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My D&D 40th Anniversary Video Challenge

Back in February, 2014, the d20 Dark Ages blog hosted the D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop Challenge, when someone posted that January, 2014 was the anniversary of the first publication of Dungeons & Dragons. That blog challenge got me started on daily blogging for nearly a year.

Since 2017 is my 40th anniversary of playing D&D – it was sometime in March or April, 1977 – I thought I’d do a video series: “My D&D 40th Anniversary Video Challenge“, using those same questions. I’m and old school gamer, so I’ll use old school targeted questions.

2017 is also the 40th Anniversary of the Holmes Blue Book Basic set, which is what I started with. So now you know what my first video in the series will be.

Along with each video I do, I’ll post a link to my blog challenge answers for each of the 28 days, to see how close my recollections match what I wrote a little over 3 years ago.

I won’t make a new blog post for each video. I will keep them short, but I’m not sure if I can manage to post one a day. I will post all 28 videos as close as possible to the next 28 days.

Here’s the link to the playlist, so you can follow along:

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Here is the link to the

D&D 40th Anniversary Challenge Category on my Blog

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Typed list of each question. With links to my 2014 answers.

Day 1: First person who introduced you to D&D? Which Edition? Your First Character? Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 2: First person you introduced to D&D. Which Edition? their first character? Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 3: First dungeon you explored as a player character or ran as DM. Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 4: First dragon you slew (or some other powerful monster).
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 5: First character to go from 1st level to 20th level (or highest possible level in a given edition).  Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 6: First character death. How did you handle it?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 7: First D&D Product you ever bought. Do you still have it?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 8: First set of polyhedral dice you owned. Do you still use them?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 9: First campaign setting (homebrew or published) you played in.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 10: First gaming magazine you ever bought (Dragon, Dungeon, White Dwarf, etc.). Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 11: First splatbook you begged your DM to approve.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 12: First store where you bought your gaming supplies. Does it still exist?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 13: First miniature(s) you used for D&D.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.
Blog Article on my miniatures.

Day 14: Did you meet your significant other while playing D&D? Does he or she still play? (Or just post a randomly generated monster in protest of Valentine’s Day).
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 15: What was the first edition you didn’t enjoy. Why?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 16: Do you remember your first edition war? Did you win? 😉
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 17: First time you heard D&D was somehow “evil.”
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 18: First gaming convention you ever attended.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 19: First gamer who just annoyed the hell out of you.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 20: First non-D&D RPG you played.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 21: First time you sold some of your D&D books–for whatever reason.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 22: First D&D-based novel you ever read (Dragonlance Trilogy, Realms novels, etc.)
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 23: First song that comes to mind that you associate with D&D. Why?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 24: First movie that comes to mind that you associate with D&D. Why?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 25: Longest running campaign/gaming group you’ve been in.
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 26: Do you still game with the people who introduced you to the hobby?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 27: If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything different when you first started gaming?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

Day 28: What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned from playing Dungeons & Dragons?
Link to Article for 40th Anniversary of D&D in 2014.

List of Just the Questions, if you Want a Copy.

Day 1: First person who introduced you to D&D? Which edition? Your first Character?
Day 2: First person YOU introduced to D&D? Which edition? THEIR first character?
Day 3: First dungeon you explored as a PC or ran as a DM.
Day 4: First dragon you slew (or some other powerful monster).
Day 5: First character to go from 1st level to 20th level (or highest possible level in a given edition).
Day 6: First character death. How did you handle it?
Day 7: First D&D Product you ever bought. Do you still have it?
Day 8: First set of polyhedral dice you owned. Do you still use them?
Day 9: First campaign setting (homebrew or published) you played in.
Day 10: First gaming magazine you ever bought (Dragon, Dungeon, White Dwarf, etc.).
Day 11: First splatbook you begged your DM to approve.
Day 12: First store where you bought your gaming supplies. Does it still exist?
Day 13: First miniature(s) you used for D&D.
Day 14: Did you meet your significant other while playing D&D? Does he or she still play? (Or just post a randomly generated monster in protest of Valentine’s Day).
Day 15: What was the first edition you didn’t enjoy. Why?
Day 16: Do you remember your first edition war? Did you win? 😉
Day 17: First time you heard D&D was somehow “evil.”
Day 18: First gaming convention you ever attended.
Day 19: First gamer who just annoyed the hell out of you.
Day 20: First non-D&D RPG you played.
Day 21: First time you sold some of your D&D books–for whatever reason.
Day 22: First D&D-based novel you ever read (Dragonlance Trilogy, Realms novels, etc.)
Day 23: First song that comes to mind that you associate with D&D. Why?
Day 24: First movie that comes to mind that you associate with D&D. Why?
Day 25: Longest running campaign/gaming group you’ve been in.
Day 26: Do you still game with the people who introduced you to the hobby?
Day 27: If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything different when you first started gaming?
Day 28: What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned from playing Dungeons & Dragons?