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Happy 40th Birthday, Dungeons & Dragons
SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jan. 6 2014 | Mollie McWilliams

Posted on 01/09/2014 12:39:10 PM PST by nickcarraway

Its creation paved the way for the gaming world of today -- adding social elements and changing the definition of what constitutes a game. It led the way for World of Warcraft, Fable, Final Fantasy, and many more -- and it's turning 40 years old. Happy birthday, Dungeons & Dragons.

We're not part of the 20 million people who've put a player character into the game and rolled the polyhedral dice to see how the events of D&D unfold. We've never purchased any of the $1-billion worth of game merchandise sold over the last four decades, but we do know that D&D isn't over the hill.

For those unfamiliar with D&D, Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People and Fantastic Adventures, from Chess to Role-Playing Games says "D&D was the original, fantasy role playing game, [and other social games] incorporate principles D&D introduced, where a character gets better with experience."

Building a character in D&D requires strategy (think chess), time, and a little luck -- that depends on the person running the game, known as the Dungeon Master.

Curious about how the game is won, or at least how you determine it's over, Peterson explains, "Like life, you just get better -- until you don't."

If you've never played D&D, and want to give it a try, you're not alone -- the D&D website's main image is large text asking "New to D&D?" And Peterson points out it's easier than ever to connect with the gaming community, be it through the internet or a local gaming store like Games of Berkeley, which hosts D&D nights.

So why not? We'll try it.


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1 posted on 01/09/2014 12:39:10 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It’s also played live online...”DDO” ( Dungeon and dragons online) is a “free to play” download.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 12:43:36 PM PST by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: nickcarraway

If one is a D&D enthusiast, I recommend the Dragonlance novels by Weis and Hickman.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 12:46:49 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Seconded.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 1:00:22 PM PST by thoolou ("Technology is driven by those who understand it the least" - Unknown)
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To: EEGator

Played Tasslehoff in the original game from the series.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 1:02:42 PM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: nickcarraway
Imagination is powerful. D & D is all about imagination. It consumed myself and quite few of the kids in my small town for a time. It drew many of us away from social activities, reality, and especially from God's Word.

At the end of 9th grade I liberated myself from D & D by throwing over $250 worth of DM Guides and Modules in the trash. A step that allowed me time to read the Bible, think about reality, and consider my end in God's Eternal View.

One of the best things that ever happened to me!

PS: the Bible has very little good to say about imagination (Genesis 6:5). I believe we are living in days similar to Noah (Luke 17:26)
6 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:43 PM PST by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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To: Jan_Sobieski

It’s a game...it’s what the players make it...

I was much more into the table top war gaming aspect than the fiction or back round information...and I really enjoyed painting gaming figures...

Still have a couple fully painted armies.


7 posted on 01/09/2014 1:23:47 PM PST by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: nickcarraway
Deck of Many Things
8 posted on 01/09/2014 1:28:53 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Crim

It looks like one of those games where you down load for free but end up paying out from time to time to get ahead in the game.


9 posted on 01/09/2014 2:23:06 PM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: nickcarraway

10 posted on 01/09/2014 2:24:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SpinnerWebb

Did you often “acquire” goods?

Not stealing of course...


11 posted on 01/09/2014 2:40:48 PM PST by EEGator
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To: dfwgator

LOL, It’s better than watching the EPL...


12 posted on 01/09/2014 2:42:54 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Watch it.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 2:43:19 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

:)

I am looking forward to the World Cup this Summer.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 2:45:37 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator
LOL, It’s better than watching the EPL...

It's certainly better than watching the Gators this past season.

15 posted on 01/09/2014 2:48:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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16 posted on 01/09/2014 2:54:14 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

I think those Dragonlance novels were one of the worst things ever to happen to D&D.

FReegards


17 posted on 01/09/2014 2:56:41 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: Jan_Sobieski

Genesis 6:5 doesn’t say having an imagination is bad but having an imagination filled with evil is.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 3:05:51 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: Ransomed

That’s quite a wonderful explanation...


19 posted on 01/09/2014 3:07:32 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Sorry, it was a pretty brief and inscrutable comment. My bad.

After those books got so popular (I even liked the first trilogy) the rules started to change, in my opinion. They did make D&D much more popular, but it then became bloated with an emphasis on a story with nigh invulnerable plot driven characters. The modules based on that Dragonlance stuff were just awful railroads with little player or DM choice provided, in my opinion.

Freegards


20 posted on 01/09/2014 3:21:50 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: nickcarraway
I played ONCE, just didn't find it worth my time.

Fast forward 20 years later, I'm working at Domino's, and half the crew, including the general manager, didn't show up.

I found out later there was a huge battle on World of Warcraft that night.

21 posted on 01/09/2014 3:24:27 PM PST by real saxophonist (The revolution will not be televised. Everything else will.)
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To: Ransomed

Gotcha. I was just referring to the novels as a stand alone, not their effect on gaming. I only read Chronicles, Legends, and The Legend of Huma (Knaak).

Take care.


22 posted on 01/09/2014 3:27:29 PM PST by EEGator
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To: real saxophonist
www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s10e08-make-love-not-warcraft
23 posted on 01/09/2014 3:31:49 PM PST by EEGator
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To: dragonblustar

It’s quite possible to grind your way to all the otherwise premium content....of course their business model is based on lazy people who seek instant gratification...people will pay for short cuts, extra content and extra goodies...


24 posted on 01/09/2014 7:00:34 PM PST by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: EEGator

Stealing? STEALING? What do you think I am, some kind of thief or something? I simply noticed it was misplaced, and, being the kind soul I am, wanted to keep it protected until I could return it safely to its rightful owner. Stealing, indeed.


25 posted on 01/10/2014 7:08:55 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: EEGator

One of the Kinders’ special abilities was TAUNT. I called Tanis a beardless, bastard half-man, son-of-a-rapist once.

That led to a physical altercation.


26 posted on 01/10/2014 7:11:59 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: SpinnerWebb

It’s easy to anger Caramon or Strum, but it takes talent to anger Tanis...kudos.


27 posted on 01/10/2014 7:29:48 AM PST by EEGator
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To: Crim
It’s also played live online...”DDO” ( Dungeon and dragons online) is a “free to play” download.


I've been happily playing DDO since 2010. Great fun, cheap entertainment. Sometimes I miss all the dice-rolling and character-sheet shuffling and doing math in my head, but DDO has been a wonderful time sink.

"Kobold still hate you!" Lol! :D
28 posted on 02/04/2014 8:11:01 AM PST by Horkster ("Money will buy most anything in this country - even a Muslim Communist Presidency." - RoadTest)
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