Playing Dungeons & Dragons for the first time

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  • drasnordrasnor Starship Operator Hawthorne, CA

    Can I play with you?

  • I so miss DnD, though back when I was playing, going topless and putting wooden clothes pins on our nipples was par for the course.

    That looks like Medieval Battletech 4th edition?

  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario
    edited April 2014

    That is indeed 4th Edition.

    Absolutely love TRPGs, I think my system collection is up to something like 30 different game systems at this point.

    Always awesome when more people start playing TRPGs, wish I could play with you guys! The amount of individuals interested in playing TRPGs in Toronto I know of is an incredibly small number.

  • TeramonaTeramona Consulting Tea Specialist Best Coast!

    This was a lot of fun. I've been wanting to play forever, and I was super lucky to find a group that is playful and enthusiastic. I've watched a group before who was... well, they were they lamest. Any time Dan tried to infuse any humor or creativity in to it they shut him down.

    @Drasnor, Yeah! If you're actually interested, we're playing again this Saturday the 19th. Dan wasn't there the first time, but he's going to be jumping in, too.

  • drasnordrasnor Starship Operator Hawthorne, CA

    I don't think I have any plans for the 19th; what's the venue? Are we rolling scores or doing point buy?

  • TeramonaTeramona Consulting Tea Specialist Best Coast!

    ... I don't know what either of those things mean. I'll ask the DM. The venue is actually Tom and Linda's. They were at our last party, so you met them. Very cool people. They live within walking distance to us, so you can probably just come here and we'll all walk there together, because the parking situation is kind of a nightmare over there.

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    (The photo is mine, and yes, it's D&D 4E)

  • KoreishKoreish I'm a penguin, deal with it. KCMO

    It's funny you write this as I literally just started a DnD campaign today as a DM. It's my first time as a DM and it's only my third time having played a DnD game.

    I hate to say it, but I don't think my group is going to work out. We've got one guy who's been a long time player, another who is treating everything like it's a joke and isn't showing much in the way of interest, the third wants to "power level", and the fourth has never played a day in her life. I'm hoping we can move past these problems.

  • SodaMatthew Soto Ann Arbor, MI

    3.5 is a massive pile of convoluted bloated junk. The system is ok, but the massive flooding of random barely regulated content created a basically completely broken system. If you have a very well-versed DM that can house rule everything to be reasonable it's ok, otherwise I highly recommend pathfinder. Similar to 3.5, but cleaned up a lot of mechanics to make more sense, and most importantly threw all the content out the window to make a streamlined, sensible, balanced set of content (there are of course SOME exceptions).

    4e has a very different problem set. While some people really hate it, I personally enjoyed the combat and technical aspect of it quite a lot once you got a few levels in, and especially higher end levels like 10+ (early on, 4e is even more boring than other d&d editions since you basically just spam your at-will every single round). The main issue is everything else. The spells, feats, and class features (every class can have many sets of features in pathfinder, replacing certain features with alternative options) add a lot not only to combat options/variety, but also adds a TON to out of combat. The general "skill encounter" idea in 4e pales in comparison to the kind of stuff you can do while "out of combat" in pathfinder, adding a lot to the feel and immersiveness of the story. You can just do more things in pathfinder (or 3.5 even), making things more free form.

    That said, I have played and enjoyed all 3 quite a lot, since in reality d&d is all about the people you're playing with.

  • d3k0yd3k0y Loveland, OH

    4E is a really good starter set, even more so if you have had no experience at all with DnD. It changed a lot from 3.5 and most of the players I knew had played prior to 4E and trying to get them to swap was difficult.

    It was really surprising how much they simplified, and how much more complicated that actually made the game when you were used to a certain way of playing.

    I am looking forward to some updates each week to see what you think as the game progresses.

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    I really enjoy 4E. I think it's a great system.

  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario
    edited April 2014

    I've never been a fan of 4E.

    For all it's issues 3.5 is definitely my preferred D&D system, Vancian Magic and the like are all fascinating, I never really got behind daily spells and what not I'm not a fan of the MMO-y feel I get from it.

    The fluff is the biggest part that irritates me though, it's just something about a Bard casting spells with a wand instead of a lute that irks me.

    That said it's really difficult to switch systems when you've played one since Middle School, convincing people to give both Cyberpunk and Shadowrun a try over D&D was almost impossible (But totally worth it)

  • CrazyJoeCrazyJoe Winter Springs, FL

    I miss Sunday night IC D&D. My wife still occasionally will ask me if I have a game on Sunday night and it gives me the sads... :-(

  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX

    Obligatory Pathfinder post.

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf-

    Hey, if your group switches to Pathfinder or 3.5, I know of a sweet setting you could use.

  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario

    Plugging 13th Age, from my experience with the system and the reviews associated with it it's actually managed to do what 3.5 couldn't and Pathfinder only partially got right. (And what I feel 4e fails at in terms of fluff or lore.)

    It made martial characters work on par with casters without seeming unnatural or ill thought out, it also made a massive number or rules changes which, imo just make for awesome really easy-to-learn play.

  • TeramonaTeramona Consulting Tea Specialist Best Coast!

    Preeeeetty sure we're playing a heavily modded version of the first edition.

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI
    edited April 2014

    Ah, so Fifth Edition :)

  • SodaSoda Ann Arbor, MI

    I've heard a lot of good things about D&D Next, but I haven't taken a close look yet. Seems like it could be pretty cool.

  • d3k0yd3k0y Loveland, OH

    I signed up for the playtest of DnD5, it was only a glimpse of the artificer, but it looked stupid.

  • TeramonaTeramona Consulting Tea Specialist Best Coast!

    @primesuspect said:
    Ah, so Fifth Edition :)

    Is that how it works?

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    By all accounts, they went back to their roots and started from 1E to build 5E (AKA D & D Next).

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  • IlriyasIlriyas The Syrupy Canadian Toronto, Ontario

    If you're playing 1E and you're level 1 I have but one critical piece of advice.

    Never attack a housecat, or any kind of domesticated animal for that matter.

  • TeramonaTeramona Consulting Tea Specialist Best Coast!

    That's okay, Ily. I watched a very informative movie.

    I got this.

  • GnomeWizarddGnomeWizardd Member 4 Life Akron, PA

    Ive never even thought of playing, Hmm might look into it now

  • ThelemechThelemech Victoria

    Love the original Advanced Dungeon & Dragons - many great times were had.

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