Day 3 – First RPG Purchased
When I moved back to the UK my American Aunt & Uncle equipped me with a couple of Christmas presents to open a couple of days after my return. Inside where the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook and Dungeon Masters Guides – which I was over the moon with.
I managed to find a shop in London that sold RPGs (Virgin Games which was at that point in time based in a basement on Oxford Street) and headed down with some Christmas money to see what they had.
It was then that, in addition to an AD&D Module and the Monster Manual, that I purchased my first RPG myself.
Not only did I love the cover but it was in a decent sized box seemingly full of goodness and based upon a series of books I had just started reading… The Middle Earth Roleplaying Game (or MERP for short) was mine!
It was a UK edition of the game published by Games Workshop (who were one of the main importers of RPGs back then and also licensed a bunch to print themselves in the UK such as RuneQuest, Paranoia, Call of Cthulhu and also designed and published there own titles such as Golden Heroes, Judge Dredd and the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Game) and the cover was by Chris Achilleos.
I actually met Chris a few years ago as he had an exhibition of his artwork at a music festival I went to and amongst all the framed artwork were quite a few pieces I recognised from various early White Dwarf covers and other publications (including the cover to MERP).
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