D&D Adventures: The Grinding Session

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Last time we met with our D&D group, we had finished clearing out an old mansion that was full of bandits and lost the guy we had been pursuing. This time around, with a little help from a couple of NPCs giving us directions, we went to find a druid who would have even more information for us regarding our quarry. Our DM also realized that we did not have as much experience points as we probably should have had at that point, heh.

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Yes, apparently, it’s recommended that we have about 2,700 experience points by the final boss of the adventure. We were currently sitting at 730 experience points each. So, we continued our adventure but our DM threw as many monsters and enemies at us as she could. So, we spent three hours fighting monsters and it was a big grinding fest.

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Our DM mentioned at the end of our last session that we had missed a bunch of fighting opportunities because apparently we were more strategic about finding the Bad Guy than she expected us to be. Usually, whenever we see a door, we bust it down while armed and ready to fight. Instead, we were a bit more choosy about where to go and ended up finishing the mansion before finding everything to fight and kill.

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The time before last we were definitely more cautious. I’m not sure why though. We’re normally pretty crazy. So, no matter what we did, we ended up fighting something this time around. Of course, we were on our way to an abandoned town and were on the road for two days. Needless to say, there were monsters in the woods and on the road, especially at night.

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We may have been a little tired that night, too, to be fair. This time around, it was lunch and we were rearing to go after some good food. We were pretty good with the fights, too, even if I’m sure this was the first time my character actually got hit — considering that the enemy dice tended to fail in previous sessions — and lost hit points. The group’s wolf also got hit, which made everyone tense, haha!

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My dice were horrible to me. I think I got one nat 20, but it was a perception check. It didn’t even help me in battle. I think, out of all our fights, I hit an enemy maybe twice. I have a few sets of dice and were swapping them out, but none of them seemed to want to work. I couldn’t roll higher than a 12 and I got quite a few single-digit numbers.

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I loved when you decided to put some of your dice in “time-out.” My rolls weren’t too bad, but my initiative rolls were only so-so. With that said, I have quite a few attack bonuses with my ranger’s longbow, with her dexterity modifier, proficiency, and archery bonus when it came to actually hitting, so that was nice. Ripper the wolf did more damage, though, I think! It was good that we were able to level up in the middle of the session, getting more hit points and such for everyone.

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Ripper was certainly the MVP. He usually is since he always has an advantage when he’s near us. I kept rolling so terribly that I just continued to munch on chips and cookies and pretended my character was just sitting back, letting everyone else do the work.

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Ripper can derp around sometimes, but he’s handy in a fight. Your character did some damage, though, and you do fantastic with perception rolls! Despite all the fighting, we did continue with the campaign’s story, finding the dilapidated town of Thundertree and finding the druid that would be able to give us directions for the next leg of our journey. The druid did want us to chase out a young dragon that had taken residence in a tower, and my character — and I — are disappointed at the idea that we will not be able to adopt the creature.

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I think about half of the group was disappointed at not adopting the dragon. Needless to say, our next session should be interesting since we need to fight a dragon. We went out and bought yet another new set of dice each. So, I have five sets now and with the way the others were behaving last time, I’m hoping my new set will brave the dragon.

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D&D Adventure: Bandit Mansion

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We’re a bit behind with our D&D Tales. Our monthly sessions with our friends have continued to happen, and it’s been great. Our story continues with our little group of characters trying to investigate — or flat-out chase away — a group of bandits that had holed themselves up in an abandoned mansion a bit away from the village our group is staying at.

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This abandoned mansion was like a maze. There were many stairs and doors, including hidden doors. My character found all the hidden doors, which I was proud of. I believe there were two or three of them total.

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Right, most of us were just kind of derping around, trying to investigate everything we good, but Rachel’s sorcerer apparently has fantastic perception (or just really lucky die rolls). I feel like we explored mostly the basement of the mansion as opposed to the mansion itself. The main floor of the mansion seemed unused, though, as it was some dusty footprints that we ended up following to the basement. Our friend’s Dragonborn is all about busting down doors and diving into danger, so we had a couple of surprises behind some of those hidden doors.

