Had a good discussion with Ivan last night about fighting fantasy. I started thinking about the first time I ever ran a game. I remember playing 1st ed D&D with my cousin, and around the same time his brother was getting into AFF. At the same time all of my friends where buying the green spined Fighting fantasy books. I'm guessing at some point (birthday maybe?) I got a copy of dungeoneer and digested the whole thing over the course of a few days. Obviously I had my 2 cousins as my first Dungeon Masters at this point.
Fast forward a month or so and it was my friend Ken's birthday. We were all enthused about FF books, and were playing herosquest regularly. So for Ken's birthday we decided to try out Dungeoneer. I remember it being a good 6 hours of play, maybe more. I was bagged by the end, but gawd it was fun! We were at that age, where we would stay up all weekend playing Sega and Nintendo trying to beat games. Drinking copious amounts of pop at the time.
The adventure in dungeoneer was a bit railroadey (but great for a novice DM... or referee). Afterwards we got the group together and ran the adventure in blacksand, and then a bunch of extra adventures I wrote. (after I got out of the pit).
If I remember correctly I think I had like 8 - 10 players that first game. Which was way more than enough! The only character I can remember specifically was my friend Ryan's thief, who had scares on his face, a pile of tattoos (blacksand had its fair share of tattoo parlours, and the boys had far too much gold I gave them). As well his character walked around with a large sack with the ears of monsters he had defeated.
So as far as roots go, I think I'm squarely in the fighting fantasy area. I still drool over some of the fantastic artwork that was in those books.