The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 7 – Favorite Edition

There’s a lot to love about all of them (except the edition after 3.5e and before 5e that shall not be named nor acknowledged), but I prefer the Pathfinder rule set. They fixed much of what was wrong with 3.5e and added a few new twists that restore a lot of the joy of playing that had been diminished for a while. Yes, Pathfinder is a bit math heavy at times, especially when trying to figure out if bonuses stack, but I think it rarely causes the game to get bogged down and it adds a lot to the playability over 3/3.5e.

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 6 – Favorite Deity

Well, as with most things game related this has a complex answer. While we have played in a mostly Forgotten Realms world, it is a home-brew version where pretty much any deity was acceptable. As such, of the divine based characters I have played, 2 were clerics of Pelor, a Greyhawk deity, 1 was a paladin of Helm, a Forgotten Realms deity, 1 was a cleric of Heironeous, another deity of Greyhawk, and one was a cleric of Occipitus, not a deity at all really, but a plane of existence that kind of sits on the Abyssal range. However, it was formed from a fallen part of the Celestial planes, so it’s kind of lost in between. Now that we are playing in Golarion, my current cleric is of Ra, an ancient god of Osirion.

I enjoyed them all to an extent, but the one I had the most fun with was the cleric of Occipitus. He’s the same character that started out as a bard and was “converted”. If you’ve ever played the Shackled City campaign, you probably know about the plane of Occipitus and the Smoke-Eye. Aeduin took upon himself the guardianship of that plane and became its cleric, replacing one of his eyes with a smoking eye. It ended up being a lot of fun.

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 5 – Favorite Die or Dice

By far my favorites are my newest set of dice, the Q-Workshop Pathfinder Metal Dice set from their recent Kickstarter campaign. I got the silver dice and they are amazing. Well weighted and balanced, beautiful, smooth rolling and they make a great sound rolling into the dice tray. My only minor quibble is that they are sometimes hard to read. The numbers are small, so it can sometimes be difficult to tell if it rolled a 6, a 9 or a P (They replace the top number on each die with the Pathfinder P symbol. i.e. on a d20, P means 20, on a d8 it means 8, etc).

They will be my go-to dice set for the foreseeable future.

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 4 – Favorite Game World

Hands down my number one all time favorite is 1st and 2nd edition Krynn. 2nd favorite is 2nd and 3/3.5e Forgotten Realms. I have to admit, though, that Pathfinder’s Golarion is starting to grow on me.

I haven’t delved too far into the 5th ed changes for the Forgotten Realms. After all the stupid crap they did in the earlier edition, I haven’t found myself all that interested in looking into it.

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 3 – Favorite PC Class

Number one is wizard. My all time favorite character is a human wizard, a former Aes Saidar of Cormyr, currently evil thanks to his lust for power and reading a Tome of Evil. Wizards tend to use thought over brute force, which is my preferred mode of operation. That’s not the same as being passive, however. He prefers to act rather than endlessly discuss possible actions and had a habit of wandering off. It got him in trouble more than once.

Second favorite is probably warriors in general. Just because I enjoy opposites, I will often play a warrior character who will let others discuss and then bash when the time is right. Though, come to think of it, my warrior characters would often get bored and wander off as well. Maybe it’s just me?

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 2 – Favorite PC Race

I’m a bit torn between human and dwarf. I tend to prefer humans for my arcane and roguish characters and dwarves for my divine and warrior type characters, but I don’t tend to favor one over the other. For instance, in the Shackled City campaign I played human bard. I was only moderately interested in him as a character, but was not disinterested enough to have him written out or killed off. It’s the only time I’d played a bard and wanted to see it through at least a ways. Through some events, he eventually had all his bard levels changed for a modified/custom cleric class. He ended up being one of my all time favorite characters, even though most of my clerics are dwarves.

Another of my favorite characters was a dwarven cleric who found himself travelling through White Plume Mountain in Greyhawk and ended up with an extra eye in the back of his neck, the ability to cast fireballs and believing himself to be Keraptis. That was a lot of fun.

On a couple of occasions I have played an elf, but I always play them as an outcast who cares little for the rest of elven civilization. That’s primarily because I find elves annoying in general. Well, at least pre-Lord of the Rings movies they were annoying.

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 1 – How you got started

I posted these once before, but my site died and a lot of my old posts are gone forever. So I’m going to run this again.

So this D&D 30 day challenge has been floating around for a while and I decided to join in. I’m expanding the definition to include Pathfinder as well as Dungeons and Dragons since that’s the rules system I primarily play in right now.

I was first introduced to D&D in elementary school. From time to time I would sit on the steps with some classmates during recess and we would play through modules, both official and homebrew. My interest waxed and waned over the rest of my elementary, junior and senior high school years. I had no interest in Greyhawk or most of the other campaign worlds, but if a session was going to be run in the Dragonlance world of Krynn, I was there.

I owned the Basic Rules set (1981 edition with the green dragon cover), the Advanced rules, and the Expert rules sets. I still have my Basic Edition pale blue, impossible to read dice set around somewhere, though most of the books and characters are long gone. It wasn’t really until 2nd edition was released, however, that I invested heavily in both time and books. 2nd edition, with it’s endless array of books and modules set in the Forgotten Realms was what drew me to regular gaming. I still had my love for Krynn, but as official TSR support had gone away with Dragonlance going to the SAGA ruleset, my interest in playing it also drifted away.

As I left high school for college and life, my time also drifted to other things and I played less and less. I found a few game sessions around campus at USU, but no groups really interested me longterm and few took it too seriously. I eventually got married, left school and moved back to my home state. As it so happens, about that time a couple of guys that I knew from school had a weekly group called The Wyrmfang Chronicles and were looking to add another player to replace someone who had departed the group. For more than 20 years now we have played nearly every week. Up until a couple of years ago, we adventured in a homebrew rendition of the Forgotten Realms, but are currently exploring a little bit of Pathfinder’s world of Golarion. We have transitioned from AD&D 2nd ed to 3rd, then 3.5. When the edition which will not be spoken of came out, we switched to Pathfinder and left D&D behind. And while 5th ed D&D has a few interesting pieces to it, there’s been no serious discussions about us switching.

I also game on occasion with other groups, but the only regular sessions I run are with the Wyrmfang group.