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I started out on RPGs. I was raised on D&D.

but my dad got into Battletech and taught me to play and soon an a growing love for tactical games ensued.

How about you guys? Did you get into RPGs then tactical games, or Tactical games then RPGs?

What was your first game in both categories?
 

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I started with tactical games. More specifcally Warhammer 40k.

And lo' and behold, the first RPG I'm going to play is going to be Dark Heresy.
 

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RPGs and then Minis Games.

I have a hard time calling most minis games "tactical" as what is considered "tactical" in a minis game is simply knowledge and application of a set of rules. It's likely my many years of service as an Infantryman that blow that out of proportion.

AD&D 1st Ed was my first love on the RP front.
Warhammer 40k (Rogue Trader) was my first love on the miniatures front.
 

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started with hero quest, then advanced heroquest then spacehulk then 40k, i played warhammer roleplay at the same time and if i ask the 8 mates that i play with which they enjoyed the most ( between 40k and whfrp) it's a 50-50 split. we all agree that playing roleplay games is far too embarassing for us now. there's only me and two of the lads still play 40k.
 

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I started off with tac games, more specifically an Airfix game called robogear. Now I'm slowly being converted to RPGs by a friend
 

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Funny you should mention Heroquest, freaklord. In my circle of gamer kids, heroquest was like that first hit of crack a drug dealer gives out for free. If we wanted to get a friend into gaming we'd start out with Heroquest. It's a harmless looking boardgame, so it was socially acceptable enough to play just about anywhere but if the kid liked playing we'd run them through the adventures and then say "Well, looks like we're out of adventures for heroquest...but if you like that, we could always play some D&D..."
 

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RPGs, by a long way. First played D&D back in 1980, I think, didn't play WHFB till about '85 or '86, then 40k in '87. By that time I'd played Traveller, Star Frontiers, Runequest and Call of Cthulhu (and I think MERP too), as well as writing a rule-set for my own RPG (though to be fair, I also wrote a rule-set for a tabletop battle game in about 1984!). So, in general, well ahead on the RPG front.

As some already know, I see 40k and WHFB as an extension of RPGs; I'm not that bothered about all that min-max, beard-of-spam-cheese math-hammer stuff. I like my hammers to be exceedingly fluffy, to tell a story, and I rarely play pick-up games. I'd much much rather play a campaign than a one off, or rather a series of one-offs, and when I do play one-offs, I secretly write them in my head as if they're part of an ongoing narrative anyway: Just when the gallant second company is recovering from its protracted campaign against the foul Tyrannid menace, a new threat breaks out - Chaos Marines, taking advantage of the confusion, launch a lightning strike on an isolated planet, necessitating our brave but tired heroes to cut short their r&r... this happens to my forces a lot. Except the nids, as they're just animals and have very little use for narrative structures. After all, you can't really imagine nid legends, can you?

 

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Roleplay came first, but not by much. I played D&D at the tail end of 2nd edition, like a year or 2 before 3e came out. Same with 40k. I started on the tail end of 2nd edition.
 

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I started out on roleplaying and still try to play. Started out with D&D then some shadowrun and later played some ravenloft (d&d). I only very recently got into tactical and am looking forward to it. Its like roleplaying but with more characters :)
 

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RPGs weren't around when I started gaming. I knew the basic rules of chess before I started school.
 

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I played MERP and a homebrew RPG based on the Fighting Fantasy books back in 1986. I started with wargaming a couple of years later.

I started with Chess and Risk a few years before all that though, so I guess started tactical :)
 

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For me, it all started with D&D, back in 1980...

I would buy some GW/citadel minis from time to time in the late '80s, but I never did any Tactical gaming other than Battletech until my time in the USAF, when I got into Necromunda.

Necromunda led, like a gateway drug, into 40K...
 

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Well, i started on a tactical on my comp with my dad. Command and conquer. But then i stoped played that and started Runescape (online RPG for those who dont know) And now im playing warhammer :p
Just to make sure you know; I quit runescape.

-Olek.
 

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I started out playing D&D years ago and played that for ages, moved onto Rifts, the Vampire. Was introduced to 40K from there and never looked back although I have played Serenity since then and soon will be playing Dark Heresy.
 

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Ah, Rifts...
Sometimes I miss Rifts...then I remember the old, decaying rules core and shudder.

Too bad Kevin Simbedia is such a paranoid douchebag, I;d love to see Rifts d20...or even Rifts with an updated, more stable and balanced version of the palladium core (no, ultimate edition wasn;t much improvement)
 

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I... hate the d20 system.

However, I'm not going to try to co-opt the thread.

Forgive the outburst and continue the discussion, please.
 
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