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Anyone here play any role playing games?<br><br>
This was one of my main hobbies in middle school and high school, back in the heyday of D&D in the 80's. My friends and I played D&D, AD&D (back before 2nd edition), the Star Wars RPG, Star Frontiers, and Shadowrun.<br><br>
In college in the early 90's, I was introduced to the internet and made the move over to playing MUDs (the non-graphical text based precursor to MMORPGs). With nobody to play face to face RPGs with, I eventually stopped playing.<br><br>
Recently, I've decided that I'd like to get back into it. It's more fun playing those types of games than the online stuff. There's actual role playing, rather than just going around killing stuff, not to mention the social aspect of actually hanging out with the people you're playing with.<br><br>
So I started looking around on meetup.com and discovered that there are several groups in my area that get together to play D&D or other games, so I'll probably check them out and see if I can find a group I like. I'm kinda curious as to what the new versions of D&D look like. Apparently, TSR was bought out by Wizards of the Coast (makers of Magic: The Gathering), who were bought out by Hasbro. Looks like lots of changes along the way.<br><br>
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I've played very little, as I was just getting into it when my boyfriend's D&D group decided to stop, but from what little I did get to see, it was fun. I made a character (a bard!). I never really got to use her, but I think making the character is still lot's of fun. If we could find a new group to play with, I think that my boyfriend and I would love to give it another shot. Lately we've just been playing a ton of Magic the Gathering.
 

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Anyone here play any role playing games?<br><br>
This was one of my main hobbies in middle school and high school, back in the heyday of D&D in the 80's. My friends and I played D&D, AD&D (back before 2nd edition), the Star Wars RPG, Star Frontiers, and Shadowrun.<br><br>
In college in the early 90's, I was introduced to the internet and made the move over to playing MUDs (the non-graphical text based precursor to MMORPGs). With nobody to play face to face RPGs with, I eventually stopped playing.<br><br>
Recently, I've decided that I'd like to get back into it. It's more fun playing those types of games than the online stuff. There's actual role playing, rather than just going around killing stuff, not to mention the social aspect of actually hanging out with the people you're playing with.<br><br>
So I started looking around on meetup.com and discovered that there are several groups in my area that get together to play D&D or other games, so I'll probably check them out and see if I can find a group I like. I'm kinda curious as to what the new versions of D&D look like. Apparently, TSR was bought out by Wizards of the Coast (makers of Magic: The Gathering), who were bought out by Hasbro. Looks like lots of changes along the way.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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I was a AD&D fanatic way back in the 80's. No computers, just paper pencil and dice. From 1982 to 1990 it was my main focus in life. From what I've heard, AD&D is now on it's 4th edition/revision. I bet it plays nothing like the original.
 

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Fromper, if there are any games and hobby shops in your area, a lot of times they host tournaments and casual times to play Magic, D&D, Warhammer, etc.
 

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I was a AD&D fanatic way back in the 80's. No computers, just paper pencil and dice. From 1982 to 1990 it was my main focus in life. From what I've heard, AD&D is now on it's 4th edition/revision. I bet it plays nothing like the original.</div>
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Yeah, that's about the same time period I played. I moved to a new home in 1983, and became friends with a new neighbor who had the red box basic set for D&D. My core circle of friends played regularly through the end of high school in 1991. We did try other games, as mentioned above, but AD&D was the main thing we kept coming back to. I was usually the DM, though I played a couple of characters along the way, too. Have you seen the new "red box"? (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FDungeons-Dragons-Fantasy-Roleplaying-Game%2Fdp%2F0786956291%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1315520213%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Drago...5520213&sr=8-1</a>) The cover will look familiar. Cheap marketing ploy.<br><br>
Actually, my screen name Fromper was a nonsense word that I used as the name of my first D&D character in 1983. The alliteration of Fromper the Fighter sounded cool at 10 years old. Going through my old stuff, I actually found that character sheet the other day. It's so old, and had so much stuff erased and written over throughout the time I used that character, that I can't even read most of it.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Fromper, if there are any games and hobby shops in your area, a lot of times they host tournaments and casual times to play Magic, D&D, Warhammer, etc.</div>
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Yeah, between meetup.com and the two comics/gaming shops in my area, it seems pretty easy to find games around here.<br><br>
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I have a couple of friends who work for Wizards of the Coast. One of them just wrote this book:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51G7uZoSQ2L._SS500_.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I've done a bit of D'n'D, but mostly I play White Wolf products. TTs I've done Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Legend of the Five Rings, Star Wars D6, Fading Suns, a whole slew of homebrews and indie games, GURPs, Rifts, Unknown Armies, pretty much all the World of Darkness settings, probably missing a few systems and settings here. I own a bunch of books for games I've never had the chance to run and/or play; Kult, for one. I also LARP, although I haven't yet tried a boffer LARP despite repeated invitations.<br><br>
Yes, I'm a huge geek.
 

