I've been playing role-playing games for decades; most of my life, really. Some of the ones that I have played are:
- Lords of Creation (Avalon Hill, a fairly obscure one, but the first I played and ran)
- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition (TSR)
- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition (TSR)
- Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition (and 3.5) (Wizards of the Coast) - my favorite RPG, although its close cousin Pathfinder is close and will likely take the title eventually
- Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition (Wizards of the Coast)
- Pathfinder (Paizo)
- Alternity (TSR/Wizards of the Coast)
- Torg: The Possibility Wars (West End Games) - my favorite RPG until D&D 3rd came out
- Shatterzone (West End Games)
- Champions (Hero Games)
- Amber Diceless Roleplaying (Phage Press)
- Shadowrun 1st Edition (FASA)
- Shadowrun 2nd Edition (FASA)
- Shadowrun 3rd Edition (FASA)
- Shadowrun 4th Edition (WizKids)
- Cyberpunk (R. Talsorian)
- d20 Modern (WOTC)
- Star Wars (West End Games)
- Star Wars d20 (WOTC)
- Storyteller: Vampire/Werewolf/Mage/Changeling (White Wolf)
I own a lot more than just these; I've bought a lot more through the years than I have actually had time or a group to play.
One of the first things that I do when I create a new spellcasting character is to work up a listing of the spells available to him. I've gotten sick of doing this, as it's pretty tedious. I realized that I could put together a program to automatically do it, and that I could put in on my web page for others to benefit. So, around 1999, I put up a Perl and MySQL-based spell list generator for AD&D 2nd.
On the following pages, you can select any of the standard wizard-type spellcasters (mage, bard, illusionist, necromancer, water elementalist, etc.), or any of the priest-type ones (cleric, druid, ranger, paladin, or any of the LC-allowed specialty priests). The program will generate an Acrobat file summarizing the spells that your spellcaster has access to (with respect to school and sphere.) It includes all the appropriate spells from the Players Handbook, Tome of Magic, Forgotten Realms Adventures, Faiths & Avatars, Powers & Pantheons and Demihuman Deities.
Enjoy, and if you have any comments or questions (or bug reports), email me at email@example.com.
I worked on a 3rd Edition one for a while, but it never got to the release stage. It's unlikely that I will pick it up again, as there are actually a number of other good options nowadays, but here it is, in case you wish to play with it.
I also played a lot of adventure gamebooks while I was a teenager - sort of like Choose Your Own Adventure, but with dice. My favorites were Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, and Lone Wolf.