One more inspirational post for the day: a fresh take on the standard druid character class. Rather than a wolf or bear companion, the normal concept of the druid can be substituted for something as exotic as the character in this sweet image.
- Mathew out!
My wife recently observed that, now that she plays D&D, she is constantly finding out that men she knows all played it at one time, while it was totally off her radar when she was growing up.
I have been playing D&D longer than the DM in this video has been alive. But, as a teenager, I did have trouble with my guy gamer frineds, who refused to let me play.
I found other gamer friends.
I do, I do!
RIP Mr. Gygax, you son of a lich.
- Mathew out!
A few misc. shots from our second session with Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition.
First, I would direct you to this link. It is a list of resources for finding people to play with both online and in person.
As for where to learn to play the game itself, Ive always found it best to learn with other people. The game can have a lot of rules and questions inevitably come up. Many online games are willing to take in new players, but I suggest you at least get familiar with the basics of the game.
You have stats, Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, etc. You have skills. You have defenses.
Download or purchase a copy of the main book, for whatever game you are looking to play, Pathfinder, D&D, etc, and read as much as you can. once you find a group ask the Game Master for some one on one time to make a character and go over the basics. Most of the rules and explanations will come up during play itself.
Another piece of advice is to listen to podcasts. While the use of gaming lingo and jargon will be weird at first, it will make sense after a while. I would also suggest looking into Actual Play podcasts. These are where you listen to people playing the game. While they wont break down the rules for you, you can at least glean an understanding of many through context.
The Jank Cast is a solid podcast, though they usually play games other than D&D. Look through their episode archives. Look for what piques your interest. They may point you toward other podcasts that offer more your style. And if you decide to contact them, they are all good people. (And Megan runs the cast, so you need not worry about being treated bad for being a girl.)
If you ever do gain the means to find a meatspace game, I would suggest playing by all means. Its the best way to learn, its a fun experience, and you can make new friends. The Pahtfinder society at my Thursday night gaming store started out as two tables. Now they run six, and Id say half the players are women. So thats pretty awesome. In fact, a few weeks ago, there was a table of all girls. Players and GM.
I hope this helps.
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Todd Lockwood's amazing animations of dragons in flight. The red dragon is conventional - if any dragon can be considered conventional - but the gold dragon with that extraordinary wing and helix-ripple, not at all…
I just spent ten minutes staring at these. Thank you Todd!
I have always loved gold dragon wings! It’s so awesome to see them moving!
I meant to answer this earlier this week. Sorry for taking so long.
The only real roleplaying blog I follow is mydnd, and its more of a reblog blog than anything.
realgirlsgaming is also a reblog blog, focusing on women, but more all purpose gaming and less RPG focused.
Thats it off the top of my head. I would suggest checking out the tags area and looking for people you want to follow. I will tag this post for the tags you should keep an eye on.
Ive played very little Pathfinder. My group, due to work, school and kids and such doesnt get to meet up as much as it used to.
Pathfinder is a solid system. Its not one I prefer, but its solid and it works. Its a revision of the 3.5 system, and I have problems with the 3.5 system.
The system I like the most, as far as Fantasy RPG goes, is the Warhammer Fantasy game by Fantasy Flight. It has a lot of fiddly bits, tokens and cards and such, but far less math and crunch. Character growth feels more organic as it is a XP Earn/Spend mechanic. Similar to White Wolf games. Also i really enjoy the dice mechanic. As simple D20 roll feels so, I dunno. Limited, Compared to a handful of dice of attribute, skill, difficulty, fortune and misfortune…
My biggest beef with 3.5 and D&D in general is spell slots. I hate that system for magic.
What new gamers need to know is that there are many, MANY systems out there that do many many different things. They have different feels and different flavors and styles. And you need to find one that feels right for you. If PF feels good to you, then by all means have fun and enjoy! But dont tote it as the best system simply because its the only one you know or play.
Which sadly many people do.
40 years later, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ still inspiring gamers
"In today’s culture, D&D has found its place as a leader and influencer over storytellers across so many different mediums," said Nathan Stewart, brand director for D&D at Wizards of the Coast, the company publishing the game. "From game designers and musicians, to scores of screenwriters and film directors, D&D has had a profound effect on those who have brought fantasy and geek culture to the foreground." (via 40 years later, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ still inspiring gamers - CNN.com)
Some things for a secret project >_>
My crocheted Smaug is finally finished! I apologize for my truly terrible camera and photography skills. He is massive, at 32” from tail to snout and a 38” wingspan.
Pattern by Chrystel Orel
. Project by me, dragonstearoom.
Part 1 of my comic "My First Character", a D&D inspired story of friends rolling dice together for the first time.
Not gonna lie, this is the first comic project I’ve done since I was in high school, which is part of why it looks a little rough around the edges.
Part 2 will be up before the end of May. Lemme know what you think.