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#123 - spidahridah (01/04/2013) [-]
If I'm not asking for too much, could someone give me a brief explanation of how D&D works and what its all about? I think it sounds fun and intriguing, but I've never really gotten myself to play it or even understand it before.

Thanks in advance.
User avatar #169 to #123 - organiclead (01/04/2013) [-]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-leYc4oC83E

That's about all you need to know.
#132 to #123 - itrooztrooperdown ONLINE (01/04/2013) [-]
Well... it's like paying an MMORPG, but without the "MMO" bit and it is all in your mind and without the bit of XP farming... Modern RPG games are based on those old games...

It creates good friend relationships... sometimes raeally fun stuff happens.... well why am I even talking

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiTEHqAeanw


^ here is all you need to know. Probably one of the only low-budged films I enjoyed watching... And the sequel is well worth the time... really funny films.

User avatar #161 to #132 - templarofsteel (01/04/2013) [-]
>it's like an MMORPG, without the MMO

I lol'd
User avatar #126 to #124 - spidahridah (01/04/2013) [-]
Yeah, I already did that, but I was hoping I could get a brief review from an experience player/knower of the game itself...
#146 to #126 - kraetyz (01/04/2013) [-]
Hi, game master for 7 years here. I could give you a brief rundown, even though others have.

Traditional (Pen/Paper) roleplaying is about storytelling, basically. Usually, the Game Master (in D&D called Dungeon Master) has prepared a number of sets for the players to experience and explore.

The players, sometimes called actors actually, usually control a character. The character is part of the game's world, a setting which can range from crazy fantasy to depressing sci-fi and everything inbetween and beyond. Exactly how a character is created depends, but in D&D you usually roll some dice for your standard attributes (you know, Strength, Intelligence, ever played an RPG and you know the deal) and then choose a class. It's all very straightforward if you've sat at a computer ever.

The Game Master will, in almost all cases, begin telling the story. He sets up an opening scene, describes the surroundings and who is present. Anyone present in the scene (usually some or all of the characters) can act within it. You, as a player, might decide that the candle in this mysterious dungeon looks suspicious, and you decide to pick it up. The GM might describe the candle in detail for you, might let you keep it for later, or maybe you just triggered a trap that put the other characters or yourself in mortal danger! The idea is that, since we're not limited by graphics, programming or anything but our minds, the game is our oyster (wut) and anything at all can happen by the will of the GM and sometimes the players!

Most roleplaying games have rules. In fact, I'd say all of them do. Argue that as you wish, fellow freeformers. Anyway, the rules are there to give you a framework to play with. Like :"If you want to jump 15 feet, you'll have to roll this dice or draw this card". The rules in D&D are sometimes quite complex, covering a lot of different scenarios that the characters might encounter. Other roleplaying games take a way more relaxed and simple approach to it, favoring
#149 to #146 - kraetyz (01/04/2013) [-]
the storytelling aspect over the 'game' aspect. The point of the rules, however, isn't to be a nuisance to you. If you play D&D and feel the rules are only bothersome, feel free not to use them and leave it to the power of your words (if the GM agrees, that is ;)). That is the true beauty of roleplaying, in my opinion: That you can just leave the rules behind if they don't work for a situation, and just think up what you think SHOULD happen.

It's also a very fun social experience. Some of my greatest memories with friends come from gaming sessions! Everything from chips-covered tables to my best friend cowering in fear during a horror campaign, it's all in good fun (even though I did scar him for life :D). Seriously, you should try it if you haven't. The books for D&D can be downloaded (illegally) at The Pirate Bay. If you want suggestions as to exacty what game to play, if you want something other than D&D, I might have a few suggestions depending on what you're after. :)
User avatar #153 to #149 - spidahridah (01/04/2013) [-]
This cleared up a whole bunch of shit. Thanks a lot!
But so one question, when it comes to a scenario where the player picks up a candle and it activates a trap; is that something the game master must've planned ahead, or can he just instantly choose so to make that happen? If that makes sense.
#157 to #153 - kraetyz (01/04/2013) [-]
Depends on how much of a dick your Game Master is. ;) In most games, he has true power. He can decide anything on the fly, if he wishes. However, planning ahead not only makes it easier for you to execute it (like, you can build up to it properly and you also have all the necessary rules ready), but also makes it a bit more fair.

