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Game Feature: Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons (DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game created by Gary Gygax.

It was popular in the 1980s. It gained popularity in recent years, recording its highest number of players at 8.6 million in 2017.

This role-playing game (RPG) is available in different media – book and game format. You can choose to read books by authors who have published fantasy stories. Or you can take part via video game or tabletop RPG.

 

Players choose characters that fit a fantasy group story. The fantasy stories are based on heroism.

 

 

Features of Dungeons and Dragons

 

 

  1. Not too complex

A beginner can understand the rules fairly quickly. You do not need to be a pro gamer to start.

You do not need to cram hundreds of rules. This makes it suitable for first-timers. Once they get the hang of it, they can proceed to other RPGs like Star Wars.

  1. Structured

Players operate within a structure. The structure provides a framework for the game. Within each game, you will have an adventure set called a campaign. In each campaign, you have your characters and a fantasy story.

You can use this starter kit to get started. It comes with a campaign, dice, predesigned characters, and a handbook of spells. You can also use ordinary dice. If you want something eccentric and fun, buy customized polyhedral dice on Etsy and Amazon.

 

  1. Customizable

The ability to customize DnD enriches your fantasy experience.

  • Once you understand how to premade characters are designed, you can design any character on your own.
  • You can customize the rules to suit your fantasy story.
  • You can remain with the same characters for years so long as nothing happens to them.

 

  1. Requires a Dungeon Master (DM)

The DM is the antagonist. He is the referee and narrator of the fantasy story.

As the DM, you can set the scene for the fantasy story or refer to a premade one from a starter kit.

If you are drawing a blank, there are also lots of adventures online that you can choose from. Starter sets such as ‘The Last Mine of Phandelver” have useful tips for creating stories.

To set the scene, the DM describes what is happening and what the characters see. The players give feedback on what they want to do and throw the dice. The DM scores their attempts as a fail or success. Then s/he narrates the consequences of their actions.

  1. Supportive community

DnD has a large and supportive community of players online. They are available to answer all your questions. You can ask other DMs for help, and they will assist you.

If you are new to RPGs and DnD, the online community is the best resource for knowledge.

You can find links to watch others play the game. It will help you understand storytelling and character formation.

  1. Flexibility
  • Even though the DM narrates and referees the fantasy story, players are free to decide their course of action.
  • You can rotate your DM between or in between campaigns.
  • Because you can continue a campaign for years, you do not need all players to be present at the same time. Some can play and have the DM narrate that the character of an absent player is not needed for that session.
  • You can use different characters for each campaign. Each campaign has different characters ranging from low-level to mid and high-level.
  • High-level characters do pretty awesome stuff with their heroic powers!
  1. Camaraderie

DnD combines the best of two words: friendship and storytelling. Your players are your friends. You conquer enemies and get throw in dungeons together. Navigating these situations and solving problems together builds a friendship beyond the game.

The Atlantic shares a story of 6 friends who have played with each other for 30 years. They have gone through seasons of life together and support each other. They believe that DnD has bonded their friendship.

Benefits of Dungeons and Dragons

  1. Suitable for all ages and genders.
  2. Psychologists believe DnD can teach social skills to children with behavioral problems. They argue that character development and role-playing in DnD aligns with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).
  3. Grows your creative muscles because you create your own fantasy stories and themes.
  4. It promotes teamwork and problem-solving. Players have to collaborate, compromise, and solve problems as a team.
  5. Helps children and teens distinguish right from wrong. It strengthens their moral identity. Choosing a moral alignment (good, evil, or neutral) teaches them to negotiate and work with players with different moral codes.
  6. Teaches real-world life skills. These include negotiating interests, standing up for your values, and working with allies.

 

DnD is the ideal RPG for beginners. It is popular because it is simple to learn and play. You can customize to your liking and ask the online community for help when you get stuck. So, gather your friends, get your starter kit, and begin your group fantasy!

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Table Top Roleplaying Games for Beginners

WHAT ARE TABLETOP ROLEPLAYING GAMES?

