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Diving into D&D

Diving into D&D

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About the Project

My journey back into Dungeons and Dragons with my 9 year old Son

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World Building...

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The Map

This is the map created by my son. I will be turning it into a world map, just to get a bit more of the scale and proportion into it. But essentially it will be staying the same.This is the map created by my son. I will be turning it into a world map, just to get a bit more of the scale and proportion into it. But essentially it will be staying the same.

Inhabitants

So who lives in a world like this? We have decided that the world will be mostly made up of the following races.

Gnomes – everyone loves a cheeky chappy

Goblin’s- they will be the amusing foe

Halflings – they are the bumbling types are mainly there to cover the areas of countryside.

 

 

Athodorian

Ok been a while since I added to this but after some consideration I decided you go a bit bigger with the world.

The reason for this is I have started DMing another group (which I will will talk about in another post) so I have created a wider world. However I have included my Son’s map within the wider world.

 

THE WORLD MAPTHE WORLD MAP

Fighting Fantasy

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RPGs for beginners

So whilst I am stust getting my head around DnD 5e I decided to start things simple with my son. So I picked up a copy of Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

 

 

The story so far

First up we set up the character, then set off on the adventure. It seems that my son is a bit of a natural, so far the story has involved killing several orcs, a snake, surviving a poison date, falling down a pit. Finding 26 gold, a spell, a glove, gaining more gold from gambling with an old man, finding a shield. And  killing a crazy old dude who wields a chair leg.First up we set up the character, then set off on the adventure. It seems that my son is a bit of a natural, so far the story has involved killing several orcs, a snake, surviving a poison date, falling down a pit. Finding 26 gold, a spell, a glove, gaining more gold from gambling with an old man, finding a shield. And killing a crazy old dude who wields a chair leg.

So after about 4 sessions of about an hour each, we completed the Warlock of Firetop Mountain.

Pros my son enjoyed it mostly, but the big con was he was not to keen on the endless corridors.

Note to self … When creating a dungeon make sure there is not too many of those. ..lol

RPG - Getting back into the swing of things.

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The New Group,

Ok in parallel to this adventure into DnD, my gaming group has started a Tuesday night rpg group around a friends. We are playing 2 RPGs. Each has a separate GM and will be played alternative week s to give the GM time to plan.

1. Traveller – a sci-fi based game currently published by Mongoose, but has been around since 1977. All we have done so far is roll up the characters.

Mine is Called Benjamin Renzi, he was born into a Nobel family, but fell out with them after failing to get into university, joined the Space Navy and survived for a bit got a medlm for bravery before being hounded out by a jealous collegues. Has now met up with a group.

2. A light DnD type game, so far we have rolled up our character s mine is a Human Thief call Atticus Filtch. So far we have Killed some Goblins , returned a cart of Beer to a village killed more goblins found a crypt with a giant snake.  Found a gem and a riddle, stocked up on supplies signed into a ferry boat as guards and have arrived in a small mining community.

 

Starter Set has arrived

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Well I got home from the Boot Camp and have had a few busy days, but the one thing that has arrived was the DnD starter set so it's time to start readingWell I got home from the Boot Camp and have had a few busy days, but the one thing that has arrived was the DnD starter set so it's time to start reading

The remembering

Ok so now that I have started reading through the rules and the adventure, things are starting to come back to me… This is going to be fun. I have ordered my Son his very own dice, which hopefully when he gets we can start playing.

The Big Decision

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Confession time

Right before I go onto the decision I should make a little confession. I say that I played D&D and so I did however what stopped playing as two factors. My mates decided that they wanted to move onto Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, I was all for it, until I played it and really didn’t enjoy it, cannot remember why but it just was not my thing. Also we played other RPGs like TMNT and also Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay…which became one of my most beloved RPGs so D&D fell by the wayside.

New verse Old

So now it is 2018 I am in my early 40s I have a 9yo son who wants to get in some D&D, excellent it’s where I started in gaming. Then the realisation dawn’s on me ..how? I have no idea what has happened in the world of D&D since i was 15 or so. Do I just pick up my old books and start to play or do I look at another course of action. So I decided to ask and so posted a thread in the forums

Dungeons and Dragons – where to begin

As you can see if you read the thread I decided to order the starter set for 5th edition, which has a ready made adventure included. I found it for a £15 so cannot be bad.

 

Searching for the lost knowledge

Since I last played D&D there has been an amazing technological leap forward. And so in order to get my head around things and also introduce my son to things I decided to see what is out on Your Tube and sure enough there is more stuff than I could ever imagined.

But what it has done is started me thinking about how I will make this exciting for mt Son. It will therefore be  a three stage process.

1. Generating basic characters

2. Playing through a ready made adventure.

3. Start the world building

So this is what I will be exploring over the coming months.

 

 

Free rules

So what I have also learned is there are free rules .😁 Only basic but hell I ain’t ain’t going to say no.

http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules

So now it’s doing some reading, and I have also asked my son to go looking on you tube at some videos. After all he watches lots of video game related stuff.

 

Once upon a time...

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How it began

Well this project is about the journey I have decided to take with my 9 year old son Robbie into the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Unfortunately due to life circumstances my son lives with his Mum a bit of a distance away so I only get to see him on holidays.. However we do skype regularly and have been playing online games quite a lot together. However Robbie has been asking about playing D&D recently, so I said ok we would look at it as it is something we can easily play over skype.

Long time ago....

So it has been about 30 years since I last played Dungeons and Dragons. As a teen I was quite heavily into RPG’s but D&D was the first. The version I played was the TSR 1983 set. I owned the basic set, and a friend of mine acquired the subsequent books and we had many hours playing. Mainly dungeon crawling and monster killing not so deep but hey its what we enjoyed.

Anyway over the last 30 years RPGs took that back seat to miniature based games, then girls, then miniature based games, so I have completely lost touch with what is what in the world of D&D.

I still have my original booksI still have my original books

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