Mar 22, 2010
This past Saturday, Jason, Rusty, jja, and myself joined forces against an unholy scourge to save a beleaguered bunch of traitorous villagers. It might sound like we joined the armed services but instead we gathered at White Cap Comics for a game of Dungeons and Dragons. I love playing all types of games and I’m up for trying anything so I figured I would meet up and try a game of D&D.
It’s hard to write about something that I don’t fully understand. There seems to be over five “rule books” and even the veterans in the middle a game need to refer to the documentation. The basics are simple and being able to quickstart with a premade character was nice. Since I was a little late to the game I was provided “Kalen” the “Male Half-Elf Ardent” as my avatar. All my abilities and skills were set for me and my miniature had a very long sword even though my game day card said I had a “Defensive Halberd”
I was actually kinda shocked how quickly I was able to pick up the game. At the start I enjoyed the background of the game and the narrative. The DM told us that our group has awoken in a hole not knowing how we got there. Clearly everybody took this to be we had a hard night of drinking and some jerkoff threw us into a cave to die. Quickly we got into battle and with some help I had a few epic turns. Anybody playing in an understanding group with patience I could see any willing player being able to sit down and pick up the game as quickly like I did. Clearly the DM was using the game to challenge the people in our group who has played before but I was honestly nervous about going there playing like an idiot and everybody hating me.
To put things simple D&D is just pure insanity. The game we played took over six hours and that felt really long. We played in a group of six players and it could take awhile for a players next turn to come around. Some turns could be over in 5 seconds with a bad roll. Of course this comes from somebody who only knows the bare basics of the game so take what I say with a grain of salt.
After finding out what the game is all about I do find it interesting. The community seems to be very passionate about the game. The place we went there were young people, old people, men, women, nerdy looking guys, and non-nerdy looking guys. After playing Xbox Live for a bit and in almost all public games getting grief from the lowest common denominator of humanity the welcoming environment was comforting. The DM was helpful and answered all questions without making me feel like a dillhole.
Will I play again? Of course if it came up I would absolutely sit at the table again. At this point I don’t think I’ll actively set out to find a game or a group to play with but next time I get to the GRPL I’m going to check to see if they have the rule book so I can educate myself before my next game. After I get my tax returns I’m going to buy a miniature and some dice because they are cheap and I thought they were kinda cool.
“Ok, I’m going to use my Demoralizing Strike on the main guy using two powerpoints. 27 vs ac?”
“Thats a hit”