There is something magical about creating your world and constructing myths with your friends. It is part of human nature to think of an existence outside of our real world and to construct a life that is different and a lot more interesting than our own lives.

Roleplaying games (RPGs) allow you to do just that! They encourage your mind to wander, to construct, and to run new worlds with your own set of rules. You can create a doomed civilization or join the Coen-brothers in a heist. Or a non-human like a raccoon or a mouse in the Mouse Guard. Perhaps your taste is more apocalyptical and creating a disaster in Our Last Best Hope gets your juices flowing? You have the freedom to create characters and build stories around them and your crazy world!

What are Tabletop RPGs?

Tabletop RPGs are the best of two worlds: tabletop games and RPGs. This combination produces a game that encourages social interaction of players and integrates lots of problem-solving and story-telling skills. Not only are these games fun but the social interactions combat loneliness by stimulating your subcortical brain region and increasing your oxytocin levels, leaving you feeling warm and fuzzy.

Why You Should Try Tabletop RPGs

  1. You’ll join an environment of camaraderie and socialize with other players. These games bring together people of various ages and backgrounds across a table to solve a problem and apply some practical skills.
  2. Inexpensive- you’ll require very little resources other than a sheet of paper, a rule set, dice, and some pencils.
  3. You’ll become more creative and grow your storytelling skills.
  4. You’ll have access to a large compilation of generic rule sets for creating games. These rule sets are suitable for any age or interest.
  5. Games such as Dungeons and Dragons expanded into the literary world and opened the way for authors such as R.A. Salvatore.

Top 5 Tabletop RPGs for Beginners

So, you’ve heard about tabletop RPGs and don’t know where to start? Worry not! Here is a roundup of the best 5 games that are easy to grasp and do not require a game master:

  1. Dungeons & Dragons: This is one of the best tabl
  2. etop RPGs to learn as a beginner. The starter set comes with a Master’s page, more than 1,000 characters, 42 dice, a drawstring pouch, paper figures, and blank sheets for your characters.
  3. Dread: Great for newbies who love horror and doom. To set up the game, you have to fill in the questionnaires on your characters’ preferences. A Jenga block tower is created and all players pull from this tower when they make decisions. A character dies when the tower collapses.
  4. Goblin Quest: Great for newbies who don’t mind being silly. You only need a pen, paper, dice (six-sided), and stupid voices. Your goblins don’t live for long so you’ll have to get as much glory as possible in your short-lived life.
  5. Quest: Custom-designed for beginners of all ages. The game comes with a starter book, a twenty-sided die, the starting adventure, and blank character sheets. Your spells will cause you to do fun things like reciting poems. Available for purchase from the official Adventure website.
  6. Fiasco: This is an improv game that combines role-playing and acting. A great start for newbies who loved movies like Two Smoking Barrels and Stock to test the water. There is no heroism. Just ordinary human characters caught up in an elaborate crime and facing lust, fear, and greed. 

Other fantastic games for newbies include Our Last Best Hope (apocalypse style like the Armageddon film), Cthulhu Dark (solving mysteries), The Warren (the goal is survival of your rabbits), and Icarus (intense, tragic stories on the fall of civilization),

 

Tips For New Beginners

  • Ensure that you have enough pieces for the games. You can print replacements from a 3D printer.
  • Keep lots of dice on hand.
  • Use graph paper or easel pads for drawing the maps.
  • Another trick is to capture the map’s layout using your phone camera at every session.
  • Use the game’s rulebook to fill out words and get options for new characters.
  • Game Masters are in charge. They can modify rules at will.
  • Plan your moves because combat is time-consuming.
  • There is no need to spend lots of hours creating a new character. RPG libraries contain lots of pre-generated characters for personalization.