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I do have good perception, but I think I got a nat-20 on one of those perception checks so that certainly worked in my favor. Yeah, we were in the basement for most of the time as we were trying to find out where the bandits were hiding out. My character was safe most of the time since she tends to stay back and let the Dragonborn and a few of the others dive into the fray first.

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My character tends to be in the middle of the group, now with her wolf just chilling with her as well. Case in point was behind one of those hidden doors a trio of bandits surprised us along with a chasm. We took care of the bandits, one of them falling into said chasm, and had to roll enough to get across the chasm to another door. We were all successful in our rolls, with the most graceful of the characters probably being Ripper in all honesty, haha! He tended to have much higher rolls than my main character during the session, and the DM described him as beautifully flying over the chasm due to his roll.

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Which was good for Ripper, in all honesty, because was that the battle he hurt his leg? That’s one of the great things about this game. The dice decide everything so things often turn into far-fetched, hilarious happenings.

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I believe he hurt his leg a little later. Sometime after the chasm, we found another room that had a monster whose voice in our head just spoke creepily about eating and food. The monster was on the other side of the room, and there were two bridges to cross. My ranger, with Ripper, crossed the bridge that decided to collapse under us. We just barely made the rolls to avoid falling with the bridge, but Ripper did get a little hurt. He seemed to console himself with a bone he had stolen from a skeleton monster in the room right after the previous chasm.

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Ah, that’s right. I forgot about the bridge. Everyone took one bridge and you decided to take the other just to see if there would be anything over there. That was certainly a creepy part, especially the bottom of the chasm had bones. You know, because the monster talking about food was eating people and tossing their bones down there… yeah.

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Yeah, that was weird, but we came away fairly unscathed, for the most part. Our cleric took point during that encounter, and with his patron god being the God of Doctors, he did his best to cleanse the mansion of dark forces, including this creature. He also attempted to lecture a group of drunk bandits that we found gambling later, who were then promptly intimidated due to our Dragonborn setting their table (and money) aflame. We got a little information about how the head of the bandit group was trying to perfect an invisibility potion, which he used to escape the mansion. We tried to chase him, but failed.

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For our next step, we went back to the inn to get some information out of the goblin that our Dragonborn kept as a pet. However, when we went back to the room, he was gone. So, we’ll have to see what happens from there. We have an interesting crew, to say the least. I probably say that every time we talk about our latest adventure. Either way, we’re looking forward to seeing what our group gets up to next.

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Dungeon Master for the First Time

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

As you may have realized if you’ve followed this blog for the past few months, Rachel and I have recently gotten into D&D. This is about my first foray into being the Dungeon Master.

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Rachel and I have been playing D&D with our writer’s group friends for the past few months. One of our friends is the Dungeon Master, considering she had some of the most experience as one. She actually works in the children’s room at a library and does D&D about once a month with a group of kids and teens.

That was how we started our own group, actually. Rachel and I noticed her tweet about her D&D sessions and basically asked if we were able to join somehow. We joked about how Rachel and I are small enough to pass as middle schoolers, if only to have the chance to try out D&D with an actual group.

It’s been so much fun so far, with us doing a couple of one-shots as practice and now we’re on a longer campaign. With that said, though, I’ve always been a player in the games and I was definitely interested in giving a try at being the DM.

We have a game night with a couple of other friends, neither of whom have ever really played D&D (or, rather, had any real interest in it) but I asked them if they would be willing to give it a try if I was able to create a campaign with a Harry Potter spin to it. While I’m still working on the Harry Potter campaign, I did recently do a short one-shot for Rachel and one of those friends.

The one-shot itself was about a village in which a few townspeople had gone missing. The guard called for volunteers, setting the scene for the characters to meet, to search for the villagers and vanquish whatever monster in the woodlands that was causing them to disappear. In my notes — all twelve pages of them, not including the stats for the monsters, NPCs, and my tower map — I detailed the responses I would give as the NPCs or identify what the characters could find depending on how well they rolled when persuading or investigating. Once they reached the woodlands, there were three paths they could take, with an optimal order for them to explore if they wanted to rescue all five missing villagers alive.

