Monday, October 22, 2012

On my plans for Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is a game that was famous in the 80's. Up to today people still play this pen and paper RPG. I'm interested in playing D&D. So as a result of my interest: I plan to DM an adventure on Halloween with my friends. I'm not sure if I will be able to play but the plan is there and some of the interest in the players is there. I'm excited to play this game because for a long time, I have been planning to play D&D for as long as I can remember. Being in an all girl Catholic school, you can tell it would be pretty hard to come by interested players.

Here in the Philippines, D&D is not so much a popular game. Its freaking hard to find books and kits that can get you started playing the game. I've seen a few back in the days when I was in 5th grade, lurking around game shops as my mom bought clothes. However, I never seen a single one at these time. Not even the new manuals for the 4th edition,  never even got a glimpse of it here. I am now faced with a conflict: I don;t have books or resources. Sure, I could get them online but I do not read from electronics. I find it very hard to concentrate when reading from an LCD screen. PDFs could also be a solution, but I would be pirating and I am completely against pirating these thing. I plan to play the game and I plan to play it to support Wizards of The Coast.

The month of October has been full of research about D&D, how to play it, and how to DM. Naturally, as the one most interested I am going to be DM in our first ever campaign. As I have read as DM I get to choose what exactly to play. As mentioned we have a problem: the lack of books and resources. Luckily though as I do every year, I watch the celebrity D&D game in PAX, "Acquisitions Incoporated" .  As I watched I, of course, noticed a change in the game and as Wil Wheaton has said repeatedly in game they were playing D&D Next. D&D Next is, obviously, the next edition for D&D. Luckily, Wizards of The Coast is having a playtest. As eager as I can be joined the playtest at a heartbeat.

My conflict is resolved I will play D&D Next on Halloween. With the PDFs provided by Wizards, I am happy that not only am I supporting on of the best game manufacturers, I am also learning to play a rather intriguing RPG.

Words cannot describe how excited I am for our little session.

Oh! Also, Gravity Falls premieres on the day of Trick or Treating so... double happiness!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Wii is a stupid name.

It's the new year. Yeah, like 6 days ago. Anyways I had just recently bought a Wii and of course, I got Skywards Sword. Hellz yeah, I got it. I've always thought the Wii was a nightmare of a video game console. Which still, in my eyes, still is (sort of). Video games to me were the reason I should be lazy as hell and just chill. I hate physical exertion; my body disagrees with me when I'm moving a lot. It's not like I want to be lazy, it's just how my body reacts to moving, getting tired, and sweating. And seriously, who would want to be around me when I'm sweating? That's right, no one. But, the Wii is just how I can get my hands on Nintendo games.
I'm a big fan of Nintendo. I had the original Gameboy, Gameboy SP, and Nintendo DS Lite. I never bought a N64 or Gamecube. I had a PS1 and I grew up loving Crash Bandicoot. But even before we had the PS1 we had a Famicom. My experience with the Famicom is kind of blurry because ours was sold when I was 5. All I remembered was a bunch of Japanese games and Super Mario. Mario, Goombas, Pipes, Mushrooms, etc. are embedded in my mind as a happy thought and memory. And I played though Super Mario Bros. Wii I had that same feeling of frustrations and fun. It's cool now that I have a new and proper Nintendo console and the Wii is a big 1UP from the Famicom. I guess, what I'm trying to say is: even though I have had bitch slapped this console for years, there's just one thing that made me want to have one, and that's the games. The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros., Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros., Metroid, etc, are the reasons I got one. They are enjoyable and though they are modern games I still get the sense of nostalgia in them.

To sum it all up: I think the Wii is a stupid name and the thing is a piece shit. But, you know what? That thing is my shit.