What Is D&D? Interesting Video and Comments! -)

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  1. Dolnor

    Dolnor Bane of Crickets

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    Full Disclosure: I have left some comments. They aren't short comments. I have a reputation to keep! -)



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    I find it interesting that it took him 20 years of playing D&D to come to this epiphany. (That takes him back to... 2nd Edition but around the time that 3rd was coming, I think.) He tells us he's still thinking things through and I'm thinking he'll find it beneficial.
     
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    No, it he knew anything like Guy, D&D can easily be a roleplaying game. It all comes down to the GM, the players expectation and the story created by the GM.
     
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    Dolnor Bane of Crickets

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    I am currently playing in 5 games in-person.
    • Game 1 started out with a younger DM in Dec 2017...which has been running for a long time. (we are level 8-9). We are still playing this game sporatically.
    >> Then the DM wanted to be a player so one of our players became the DM for a month. His game (game 2) was played until Sep 2018 (we are level 3-4).
    >> Then the new DM wanted to start another game as a one-shot (game 3). But we had soo much fun...we go back to it once in a while (we are level 1-2).
    >> Game 1 through 3 are run on a rotation. Game 1 runs a month (weekly). Then Game 2 runs 2 weeks. Then Game 3 runs 2 weeks. Then back to Game 1 for 4 weeks. Rinse & Repeat.

    • Game 4 started in Feb 2018. We play occasionally...usually 3-5 weeks between games. We are level 5.

    • Game 5 started 1 month ago and plays ever 3 weeks. It is following the DCC (dungeon crawl classics) ruleset. We are level 1. But I am about to quit this game because the other players (alll young) would rather talk about tv shows, movies, other games, drawings, looking at their phones, etc...than play the game. I've had to mention twice in the last game that we aren't gettting anywhere. The DM isn't corralling in the game. If it continues the next game (Jan 19), I plan on dramatically quit mid-game. Maybe my leaving will straighten out the rest and it follows a fruitful path/time-well-spent.
    (This is a shame because there is a new player that played once, a newcomer to D&D-esque games who is a writer. She is middle aged and interested but all the cross-talk is confusing her.)

    All the games I enjoy are 50% combat and 50% roleplaying. The DM of games 2 & 3 loves bringing out his "npc voices" which is why he wanted to DM.

    I am the 'record keeper' of games 1,2,3,5. I create Google Docs and write up the games. That way, if anyone joins or returns, they have a bit of reading to catch up to where the party currently adventures.

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    Ninja Gizmosis Communications Manager Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    I too am in the middle of multiple games using the Roll 20 universe.
    We play weekly with one long term game that I was lucky to be able to join.
    The games are normally on rotation with the main game normally every second week.
     
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    Dolnor Bane of Crickets

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    Our local gaming store, Gaming on Grand, decided to try streaming our D&D game as an experiment. He is using a really cheap webcam not much else. He has streamed other games using the same setup but those were for Warhammer 40k, Star Trek, etc. which have a static play-area. We'll probably be moving the camera next Monday to show more of the table. I am the old guy with the white beard in the upper right corner. There were 5 players at the table + the DM at the far end...we need to get more on the camera. One guy who plays "Steve!" needs some camera time, he really gets into the game! -)



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    MudDart Getting Started

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    I'm currently in two in person 5E games. We play on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the Month. The first one, we started in Ocy 2017, which is also my first game in more than 20 years, is a hombebrew game of a friends. The second one DM'd by the same guy is from one of the books. We started that one about 6 months ago.

    I'm also dipping my toe in the DM side by running my 12 year old thru Phandelver.
     
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    About Lost Mines of Phandelver: The second group formed in Feb 2018. Originally playing at a fellow players "community room" where she lives...we eventually moved to another player's private home so we could have lunch and a much quieter and relaxed environment. In that group, the DM was new at it and one of the other players had DM'ed Phandelver twice...and now he is a player in the game. And we are playing Phandelver! So that one player has to keep his mouth shut and let the group decide where to go/what to do. He's done a great job NOT GUIDING US or Warning Us...we almost TPK'ed twice so far!

    And the third group game, Tom's 2nd game (Tom was a player, Angel was the DM) started out as just a one-shot. We rolled stats top to bottom with 3d6 without choosing where the numbers went. Started the game at Level 0 with 5 hit points. We rolled on a table to see what our "town profession" was...I ended up being a cook. We all had great times in that game, just goofing off, all expecting to die quickly. We enjoyed ourselves so much...we play it per my previous posting. And Tom has morphed it into Phandelver!!! So now I am like the player in the Second Group...I have to keep my mouth shut and let the group decide what to do (I told the table I was playing the same game in another group...I like to be forth-coming to all my friends).

    In the second group, we are 1/2 way through the Wave Echo Cave (already did the goblin cave, the Ruined Chateau, wraith, undead, orcs, Cragmar Castle). Tom's game we finished the goblin cave through fighting the orcs, and just returned to Phandelin.

    Here is the Official Dungeon & Dragons staff doing a Beta Test of the game before it was released (I just found this on YouTube)!



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    Dolnor Bane of Crickets

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    Currently I used Meetup.com website to find games/people that want to play. There are a lot of groups here in North San Diego County, California. About 10 are D&D/Tabletop focused, the rest are mish-mash of various interests. About 20 are beer-related, another 20 are exercise related, another 15 are new-age-religion related, etc.

    I am down to only playing 2 games now.
    My original game, started in Dec 2017 has dissolved.
    The every-6-weeks Saturday game has finished and is not starting again...the rich couple decided they would rather not associate with poor people.
    My Tuesday night game broke up due to members (8 steady members) getting new jobs or going off to college.
    My Monday night game has lost 4 out of 7 players and 2 DMs. One of the players is trying to DM...doing a great job but refuses to read rules so it is always an interesting game!
    I picked up 1 game Once-a-month on Saturday using the DCC (Dungeon Crawl Classic) system...which is akin to AD&D (D&D 1.0). Few classes, few races, no multi-class, everyone has a purpose and the team survives through cooperation, not individuals.

    Check out Meetup.com in your area. I used "Role Playing" , "Dungeons & Dragons", "Tabletop RPG", "Tabletop Gaming" to find the groups near me.

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    Dolnor Bane of Crickets

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    The D&D Streaming Show, Critical Role, has become a very successful stand-alone site now...breaking away from Geek & Sundry/Legendary Media's ALPHA sites. (www.critrole.com)

    They are currently running a Kickstarter to create an animated tv program based on their streaming show. They're coming up on $7million USD donated. I am NOT donating any $$ to them...I am too poor for that.

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    Dolnor Bane of Crickets

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    Gaming On Grand has discontinued, once again, from streaming. Basically, they feel "ashamed" that they don't have a multi-camera setup with $500 mics and post production quality. They're not content to just leave a camera & mic for raw playing. So...I am no longer a video-star! -)

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