 

 

 

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Board Games to PC – A Modern Upgrade

The entire world has been stuck at home recently due to Covid-19. While this has been a difficult experience for everyone, some have had the opportunity to reconnect to things our busy lives would not allow time for. Some people have started having dinner together as a family. Others have taken up learning a new skill or an old hobby. Many of us have found ourselves with nothing but time lately. And as we cycle through one activity or another to occupy ourselves with this sudden windfall of time, one activity has helped many people stay connected with friends and family in this time of limited outside contact: board games you can now play on PC.

Who doesn’t love a board game? I have fond memories of every Thanksgiving sitting around the dining room table with all the cousins playing monopoly. My cousin Jacob snatching up every property immediately and building houses just to have to mortgage them later for lack of capital. Cousin Rose ending up in jail constantly, which ended up being a foreshadowing of her adult life. The game always ended because my sister Amelia whined to the adults that everyone was cheating, when we all knew she was the only one who cheated. Maybe you have similar childhood memories, or perhaps memories that are less dysfunctional. Regardless, you likely have one board game that you enjoyed in childhood.

So, how do you get together with your loved ones for a board game in quarantine? Those with you, you can play the conventional way. Just pull the game off the shelf, blow the dust off, and set everything up. But you know that one of the kids will end up with the pieces in their mouth. Do we really want to encourage more germs right now, in the time of Covid-19? Or, how do you play with those not in your household? Sure, you could set the board up in front of the computer camera and make the moves they ask you to over zoom. But we live in a digital age. There is a better solution. May popular board games are available to play on the PC. This solves both the problem of germy toddlers and distant relations! You can play the board games with these you are sharing quarantine with or with others due to the magic of the internet.

If you are not computer savvy, you might be confused as to where to start if you wanted to play a board game with the family. You can play on several different devices, such as your PC, cellphone, or over many consoles such as Xbox, Playstation or Nintendo. For the purposes of our discussion, we are only going to explore the PC. The most common methods to access the games are to buy a disc and install the game or download the game directly from the internet. Both methods have their pros and cons, but going online and downloading the game is the method of instant gratification and the one most would go with. There are services that make this process easy, such as STEAM. With a few clicks and a credit card you can start playing a large variety of games, board games included! You might even find that you can purchase the games and their expansions for a much cheaper price than you can getting the table top copy.

Your next question may be, is the game I want even available on PC? Well, the response is that your typical childhood board games are probably available. Major companies have made digital adaptations of their games for years! For instance, I had a copy of Monopoly I used to play on the original Nintendo! The standard childhood board games can even be found sold in groups, such as Hasbro’s Family Game Night editions, which include multiple popular titles. Some of the more indie games that have become popular over the years can also be found in a digital format, such as Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan. The advantage to buying these games digitally is the same as buying the games themselves digitally. Instead of having several extra boxes for each expansion of a game, you simply download them.

In this digital age, do you really want to pull a dusty box down from a closet when it’s time to own Boardwalk and Park Place? Do you want to have to store your entire collection of games in cardboard boxes? Or worse, touch game pieces during a pandemic? Our entire society is concentrating on reducing the spread of germs. Board games that you play over the PC help you to not only stop the spread of germs but also stay close to those near and far.

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A Brief History of Tabletop RPGs

Some people may refer to roleplaying games as a hobby. But to others, the mention of games such as Dungeons and Dragons will ignite an adventurous sparkle in their eye as they regale you with passionate tales of an imaginary world. With a range of enthusiasts of all creed and color, table top RPGs have taken the world by storm over the past few decades. Here is a brief history of tabletop RPGs.

The Birth of Tabletop RPGs

The start of roleplaying and the art of fantastic pretending is not a phenomenon that can be attributed to any one person, place, or time. However most agree that the invent of modern tabletop games came with the release of Dungeons and Dragons in the year 1974.

Brought to life by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, D&D allows players to play as a myriad of characters and create stories involving mysterious creatures, moral decisions, and various dangers. Game play requires character sets to track stats, seven sided die to randomize decisions and consequences, and a rulebook containing the rules and lore of the game.

The Spread of Tabletop RPGs

The popularity of Dungeons and Dragons opened the door for more roleplaying games to be released and enjoyed by the masses. There are hundreds of game options available, including Runequest, Warhammer, and Tunnels and Trolls.