They did it, which was great! It was a bit unorthodox — or perhaps not, since D&D is all about communal storytelling and is bound to go off the rails at times — and they absolutely demolished my mid-boss and boss monsters in about a turn or two each with some lucky rolls, but it was a good time.

It was definitely a learning curve for all of us involved. In fact, I think the one who knew about what she was doing the most was Rachel. She dove into the campaign in-character, showing our friend the kind of role-play the game involves and making me think on the fly regarding my story and the NPCs with her questions and actions. We used the pre-made characters that came with the starter kit considering, between the three of us, we’ve only ever made two characters before. That, and our friend was worried about all the math, haha!

I’ve been writing for so many years, some stories of the Choose Your Own Adventure kind, of which D&D reminded me. It was enjoyable to go back to that kind of format, but being a DM means that you can create the world, but it’s the players that create the story based on how they react to the challenges you set up. It was a lot of set up, and everything is most likely not going to go the way you plan it, but it’ll all work out okay in the end (well, unless a character dies). All in all, though, I really enjoyed my first time as a DM, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.

Of course, now all I want to do is create a Legend of Zelda-flavored campaign!

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D&D Adventures: Continuing The Tale

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Well, better late than never! Our last D&D Adventure was back in May. We met with our group again in June and basically forgot to continue the tale. A lot of things happened when we met again and surprisingly enough, our characters are still standing tall their own two feet.

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Yes, everyone is still alive, there has been no need for any death saves… And we gained a couple of new “party” members in the meantime. Our previous session had left our characters with the task of finding the goblin king and killing him in order to save the warrior that had originally been traveling with the dwarf that had given our party the mission to deliver goods to another town. That was a really long sentence.

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That was a really long sentence. I thought that as I was reading that to myself. Anyway, our crew went forth to bring the goblin king’s head to the guy who we were trying to save… his name escapes me at the moment. Both of their names, actually. I don’t even remember who we were trying to save. I’d like to say this is just my bad memory, but this is how our actual D&D characters are like. We’re not a dependable group, yet we still manage to get stuff done.

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Yes, I don’t know how… My favorite part of the last session, though, was us going against the goblin king, and he had a couple of wolves on his side. Instead of fighting the wolves, which my ranger (and me) was loathing to do, I rolled a high enough Animal Handling skill, and now my character has a wolf companion named Ripper. Our DM even gave me the stats that she used for the wolf so I’m more or less playing two characters, haha!

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Which I think is awesome. Our group is slowly growing especially since another member took a goblin. He was originally a hostage, but we’ve taken him along to the next town with us.

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So, yes, we made it to the next town after rescuing the warrior, although our dwarf contact is still missing. Our group decided to recuperate, perhaps get supplies, when we also got word of a band of bandits beginning to terrorize the town. We headed toward the tavern that the bandits had claimed as theirs and tore them to shreds — at least Ripper did, I remember getting some damn good attack rolls for him — after attempting to talk to them about why they were here. I think the next time we’ll be gathering more information and, perhaps, trying to eradicate the town of bandits. Hopefully, we remember our dwarf contact, though.

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Didn’t myself and another member decide to walk in on some bad guys because we were curious if we could steal anything? That might have been another adventure, but I’m pretty sure we ended up finding/causing some trouble ourselves. Which, is pretty on par for us.

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I believe so. Our group is not out to be heroes, it seems, haha! We’re pretty much motivated by money and the fact that we’re not all completely evil. I think we figure that, hey, if we’re here when there’s trouble and there’s a treasure to be found, we’ll help. We’ll have to see where the next leg of this adventure will take us!

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Friday Favorites: D&D Classes

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It’s no secret that my favorite kind of characters in video games, especially RPGs, are those that focus on speed and stealth. When Rachel and I played our first Dungeons & Dragons sessions with some friends, I was immediately drawn to the pre-made rogue character and had a grand old time rolling the dice to see what kind of loot I could lift from NPCs. We’ve made our own characters since then and there were several other classes I wanted to try.

