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    Dungeons & Dragons

    It's been so long since I played I don't even remember what level Magic User you had to be to throw a fireball spell (although I do recall fireball and lightning were both 3rd level spells).

    Fireball was a workhorse spell if ever there was. Typical scenario:
    DM: you walk into the room and you see 6 hobgoblins looting bodies.
    Player 1: "Ranger Rick" pulls out his +1 short bow
    DM: roll initiative. [player rolls 6 and hobgobs 2]
    Player 1: "Merlin" throws a fireball [rolls]everyone takes 22 damage!
    DM: all the hobgoblins are dead.....
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    This thread is a complete 180 from what we was discussed in the RTDNTOTO thread yesterday. Are you trying to douse the flames or something Maister?

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    If I recollect correctly, one of the original D&D manuals from the 80s had an urban planning section, for designing suitable medieval cities and towns in which to play. They provided a list of uses and associated building types typical of medieval towns and villages, and also urged players to think about infrastructure (where to inhabitants cultivate food, get access to water, etc). Incredibly nerdy game, that one

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    I had a brother who was 8 years older than I. I would play D&D with him when I was younger. I loved the imagination it required. The dragons were pretty cool as well.

    This makes me think of my favorite series of books of all time. The Dragonlance books.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonlance
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    I never got into D&D although I appreciated the imaginative/fantastical element of the game. Things just didn’t go that direction for me. My lack of interest in part sprouted from an incident I had in which some older “nerdy” kids invited me to join them one night for a game. Now, I thought I was pretty nerdy, but these kids were Supra Nerdy and, in addition to the overwhelming social awkwardness of the evening, they were all pretty advanced players and I had no clue what the heck was going on. And no one was well equipped enough to really explain it. So, that was the first and last time I played.

    Later I had a number of friends from the neighboring town who were more my kind of nerdy. They had been avid players in the past but had left it behind for things like being obsessed with the Grateful Dead and, er, related activities. Had I known them when I was younger, I probably would have been more into it.
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    I never got into it. I was more of a hardcore sci-fi buff. Further, I was either going to school (both HS and college) or working. I also hung out with a more geeky crowd instead of a nerdy crowd. I was going to say that I've never been into role playing, but that was afraid that might head back into yesterday's discussion in the random thoughts thread with LP acting as Dr. Ruth.
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    My brother was a DM. He went on to play MUDs and the like. I never really got into it... although I played Magic: The Gathering....
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    My brother was a DM. He went on to play MUDs and the like. I never really got into it... although I played Magic: The Gathering....
    I played Magic: The Gathering as well. I still have all my cards from about 15 years ago.
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    Aw, I have fond memories of playing D&D with my dad and brother and whatever friends of theirs wanted to join. For some reason my friends were never that interested... hmm. We sometimes talk about having a game over the holidays when we are all visiting but that hasn't come to fruition yet. I haven't thought about it in a long time, don't remember too many spells off the top of my head. I always liked to be a cleric, though.

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    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    I had a brother who was 8 years older than I. I would play D&D with him when I was younger. I loved the imagination it required. The dragons were pretty cool as well.

    This makes me think of my favorite series of books of all time. The Dragonlance books.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonlance
    I love the Dragonlance books, great reads.

    My best D&D story, my brother's bachelor party. I'm in the car with his friends going to a strip club when they start talking about their level whatever monk and the next adventure. We're on the way to objectify women and you want to talk about make believe monks? D&D is a great game, but there is a time and place.
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    My best D&D story. Some nerdy guys invited me to play one night, so I went. They told me about the "Ice Queen" who played with them. A pretty girl that none of them had any luck with whatsoever. Well, I played, it was okay, but I did take the girl back to my dorm... I was never invited back.
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    Never played and don't want to either,
    Never understood it, and don't bother trying to explain it either

    Now get off my lawn.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Never played and don't want to either,
    Never understood it, and don't bother trying to explain it either

    Now get off my lawn.
    Even young people say the same thing now with modern computer games. D&D was the inspiration for a whole genre of video games.

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    I never played D & D.

    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    I played Magic: The Gathering as well. I still have all my cards from about 15 years ago.


    Thanks for the reminder of my nerdom. This solidifies my theory that I reached my peak coolness in the 8th grade as it was all down hill from there. I still have my cards from the mid-90's. I had a mean goblin deck. I playing and placing in some local tournaments until I got ostracized by the local MTG circuit. They accused me of not being willing to play folks with non-English cards, the reality is that I was against the use of rare non-English cards into a mainly English language deck. I was open minded but pick a single language for your deck and don't pick and choose because acquiring the cards was part of the fun; however, imports cheapened the experience. As a matter of protest, I put together all Korean Green Deck but nobody knew Korean so it was hard to play anybody. So I retired from the circuit with a total purse of $197 after entry fees. I might have to look into coming out of retirement.

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    Quote Originally posted by Blide View post
    Even young people say the same thing now with modern computer games. D&D was the inspiration for a whole genre of video games.
    Well, if it's any comfort, isn't a new version of SimCity supposed to come out soon? I still think that SimCity does a better job of zoning than some municipalities I've work with...

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    Quote Originally posted by Cismontane View post
    Well, if it's any comfort, isn't a new version of SimCity supposed to come out soon?
    Comes out March 5th. I unfortunately won't be getting it since it requires a constant internet connection and I'll be moving to a place without one

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    I played in high school and was ussually the DM. Have not played since then. Some friends run Pathfinder and I ahve been invited on several occasions but that time in my life has passed.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Never played and don't want to either,
    Never understood it, and don't bother trying to explain it either

    Now get off my lawn.
    Back in the day, we played dungeons and dragons with real dungeons and real dragons. None this namby-pamby fantasy crapola. You can get off my damn lawn too!
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    D&D was my gateway drug back in high school. It led either directly or indirectly to the rest of my gaming hobbies of past and present, including miniatures and Warcraft. However, it's been years since I've been able to play actual D&D. Certainly pre-4th ed.
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