Because there are so many tabletop RPG options, there is a game for every type of player. You can choose the fantastical element that you wish to delve into. There are also options for people who don’t want to get too in depth with their character or the lore of the world they are playing in.

The Evolution of Tabletop RPGs

In the 1980’s, the first card roleplaying game was introduced. Like Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering is a game that is still well known and popular today. These games are a way to create magical stories, profound heroes, and wicked villains. Roleplaying games of both the tabletop and card variety open doors of creativity and storytelling.

Computer based RPGs are also very popular and new options are released regularly. One of the first widely available computer roleplaying games was Ultima, which is an open world roleplaying game. The world of Ultima continues to grow, with the most recent release in 2013. Dragonstomper was one of the first RPGs released for a console system and was released for the Atari in 1982.

Popular online RPGs include The Witcher, Diablo, The Elder Scrolls, Final Fantasy and so many more. Computer and console based roleplaying games present players with existing characters, worlds, and challenges but allow players to make their own choices and choose the path their character will take throughout the game.

Final Words on Roleplaying Games

Creating stories is a common method of escapism for many people. But people have options in how they want to stoke the fires of artistry and imagination. Tabletop RPGs have laid the foundation for games of various media, length, and difficulty. Should you find yourself wondering what life might be like as a powerful wizard, a shy wood elf, or a troubled knight, a tabletop RPG may give you the glimpse into a fantasy world you’ve been seeking.

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3 options for RPG lovers who are growing tired of DnD

Friday rolls in and you are ready to forget about your life. The time where you are able to become someone else finally comes. You get to start a brand-new adventure. Something that’ll get you out of your routine.

Wait a minute, Dungeons and Dragons again? I enjoy RPG because it gets me out of my everyday life. I never wanted a second-hand routine I have to force myself into every Friday.

If you are sick and tired of DnD rules, lore, and the overall system, you are ready for a change. And it’s right on time because I have three great alternatives that’ll get you away from the usual DnD shenanigans.

1. Lady Luck does not like me and it’s starting to get mutual – No dice RPG.

Are you one of the unlucky few who don’t know that the die has more than one side? You keep rolling ones and failing everything you attempt? Then it’s time to take both die and luck out of the equation. Is it possible? Of course, it is! This is the land of RPG, everything is possible!

Let me introduce you to Dread.

Before you throw all dice out the window, you need to get something else. Something rather unusual. A Jenga set. I told you it was unusual. In this RPG, Jenga dictates what’s going to happen. And that’s not a good thing. Because Dread is all about tension, terror, and other terrible things.

The story will make your hands shake with fear, and you better control your pulse. Remember, there are no more dice involved. Instead, you’ll have to place one Jenga piece on top of another. If the Jenga tower falls, your character dies.

There’s no more luck involved, but you’ll need plenty of Jenga-stacking abilities here!

Learn more about Dread here.

2. Let’s get real! An RPG with no magic and no supernatural elements.

Some people hate magic-related elements in RPG because they keep getting roasted with fireballs. Other people, understandably, prefer to leave magic out of their RPG equation because of religious reasons. Either way, there’s an alternative for you!

Instead of magicians and fireballs, it’s time for robots and a whole lot of bullets. Introducing: Mobile Frame Zero.

This is the go-to option for anyone who loves war games, strategy, and is quick to think on their feet. Loving LEGOs is also a plus – you can build your own small army of robots – one that will soon take over the world!

While this might not seem based in reality, it’s 2020. Give it some time. It’s bound to be.

Learn more about Mobile Frame Zero here.

3. I’m tired of my life of luxury and I want the most mundane scenario you can find – A gas station RPG.

Are you Dan Bilzerian? Or some unknown millionaire who is sick and tired of having his every dream come true? Alright, man. I’ll just throw you inside this gas station. You’re Mr. Nobody now. Mop the floor.

