Bret and I played in the inaugural session of our friend Paul’s B/X Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Demon Verge. It was awesome and I can’t wait for the next session. I’ve played video games since my hands could reasonably handle a controller, but I’m absolutely brand-spankin’ new to tabletop gaming, so I’m super excited to take part in this game. I say “tabletop” and in large part, that’s an accurate description–we’re rolling polyhedral dice by hand to determine our character’s successes and shortcomings–but our game strays slightly from a typical “tabletop” game in that, instead of five players and one Dungeon Master huddled around a coffee table, we are five players and one DM rolling dice from behind our respective computer screens. Our interstate gaming sessions take place via Google Hangouts. Oh, the wonders of technology!
So far, being physically separated from the rest of the players (save for one, whose base camp/adventure station/computer desk sits right next to mine) hasn’t impaired our ability to take our turns and play this game in the manner of a face-to-face session. In Hangouts, we can see each other and converse in real-time. Of course, not having any experience in an actual face-to-face gaming session, I can’t comment as to how the pace or feel of a session differs. As we continue to play this story out, I’ll share some tales of our adventures, as well as my experiences as a very green tabletop roleplaying-gamer in this campaign and among seasoned (and bloody smart) gamerfolk. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, I’d like to share with you a silly affinity of mine that this tabletop gaming has unearthed: fancy dice!
These seven-piece sets by Q-Workshop are so cool! I can’t decide which set I like best! I imagine myself, an apprentice gamer-adventurer, stepping into a shop designed specifically for such clients as myself, and I receive the greeting of the eager shopkeeper who walks me through his wares–fancy dice, plain dice, glowing dice, enchanted dice, sneaky dice (for tricksters, you know), scratch-and-sniff dice, hologram dice–and he knows just the set for me, because he can sense my heart, of course.
Where can I find this place, outside of Diagon Alley? Dear people of the world, hear my plea: for the love of all things nerdy, please make this magical dice shop of my dreams happen! In the meantime, I’m going to focus on keeping
my character Cadie Stone-Spar alive. For glory!