What do Wayne Brady, Tim Duncan, Mike Myers, Stephen Colbert, Stephen King, Vin Diesel, and Wil Wheaton all have in common? They all play the grand daddy of all tabletop Role-Playing Games (RPGs), the venerable Dungeons and Dragons (D&D).
After 44 years, the game is still going strong and in 2014 released its most recent iteration, The Fifth Edition. This has brought many new players into the fold as people create online methods to run and play the game without having to actually be in the same room. But the best way to enjoy the game is still in-person around a table with old (and new) friends. However, getting started seems only slightly easier than reading War and Peace by Tolstoy.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Here are some helpful tips for those interested in dipping their foot in the D&D pool as a player for the first time.
First published in 1974, Dungeons and Dragons was the first role-playing game to find life beyond the small circle of people that created it. It began as a medieval miniature war game (called Chainmail) and morphed into the first juggernaut of the tabletop gaming industry. In 2014, the fifth edition was released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the original game.
The game has many important things that make playing easy to begin. The rulebooks, the polyhedral dice (made popular by wargamers in the 1960s), miniatures that represent the player characters, and, of course, the adventures themselves. These adventures were called modules and originally were broken down between those for use in the Basic game and others intended for the Advanced game (called AD&D). There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of modules released either as stand alone modules, articles in Dragon or Dungeon magazines, or as a part of a series of modules that were interrelated.
Many of those series have become famous like the Temple of Elemental Evil or the Dragonlance series. This article will be a breakdown of five adventures that any good DM (Dungeon Master) should put their players through from the original run of the series.
Now that I’ve been outed as a D&D enthusiast, I find that it is only fitting for me to be a correspondent in the respects of bringing dungeons and dragons to the uninformed haters. I get chicks, I have tattoos, I have a style that I believe I am quickly outgrowing, HOWEVER, these gamers in the video above are the prototypical people who give us other players, the stigma that comes along with loving the game. But, I only role 20’s in bed? Pure, Gold, Bullion.
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When not navigating the massive expanses of Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings or the Silmarillion, there are other fantasy books that are ready to whisk you away to a Forgotten Realm. Books that don’t feel like infernal calculus or reading stereo instructions, and while I am a LOTR fan, they are a tough read. Stephen King is the equivalent of “See Spot Run” compared to that series. But the best? Well my friends, there are some nerd reads out there that feel like D&D in a bowl…Ahh, like geek potpourri.Take a whiff! The best of the best D&D books! (more…)