That’s what Night Shift is all about. The mundane things in life. A graveyard shift in a gas station in the middle of nowhere. It’s been an hour since the last customer came in, so you might as well go outside and smoke a cigarette. You inhale the smoke and look up to the sky, wondering where did it all go wrong. And suddenly, what’s that noise? Is that a….?

You thought this was going to be mundane? Well, it’s about to get balls-to-the-walls. You’ll have to play the game to find out what happens, though.

Learn more about Night Shift here.

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Other Great RPGs

What is role play?

The role-playing games are those games in which we have to take the role of a character to build a story and fulfill a goal.

Role-playing games are made for all kinds of people, where if we use our imagination, without a doubt, they become the most fun games.

If you are one of those people who enjoy role-playing games to the fullest, this is your place. Below we will show some of the best role-playing games:

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

This role-playing game of Star Wars, allows us to play with characters with any type of profile, you can choose between being a Jedi or you could also be a rebel who is in favor of the empire or just hunt rewards, in the confines of the galaxy everything is possible, in this game we can find classes such as hitmen, pirates, beings from the underworld and many more, making it a very special role-playing game.

Dragon age

This tabletop game inspired by the game is the best option to start in the world of pencil and paper, this game contains its own system and classes typical of the genre of fantasy as magicians, rogues, warriors, among others, to play using three six-sided dice with which you can devise incredible combat maneuvers if we draw at least two equal numbers. It is very fun to play and easy to understand.

The lord of the rings (CODA version)

The CODA system of the role-playing game of the Lord of the Rings is much simpler and best for characters that start on paper because it uses 6-sided dice, unlike its other version that uses a 100. The characters have bonuses, skills, and virtues similar to the D&D skills and also the game uses unrestricted classes allowing you to change classes during the game.

The call of Cthulhu

This role-playing game based on the universe of the famous horror author H.P. Lovecraft This game will take us to a universe of the 20s full of monsters and extraordinary beings. This game has no limit on players and it is more than anything to beat the odds and survive the darkness. Many say you are dead from the beginning.

Dungeons and Dragons

If there is a game that stands out above the others without a doubt it is Dungeons and Dragons, this is the most popular tabletop RPG of all. This is a game where war skills and witchcraft are very important and imagination rules above all. It is about a character that acts as a teacher, while the others follow their guidelines to be able to advance and win the game.

This game was created in the 70s, which today is very successful because of its playability, its incredible possibilities, and its atmosphere. It is currently in its 5th edition and is still the best seller.

Enjoying these role-playing games with your friends is a type of fun that you won’t find anywhere else.

With the tabletop RPGs you can be a troll, a dwarf or also an outlaw, you can enter an epic adventure, or simply kill orcs. When we talk about role-playing games, fun is guaranteed and the only limit is your imagination.

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The Test Campaign

Hello everyone,

We have just put on our test environment a big update impacting about 90% of the modules. Before putting all this online, we would like with Xys to carry out a serious and in-depth test campaign. Too often we have had unpleasant surprises.
We are therefore looking for volunteers to help us out.

It is an easy and fast job (less than half an hour per week). We will share the modules (objects, batches of objects, common NPCs, special NPCs, generic parts …) and it will suffice for each one to follow the indications recorded in a test notebook (ex: create an object, then validate it , then view it).

This is your opportunity to lend a hand at a lower cost, so do not hesitate to offer your services. Even those who follow us for information can volunteer. We need all the goodwill. To quickly talk about the update, here is some info:

  • in figures it gives 300 re-released files, 50 deleted files, more than 150 SQL commands to execute. – techno side we now use the Smarty template engine for the public part as well as for the game interface and the blog. Among the multiple benefits of this solution, it allows you to manage dedicated displays for mobile phones and for the visually impaired. By the way we took the opportunity to make an English version of the public part (if there are volunteers for translations elsewhere, don’t hesitate!)
  • on the database side, we simplified and reorganized the model in order to facilitate future developments.
  • finally on the functional side, we also tried to simplify things.
    However, there have also been some advances. Several bugs and improvements requested by Xys have been made and the PC file is on the right track. It remains to manage the card of the adventurer which is a little particular since we can choose the attributes, skills and knowledge of his choice.

