As many of you may already be aware, I’m a Nerd, and I’m super proud of it too. I’ve always been a Nerd, into computers and video games and programming, but I’ve only just recently, in my adult life, entered the world of Tabletop RPG. I had played many RPG video games, just never had a crew that played Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) or Shadowrun, until now!
Just about a year ago I was lucky enough to get invited to a “Game 0”, a trial-by-fire of sorts by a co-worker with whom I share an affinity for all things Nerd. She had been talking about Dungeons and Dragons and I had said that I always wanted to play but never had the chance, she made it happen.
She got one of her friends to agree do be our GM (Game Master), and another friend to join in with her on our team and host. Another first-timer and I were invited to a to play what I thought would be a nice slow introductory game of Shadowrun; A futuristic RPG with hackers and whatnot, for those unfamiliar. You get contracts, run jobs, and try to stay alive. Within the 30 seconds the 2 veterans on our team were dead and we were on the run with the information we stole from a data center, trying to figure out whether to stay and fight, run, or hide. I was on the edge of my seat the entire night, I was hooked.
I was then given a guest spot at the “Big Table”, with the professionals (I still look at them this way). This was a custom world created by the Game Master, with intricate maps, player guides, and backstories to boot. This level of creativity was mesmerizing as well as the depth the players gave to their characters, it was easy to get lost in the world. This was a chance to foray into the more “classic” Dungeons and Dragons worlds, pre-digital, Ye Olde Sword and Shield if you will.
I’ve played in many different worlds now, as and with many different characters, and it just keeps getting better. I got into Acquisitions Incorporated and Dice, Camera, Action (go Waffle Crew)!. Chris Perkins puts them both through hell, and they have a blast while he does it.
Much like DCA, we have been playing a weekly game on-line recently that has been an absolute blast. It’s hard to juggle scheduled and get everyone together in person so we can only do it once every 4-6 weeks or so. Weekly gaming is usually shorter, but more often, and we video chat to get the most of the interactive experience.
Our GM just announced that we are going to start playing official D&D Adventurers League in preparation to play at a table together at PAX East. This, for me, is going to the the first time going to PAX, which I’m super excited about anyway, but the chance to game with my crew in a public forum, and create some new memories, it’s freaking awesome.
Are you going to PAX East this year? Maybe I’ll see you, or you’ll see me and my crew!