This post is part of a series of posts in the D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge. The information in many of these posts is related to events that occurred primarily in the1980’s. Since it is now 2014, I can not guarantee complete accuracy with such a large passage of time but I will present the events and information as best as I can recall.
Day 7: First D&D product you ever bought. Do you still have it?
The first D&D product I bought with my own money was probably the Moldvay Basic boxed set or the Monster Manual II. It seemed like the most popular gift I received at birthdays and Christmas was cash. I was ruled “difficult to buy for” because I would put the stuff I actually wanted on my lists when they asked for a list of ideas. I distinctly recall one relative proclaiming how confusing it was going into “that place” so cash would make a better gift. The good news is that I could get exactly what I wanted. The bad news is that I was too young to drive so I had to convince a parent to make the 35 mile trek.
I do not still have the Monster Manual II. It did not get near as much use as the original Monster Manual in our gaming group. I do not remember being that impressed with the creatures inside. I do still have the Moldvay Basic and the matching Expert rules also. The B/X rules are my favorite presentation of the D&D system and I wish there would have been an official Companion set along with an eventual all-in-one Rules Cyclopedia type manual for that edition.