I’ve played my first Pen & Paper role playing game in 1995 or 1996 – and as many Germans the system was “The Dark Eye” (Das Schwarze Auge), because D&D wasn’t so popular and well-known as in other countries. It’s heavily inspired by D&D of course and it’s been around since 1984 – but at least from the people where I learned about it.. there was no talk about D&D.
Later on I played some Shadowrun (and we have group going again after a few years’ pause) and Vampire: The Masquerade, Hunter: The Reckoning, Paranoia, Lord of the Rings (the new one, not MERP), Engel and some other stuff.
Then there’s a few systems where I have bought and/or read a few books, but never really played it (except maybe for a shirt one-shot at a con):
- World of Warcraft – *cringe*, one of the worst source books I ever read, pure money-making and I fell for it
- Star Wars – we nearly started an online group via IRC/Skype going…
- Fading Suns – awesome world, I loved this core rule book
- Kult – so refreshingly disturbing
PS: Blaugust has started and this is my twenty-fourth post if scheduling works 😉