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Posted by: Alphastream1 on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:56:49 AM
One-Hour Gaming and the Path to Constructive Responses
What does a new edition say about us?One of the hardest times for any gamer is when a new edition is announced, and particularly when tiny glimpses of the upcoming changes are seen. This is the time when what we see becomes a mirror. In the changes we see approval or rejection of our own interests - even though the designers clearly aren't writing the edition for or against any one of us.
That mirror is no nicer to us than it was to the queen in Snow White. Not only are we not the fairest of them all (not even close!), but we are just one of so many gamers out there. The reflection and what it says is often harder to take the closer you are to the game, the bigger a fan you are, and the more you have done for it. It can be so...
Posted by: Alphastream1 on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:32:26 AM
The toll of conventions, work travel, and writing for DDI sidelined my play a bit. Still, my plan to continue to run through the editions continues. We previously had fun discussing:
I'm also enjoying the discussion instigated by the D&D Next group and...
Posted by: Alphastream1 on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:39:36 PM
OD&D and the Challenge of Pleasing Everyone, Part 2
Of Trolls and Fire and Vicious Combat
The next door the party opened led to a room inhabited by two trolls. I described their warty grey-green skin, their long nose and round-ridged eyes, their long arms, and their stooped posture, rather than name them, but the players instantly knew what they were. (The room originally had four 6 hit die trolls, I changed this to two 3 hit die trolls). Lard sent his mule inside ("Ok, I guess you brought your mule into the dungeon...",...
Posted by: Alphastream1 on Jan 12, 2012 at 03:07:25 PM
OD&D and the Challenge of Pleasing Everyone, Part 1
Last week I shared what I could about the playtesting of D&D Next and drew parallels to the experience of going back and running OD&D (the first "white box" version of D&D) for the first time.
The party continued through the swamp, following the directions given by...
Posted by: Alphastream1 on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:13:27 PM
From OD&D to Playtesting New Editions... and Back Again
Several months ago I was at my favorite local gaming shop and I happened to see a copy of the magenta/purple box of Basic Dungeons & Dragons. This was the version I started with. I picked it up. And when I got home, turning it around in my hands and slowly opening it up to look upon its old contents, I had this great flood of memories.
Those memories continued to stick with me the next few weeks. With all the talk of Red Box I decided to buy the original one, which came out after the magenta box and was thus the 4th version. (OD&D is the original White Box, after which TSR created both a Basic and Advanced game. We consider AD&D and various Basic sets to all be 1st Edition but give those Basic boxes versions to keep them clear.)...