I was first exposed to D&D when a friend of mine, noticing how into Diablo I was, told me tales of Baldur’s Gate. It was all downhill from there, although I didn’t get a chance to play a proper tabletop game until much later, when I played some one-shot campaigns at a convention in Columbus (Dragoncon, I think?). When I ended up doing a year abroad I joined the Oxford Tabletop Games Society (or something like that) and it got me wrapped up in all sorts of tabletop shenanigans (and some more “society” RPGs too. I played a shitty wizard who accidentally became a swarm of sentient bees and went on to become, well, some kind of lesser bee god or something. It was GREAT. My favorite tabletop character was a cockroach-like creature in a poorly-designed mechanical suit which in theory was supposed to look like a human but in practice looked like a mechanical horror. It was a great year). That was mostly 3.5 rules, I think. Then I picked up 4th ed and had a fairly long campaign that was brought to a tragic halt when the DM broke up with his girlfriend, who also happened to be the sister of one of the players. Things got awkward and it stopped.
A few other one-off campaigns at conventions happened here and there, and some homebrew systems run by a buddy of mine (who designs tabletop games in a professional capacity now, I think? I kind of lost touch with the dude), and we eventually played around with D&D Next. Then my brother started running a 5th ed campaign which we now do once a year at Christmas (aka the only time the friends involved can meet up and get drunk and kill gobbos), and most recently another buddy of mine started running a campaign over Skype. A bit hard to manage all the different time zones (and occasionally we lose a player because his kids are being rowdy or whatever), but it’s going pretty well.
Of course, we’ve had to cancel the last few weeks, which has resulted in the following purchases as I chased the Dragon of tabletop nonsense:
- A pack of 6 sets of dice (each with their own dice bags)
One of these boxes (I put Ygdrassil on it because I like Ygdrassil)
- A Dungeon Master guide, because I have been thinking of making a campaign
- A Monster Manual, for the same reason
- Sword Coast Legends, because I wanted a 5th ed D&D video game (unfortunately this game kind of sucks)
Instead of playing any new video games (apart from SCL) I have been almost exclusively playing Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale, because they remain the purest expression of D&D mechanics in video gamem form whilst listening to various actual play podcasts (Acquisitions Inc., Acquisitions Inc. the “C” Team, The Adventure Zone, Friends at the Table).
Oh and obviously debating the merits of looking for another group to play more D&D with, because I don’t know if once a week is enough to scratch that itch.
I’ve also been thinking about finding a group to play the Sprawl with, because I’ve got that hanging around and I really like the idea of it - I’ve just been on a heavy fantasty kick lately so it is not a giant priority at the moment.