Category: Role-Playing

That’s right, Kickstarter.com is an EVIL, EVIL site.  It is chalked full of goodies that any little gamer would die to have.

As you know, I bought in to the Necro Dice not long ago.  Then Reaper Miniatures came up with a offer that was very hard to refuse, but somehow with loads of effort and willpower, I reached down deep inside my lil gamer soul and resisted that Kickstarter.  That is, until the morning I found an email of a Reaper Mini update in the inbox that my other half and I share.  That was a $110 backing.

Then Andy Hopp just happened to post a Kickstarter for Low Life Miniatures.  I’m looking forward to $100 worth of those minis in March 2013…

Yea.  Kickstarter.com is EVIL.

That is all.

A long time ago in a land far, far away, a bunch of college guys created a goofy video about a group of friends playing Dungeons and Dragons.  It would be called The Gamers.

Fast forward to 2008, Dead Gentlemen Productions (Demon Hunters, Wranglers of Death, JourneyQuest) put out another video about the fun loving gamers called The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.  And now, in 2012, together with Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, the Dead Gentlemen Productions are ready to create a third installment into The Gamers franchise called Hands of Fate.

It’s on Kickstarter.  Buy a package and support this viral, goofy, parody of table top gamers!

Go on, do it! I am!

The perks of following my favorite publishers on Facebook (like Pinnacle who publishes Savage Worlds) is I find all sorts of interesting things.  Such as Shane Hensley being the Executive Producer of a Massively Multiplayer Online Real-Time Strategy RPG called “End of Nations”

This game is put out by TRION, who has also put out Defiance and Rift.  I haven’t played either, but I do play Savage Worlds.  If Shane does as good of a job for End of Nations as he does for the tabletop gaming system Savage Worlds, then I wouldn’t mind giving this beta a go.  Even though it looks a little futuristic for me.  But, it’s free and it’ll only take minutes to uninstall it if I hate it, right?

Besides, nobody can be as bad as Funcom or Blizzard right now!

End of Nations MMO

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i had NO idea that when i posted my last post about gaming alone that it was officially my 1 year anniversary as a D&D gamer! and.. its gets spooky.  check this out:   here is a picture of my very first game on 1/29/11 my first game! and heres my last game early this morning i was playing on 1/29/12: 1 year later it was the same EXACT set up.  and totally unintentional.  and exactly 1 year apart.     talk about crazy!  what are the chances, especially when i had no idea until i looked at the created date on that first picture?!

 

here’s to another year of D&D fun … and many more after that!  keep on gaming, my friends!

i dont know about you guys and girls but 9.5 times out of 10, i’m jonesing for a game of D&D.

the problem is, i’ve been sick for the past 5 days with pneumonia and now my girl is getting sick too which means she wont be writing me any quick adventures to get me to shut up.

what’s a gamer to do? well, you can sit on your butt all day ‘trolling the WotC forums which was a first for me until the other day, you can watch movies based on rpgs like Midnight Chronicles (not very good at all, by the way), read your gaming books, draw dungeons, or play by yourself.

ahem…i said BY yourself.

anyway, the Red Box Starter set for 4e came with a link to a solo game PDF download called The Ghost Tower of the Witchlight Fens.   you can find it around with a good old bing search.  the The Ghost Tower of the Witchlight Fens was actually a really fun adventure that i played all by my lonesome and was my very first D&D game EVER when i played it last year when i got my Red Box.

out of desperation i said, hey i’m gonna dust that baby off and play it.  this time i used the minis i got with my Dungeons of Dread Starter set for my character and the NPC (i wont spoil the surprise!).  and since i had all the stuff you needed that came in the Red Box like the adventure itself, the mat, dice, and tokens you see in the pic below, i was set and it didnt cost me a dime!

by the way, The Ghost Tower of the Witchlight Fens is really really fun.  its written quite well and involves everything an adventure should be.  there’s traps, logic, good encounters, major decisions, time management, a decent challenge, a good story, all that good stuff.

playing it again was so fun now that im experienced and i even had a different outcome this go around.  the adventure is done in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” type style where your decisions lead you to flip to a certain page to get the results and you go from there.

i got so inspired playing it again.  i had all sorts of fun rolling dice and reading by myself.  i had my own adrenaline going even!  my girl walked in on my rolling  my d20 with my mat all out exclaiming “YES!” on a good roll.

she laughed at me.

 

The Ghost Tower of the Witchlight Fens solo adventure

 

i finally understand what you 3.5 fans are feeling.  and it sucks.

 

i started playing D&D about a year ago.  my very first experience was with 4th edition of which, i still play and as frequently as i can.  i love 4e, i really do.

now, before you start telling me how much 4e sucks, keep in mind that i have nothing to compare it to.  its the only D&D system i know.   in fact, im very much still learning it and i finally just finished reading the 4e Dungeon Master’s Guide last night.  i’m just happy i’m finally playing D&D.

my group consists of myself, my girl, and my sister.  another sister is still learning and hasn’t become an official member yet.  i also did get my parents to play recently since i got them each an official WotC mini for Christmas but thats another story.  i’ve gamed with a meetup group once and that was amazing once i got over my stage fright.

so here i am, learning the game, i just purchased a couple of real minis the other day, i’m busy converting Ravenloft into 4e and scouting another member for my group when i hear about…. 5th edition.

the news was released earlier this month through The New York Times.  Click here for the article.   And here is the actual news from WotC.

honestly, im not happy.  for a year, i was playing the newest thing and i’ve no where near mastered this system.  heck, i still cant level up properly without help from my character builder program but i’m getting there.  i’m building new characters, learning all the lingo, and now, i found out that i’m going to be obsolete.  just like 3.5 and all the earlier editions of D&D.

im not ready to be obsolete.  im just not.

so what are my options?  well, i can sulk over it like i have been doing and am really good at.  i think i’m a level 5 sulker by now, or i can get my ass on the WotC site and sign up for that playtest i’ve been hearing about.  and as i’m typing this, i did it.

i’m not sure what happens next.  they said that i “have successfully signed up to receive notification from Wizards at a later date about the D&D playtest starting date and further instructions on how you can participate in playtesting.”

now that i did that, i do feel.. a little better.

i think what we fear is change.  the mystery of what will happen to the system we learned, loved, and studied.  not to mention all them money we spent on all the books and accessories.  are we ever ready for our favourite system to change?  i know i’m not.  i don’t like change.  i’m one of those “no news is good news” kind of people.

but i cant stop the game from evolving.  maybe it wont be as different as i’m thinking.  maybe 4e will just be improved without confusing the living hell out of me.  i really REALLY don’t want to be confused.  i don’t want to have to relearn a whole entire new system.

but, i guess, at least i can participate in the building process and see it before it gets released.

gamers, i think the best thing for us to do is to do this playtest and that way we can at least put in our feedback.  after all, no one will hear our voices if we do not speak.

this is our game, after all.