In one of my last posts in 2016 I mentioned that I was enjoying playing Dungeons and Dragons and that I was possibly looking into running a game for some of my clan members. Well that is now fully underway with a pre generated campaign to kick things off, this was to allow everyone to get to know 5th edition (players and GM alike), but also to test the waters with regards to if players are ready to commit the time, before having the GM spend time and effort on building a unique campaign.
The player characters have been rolled up now and i’m quite looking forward to throwing mobs at them over the next month or so.
We have looked into using fantasy grounds to run role playing games in the past but found that understanding the software was sometimes trickier than working out THAC0. So this time around we are using Roll20, which given the feedback I have got so far seems to be going down a storm. We have run some test fights to help players understand how their attacks, saves and skills work, which I have to admit is such a pleasure to using with the 5th edition ruleset.
As we are running an off the shelf campaign I haven’t any plans to share it, publicly, however once we move into custom work I’m tempted to host the campaign information on Obsidian Portal, to help keep track of characters, events and documents.
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.
This 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.
The last three months have been very busy on the work front with a very tight deadline project that has been rather taxing, plus on call has been manic in May. Also I was diverting a lot of energy into driving lessons, theory and practical test preparations but happily I sat my driving test and passed on the second attempt.
Awesomely my father in law donated his car to me which was great and saved me quite a bit of hassle finding a car.
So after spending my annual bonus on car insurance and tax we undertook an adventure to Bluestone with family and friends. Of course every holiday experience has to start with hiccup and this one was no different with a bolt that holds the gear pivot shearing off and me having to call out the Breakdown service, thankfully it was repairable.
After 1 month driving I still dislike it, but do enjoy the hour or so I have reclaimed on my daily commute.
I haven’t really been playing much in the way of social games recently, my Game List in the sidebar is likely very out of date.
- Battlefield 4 – After the worst start in FPS history I decided that my trigger finger was wasting away. I have been playing a few nights a week as a drop in game.
- Dreamfall Chapters – Man this game is so detailed at times, a great follow up the previous games in the series.
- Always Sometimes Monsters – Part of me thinks this game is an old school masterpiece reskinned, but maybe not. Very good and harrowing story.
- Space Run – A fun tower defense game that seeing you having to adapt mid level to counter opposing forces.
- Kentucky Route Zero – I’ve only just started making my way through this interesting story.
We headed down to Rules of Play in Cardiff twice in the last 2 months, damn that shop has alot of choice and it maybe a few pound more than Amazon but supporting a “local” business is more important, plus you get to browse.
In the digital age I buy my Computer games and Music via download outlets but with physical copies of tabletop games it’s nice to read the blurbs and ask a real person about a game rather that taking those Amazon feedback scores as gospel.
This last month we have obtained:
- Love Letter
- Race to Adventure
- The Cave
- Bucket of Doom
- Zombie Dice 3
- Tsuro of the Seas
plus our wedding anniversary gifts
- Hobbit Love Letter
- Machi Koro
We’ve had a great time playing through them all recently and some of our existing games too.