I first started playing games in 1980 when my father brought one of the first IBM PCs and put the disc in for the Wizard and the Princess by Sierra-online. This got my interest, and since he was working for Control Data Corporation, he began to bring home PLATO terminals and hook into the PCA network via the 300 baud modem. I also remember playing Adventure/Colossal Cave, Ulysses and the Golden Fleece, Rogue, Wizardry, the original King’s quest and more.

This included playing Azteca on the Apple ][e, MULE and Elite on the C64, and other games on the VIC-20. We also had an Intellivision (my favorite game was Tron) and my friend had a Coleco. Of course it’s more fun to play your friend’s game system than your own, besides they had Donkey Kong, and we didn’t!

So I spent the 80’s playing everything I could. While I had friends who played pen and paper D&D, I preferred to play computer games, with Wizardry being the first real “beefy” PC fantasy RPG.

Those were good times!

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  1. Hi! 😀 I found your site mostly by accident (curious about GD FG character builds). Like you, I have a long gaming history that began when dad took me to where the *new* Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport was being constructed in the late 60’s. The control Tower was being fitted out & he got permission for me too look at the computer (a big mainframe, I forget what brand). The Tech guy was friendly & was OK with my curiosity. I kept out of his way & didn’t nag him too much. So, after lunch he asked if I’d like to play a game! Well DUH!! It was only tic-tac-toe (naughts & crosses) via paper tape… But I was forever hooked! After that, I played Colossal Caves, Star Trek & a few others via KSR-33 Terminal on PDP-11 & a VAX-750 in College. I created a couple of my own simple games also. I built my own computer from a magazine kit in 1976. Which led me to become an “Industrial Design Engineer” (retired now). I had a BBC B+ (my fave at the time) & loved Elite & others. Also had a C64, TRS-80 & Apple II. Been a serious gamer ever since! Anyway, that’s enough for an intro! Book marked your site & will have fun here I can see. And thanks for the GD FG info. Very useful! 😀 😀 (On Steam & twitter as Kryten42)

  2. Nice to meet you Kryten, and thanks for the comment! Always great to meet an “original school” gamer! Not many of us out there. What games are you currently playing, and do you now prefer ARPGs, MMOGs, FPSs, etc?

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