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D&D. Ah what heady days those were. Played up until about '90 when I graduated HS, and all my gaming buddies moved away. Tried to find new folks to play, but at that point it was passe if not outright scandalous to play where I lived.<br><br>
My middle brother finally put the last nail in that coffin when he took it upon it himself to be my "moral center" and steal all my books ($400 dollars worth at the time) before disposing of them. All I have left is 1 character sheet I happened to be working on that day and therefore wasn't with my collection. It's now an artifact on my thumb drive.<br><br>
As I understand it, there was a middle school kid who had lived in my neighborhood who murdered his parents and then had the nerve to blame it on D&D. My brother claims to this day that that was what led him to decide I shouldn't have my own D&D materials. Needless to say, I was pissed. Oh well.<br><br>
Nowadays, the only person I know who plays it at all is my youngest brother and he plays 4th edition only when the mood strikes him to. He's offered to have me join him on occasion, but I've always declined. It never seemed right to me for a 30+ year old guy to be sitting around playing D&D with a bunch of 20 year olds. I've always thought that if I did I'd be basically wiping the floor with them using old tricks of the game that they had likely never heard of before, but I could be wrong. At any rate, It doesn't hold the appeal it once did.
 

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The only times I ever lied to my mom about where I was in high school, I was playing D&D <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> She thought it was a risk for...demon possession...yeah.<br>
We're planning on teaching our daughter how to play once she's old enough to understand it, basically as an aid to storytelling. I would love to play now, but I don't have time sadly.
 

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Ah yes, AD&D leads to demon possession, satanic cults, anti-social behavior ,etc.<br><br>
I believe it was Tipper Gore who made this fear of AD&D widespread. Old news but I really..do not like that women...<br><br><a href="http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&source=hp&q=tipper+gore+dungeons+and+dragons&pbx=1&oq=tipper+gore+dungeons+and+dragons&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=3082l11711l0l11903l32l23l0l21l21l0l203l1701l1.8.1l10l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=3e82efc6cc141df0&biw=1024&bih=587" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&h...w=1024&bih=587</a>
 

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I haven't played D&D in over a decade, but I still keep up with RPGs in general a bit. Right now I'm reading the rulebooks for the Dresden Files RPG. I don't expect to ever play it, but it's still fun to go through and see that universe presented in a different way.<br><br>
I've played a poop ton of Magic over the years and plan to get back to it eventually. I'm a bit annoyed that the recent change in the rating system knocked me from top 100 in the world to tied for last place.
 

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Ah yes, AD&D leads to demon possession, satanic cults, anti-social behavior ,etc.<br><br>
I believe it was Tipper Gore who made this fear of AD&D widespread. Old news but I really..do not like that women...<br><br><a href="http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&source=hp&q=tipper+gore+dungeons+and+dragons&pbx=1&oq=tipper+gore+dungeons+and+dragons&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=3082l11711l0l11903l32l23l0l21l21l0l203l1701l1.8.1l10l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=3e82efc6cc141df0&biw=1024&bih=587" target="_blank">http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&h...w=1024&bih=587</a></div>
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While Tipper Gore may have jumped on the D&D hate train, she had nothing to do with starting it. In my curiosity to get back into D&D lately, I've read a little about its history, including the controversies surrounding it. Here's some interesting info in that regard: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons_controversies" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon..._controversies</a><br><br>
I actually remember seeing the movie "Mazes and Monsters" on TV back in the day. Tom Hanks (in his first starring role, before he was famous) plays a guy who has trouble telling fantasy from reality. Apparently, D&D (renamed to avoid copyright issues - thus the title of the movie) sends him over the edge. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> This was supposedly inspired by a true story, but it was actually inspired by sensationalized headlines that had nothing to do with what really happened.<br><br>
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While Tipper Gore may have jumped on the D&D hate train, she had nothing to do with starting it. In my curiosity to get back into D&D lately, I've read a little about its history, including the controversies surrounding it. Here's some interesting info in that regard: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons_controversies" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon..._controversies</a><br><br>
I actually remember seeing the movie "Mazes and Monsters" on TV back in the day. Tom Hanks (in his first starring role, before he was famous) plays a guy who has trouble telling fantasy from reality. Apparently, D&D (renamed to avoid copyright issues - thus the title of the movie) sends him over the edge. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> This was supposedly inspired by a true story, but it was actually inspired by sensationalized headlines that had nothing to do with what really happened.<br><br>
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Yea, I didn't say she started it, but used her "position" as the VP's wife to spread the nonsense farther and faster than a non-celebrity could..
 

