A few misc. shots from our second session with Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition.
I do like it. It feels very much like the show and immerses you into the Verse in a fun way. While there are a lot of rules, the game is overall very easy to learn, it just takes a little bit to learn all the little things.
That being said-
The game takes a while to play. I always kinda forget that when we start. Expect to spend a good 4 hours playing it. Especially the first time. As you saw, lots of bits to keep track of and use up table space. The game can be frustrating sometimes. My friend last night, his ship just kept getting hit by reavers and he kept losing his crew. So he didnt enjoy the game as much as he could have. But my other friend loved it, and won the game on his first play.
I recommend it, but know its not for everyone.
I always suggest getting a game at your FLGS. Friendly Local Game Store. Its good to support your local businesses. The same type of stores that sell D&D or Warhammer or other nerdy games are likely to have Firefly.
If you live in an area that doest have easy access to a FLGS, Amazon is sure to carry it.
I was unaware of a Firefly themed Clue. I wonder if they are going to add or change any rules for it.
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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Two years ago (in August), I had my first panic attack on the way to work. I had to quit my job and pretty much became a recluse for the first four months. They come very frequently, even when I’m at home and it’s ruined my life as I know it. I couldn’t -and still can’t- leave the house by myself. Like, at all. I can’t even walk down my street on my own.
A year ago, I was talking to a friend of mine and he mentioned that he’d seen TableTop on G&S’s youtube channel. So, I watched it, enjoyed it and then, he said he’d bought Ticket To Ride and that we should play it. We did, awesome…
He then mentioned the notion of starting a local gaming club in town… and I freaked. I started saying sentences that contained ‘I can’t’ ‘What if?’ ‘Not happening’ and generally just like ‘I will die!’. He goes ‘You can. Just try. I’ll help you.’
Now, I’ve officially been diagnosed as having severe social anxiety and agoraphobia. At the time, I shook with fear at the thought of seeing people outside of my house.
However, I realised that as soon as I got to the place, I felt okay. (My sister had to drive me)
I’ve been playing there for a year, getting out of the house, and I’m getting better. I now walk to club every week. I love table top games and I can now say, after two years of suffering, I’m getting my life back and I owe it to gaming.
TableTop made me want to see people again. I hated people for making me feel worse. I’m now getting to like people again and it makes me happy so…
Thank you Wil. Thank you Felicia. Thank you EVERYONE who works on TableTop. You’ve saved my life.
This is what Gaming is all about.
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.