Diamond, King of Trolls

Fantasy, sci-fi, logic, skepticism, college and the awkward beginnings of a blog.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Gaming Situation

It's been forever since I posted here, so I don't remember exactly what I've said before. In case I didn't say it yet, I'm a serious gamer. Video games, card games, board games, pen-and-paper RPGs... I play pretty much everything.
And college has given me the opportunity to play. I'm currently participating in two campaigns. In one, I am the Dungeon Master of a Dungeons & Dragons v3.5 campaign, which has become very popular with the players. We play whenever all five of us have some free time. The other is a once-per-week session of HackMaster with some guys I know from the JREF forums. We play over Ventrilo and MapTool.
Since my players in the D&D game are new to the game, it's a very relaxed, fun-oriented atmosphere. We have a lot of situations where the players do something just because it's funny rather than it being helpful or something that the character would do. They're starting to get the hang of role-playing, though.
The HackMaster game is much more serious, with a higher standard for role-play. I play the party cleric, a lawful neutral priest of the god of justice. My main role is to give everyone blank stares when the need for social interaction surpasses my ability to process. Anyway...
So my D&D campaign, "Contagion Rising", is moving forward very well. The players seem to be enjoying themselves (though the party rogue is having difficulties rolling above a two). Hopefully it'll end as well as it has begun. And no, I'm not going to post any details here, because I'm not sure if anyone who knows me reads this, and if you do you might spill the beans about my evil Dungeon Master-ing plans.
And I've recently come into possession of the sourcebook for another game: Matt Forbeck's Brave New World, an alternate-history superhero RPG - not to be confused with the novel of the same name. As of yet, I haven't played any games of BNW, but I have high hopes. I've always wanted to try one of these superhero games. It looks like fun.
And now, I return to the realm of the Dungeon Master's Guide, to finish preparing the next session of Contagion Rising.

Him who mountain crush him no
Him who sun him stop him no
Him who hammer him break him no
Him who fire him fear him no
Him who raise him head above him heart
Him diamond

- Translation of troll pictograms
Terry Pratchett, Thud!

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