In my last post, I started talking about this blog post by Arcane Springboard at This is My Game. My initial thoughts and memories about the Red Box and my first experiences with D&D spiraled on for several pages, and I never got past the 6th grade. I thought I’d go ahead and finish out my thoughts on D&D and how it impacted my friendships.
My longest lasting friendship was not forged over D&D, but it has been strengthened. Royce Roemisch has been my best friend since 7th grade. I clearly remember forging that friendship talking about King’s Quest II, as we walked back from a local class field trip.
That common interest of computer games sparked a lifelong friendship. We quickly delved into Computer RPGs such as Ultima and Bard’s Tale. I’m not sure why we never tried D&D in Jr. High or High School. It was probably because we didn’t know anyone else who played. I really wish we had.
Fast forward to college (Louisiana Tech) and first close friendship (and first real roommate, Patrick Jacobs) was forged over arcade games and PC games. In our sophomore year, we started going to the Wesley Foundation and met Jeff Bolger. He was an avid AD&D player and was currently DM’ing a game. We joined and were hooked. Jeff introduced us to Richard Markley, and we played in his games for years after that.