It’s Like Cops and Robbers, but with Dice!

This entry is part 15 of 42 in San Check

Not like cops and robbers Jared Hindman

After reading all of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks over the summer, at school I introduced a few friends to what I called “The Story Game.” I would give them a set up and they would tell me how they reacted and we would go back and forth from there. Most of the scenarios were ripped off from the gamebooks, but I was creative and melded elements of my own into the game to make it more interesting for me. Taking a cue from Fighting Fantasy, I placed it in the same world, so they became familiar with it over time.

We did not use dice and death came swiftly if you made foolish choices. I would like to think that I was fair about the game, since they would come back for more and wanted to keep playing.

It was not until a few years later, when I smuggled the red and blue boxes into my house, that I put the concept of “The Story Game” together with Dungeons and Dragons. I realized I already knew how to play and I could be the Dungeon Master!

Before that moment I had no idea that they were even remotely similar. I just thought Erol Otus’ cover art was awesome and when adults try and keep you away from something you are interested in it tends to increase that interest.

In my experience, explaining role-playing games to someone who has never played one before can be difficult. I’m not suggesting no one can understand how it works before actual play. There is just a vast difference between making awkward analogies trying to describe RPGs, rather than just having them sit down and roll up character and play. It’s better to show than tell, in this case.

In hindsight, it seems appropriate that playing the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks with the girls led to us playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Delve - San Check - TOC
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  1. You know, for kids!
  2. Digger, Please!
  3. Semantic Railroads
  4. Mapping Progress
  5. Honeymoon Adventure
  6. No One Games in a Vacuum
  7. House Rules, You’re Doing It Wrong!
  8. WotC’s Poisoned Apple
  9. Oh Shit Run – An Outside Perspective
  10. Greyhawk Campaigns
  11. Nostalgia Vomit
  12. Dicing with Dinosaurs
  13. The Eye of the Dragon
  14. What Did You Do Over the Summer?
  15. It’s Like Cops and Robbers, but with Dice!
  16. Emergent Death or Why Losing Is Fun!
  17. How to Train Your Delvers (More WotC Snark)
  18. WotC’s Babel Fish
  19. More Nostalgia Vomit
  20. Fantasy Fighting
  21. Fighting Fantasy
  22. The Delvers 1985
  23. From Weird WotC to the creator of Giant Space Hamsters
  24. The Daedalus Complex
  25. There Is No Cow Level
  26. Double-decker Bologna Sandwich!
  27. It is Not a Secret Door if You Tell Me
  28. All Apologies
  29. Be the First to Solve the Mystery and Claim the Dungeon Treasure!
  30. Dungeon Treasure & Hidden Treasure
  31. You Unlock this Door with the Key of Imagination
  32. The Answer to the Mystery at The Delvers
  33. The First Keeper
  34. Sandbox Apophenia
  35. Nearly Enough Dice – Interview
  36. The State of The Delvers
  37. Vicariously Join Two Girls and Their Mom Around the Gaming Table
  38. Cassette Cover Art
  39. Bastion of the Boglings
  40. WotC Piss and the Last Boy Scout
  41. Campaign Timeline
  42. B4: The Lost City


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