I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but last year was pretty poor from a gaming POV. Oh I have mentioned it. Well I suppose I might stop going on about it eventually 🙂
Still there was one bright spot in the sea of dismalness and that was the fact that I started to play Dungeons and Dragons again for the first time in 20 odd years. What made it even better is that my daughters started to play it with me, a true family bonding experience.
For me D&D started back in the early 80s when a friend of mine brought AD&D along on one of those activity week things that they make you do at school and one evening we played a very simple adventure – I was an Illusionist called Melkizadrek. Needless to say I was hooked instantly and throughout the rest of my school life we played pretty regularly in a science lab over lunch time. Of course being teenage boys these sessions were pretty low on actual roleplay and more about getting the most powerful magic items so you could decimate whatever fiendish beasts the DM would throw at us (Wand of Orcus!!!!!) but it was still great fun.
Forward-wind a few years and I got involved in another group (think this would have been 3rd edition) which would meet once a month in the DMs flat for an all day session. Of course being older now this would involve the consumption of adult beverages and again the actual roleplaying content was probably pretty low, though we did at least try to be consistent with our motivations and how our characters acted – something that certainly didn’t happen in the teenage sessions (lawful good to chaotic evil in the space of a conversation was pretty common)
Of course life then got in the way – it has a nasty habit of doing that – and what with work, marriage, children and moving to another country D&D fell by the wayside for a long long time.
Then a few years ago a conversation with the ever so lovely Dave Bartley who introduced me to Fantasy Grounds and the possibility of playing over the internet lurched into view. Fantastic, can play from the comfort of my own office and not actually have to meet anybody. Of course what I didn’t realise that by its very nature, getting everyone together to play on x night was an almost impossible attempt to herd cats and these efforts quickly fell by the wayside (sorry Dave). It did however respark the Role Playing bug in me and given that my eldest daughter had joined in one of the sessions a possible family activity was born. Got to love it when your hobby and family activities collide.
At the same time Peter Sheppard, whom I had got to know through playing Malifaux was running a regular D&D night in London and whenever he tweeted about it I would post stalkerish messages about getting involved. Well he is lovely!!! Anyway, he agreed to run a one off adventure at Wayland and this time I took both my daughters along (as well as Matts eldest) and a massively fun time was had by all. It seemed we were all hooked and when the stars aligned that Joel said he wanted to DM a campaign we all jumped at the chance.
So now every month we drive over to the house of the wonderful Wintons in Birmingham play 6 or 7 hours of D&D (and lets be honest, 6 hours of that is the mighty Krunk saving the party from whatever troubles they have got themselves into) and then we come home to a massive singalong in the car.
I’ve also playing in a couple of one shots run by Bunty (called Bunty for reasons far to long to go into here) for various peoples Birthdays and I even dipped my toe into the DMing pool itself when my younger daughter asked for a D&D adventure for her birthday party.
Its been great and long may it continue. Plus its really trendy to play D&D at the moment so this makes me practically a hipster. Just need my coconut-milk organic latte now.
Lets face it, I’m a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one