Venerable Dad and Hero Kid

Some members in one of the online communities that I am part of have been running a 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons role playing game via the online Roll20App. I’ve really enjoyed the mechanics and there is certainly alot less number crunching involved, although I think this mostly in part to the way Roll20 speeds up nearly all checks and actions so that the players can focus more on role playing and enjoying themselves.

I last played D&D since 1998 and that was AD&D 2nd Edition so it’s taken me a little time to get back into the swing of things but I’m happy to be back playing a game on a semi-regular basis. I’m exploring options to GM a game with some friends online in the new year.

Hero Kids

herokidsThis morning Littlest Troll undertook his first steps into the world of role playing with a title I picked up from DriveThruRPG called Hero Kids.

I was very pleased with how the game makes activities simple, making them easy to explain to a child yet the game still remained enjoyable for those playing. The small one doesn’t have a great attention span and can get bored easily, the first adventure felt just about right time wise, with a huge number of giant rats laying unconscious in some caves.

Since there is a Cyber Monday Sale on this weekend at DriveThruRPG I think I shall be picking up the complete bundle for this game Hero Kids – Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle [BUNDLE] which includes:

  • Hero Kids – Fantasy RPG (Core Rules book)[discounted as I already own this].
  • Fantasy Expansion – Pet Cards
  • Fantasy Expansion – Monster Compendium
  • Fantasy Expansion – Equipment Cards
  • Fantasy Expansion – Hero Cards II
  • Fantasy Expansion – Hero Cards III
  • Fantasy Expansion – Hero Cards IV
  • Fantasy Adventure – Curse of the Shadow Walkers
  • Fantasy Adventure – Escape from the Ghost Pirates
  • Fantasy Adventure – Fire in Rivenshore
  • Fantasy Adventure – Glade of the Unicorn
  • Fantasy Adventure – Mines of Martek
  • Fantasy Adventure – The Lost Village
  • Fantasy Adventure – Tomb of the Lost King
  • Fantasy Adventure – Wizard’s Tower
  • Fantasy Adventure – Yuletide Journey
  • Fantasy Premium Adventure – Maze of the Minotaur

Hopefully we can get some role playing done over the Christmas period if the little troll hold still  and If we discover that he enjoys the game and wants to play more I’m tempted to get the Flat Plastic miniatures https://arcknight.squarespace.com/shop/fpm-hero-kids.

Shadow of Orwell

The year is 2017 and you have been successfully selected to become an investigator surveying the online presence of the denizens of The Nation, monitoring their electronic communications, files and interactions. Using the latest tool in the government’s arsenal ORWELL, you are thrown into the thick of things after an explosion occurs in the Nation’s Capitol.

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Over the past four weeks I have had the pleasure of consuming the episodic game Orwell by Surprise Attack Games, I have found myself eagerly awaiting the weekly email summoning me into action. Slowly watching the story unfold has made me both excited and anxious, in equal measure, I think having the episodes ready for a weekly release was very nicely timed, it built the suspense but didn’t keep you waiting too long like some other episode driven games.

I really enjoyed playing this game and found that there was a good amount of flavour information that gave you a more detailed understanding of the world in which you inhabit. The characters had good feeling of depth and I found that I could empathise with their feelings and actions. I won’t hide the fact that the game has a linear direction, which isn’t unexpected due to type of game, however the choices that you make along in all episodes the way have ramifications on short and long term events.

Summary

This futuristic game hints that the passing of a government “Safety Bill” has resulted in the lowest levels of violent crime, but it also poses the questions “How much is too much?” and of course “At what cost”. Sadly the themes in the game are now a reality of the real world we inhabit, with the Investigatory Powers Act a looming reality that includes mass surveillance in the UK, of course in the name of safety. Orwell does a very good job at illustrating how such a system can be implemented and utilised to be the point of being intrusive, disruptive or in some cases deadly.

The game also highlights how opinions/messages posted in the public domain (social media) can be misconstrued and used against a person.

Give it a go

If you are interested in I would encourage you to try out the first episode http://orwellgame.com/ for free, be advised that the first episode acts like a tutorial inpart so can feel like you are being handheld.

Maybe the recruitment video will help you decide.