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.
You’ve heard of it whispered in the darkest corners of your high school experience, perhaps images of a defamatory news segments or a dorky cartoon flash through your head. You’ve seen the books, lining that section of your comic book store you never go to, dice of strange and unfamiliar shapes shoved into a free-for-all somewhere near the counter. You had a friend or a cousin who wouldn’t shut up about it, maybe made it sound appealing, but it still felt too weird for you. You remember catching the last quarter of a terrible movie about it on television during a mid-day time filler slot. Now, you’re starting to see it everywhere in your Facebook feed. You watched Vin Diesel play it, you saw Dan Harmon‘s HarmonQuest, and of course, people won’t shut up about the Demogorgon after watching Stranger Things. Now you feel like maybe you want to try out Dungeons and & Dragons, but you have no idea where to begin. Well keep reading, because now you’re going to be taken through how to start playing “D&D”. (more…)
We’ve all hoped for more Firefly goodness over the years. We’ve all thought that the idea of a shiny online game would be absolutely epic. We all refuse to let the Browncoat love die.
Fox has answered the call and is releasing a Firefly Online game. However, it’s going to be a “multi-user, social online role-playing game”. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a gorram MUSORPG (or whatever) for Android and iOS.
So, so, so not shiny. While it’s entirely possible that the game would be executed well and the fandom would warm up to it, because all things are possible in the ‘Verse, it’s definitely getting a lukewarm reception right now.
If you haven’t already completely tossed everything out the window, hit the jump for more.
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ABOVE: That’s right, our President’s a Trekkie. Either that or this photo was taken at a secret White House meeting with the very first Vulcan ambassadors. And then of course, Obama calls in his top extra-terrestrial expert, Nichelle Nichols. (Laughing Squid)
Did you catch this weekend’s premiere of Game of Thrones season two? It was awesome, wasn’t it? This week will be agony waiting for next Sunday night to come. But, in the meantime, we got cool shit to share so maybe this will make the wait a little easier.
First, let’s get right to the real good stuff and check out a few teasers for what’s coming up this season on Game of Thrones, including clips from next week’s episode, “The Night Lands.”
All right, yeah. Watching these teasers have only made the upcoming week and the waiting seem worse. Sorry ’bout that. But, uh, we can suffer together and just keep watching the clips on repeat. We can make it through this, okay?
CollegeHumor has released many different RPG “spoof” titles that are on my wishlist of things I wish would be made, but this week’s new video has this RPG on my top 5. “Breaking Bad” the RPG Prt. 1 & 2 have to be by far the most creative use of a television series’ plotline as part of quirky actions and response options ever. This video features all the seasons of “Breaking Bad”, by cutting out all the jibber jabber, and taking you straight to the key plot points in the series so far.
If you’re a gamer and fan of George R.R. Martin‘s epic saga, A Song of Ice and Fire you’ve got a shiny new year ahead of you. We already know to be expecting not one, not two but THREE Game of Thrones-inspired video games over the next year. One of these will be a casual, social game similar to Farmville, another a browser-based MMO and the third a Mass Effect-like RPG for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
The RPG is set to release in early 2012 and what we saw in the first trailer looks extremely promising. This game comes from Cyanide Studios and was developed with involvement of Martin. It will feature original characters with their on storylines weaved into what we already know about Westeros. Two of these characters will be Mors Westfold, a member of the Night’s Watch on the Wall, and a Red Priest named Alester Sarwyck. What’s especially cool, is since HBO’s had this successful television series, Game of Thrones, you might have heard of it, the game developers were able to benefit from using some of the series’ actors for voice work. It’ll be a nice little touch to connect the two properties.
Check out the first game trailer as well as the new trailer focusing on The Wall, below.
Do the trailers make the game look promising? Are you more interested in either of the other planned Game of Thrones video games?
So winter officially starts tomorrow, guys! I don’t know about the rest of you, but it’s been unseasonably warm here this year and we haven’t even gotten a real snowfall yet. It definitely doesn’t feel like winter, let alone Christmas (unless you plan to commit suicide by stepping foot in a shopping mall).