Planning ahead also usually makes for just plain better stories. Completely improvised events often turn chaotic. I know I had that problem once when I tried to run an entire 6 hour session off of one loose idea I had the night before. It turned out horrible and I was very embarrassed by it.

But yes, the GM could decide that you all die just for fun. No one wants him to be GM ever again after that, though. ;)
User avatar #140 to #126 - fieryphoenix (01/04/2013) [-]
So here's how it works. One person is the Dungeon Master, every one else is a Player Character (usually). The DM sets up the entire universe you play in and controls all the NPCs and monsters, and acts as the narrator. When you roll the dice to hit a monster, the DM tells you how it turns out. When you try to jump over a pit of lava, same deal. You have your character sheet which shows you all your stats, modifiers for every roll you need to use, and all your powers. You can (try to) do literally anything. Fun times.
#154 to #140 - spidahridah (01/04/2013) [-]
Thanks!
Thanks!
#122 - auesis (01/04/2013) [-]
MFW this entire thread
User avatar #119 - bslsk (01/04/2013) [-]
Oh god, yes.
Yes, this.
User avatar #118 - Lostdemon (01/04/2013) [-]
im pretty sure i know English, but i still cant figure out what the fuck people are saying.
User avatar #117 - coolalliki (01/04/2013) [-]
Whole lotta old school nerds in the comments.
User avatar #116 - ihaveakeyboard (01/04/2013) [-]
>group of neutrals and lawful evil characters in our D & D
> Doppelganger joins our group and copies the leader
>Group goes in a small group and agrees to just kill them both
>split the loot from his body
#115 - motherduck (01/04/2013) [-]
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User avatar #181 to #115 - YllekNayr ONLINE (01/04/2013) [-]
This is the BEST .gif I have ever seen.
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Yea I tried to submit it as content because I thought it would be a lovely thing for everyone to see but some people didnt like it
#114 - lordofthenash (01/04/2013) [-]
>DMing AD&D   
>Human Magic User, Gnome Thief and Human Fighter   
>Party finds room coated in blood   
>Bodies everywhere   
>Small hole in the wall   
>Gnome looks in   
>Fighter punts the Gnome down the hole   
>Fighter CE but somehow gains a conscience   
>Jumps in after the Gnome   
>MFW Gnome leaves unscathed and Fighter gets swarmed/eaten by undead
>DMing AD&D
>Human Magic User, Gnome Thief and Human Fighter
>Party finds room coated in blood
>Bodies everywhere
>Small hole in the wall
>Gnome looks in
>Fighter punts the Gnome down the hole
>Fighter CE but somehow gains a conscience
>Jumps in after the Gnome
>MFW Gnome leaves unscathed and Fighter gets swarmed/eaten by undead
User avatar #111 - caelinnis (01/04/2013) [-]
>tfw you will never understand how to play
#105 - cactusupthebutt (01/04/2013) [-]
>Go LARPING with my friends
>First time
>Scared as fuck
>Go as a Tank Dwarf
>Be 6'4''
>Taller than all there
>As I walk out to a battle that I had to literally walk to get there
>As I thud my way to the battle enemy archer yells out like Bill from L4D
>MFW I freeze then yell like the Tank and charge in
#104 - Omegashenron (01/04/2013) [-]
Me trying to read below the content.
Me trying to read below the content.
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#101 - grapejuice (01/04/2013) [-]
>3.5   
>Half-Orc Barbarian   
>Just a wall of muscle and stupid   
>Fighting demons   
>Get impaled by retriever   
>Only option is to bite   
>Critically bite it on the eye   
>It dies   
   
MFW
>3.5
>Half-Orc Barbarian
>Just a wall of muscle and stupid
>Fighting demons
>Get impaled by retriever
>Only option is to bite
>Critically bite it on the eye
>It dies

MFW
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User avatar #95 - wowimbored (01/04/2013) [-]
**wowimbored rolls 59**
User avatar #96 to #95 - wowimbored (01/04/2013) [-]
hmm...intersting
User avatar #98 to #96 - oikake (01/04/2013) [-]
**oikake rolls 56** indeed
#94 - xXMattMiguelXx (01/04/2013) [-]
I don't know what's happening in the comments..
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User avatar #92 - callmeemm (01/04/2013) [-]
...I have no idea.
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