Posts Tagged ‘D&D’

Photo Phriday 21 – TRIBUTE

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Yesterday I found out that Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, passed away on Tuesday evening. It hit home, and I was forced to go over how important this game was to my youth. Specifically, it helped me survive the more tortuous adolescent years. This is the second time I’ve had to go through this.

Almost exactly one year ago the other creator of D&D, Gary Gygax, passed on. That hit me hard. I owe these two men more than a ‘thank you.’ I owe them more than my sorrow, my sympaties, and my tears. I am who I am today because of D&D. I’m a grounded individual today because of D&D. I honestly can’t say where I’d be if it weren’t for the outlet this game gave me to overcome some of the most trying and troubling times of my life.

Last year I took a tribute photo for Gary Gygax. This year, I make today’s Photo Phriday my tribute to Dave Arneson. Keep on playing, Dungeon Master. And make them 20’s, because THIS IS HOW WE ROLL.

D&D For Free?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Well, not precisely, but this is a step in the right direction for the makers of my favorite game ever. On Tuesday, Wizards of the Coast announced they’re providing the previously published Keep on the Shadowfell adventure as a free downloadable “Test Drive” of the new D&D 4th Edition rules. I can’t say how happy I am that they’re doing this.

In prior incarnations of the Dungeons & Dragons game there’s always been a Starter Kit of sorts. It usually came in a box with booklets containing quick start rules, the adventure to be run, and a set of dice. Also, you had to pay for it. Paying what was no small price to TRY a game to see if you like it is counter intuitive in today’s Free Content driven economy, but it was the nature of the beast back in the day.

In face, I bought this adventure when it first came out. I paid money for an official published adventure that happened to come with quick start rules, as this module was published prior to the core rulebooks hitting the shelves. It allowed gamers looking forward to 4th Edition to dive right in. Taking this into consideration I don’t feel slighted by the decision to make this content free at all. I think it’s a brilliant idea that can only help people who may not give D&D a shot give the game a chance.

If you’ve been on the fence about D&D 4th Edition, or maybe D&D and gaming in general, head on over and download this free Test Drive to explore the game that started role-playing games. You would have never had Final Fantasy, or Dragon Quest, or Shadowrun, or Vampire: The Masquerade at all if it weren’t for D&D. Know your roots. Play D&D.

Photo Phriday 28 – Game On

Friday, May 29th, 2009

This weekend I’m off to do something more dorky and nerdy than most people are capable. I’m packing up my “roughin’ it” gear to get an entire weekend of gaming goodness on at Camp Nerdly 3. There will be mostly indy pen and paper rpg games going on, but a also some board and card games too. I’m pretty excited.

The boys are excited to, and while they’re not coming out with me (I fear I’ll lose them in the woods) they’ll have their own game going on all weekend in Amitown. Lucky fellas. I’ll bet you wish YOU were playing D&D all weekend. Right? RIGHT?!

Yeah, I’m a pretty big dork.