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The Appeal of Dungeons and Dragons

This post started on Facebook, although it was really on Twitter. Wil Wheaton posted this:


This made me think back to when I was a kid. I never played Dungeons and Dragons, but I did play another RPG called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness.

TMNTrpgBack then, I didn’t know anyone that played D&D, but I knew people who had this particular RPG. And you know what? I don’t think we ever actually played the game. We created characters, and we spent a lot of time doing it. I made so many characters in my free time, but it was what I loved doing. The character creation was a lot of fun, and I just kept wanting to make more and more characters. Have you ever felt that way about games like D&D and TMNT?

DnD5thEditionBut back to Dungeons and Dragons.  Wil Wheaton’s post had me thinking about how I’d like to get my hands on the Player’s Handbook (and probably Dungeon Master’s book, and other resources). I’d actually like to play it if I knew anyone who does. However, I don’t know if I would even get that far. I’d probably be having too much fun creating the characters. But is that so bad? I mean, I could create characters I could use in a classic fantasy story. But that’s been done before.

And that brings me to another point. I wonder how many authors actually create RPGs like this for their fantasy books. I know some series, like Forbidden Realms was created to support their RPG system. But what if the book was first, and the RPG later? If you write fantasy (or even science fiction), would you consider creating an RPG system for your world? I think I would for Ariadne.

Let me know in the comments below: Have you played any of these RPGs? Would you create an RPG for your books? I’d love to hear from you.

Ingress, the Augmented Reality RPG

I’ve always enjoyed role-playing games.  When I was a kid and teenager, I’d play them on Sega Game Gear and traditional paper and dice.  When I was in university, I played on a MUD.  When I was single in Japan, I played an MMORPG.  But now, we have a totally new kind of RPG, augmented reality.

These days, I don’t have time to play games that involve a lot of time and effort to play.  When I discovered Ingress, I thought that the concept was quite interesting.  There are two factions, the Enlightened and the Resistance.  The Enlightened are fighting to support the aliens who want to help us go further in our evolution.  The Resistance believe they just want to control our minds.  There are portals everywhere.  Portals are usually landmarks, public art, and so on.  There are more around densely populated areas or busy areas, and not so many in less busy areas.  Where I live, there aren’t many portals, but we can submit locations to open new ones.  Anyway, you want to make sure portals are on your side so you can link them together and create a kind of coverage area that collects Mind Units.  These Mind Units are what are used to keep score.  Here’s a screenshot of my area with a single Enlightened portal.


The circled arrow is my position, while the portal is toward the top.  As you can see, there are streets marked out.  This game was created by Google, and they obviously use a kind of overlay with Google Maps.  All the roads are already there, so the map is already made for the game.  This game is played worldwide

I’m only level 1, but I’ll be getting up to level 2 very soon.  I’m not sure how long I’ll play this, but I’ll see.  I have a lot of work to do.  I joined the Enlightened, and there’s one portal nearby.  However, there are several Resistance portals in my area, and they completely cover the Shonandai station area.  I guess I’ll have to try create some local portals.  I also need to advance in levels to have any hope of switching over any existing portals.  We’ll see how it goes.

Anyone else play it?