Dice and Cardboard

Recently, I’ve been getting back into tabletop role playing games. These are those games, like Dungeons and Dragons, that your parents warned you about because they have been linked to things like creativity and not being popular with stupid people. I’m still playing a lot of board games, but I feel like there’s been a shift somewhere in my gaming brain, and the pie chart that displays my thought allocation that was previously filled mostly with family strategy games is now filled with RPGs, and of course, pie.

I recently finished the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set adventure. My buddy Joe was our DM and was nice enough to run it for our significant others and my son. We had a really great time, and I can’t say enough about the value of this starter set. We spent about six months going through the adventure in the starter set. Now, we didn’t play all that often, but we may have played eight or nine times over those months, and it was a lot of fun. By the way, DM stands for Dungeon Master. Also FYI, OG stands for Original Gangster. Apparently, this is a good thing. I had to ask about this last week. FYI stands for Flying Yellow Insects.

I also ran a short adventure at a local RPG convention, using the Fate Accelerated rule system. It was a spy thriller set in the 1970’s and I called it “Dr. Disco vs. the agents of F.U.N.K.” It’s always nerve wracking running adventures in those situations, but I was glad that I did. I had a great group of players and it was a total hoot. I’m already planning the sequel.

I’m getting ready to run our starter set crew through the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure. Getting started with a new campaign is always the most difficult thing for me, but once things get moving, it gets a lot easier.

On a housekeeping note, I’m experimenting with new comment protocols. I’ve disabled the normal WordPress comments, and enabled Facebook comments. I’ve also created a Twitter widget that will follow the hashtag #ggthinks. I’m interested in seeing what’s easier to use and what allows for better feedback and interaction. Try them out and see what you think.

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