Running from the Band Wagon

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

I often find myself getting hyped for new fads of gaming. The horrible game that I regret preordering? Still bought the DLC. That $300 board game? Played it once and it sits on my shelf gathering dust.

However, I sometimes look at a game that everyone recommends and I’m just not interested. Age of Sigmar? No, I have enough armies to half paint! X-Wing 2.0? AKA: $300 to keep playing with $500 worth of models I own. No, just no.

Occasionally this causes me to miss something great though. I recently discovered the board game Scythe.

I had often seen it at my local hobby shop, pulled it down, looked at the box, said “hmmm… might be fun,” and then put it back. I finally grabbed it during a sale, and discovered I had missed out on something uniquely enjoyable.

Looking back, there was plenty of info out on the internet to see that I probably would like the game. This got me thinking. Why do I gravitate toward some games and not others? The answer:

Information

Whether misinformation or accurate facts, information is what drives people to buy in or hold back. Ruminating on this brings me to what I would consider great advice for anyone looking into any new game.

Do research.

Dont just look up trailers and reviews from people with free promotional copies and nothing to lose by giving mediocre or good reviews.

Look up how to play a game, look up reviews by Joe Everyman who spent $300 for the game, and listen to the criticism he gives. You may find that you totally disagree, and you like the game. I’ve had a few of those, but normally I end up with some fancy new shelf decorations.

Go find new games, but do the research and get a good one!

Buying RPG Dice for Beginners

Don’t Buy a $50 Metal Dice Set… Yet

The first reaction of many people I’ve introduced to Role Playing Games is “I want to get my own set of dice.”

I personally love this sentiment. I started buying polyhedral dice years before I played an RPG.

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A Special Treat

This week we have a very special interview with worlds renowned paladin Ris Darkcrusher.

UPDATE: The following transcript is presented to the best of our ability based on eye witness accounts.

Saedreth: You sure this is the right place?

Frerin: He said to meet him by the well.

Saedreth: We’ve been waiting for almost an hour. Aren’t paladins punctual?

Frerin: I don’t know. Do you think that…

Saedreth: Quiet! Do you here something?

Frerin: Sounds like it’s coming from the well.

Saedreth: I’ll check it out. Hold my notes….. um…. I… uh..

Frerin: What did you find?

Saedreth: What does a troll look like?

Frerin: What?! Let me see. Ooh….

Troll: What you mans doing up there?

Saedreth: Um, well… we are waiting to do an interview.

Troll: What interview is?

Frerin: Well, an interview is when we ask questions about someone’s life.

Troll: You interview Timmy?

Frerin: Timmy? Who’s Timmy?

Troll: Me Timmy.

Saedreth: You gotta be kidding me.

Frerin: Actually, we are waiting for a paladin named Ris Darkcrusher.

Timmy: Chewy guy with hammer?

Frerin: …

Saedreth: …

Timmy: Why you stare at Timmy? Chewy man stared at Timmy too…

Frerin: I think we will be going now.

Saedreth and Frerin will be back to blogging after a short recovery.

Using Mental Stats

An Incomplete Education

Your party sits in the restaurant, anxiously awaiting the governors arrival. He walks through the door, attendants on either side of him, yellow robes billowing behind him.”

I stand immediately!” the Bard blurts. At last, this is his big chance to put all that charisma to use. The rest of the party follows suit much less eagerly, but even the Barbarian knows that this meeting is important.

Very good, the governor sits at your table.”

Governor Basho, thank you for deigning to hear our petition. Would you like anything while we talk? Food? Drink?”

The Barbarians player rolls his eyes at the Bards speech and wonders how long he spent preparing it.

The governor fixes his gaze on you and smiles thinly. ‘I would like a glass of warm wine, that is all.’ he says in a clear voice.”

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