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Yea, I didn't say she started it, but used her "position" as the VP's wife to spread the nonsense farther and faster than a non-celebrity could..</div>
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Still gotta disagree. Check out the Wikipedia link I provided in my last post. D&D had its heyday in the 80's, as did all the controversies surrounding it. For instance, the Mazes and Monsters movie came out in 1982, based on events that supposedly happened in 1979. The group "Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons" (BADD) was started by a woman whose D&D playing son committed suicide in 1982. And TSR removed references to demons and devils to try and placate the religious right when they published the 2nd edition of AD&D in 1989. All of those things were before Gore became VP in 1993.<br><br>
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i get together with some friends every few weeks and play 4th edition, darksun campaign setting. i play a monk.<br><br>
i used to play shadowrun back in highschool and college.<br><br>
fourth edition d&d is streamlined. i think it's in some ways inspired by the mechanics of mmorpgs. they really have made non-spellcasters more interesting to play.
 

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Still gotta disagree. Check out the Wikipedia link I provided in my last post. D&D had its heyday in the 80's, as did all the controversies surrounding it. For instance, the Mazes and Monsters movie came out in 1982, based on events that supposedly happened in 1979. The group "Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons" (BADD) was started by a woman whose D&D playing son committed suicide in 1982. And TSR removed references to demons and devils to try and placate the religious right when they published the 2nd edition of AD&D in 1989. All of those things were before Gore became VP in 1993.<br><br>
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Well my 19th level archmage with the rod of the seven parts and the ring of Gaxx can beat up your frolicing fighter any day.<br><br>
So there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Well my 19th level archmage with the rod of the seven parts and the ring of Gaxx can beat up your frolicing fighter any day.<br><br>
So there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Yeah, probably. Somehow, my +5 longsword just didn't seem as cool once the mage of the group was able to throw fireballs and lightning bolts in every fight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Magic-users were actually interesting that way. I've heard the newer versions try to balance all the classes, so they're all similar in power at every level. But I actually liked the way magic-users were total wimps at low levels in the old game, but they were the most powerful guys around once you got to high level. That was balanced, and made perfect sense.<br><br>
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Yeah, probably. Somehow, my +5 longsword just didn't seem as cool once the mage of the group was able to throw fireballs and lightning bolts in every fight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
Magic-users were actually interesting that way. I've heard the newer versions try to balance all the classes, so they're all similar in power at every level. But I actually liked the way magic-users were total wimps at low levels in the old game, but they were the most powerful guys around once you got to high level. That was balanced, and made perfect sense.<br><br>
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One thing that always bugged me was that a fighter could survive a magic user oriented dungeon alone, but a magic user couldn't survive a fighter based dungeon alone. After all, if it took more than 1 segment to cast a spell (which it usually did), a monster had plenty of time to slice you in two.
 

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One thing that always bugged me was that a fighter could survive a magic user oriented dungeon alone, but a magic user couldn't survive a fighter based dungeon alone. After all, if it took more than 1 segment to cast a spell (which it usually did), a monster had plenty of time to slice you in two.</div>
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Well, you aren't supposed to be adventuring alone. Every group should have a fighter up front shielding the mages from attack while the spells are cast. Always put your best AC guys in the front and back of the group, with your lousy AC spell casters in the middle.<br><br>
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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dungeons_%26_Dragons_modules" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ragons_modules</a><br><br>
A trip down memory lane. I'll never forget "The keep on the borderlands". The first module I ever played.
 
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