Dungeons and Dragons: What is it, is it for me?

 

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Approaching the end of a musty, stone hallway a thick, wooden door stands closed in front of you; blocking your path. Attempting to calm your nerves, you quietly press your ear against the door. Even through the thick oak you can hear multiple creatures talking in gruff, harsh voices. Though their words are in a language you do not understand, their tones and inflections are known to you, orcs. At least a dozen of the brutes.

Turning around you creep back to your group of friends. “Orcs,” you whisper, “at least a dozen.”

The squat, heavily armored dwarf fighter snorts at your caution. “Not even enough for me to break a sweat, whelp, lets have at it,” he exclaims drawing his sharp double handed axe.

However, before he can advance  the human wizard, clothed in bright red robes, shakes her head. “A cautious adventurer is a long lived one, let us give these orcs something of a surprise,” the wizard says with a twinkle in her eye.

Sighing the dwarf shrugs his shoulders, “very well, but at least leave a few for me.” With that you creep back up to the door. Your ally the wizard is already deep in her incantation. The excitement of combat creeping upon you, you grab the door handle swinging it open. Moments afterwards a ball of flame shoots into the room, radiating an intense hear. It impacts upon something in the room, exploding in a orgy of destruction. The shrieks of the orcs are quickly silenced as the inferno consumes the monsters.

“Thought you were going to leave some for me,” the dwarf shouts, glaring at the wizard. The human shrugs, smiling, “My bad,” he exclaims.

Player 1 (Dwarf): Wait this is a fantasy adventure, people don’t say my bad!

Player 2 (Wizard): What ever, that’s 12 more kills to my tally.

Player 1 (Dwarf): You better hope you didn’t destroy the loot. I walk into the room, careful to stomp out any fires, please tell me some loot is safe.

Dungeon Master: (rolls dice) Yes. Though their armor is destroyed, their weapons and gold remains safe.

Player 1 (Dwarf): Woohoo! I begin to collect it…

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Ever wonder what playing Dungeons and Dragons, better known as D&D, is like? Well this has been a brief example of a session between 3 players and a Dungeon Master.

D&D is a pen and paper Role Playing Game, much like Skyrim, Fallout, or Dragon Age. In game one person plays as the Dungeon Master, or DM, and creates the adventure, which a group of friend then play through as the heroes (or villains).  Much like those aforementioned games, D&D is a game of choice. How will you navigate the dungeons? Will you help the town? Do you negotiate for more money? Do you even pursue this adventure, or look elsewhere for something else? Would you rather spend your time building a business or buying equipment?

Unlike video game RPGs, D&D is completely flexible. Players can do pretty much anything they desire, within the normal bounds of the physics of the world and their character’s power. In addition, unlike video game RPGs, you get to play with a group of your friends. Finally, D&D is a game that you the players dictate the flow of. Unlike video games, which have set parameters, D&D is set up to be tweaked freely taking into account what each player wants out of the game.

Does this sound interesting to you? Want to know how to get started? Or perhaps you already play and are looking for playing tips, either as a player or as a Dungeon Master? Look for future articles coming soon while I walk you through how to cheaply start D&D, quick and easy ways to learn the rules, and other help strategies!

-Jake Hutton

 

 

 

The Last of Us DLC Left Behind Gets a Release Date

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After a long time we finally get concrete info on the Last of Us’ DLC. Sony revealed a trailer this week that’s nearly 3 minutes long and shows the DLC’s other main character Riley, whom was mentioned in the main story. Naughty Dog explains that this DLC will be more about exploration and less about combat, and that this story will have just as much impact as the main story. The Last of Us’ “Left Behind” DLC comes out on February 14. Hope you guys are ready for this, I am.

Xbox One Leads US Console Sales in December

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The NPD Group has revealed the top ten best-selling games in the United States for the month of December, plus for the entirety of 2013.

Total software sales for the month were $1.28 billion (down 17% from $1.54 billion in December 2012), and hardware brought in $1.37 billion (up 28% from $1.07 billion last year). now with this being said Xbox has been selling more consoles due too the lack of ps4s being sent out.

here is a list showing the game sales from Dec 1 2013 to Jan 4 2014

Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)**
Battlefield 4 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)**
Madden NFL 25 (360, XBO, PS3, PS4)
NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)**
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)**
Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)**
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, XBO, PS4, NWU, PSV, PC)
FIFA 14 (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, PSV)
Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, XBO, PS4)

Mr Freeze dlc coming to Arkham Origins

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After waiting to find out what rocksteady was Revealing, we find out that it is a story based dlc about Mr freeze. Apparently its following the hearts of ice storyline from the animated series which shows the origin of Freeze. Lets just hope that this dlc is just as good as the main story.

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