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Ranger

Ranger is actually the class that I went with when we all began creating our own characters. I found the idea of having proficiency in animal handling and the possibility of having an animal companion down the line to be wonderful motivators. Bow and arrows have always been a fun weapon in video games to me as well, so to translate that into a Dungeons & Dragons character was another good point.

Cleric

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been one to play any kind of healing character. I’d rather be a character who is on the front lines or able to sneak up and stab the enemies. Yet, the idea of being a cranky cleric has crossed my mind more than once. Perhaps one who is quite aware that they are the ones who decides who lives and who dies when it comes to healing.

Paladin

Whenever I play video games, it’s to be the hero, to help save the world. The paladin class sounds the closest to the ideal “hero” archetype, with strong attacks and being able to heal as well.

Bard

The power of music is amazing, and bards are there to make sure you don’t forget it. One of our friends plays bard characters in our campaigns, and she enjoys belting out songs while performing her characters’ actions. My favorite was when her character was being a distraction for some guards while the rest of us almost got our asses kicked by monsters in another room.

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D&D Adventures: A New Tale

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With a couple of Dungeons & Dragons sessions under our belts, our little newbie group decided to try out a longer campaign with original characters rather than the pre-made characters from the starter kit. We did well enough creating our own characters, although their backstories aren’t much yet. I decided to go with a ranger half-elf named Kalythra who is much better with animals than she is with people.

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And my character is named Sapphire, a sorcerer wood elf. Our group has a new member as well – we play with two members of our local writer’s group and their roommate but now the host of our writer’s group has joined us. So, there’s six of us – our DM and five players.

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It was actually funny how our workshop facilitator joined. At the end of the last writer’s group meeting, he made a point to make the rest of us pause and we thought we were going to discuss the future of the workshop, considering our library’s remodel has made many more people ask to join. However, instead, he clasped his hands and pleaded to join our D&D sessions, haha! It was a great time, though, especially since he has much more experience in D&D than the rest of us.

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Yes, he has more experience than us which made us realize that we’ve been playing wrong. We were adding our “attack bonus” to our damage this whole time rather than our initial rolls to see if we actually hit our target.

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I mean, we’ve been doing alright, but it would have been helpful to know our attack bonuses for the previous sessions when we kept missing most of our hits, haha! The rest of the characters consisted of a human bard, a human cleric, and a dragonborn rogue, so we were a well-rounded group. The campaign is based on the one that is found in the starting kit, and we were tasked with delivering a caravan of goods to another trading post by a dwarf. Our group didn’t get too far before finding the dead horses of the dwarf and the warrior that had been escorting him.

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Needless to say, we ended up getting sidetracked and ended up in a cave when a bunch of goblins attacked the group ahead of us. Now, in order to save them, we must kill the goblin in charge so the goblin holding our guy captive can be in charge. We’ll see how that goes.

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With our track record, we’ll execute our plans poorly, but they’ll still work somehow. Granted, this is also just to save the warrior — I can’t quite remember what happened to the dwarf that had contracted us for this task in the first place. Our group is a bunch of misfits rather than a heroic team. The dragonborn “adopted” a goblin as a pet, our bard actually has a ukulele to play at the table, Rachel’s wood elf is constantly like, “Wtf am I doing here?” and my half-elf is more concerned with the various animals we’ve encountered than actually completing this mission. The cleric seems to somewhat have his head on straight, thank goodness, but it is quite amusing to hear him continuously preach the good word of his patron god, the God of Doctors.

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We really are quite the bunch… I personally didn’t give my character a personality or backstory just yet because I want to see how she plays out in certain situations. So far, she’s a bit of a coward but can definitely fight. I had pretty good luck on my rolls. We’ll see what happens next time though.

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D&D Adventures: Castle Infiltration

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We’re back with another D&D tale! We got together with our group again for another one-shot, using our pre-made characters from the first session to get a better feel for how the game works. We spent a little time at first discussing some of the nuances of creating our own characters, since we’re planning on using our own characters for a longer campaign starting in a month or two, before having dinner and digging into our new one-shot.

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We haven’t quite finished our own characters yet, but we’re not able to meet again until May so we have plenty of time to work on them. In the meantime, I remained as Vistra, a dwarf cleric who was extra snarky this time around.

