Back in my day ... (the grognard game)


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Hitdice wrote:
This thread makes me feel old and tired, like I've had too many days. :(

No, no, it just means you have many more experience points. Unless you've been crafting magic items, because, you know, back in my day you used XP to create items ... ;)


zylphryx wrote:

Back in my day Thieves' Cant was a language and Dragon Magazine published a Thieves' Cant to English translation dictionary.

Man I wish I still had that ...

Nowadays, of course, this sort of info is available where everybugger, including the bloody Watch, can get hold of it

Disgusting.


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Sissyl wrote:
Back in my day, there were random prostitutes of a number of different types on the streets of fantasy cities.

I thought I'd mentioned that already...


True. Sounds like we had similar olden days. =)


I'n my days my 6th level dwarf fighter was the pinnacle of dwarven fighterdom none could be greater!


In my day, character sheets were clay tablets with triangular markings, and we had to stop the game until the frog rain was over.

Traditional players sneered at chariots as "too sci-fi".


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
...Animating the dead was considered "Grey Necromancy," and did NOT come with the controversial [Evil] descriptor!

Back in my day, you could animate a dead adventurer, have it carry out treasure enough to have it'self raised, and you didn't have to slay it to raise it.

Now a days a zombie is too stupid to pick up stuff and carry it. I blame the movies! Only the _____ of the dead movies.


Back in my day, we didn't animate dead adventurers! We had orphans we paid a copper a mile carry it! Forty miles through snow in the dead of winter! Uphill! And they liked it!


Scythia wrote:

In my day, character sheets were clay tablets with triangular markings, and we had to stop the game until the frog rain was over.

Traditional players sneered at chariots as "too sci-fi".

We can use past lives memories?

Back in Justin's day, an actual dragon posed for my clay figure we used in our games.:)


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Back in my day, you always went into the dungeon with a few hirelings on your payroll.


Back in my day, a mere glance of text on a cursed scroll could teleport you into a room with no windows or doors which was populated with two huge spiders...


...and some dice needed the numbers to be colored with crayon to give them contrast...


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..and the mere glancing touch of a wraith was something to fear.

Scarab Sages

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...potions could be ecru-colored, or even plaid!

...scrolls were nothing but jumbles of consonants, and you just had to read it to find out what it did, and maybe you could count on other scrolls with the same gobbledygook doing the same thing!

...Strength was your only ability score!

...gold was just for collecting as a prestige thing - there wasn't anyplace you could actually spend it (aside from having it stolen by leprechauns)!

...monsters were represented by letters of the alphabet!

...emus were a common danger, and quaggas could actually be rather scary!

...and my, those were some yummy mangoes!


Back in my day we Had to convert inches per round on the map to miles per hour.


Back in my day you could create peanut butter cubes and everyone would just go with it.


Back in my day, you didn't go to an inn to buy a meal! You worked on a farm and grew it yourself! Hope you weren't starving when you started!


Back in my night siege weapons were considered standard equipment! none of this buying another book for prices and another ten for rules...


Back in my day, the Forgotten Realms were awesome.


Back in my day, we had to meet at an actual table in order to play.


Back in my day, we had psionic matricies, and we liked them!


Back in my day, we couldn't call evil outsiders devils or demons, or the bugabaoo 90s police would edit it out of the game supplement.


Back in my day, TSR still existed.


Back in my day, people didn't play Magic the Gathering.


Back in my day, Sigil was an awesome place to go.


Back in my day, we could make characters in 15 minutes, without all of this min/maxing.


Back in my day, we didn't have to worry about people quoting RAW 24/7 against any small deviation from their precious rules.


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Back in my day, D&D came in a little brown or white box. These "red" and "blue" boxes wouldn't come along for the better part of a decade. You had to buy 'em at a hobby shop because game stores didn't exist and you had to convince the school bus driver you weren't a satanist (although that part was in the future too.)


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Back in my day Gary Gygax wrote ranting editorials about the right way to play the game and Len Lakofka threatened people who used his NPC classes as PCs, only half tongue-in-cheek.


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Back in my day I had a paper slide rule to calculate "to hit". THAC0 still lay in the future.


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Back in my day, Ancient Red Dragons had 88 hit points.


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Back in my day, TSR didn't exist yet. It was still Tactical Studies Rules. And the magazine was "The Dragon", not "Dragon."


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Back in my day, Gen Con -had- left Lake Geneva, but was still in Kenosha. You got your game slots by writing in for them, except that one year with no pre-registration (1982, I think) when they just had tickets hanging on a pegboard and people shouted at the admins like it was Wall Street on a bad day.


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Back in my day, there WERE 3PP. It was called Judges Guild and Empire of the Petal Throne and the Arduin Grimoire.


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I'm going to go take a nap now. You kids keep off my damn lawn.

Shadow Lodge

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Back in my day, the most important roll during character creation was the percentile roll at the end. Would this character be the one to roll a 00 and get... psionics?

Spoiler:
No. It would not.


Back in my day, you could still get issues of the The Strategic Review.


Back in my day, you played in Greyhawk and it was awesome and they only invented other Realms to hose GG because they didn't want to pay him for using his intellectual property.


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Back in my day if you wanted to take a break from fantasy and play sci-fi instead, your choice was either Metamorphosis Alpha or Traveller.

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Haladir wrote:
Back in my day if you wanted to take a break from fantasy and play sci-fi instead, your choice was either Metamorphosis Alpha or Traveller.

Back in my day, only half my sf characters survived character creation.


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Back in my day we just had a game we called &. Alliteration and the letter D wouldn't be invented for another 20 years.


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You had symbolic representation of language? Lucky...


Well, when I say we 'called' it &, of course I really mean we just kind of squinched up the air in our lungs and grunted in a curly-cue fashion. But we were grateful all the same.


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Back in my day, posting multiple times in a row was punishable by death!


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Back in my day, death was punishable by having to play 'Cyborg Commando'


Back in my day, RIFTS caused a burning sensation that required the use of potent prescription ointments and topical creams to alleviate. Simply avoiding the game proved more cost effective.


GoatToucher wrote:
Back in my day, RIFTS caused a burning sensation that required the use of potent prescription ointments and topical creams to alleviate. Simply avoiding the game proved more cost effective.

Back in my day, we used pit traps loaded with RIFTS books to discard disruptive players.


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Back in my day, Twilight 2000 took place in the distant future.


GoatToucher wrote:
Back in my day, RIFTS caused a burning sensation that required the use of potent prescription ointments and topical creams to alleviate.

And then you rolled for MEGA-DAMAGE!!!!!


Haladir wrote:
Back in my day, Twilight 2000 took place in the distant future.

Back in my day, 'Space 1889' took place in the distant future.

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