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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 10:41 PM
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Does anyone still play pen and paper games?

I've always been attracted to D&D. I grew up playing RPG video games, but my attraction turned into something special when someone gave me a computer game called Baldur's Gate.

It is a game based on AD&D 2nd edition, and from what I can tell it does a darn good job of reproducing the experience. I played this game religiously as a young teen.

Here I am over a decade later still playing!

There are a few places that host table top games: the game shop at the mall, the comic shop etc.

I've always wanted to jump in and learn.

I've mostly been skittish because I'm a shy person, and also because I really don't understand the rules very well.

Playing a video game is easy. Learning to make friends again seems weird. I feel I'm too old. I'd feel like an interloper.

Growing up, none of my friends were even slightly interested in D&D even though we played board games like Risk.



For some reason I am getting an itch to try it out. Any advice on how a Johnny-come-lately can get into a game?





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posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 10:51 PM
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I’m the same, would love to try pen & paper but never had the chance.

That said I can’t see it being any better than pc games, baldurs gate is in my top 3 with Tyranny and Planescape:Torment.
Check em out if you haven’t yet



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 10:56 PM
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originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff


That said I can’t see it being any better than pc games


I can imagine that a creative DM would make it more engaging and interesting--the human element seems to elevate the game.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:05 PM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

It's awesome with a good game master there's really not much to learn, or to know. It's much more fun on pen&paper.

My advice, just go and play!



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:07 PM
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originally posted by: NarcolepticBuddha

originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff


That said I can’t see it being any better than pc games


I can imagine that a creative DM would make it more engaging and interesting--the human element seems to elevate the game.



With me being an ahole I reckon it would just get in the way hahaha



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:07 PM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

Every 1 to 2 weeks, we (my family) meets with our small DnD group. We play ver. 3.5.

We make a dinner out of it and have a lot of fun with it.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:18 PM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

Pretty tough to find a D&D group these days... fortunately there is a store that has D&D night, and MTG night here

Your best bet to experience as close to PNP as possible is a game called "Neverwinter Nights"

Not the new version which is a huge MMO world...

This is an old game...

store.steampowered.com...

User based worlds... with all the dice and widgets available... And IF you're lucky... Live DM's which play along and add story lines and content... I was a DM on a couple servers for years

My old server "Narfell" is still active after like 15 years, and the game still has a big player base

And Just so you know... this game is literally the best RPG ever made bar none




posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:22 PM
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Haven't played in over 20 years. It was fun until you ran out of hit points. Try reading the books if you're unable to bring yourself to join a group. Try the Dark Elf series. An amazing collection that fulfilled my Baulders Gate addiction. (not the video game, I tried it, wasn't a fan compared with Diablo).



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:30 PM
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originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff
I’m the same, would love to try pen & paper but never had the chance.

That said I can’t see it being any better than pc games, baldurs gate is in my top 3 with Tyranny and Planescape:Torment.
Check em out if you haven’t yet


I'm a big Guild Wars fan, but have been a DM since... 1986?

Neverwinter Nights is a good call for a PC version of the same...

I just have to say though... with a good DM and actual people around a table with some spirits and a bit of camaraderie... D&D is only limited by the imagination of the players.

It's like comparing online porn to actual sex... LOL

Find a local group and give it a whirl. New players, in my experience, are not beaten up or hounded on but are taken care of and worked into the group.

Because new ideas and thoughts are like reading a new book, for us older players.

It makes the game better.

Wish you luck on your journey... dive in!!!!



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:40 PM
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Thanks to the internet all geeks are now connected to all nerds.


roll20.net...

I AM ON THAT BATTLETECH SHIZZ!



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:43 PM
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a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

Type in "D&D starter set" into the interwebs. It should have a picture of a green dragon trying to bite a dude with a shield. Get that. Id post a link but ATS doesnt seem to like that and i dont want to get this awesome thread closed.
In the box will be 5 character sheets that help you along and tell you what will happen when in your characters growth so its easy for newbies. It also comes with the campaign book "lost mines of phandelver" and a very basic rule book. It is exactly what you are looking for.

The Baldurs Gate series IS THE BEST VIDEO GAME OF ALL TIME. Ever. Played it when it came out in the late 90's. Several times. Played it again when Beamdog rereleased it. Have done everything there is to do in that series and i still want to go back to it. Honestly, after playing baldurs gate , ever other RPG is kind of a let down.
One difference between the BG series and new d&d is that D&D is on 5th edition now, which uses your imagination more. It doesnt rely on table top maps and stuff like that soo much. You CAN have them, and i like to use them to do big battles, but it gets expensive for a lot of that stuff, but there are ways around that too. It also improves some of the pacing where mages have unlimited level zero spells called cantrips so your low level mage isnt useless after it casts two magic missile spells.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:45 PM
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Jump in and go for it.