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I think one of my favorite parts of last night’s session was “Vistra” suddenly looking at her character sheet in the middle of the one-shot and realizing that her personality traits included being really respectful and polite. She stole my halfling rogue’s food, for one thing! My character, Kithri, was supposedly a criminal, but I failed 2 out of 3 lockpicking rolls during the night. I made it up for doing some fantastic attack rolls, especially during the final boss. Vistra probably got the most natural 20 rolls of the night, I believe.

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I got a lot of nat-20s last night! It’s definitely the new dice I bought. I hope they keep their luck when I play as my own character next time. But yeah, last time I tried to stick with the pre-made personality that was given to my character. Last night, I threw that out the window  – as well as my character when I rolled a one.

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At least you weren’t alone out the window. One of our friends also did that while our other friend’s character was trying to stay steady on her feet. At that point, I think my little halfling was the only one who looked competent in front of the boss, but even she slipped a little bit during that fight before dealing the final blow. The story for the one-shot consisted of our little group — for some reason — being hired by a mayor to investigate some oddities happening at the lord of the land’s manor. Disappearances and random job firings were happening, so we went up to the castle keep to see what was going on.

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Sacrifices. Sacrifices were going on. Of course, it took us a long time to get to the top of the tower and to meet with the boss because we were too busy getting distracted (we found horses!) and exploring the place… you know, fighting chests and accidentally getting ambushed, stuff like that.

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We realized that there was kind of a cult thing going on and, after defeating all but one of the cultists in the church on the keep, we learned that the lord of the place was sacrificing people to a god whose name we couldn’t properly pronounce, so we just called him God Bozo. Our group’s cover story was that we were a traveling minstrel group, with one friend’s character being an actual bard, so the guards were pretty cool with us. It was mainly the cultists and clergy people of God Bozo that continuously tried to kill us for ruining their plans. It was a shame you couldn’t convert them to Vistra’s god, right Rachel?

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I tried, but alas, no one wanted to listen to me when I told them about God Marth (whose name we also couldn’t pronounce so we nicknamed him as well). Overall, this one-shot took us about four hours to play. We have a ridiculous group but it’s always filled with laughter and good food. We’re looking forward to starting a longer campaign with our own characters next time.

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D&D Adventures 1: Intro

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Way back last April, I did a quick post on how Rachel and I were starting to get a little more interested in giving Dungeon and Dragons a try. While we both are avid writers and have done some role-playing on forums in the past years, we’ve never actually played one of the most popular tabletop RPGs. Recently, however, we discovered that a couple of friends from our writers’ group were dabbling in D&D as well and, long story short, we were able to get together with them for an actual D&D session last night. We had a blast!

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Our original plan was to create our own characters, but time got away from us. Our DM was our DM because she does it for the kids at the library where she works. One friend has some experience playing in another group so she had her own character while Kris, myself, and our third friend had pre-made characters. The one-shot was pretty laid back because we made all our characters ridiculous and most of us didn’t know what we were doing. The ones who do have little knowledge. So it was a learning experience for all of us.

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The pre-made characters were from the D&D Starter Set, so our friend was the Human Fighter, Rachel was the Dwarf Cleric, and I was the Halfling Rogue. The friend who had her own character was a Half-Elf Bard, so we were a well rounded group. Our one-shot campaign, as unorthodox as it was with our shenanigans, was a success. One of my favorite parts of the campaign was when three out of four of our characters intimidated some enemies — the fourth of our characters had tripped and faceplanted on the ground — into trying to give us information. Unfortunately, the enemies couldn’t understand the languages our characters could speak, so I used my character’s high performance skill to mime the questions we wanted answered. And our DM actually had me mime and gesture out the questions!

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We got ourselves out of lot of jams “cleverly.” And what I mean by us being clever is that we thought out of the box in ridiculous ways. For example, my character, Vistra, knew the spell light which could turn an object basically into a glowstick for an hour. One of the lizard enemies, instead of fighting them, I made one glowing making it dazed and confused. But we were able to see around us in the cave we were in!

