I'm guessing most of you started playing D&D (- the box with 3 booklets, only went up to level 10 for me; smelt soo nice out of the box). But what, exactly, made it so good for you that you continued in the same vein up until now? For me, sadly, the absolute highlight was buying stuff before the first adventure. Did I need that 10' pole? The oil? How about a holy symbol? The adventure was ok, but rarely matched up to the excitement of equipping myself for adventure on a limited budget. (Oh, the mapping was kind of fun too). Later we got into miniatures, and, until rules mania set in, having figures and floor plans was pretty good too. And now? Well, not counting the pleasure of humiliating some close friends as they lurch through an adventure, its the dice, the action cards, the items. The stuff. Go figure.