I always found D&D boring. Very rules-y, especially with the set of players that frequented the gaming hall I would go to (Neutral Ground in NYC).
I just couldn’t deal with it. I wrote off those tabletop RPGs and stuck to stuffing quarters into Alpha 3 and XvSF.
But then I was reccommended to play this “Vampire” game. I thought it would be lame.
15 years later, I consider Vampire: The Masquerade to be one of the greatest games of all time. And it reopened my eyes to the tabletop RPG genre, to the point that I don’t hate D&D anymore (but I’d still rather play something else >_> ).
It is getting a 20th anniversary re-release. I don’t know how many people on SRK really get down with V:tM, or the other World of Darkness series, or even tabletop RPGs in general, but I figured I’s post this, as this was one of the most influential games I have experienced. If there’s anyone out there who loves this game, and didn’t know, now ya know!