over time, though, the games weren't as interesting to play and my gaming group largely drifted apart.
Like so many of the old-school gamers, I've been out of active gaming for a few years and anxious to get back to it. About a year ago I started reading some of the blogs and forums online, seeing if anyone else was in the same place I was. Surprise! What I found was a vibrant (if sometimes cantankerous) community of gamers that were either returning to the old games and breathing new life into them or that had never stopped playing them at all. I got excited about gaming in a way I haven't been since high school.
Then, a couple months ago, I was able to jump into Chgowiz's 12-hour marathon of Keep on the Borderlands at Chicagoland Games. I started playing as the party was making their way into the hobgoblin lair. Fifteen minutes later, after my cleric stepped into the path of three hobgoblin spears, I jumped in again. Even though my first character had the shortest lifespan of the day, I had a great time. My second cleric lasted quite a while longer, and I remembered what it was like to play a good, fast-paced, old-school game again.
Since that game, I've moved back to Indianapolis, my old hometown, and started trying to reconnect with some of my old gaming group. I'm hoping to get them interested in playing through B2. We'll see how it all goes.