Honestly. Most groups want new members they wouldn't advertise otherwise.



posted on Jun, 17 2018 @ 11:56 PM
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Actually, D&D has experienced a lot of growth lately with the 5th edition. Apparently there are more people playing now than there ever have been. It's also become a bit more mainstream than it was when I started playing back in the 90s. I played from junior high up into my early-mid 20s, then life got busier with university and friends getting married and stuff like that. About a year ago, my friend got a new group together (one of the guys I played with back then) and we've been playing 5th edition now. We've got his brother and sister, two guys from his work, his sister's roommate, another friend, and myself right now. We range in age from 17 to 36, there's two girls in the group (basically unheard of in the 90s) and we range from people who have 20 years experience playing to people who just started in the last month or two.
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posted on Jun, 18 2018 @ 12:57 AM
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originally posted by: eriktheawful
a reply to: NarcolepticBuddha

Every 1 to 2 weeks, we (my family) meets with our small DnD group. We play ver. 3.5.

We make a dinner out of it and have a lot of fun with it.



Wow you have a cool ass family! Cheers to that!



posted on Jun, 18 2018 @ 01:05 AM
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D&D. There is probably not a better vehicle for the cultivation and expression of the imagination than this game. I enjoyed many all nighters on weekends with friends eating crappy food and interspersing our magical adventures with midnight walks outside doing nefarious things and playing super mario and getting "inebriated" and then at long last crashing out on the floor or some disease riddled couch infested with fleas from the house dog.

Ah yes....good times.

The only thing that probably could have been better would be getting laid, which ironically as great as D&D was, didnt help one iota in that particular "mission".

ahem.....



posted on Jun, 18 2018 @ 01:50 AM
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Really odd but I just bought the players guide and the dungeon master guide.
I used to play weekly but now I'm going to run a game every Wednesday for some dudes at work whom have never played. Oh and Blimey the books were expensive.



posted on Jun, 18 2018 @ 01:53 AM
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originally posted by: NarcolepticBuddha
Does anyone still play pen and paper games?

I've always been attracted to D&D. I grew up playing RPG video games, but my attraction turned into something special when someone gave me a computer game called Baldur's Gate.

It is a game based on AD&D 2nd edition, and from what I can tell it does a darn good job of reproducing the experience. I played this game religiously as a young teen.

Here I am over a decade later still playing!

There are a few places that host table top games: the game shop at the mall, the comic shop etc.

I've always wanted to jump in and learn.

I've mostly been skittish because I'm a shy person, and also because I really don't understand the rules very well.

Playing a video game is easy. Learning to make friends again seems weird. I feel I'm too old. I'd feel like an interloper.

Growing up, none of my friends were even slightly interested in D&D even though we played board games like Risk.



For some reason I am getting an itch to try it out. Any advice on how a Johnny-come-lately can get into a game?






If you haven't already played it, Pillars of Eternity is a great game from the same studio as BG and Icewind Dale etc. that was Kickstarted. It's actually probably the best thing to come out of a Kickstarter as far as games are concerned.



posted on Jun, 18 2018 @ 01:55 AM
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a reply to: IkNOwSTuff

Video games have nowt on a decent DM.



posted on Jun, 18 2018 @ 01:57 AM
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originally posted by: Dem0nc1eaner

originally posted by: NarcolepticBuddha
Does anyone still play pen and paper games?

I've always been attracted to D&D. I grew up playing RPG video games, but my attraction turned into something special when someone gave me a computer game called Baldur's Gate.

It is a game based on AD&D 2nd edition, and from what I can tell it does a darn good job of reproducing the experience. I played this game religiously as a young teen.

Here I am over a decade later still playing!

There are a few places that host table top games: the game shop at the mall, the comic shop etc.

I've always wanted to jump in and learn.

I've mostly been skittish because I'm a shy person, and also because I really don't understand the rules very well.

Playing a video game is easy. Learning to make friends again seems weird. I feel I'm too old. I'd feel like an interloper.

Growing up, none of my friends were even slightly interested in D&D even though we played board games like Risk.



For some reason I am getting an itch to try it out. Any advice on how a Johnny-come-lately can get into a game?






If you haven't already played it, Pillars of Eternity is a great game from the same studio as BG and Icewind Dale etc. that was Kickstarted. It's actually probably the best thing to come out of a Kickstarter as far as games are concerned.


Tyranny and Torment: Tides of Numenera make pillars of eternity look like tosh and they were both kickstarters, if Im not mistaken Torment was the quickest Kickstarter to ever reach its goal



posted on Jun, 18 2018 @ 03:12 AM
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a reply to: DragonsDemesne

Yeah most of my new players are girls. I may have to run 2 separate games with the amount of interest shown.



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