A couple of friends are introducing their daughters to D&D and I’m joining them for the ride. Last week we made characters (badly), and this weekend we’re supposed to start an adventure. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun, as this group can get quite rowdy and unfocused without much provocation.
It’s been interesting dipping back into D&D. I haven’t played since I was fresh out of high school and these same friends were still in high school. My world is cyclical. The rules have changed quite a bit since I last held a Player’s Handbook, or maybe I just never read the rules all that closely to begin with. In any event, there are some hardcore childhood memories being dug up right now. Makes me kind of sad I haven’t kept up with the system over the years, but games like Shadowrun and the Witcher have filled the RPG void not playing D&D has left. Let’s hope this becomes a somewhat regular thing.
As with most things in my life, I really didn’t have an interest in Shadowrun until they made a card game based in the universe. I randomly picked up Shadowrun: Crossfire a few years ago and have been off and on obsessed with the universe ever since.
While the card games, video games and established fiction sated my Shadowrun obsession over the ensuing years, there was one thing that always eluded me: the actual pen and paper RPG. I (half-heartedly) tried to find a group who played every so often, but it seemed no one in Minnesota openly played. I eventually gave up hope and returned to everything else Shadowrun I owned.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to boot up my Meetup app again to see what was in the area in terms of RPGs or board game nights. Since I work from home and M works nights, I felt it was time to find something that would get me out of the house regularly every week. I was pleased to find a regular board game night and wait, what? A weekly Shadowrun night? The stars have finally aligned!
I went to my first session last night and had a ton of fun. I was originally intending to spectate since they were in the middle of a story and I was really nervous to just jump in. Lucky for me, most of the current players didn’t show up so the GM couldn’t run the main campaign. She set up a one-shot run for the four of us who did show (one regular, one semi-regular, and two noobs), which was probably the best way it could have gone down for me. Our GM kept it loose and guided us through all the steps when rolling for everything (there can be a LOT of dice rolling).
Three hours later, we had survived the run and were able to keep the loot and experience we earned with our characters for use in future campaigns. It was all very official, with paperwork afterward and everything.
I left last night on a high. I hadn’t played a pen and paper RPG since high school (at least), so I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m happy to be able say it was a great experience and I plan to become as much of a regular as I can in the future. I honestly still can’t believe I’m actually playing Shadowrun now. It’s a bit hokey to say it’s a dream come true, but it’s definitely something I never thought I’d get a chance to do. And best of all it’s ten minutes from my house!
Found this nice gallery of dice being sold at Comic-Con last weekend. I want them all. It also makes me want to start up a D&D session. If only I had anyone close who would want to play D&D. Sigh. So goes the lonely life of the guy with eclectic interests.
I played quite a bit of Dungeons and Dragons growing up, so it was interesting filling out this quiz to see what kind of a D&D character I would be. It’s essentially a D&D personality test. I would recommend taking it, though it’s quite long.
I Am A: Lawful Neutral Halfling Ranger (5th Level)
Alignment: Lawful Neutral A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.
Race: Halflings are clever, capable and resourceful survivors. They are notoriously curious and show a daring that many larger people can’t match. They can be lured by wealth but tend to spend rather than hoard. They prefer practical clothing and would rather wear a comfortable shirt than jewelry. Halflings stand about 3 feet tall and commonly live to see 150.
Class: Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter’s dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.