We hope many of you will answer this call!
Thanks in advance.
Posted on 06/21/2011 by Xys

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Backup

Backup

Like what a good old news can sometimes unlock situations. Barely my last message posted, a developer came to offer us his help. Chance or coincidence, whatever. Still, we needed a little support. And here it comes in the person of Cronycs, who seems to have all the qualities required to support our war effort.

Hopefully it makes a few others want to join us and the elders to let go of their personal concerns (and obviously accessories;) to help revive the somewhat drowsy machine.

In any case me it will force me at least to move my buttocks to prepare tasks for our new teammate. And I hope to seriously get back to the code and complete this big update which is just waiting for a few days of investment.

Let’s stay the course comrades!Posted 07/05/2011 by Pierrick

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Eleckase’s Encyclopedia

Following an important update of the Eleckase encyclopedia (wiki), both in its technical aspect and for its content (additions and / or modifications of more than 400 pages, access control, improvement of the FAQ with a reserved part to GMs, revision of the home page as well as that reserved for the team), we take this opportunity to present you a little interest and the use that the player can make of the Eleckase encyclopedia During the game, the player wants to know more about a village called: Moulin de la roche. He can ask a question to a character he will have in front of him.
In the case of an NPC (non-player character), he will give him a relatively simple answer, however it will be another exploitable information (technically, this information presents in a base with on one side linked answers to the adventure and the other of a general nature permanently available; it is the “status” of the PC which allows him to answer a question specific to the adventure he is currently experiencing).
In the case of a character played by another player or by a GM, this one will naturally answer him what he wants.

The player, however, has another source of information, the Eleckase Encyclopedia.
If the desired information is accessible to him (for obvious reasons which it is useless to address here), he may at any time during the game, but also outside of the latter, have access to further information about this village.

We will naturally not say to the player: a ferocious dog is trapped in the basement of the large farm located north of the village!
However, he can learn more about the history of the village, its configuration or what do I know.
Thus, a greater knowledge of the world of Eléckasë will be acquired little by little by the player… or not, free to him 😉

Updates (by the way)

As we had five minutes and we wanted to change our minds, we just updated the encyclopedia (under dokuwiki) and the forum (under Phorum). Main advantage for our visitors, now the forum is in French.

For the rest we have to improve the template of the encyclopedia so that it sticks to the rest of the site. One more task on our long list! :)Posted on 07/17/2011 by Pierrick

Posted 19/07/2011 by Xys

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Is It Really Just a Legend?

Difficult to answer this question, however, I will tell you the story as I know it, the one that is most widespread on Eléckasë; is this the real thing? No one would be able to affirm this without falling into dishonor on not wanting to accept other versions than their own, but you are free to do as you see fit!

A new Champion is therefore born, here is little, and if it is naturally still too early to measure the effect on the precarious balance of the world in which we live, it is sleep and already futile to refute that future change is inevitable.
Her mother, whose name is unknown, would be a signet of Kraan, she would be one of the famous instructresses of this order and her reputation for gentleness in delicate iron hands would be only very far from reality.

As for his father, he would for many be Chaos himself!
Which is clearly impossible knowing who his mother is. No, the most likely is that his father is a follower of Chaos, and many leads lead us to a deeply evil mage, a hermit by nature, he remained close to an abyss whose name would be something like: “codeline” or “linedecode”.

What is perhaps the strangest with this young Champion is that even his name is already open to discussion. Antoine, seems to be the name that attracts the most votes, however another also very widespread is that of Pierrickinho!
Anyway, this Champion in the prime of life is going to have an extraordinary life, and let us not doubt that he will be deeply loved.

Xiva, official peddler of Bor d’o

ps: Any resemblance to facts of our reality is voluntary and assumed ;-)Posted 06/09/2011 by Xys