The question for Day 7 is “What was your most impactful RPG session?” I was having a hard time coming up with an answer for this question. What makes an RPG session impactful? I could probably name my most fun RPG session or the most frustrating RPG session. But, I wouldn’t call either of those impactful. Then, the answer hit me.
My First RPG Session
The RPG session that had the most impact on me as a player, a GM and an all-around fan of the medium was my very first RPG session. In 8th grade a group of us gathered around in my friend’s basement to play an awful, disjointed session of 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. That game certainly wouldn’t have won any awards for roleplaying, or DMing. Most of the players spent the whole time goofing off and the DM ended up having a dragon poop on their characters before they gave up for good. But, that session did have an impact.
For a handful of us, that game marked the beginning of our love affair with RPGs. It also provided the foundation for a lifetime of friendship. That small group gamed together through the rest of middle school and through high school. Even though we have drifted apart over the years we all still continue to love RPGs. Last year, for the first time in over a decade, we all met up at GenCon and rolled some dice together again. And, we’re doing it again this year.
The start of a thirty-year journey of friends through this amazing hobby that we all love is the biggest impact you could ask for.