Anyway, all that random shit aside… We’ve got a new behind-the-scenes video from the Game of Thrones set for you guys. It includes some interviews with cast members and a glimpse at some new footage! This will definitely amp up the anticipation for season 2, which doesn’t yet have an official release date. Apparently HBO has said that April is the target time period.
Fans of the Games of Thrones television series, and slightly even more so the fans of A Song of Ice and Fire book series have so much awesome on the horizon. HBO’s smash hit adaption of George R.R. Martin‘s series comes back with season two in April of 2012 and someday Martin will finish his epic novels, I’m just sure of it. And now, there are not one, not two but three video games based on Game of Thrones on their way! I know, I know, three? How could they possibly make three Game of Thrones‘ games and expect them all to succeed?
It looks like they’re hoping to bring Game of Thrones into every corner of the gaming market with these three games, each targeting a different kind of gamer. First, there will be an RPG available for the PS3, Xbox and PC. I’m hoping for something similar to the Dragon Age series, which I already find to the be a perfect video game counterpart to Martin’s complicated world. There will also be a social networking game, kind of like Farmville, which is obviously for the casual gamer. I don’t care if I can pillage another’s farm a la The Mountain in this game, I will not sink to the level of game even somewhat similar to Farmville. Ew. And finally, the third game will be a browser based, free-to-play MMO developed by Bigpoint. These are the same folks who made the Battlestar Galatica MMO which I’ve only heard good about.
The best part about the RPG? Martin is involved in its development! Here’s what was reported in USA Today,
is based on an original story by Martin. HBO plans to share video with the developers so that the game parallels the series. …
Even though Martin is involved in all the games, the author says, “I am not an expert in this field. … I trust in (the developers’) expertise.”
Among the characters Martin created for the in-development and as-yet-untitled role-playing games are a member of the Night’s Watch on the frozen Wall and a Red priest. The game “has some interesting stuff and looks gorgeous,” he says.
So let’s recap, Game of Thrones returns to HBO in April, three video games are being developed, one with Martin’s insight and someday he may even finish those books! Are you guys excited?
Give me a P. Give me an A. Give me an X. What does that spell? PAX…you dyslexic sucka duck! YES, the much-anticipated, annual, nerdfest PAX East (a la Penny Arcade) in Boston came, went and totally took advantage of the prime real estate that is my body. I need a breath mint, deodorant and massage from a small Vietnamese woman with mighty – yet gentle- hands (and is up for expected happy ending). For those of you scratching your heads wondering what the hell is PAX East?! First, I’d like to slap you upside the head for being an ignorant douche-canoe. This is our culture. How do you not know about this?!?! OK, here’s a quick run-through: PAX East, is like a smaller E3, but intended for consumers rather than developers. See, they get a bunch of video game hot shots to show off their hardware, software and um…in some cases hot chicks in tall boots
"These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."
Then, they invite the public to hang out and fall in love with all kinds of the latest, greatest gear and games on (or about to enter) the video game scene. Attendees can play games, attend panel sessions about all kinds of cool stuff, see live music and even compete in video game tournaments! Exciting, right? YES! Especially if you like shiny bags of SWAG, the occasional hot chick in costume, new technology, and inspiring speeches.
So now you have a pretty solid idea of what goes on in general. What might not be entirely clear to you is the feeling of “home”. *cue the violin for sappy time* Let’s face it, we as gamers are strange and weird. We typically don’t mesh well with the world outside our own. The acceptance in ordinary society is growing quite rapidly, but how many people in your life truly appreciate and understand your pleasure, your obsession, your escape? While we’re predominantlyhaving too much fun to care, wouldn’t it be nice to be embraced by a collective mutuality? After all, you know gamer friends are the perfect circle of people you always want to hang out with. Why not a sea of thousands, all singing to the tune of “Let’s Play”? Simply put, PAX is your haven. Your heaven. Your home.