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Considering our attack rolls were atrocious, we had no choice but to be clever. Actually, I believe Rachel’s character landed the most hits against the enemies. I was fairly half and half when it came to actually being able to hit the enemies, but we were all awful when it came to attacking the boss. One of our friends couldn’t hit with her weapons, so she used a shovel from her inventory system. At one point, I threw an oil flask from my inventory and drenched the boss, and another friend and I used our shortbows to shoot cigars that we had found in the dungeon to set the boss on fire.

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Yeah… I’d like to see Hollywood make a movie out of that adventure… that was crazy, but it was a full night of lots of laughs. We’re hoping to make this a monthly thing. We’re going to create our own characters and next month do another one-shot with those characters for some more practice before attempting to do a longer adventure.

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Now that we understand a bit more about the skills and stats, I’m excited to work on my own character. I’m thinking of making a Ranger, although I did get pretty attached to my Rogue, even if everything about her was pre-made. I may keep the basics of the character and rework her for my own. What about you, Rachel?

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I’ll most likely make some sort of wizard or something. Though I didn’t mind being a cleric, that was pretty good. I just definitely want something that can do magic spells. I’m looking forward to giving this a try!

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Dungeons & Dragons

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Dungeons & Dragons was always something that was at the back of my mind, but it wasn’t something that was popular — that I knew of — around where I lived. Most of my friends weren’t exactly into video games like Rachel and I were, so I didn’t have as much hope for D&D.

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Dungeons & Dragons has existed since 1974, which sounds wild considering how little I had heard of it growing up. Of course, the few times I had heard of it was due to how “nerdy” the game was, even compared to video games.

For years, Dungeons & Dragons wasn’t really a thought in my mind until I realized that it was fairly popular with a couple of YouTubers that Rachel and I watch. Rachel and I spend what little downtime we have trying to catch up with “Dice, Camera, Action!” while now trying to stay up-to-date with “Trapped in the Birdcage.” The players in both those groups are fantastic, as are the Dungeon Masters with their storytelling abilities and antics.

For my birthday, Rachel got me the D&D Starter Set and, while it’s brilliant, I’m not sure where to start. It’s fun to go through and imagine different scenarios with characters I’ve thought of but haven’t fully fleshed out with character sheets because I don’t fully understand the character sheets, and… yeah. The dice are a really pretty blue!

Rachel and I are hoping to, sometime soon, have enough time to each make a character or two and just have a practice session, if you will, between the two of us. We both love creating stories and D&D seems to be another fun, creative way to do so.

Then, of course, there are all sorts of D&D video games to check out…

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Video Game Novels

Double Jump Kris MiiAnd it’s another week… How’s everyone doing on this fine Monday?

Rachel and I pretty much want to be done with our day jobs, haha! We would love to spend our days gaming, reading, and writing. And when you can combine all your favorite hobbies into one? It’s the best!

 

Remember when you were younger and your parents wanted you to read more books rather than spend all of your free time playing video games? Video games themselves have become such a big industry, reaching wider audiences and rightfully being treated as an art form. It makes sense that authors try to reach that same audience with novels set in video game worlds.

unofficialminecraftersadventure_gameknight999_trilogyI’ve definitely picked up some novels from Barnes and Noble simply because they’re set in game worlds. Mark Cheverton has a couple of series set in Minecraft, for example. They’re mostly aimed at a younger audience with lessons about cyberbullying, but it was a fun little trip to the world of Minecraft. 9781932796803_p0_v2_s192x300

R.A. Salvatore is an author known for his science fiction writing, with his credentials including stories taking place in the Dungeons & Dragons lore, like his Legend of Drizzt. (Not only has he authored novels, he’s also written stories for video games themselves, such as Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone for the XBox, Playstation 2, and PC.)

Ernest Cline has Ready Player One and Armada, both based on gaming worlds. Julia Durango authored The Leveller, Mark Alpert has The Six, Holly Jennings wrote Arena… There are a plethora of books out there that take place in video game settings. It’s amazing to me how far the video game industry reaches other art mediums!

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other recommendations for books that take place in video game worlds?

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