I consider myself a pretty big geek. I’ve played Magic: The Gathering competitively at a decent level. I am not intimidated by a board game who’s rulebook has a spine. I even made a Naxxramas campaign for Descent which took 7 hours (yeah, totally didn’t playtest that one right). For my friends and myself, our version of a nightcap is a game of Ricochet Robots or Acquire. And of course the video game section of my life as well. I think I still have screenshots saved on my computer from beastly Counter-Strike matches. Then we can get into other geeky things, like programming, web development, etc.
But from all the geeky things I have done, there was always one that eluded me. I had never played Dungeons and Dragons. I didn’t have an averseness to it, I was just never in a situation to actually play the game.
Until last Wednesday to some extent. I needed an evening away from a computer screen so I headed down to my local game shop. Despite finding a lack of folks interested in the WoW TCG or a Magic draft that night, a couple friends, including one of our guildies who was the DM for this game session.
This particular gaming session was called Dungeons and Dragons Encounters. From what I know about DnD and what not, basically it seems like a quick and easy get-into-the-game campaign for people. So I grabbed a pre-made character (a Drow Warlock) sat down with my dice bag (I play Magic, who doesn’t own dice?) and embarked on my first DnD campaign.
Now I know DnD came first, but given my experience playing all manner of other games, like the aforementioned Descent, Hero’s Quest, etc, jumping into DnD wasn’t all the difficult. I know there are big rulebooks, different versions of those rules, and all manner of things I have no clue about yet, but reading the character sheet and understanding the mechanics was pretty simple.
But there was one thing I learned at this 2 hour gaming session.
Some kids have the attention span of a goldfish. One kid had a PSP with him and was constantly playing a fighting game except for the 30 seconds he could pull himself away to pay attention to what was going on. Another kid couldn’t stop shouting “ALVENOR!” over and over again (the name of his character).
It’s like tapping on the glass of the fishbowl, “Hey, *tap tap* it’s your turn to do something.”
Now I don’t consider myself much of a roleplayer. I would have fun writing up a backstory and I wouldn’t ruin anyone roleplaying experience. But I had a good time. A couple other folks I know who have a slightly larger attention span will be joining us this week so I look forward to Wednesday night.
If you happen to be in the Northern Utah area, feel free to join us at the Game Grid.