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World-Wide D&D Game Day Saturday

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the get-out-there-and-roll-some-dice dept.

Role Playing (Games) 48

It's that time of year again: The World-wide Dungeons and Dragons Game Day is this Saturday, November the 5th. Gaming stores across the globe are ramping up for events showcasing the game that in many ways helped the gaming industry get off the ground. 1up has some background on the event. From the article: "D&D mechanics have indeed been a core component of many electronic games, even those that do not share the same aesthetics or mythology. Japanese RPGs, including long-running series Dragon Quest, were heavily influenced by early D&D. The influence is much more obvious in many North American RPGs, some of which actually take up and expand on the D&D license, like Neverwinter Nights and DragonShard."

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48 comments

Basement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13933682)

Will they crawl out of their basements for this event?

Zonk works for 1up.com

Hey (5, Funny)

Daysaway (916732) | more than 8 years ago | (#13933705)

Somebody quick, what is the stock symbol for Mt Dew?

Re:Hey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13934853)

I believe it is PEP

Re:Hey (1)

illumina+us (615188) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934872)

PEP - PepsiCo, Inc.

Who's going to DM it? (3, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#13933738)

Oh, wait, worldwide D&D Game day! I misread that as a worldwide D&D game!

Just as well we don't have to wait for everyone to roll up new characters.

I will be there! (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 8 years ago | (#13933755)

I've only been playing pen n paper for four years, but in that short time it's influnced my life as a gamer more than any video game. I wish I could DM an open free-for all game this time around, and if get the opportunity I most definitely will. But I do plan to show up at the local shop and roll lots of 20's... I hope.

Games that owe themselves to D&D (2, Interesting)

kinglink (195330) | more than 8 years ago | (#13933796)

It's even more than they meantion, while Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior in some ways barely resemble D&D, the Original FF is even more of an off shoot with their spell system, and character creation which basically are the fathers to the Console RPG legacy as well as the handleful of RPGs for the NES (including "AD&D" a truely horrible made NES game)

Most Computer RPGs owe a lot to D&D or off shoots of it, including Ultima, Wizardry, and Might and Magic, as well as almost every MMORPG.

So go out and play a cool RPG this weekend if your not getting together for some original D&D fun.

Otherwise known as (0, Troll)

pregister (443318) | more than 8 years ago | (#13933822)

The opening day of Dork Mocking Season.

Yes, I played it. No, I don't have anything against it...but for those of you who have played and gone to most gaming stores, cons, or anything similar...didn't you generally feel like you were one of very few in attendance without serious geek issues? If you didn't, you were one of the masses justifying that feeling in others. ;)

-pete

Re:Otherwise known as (3, Funny)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934463)

The thought going through the head of every person at a gaming convention:

"Oh my god! Everybody here is a total nerd except me!!!"

Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you even know what the abbreviation "AD&D" stands for, you are already a nerd. Denial is not healthy. Accept. You will be a happier person for it.

Re:Otherwise known as (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13934936)

Yeah, but there's a difference between someone who knows what AD&D means and someone who knows what AD&Dv3 NWN Edition w/psionics extensions and...

...Oh, my God...

*runs sobbing from the room*

Stereotypes (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13934101)

The people I know who play D&D all fit the same mold:

- They have relatively successful careers.
- They are technically inclined.
- They are friendly, generally decent people.
- Most are married.
- They have high INT, extremely low WIS.
- They are all socially retarded.

All of them are social misfits. Even to this day, over a decade after the end of high school. They're still not just geeks, but disasterous nerds as well.

Re:Stereotypes (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13937021)

OK, INT high, WIS low - what's their STR, CON, CHR and AGI stats like?

Re:Stereotypes (1)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938645)

Funny you should raise the question -- of the D&D players I know there are three martial artists (two with brown belts, one with a black in one form and browns in two others) and several accomplished jugglers. A few of the players I know do live-steel choreography (simulated swordfights for stage and film). A couple more do improv theater...

Yes, you can find acne fatties at any Con playing D&D, but that's not the whole story...

Re:Stereotypes (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938666)

A frighteningly large number of gamers I know are martial arts black belt equivalents [1] in a wide range of disciplines.

[1] Not sure if it is referred to as a Black Belt in all disciplines, but many of them have had assorted gradings this year - one had to go to Japan to do here grading as she couldn't do it here (Australia) at the level she was at.

Re:Stereotypes (1)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938747)

I know the number is pretty large but I don't consider it to be that frightening -- I've never really known a martial artist with an anger management problem. I mean I know they must exist, where else could those news stories come from... I've studied in a number of different schools in a number of different forms (dilletante, that's me) and haven't met anyone beyond a green belt who didn't seem to be on an even keel. Dunno if the discipline weeds out those who aren't, or if the discipline levels those who aren't, but that's my experience.

Re:Stereotypes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13942241)

OK, INT high, WIS low - what's their STR, CON, CHR and AGI stats like?

AGI? What happened to DEX?

(For that matter, how about a return of COM)

Re:Stereotypes (1)

Precambrian-C (638394) | more than 8 years ago | (#14007025)

Vote for Pedro. GOSH!!!

Stuff that matters? (3, Funny)

phamlen (304054) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934102)

Well, the story definitely fits Slashdot's "News For Nerds" slogan but I'm not so sure this is "stuff that matters". :)

Still, a few warnings for those few people unfamiliar with D&D:

1) It's sure to generate a run on snacks, candy and sodas. Stock up before Saturday!
2) If you see people in costume on Nov. 5th, it's not just because they missed Halloween. Also, you don't need to offer them candy (they should have their own, see #1)
3) Really, there's only a small chance that Cthulu will actually be summoned. Still, we recommend that you avoid people in tentacled demon costumes - it might just be an all-powerful demon about to enslave the human race.

-Peter "Once upon a time, I had a dice bag signed by Gary Gygax" Hamlen

Re:Stuff that matters? (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934379)

Well, the story definitely fits Slashdot's "News For Nerds" slogan but I'm not so sure this is "stuff that matters". :)

I've always interpreted that as a union rather than an intersection. Add in the fact that different things matter to different people, and it makes it much easier to accept some of the stories that end up on Slashdot!

Re:Stuff that matters? (1)

Mad_Giggler (901046) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935498)

I suspect that you're just being funny (due to the second portion of your post - which was indeed funny), but around here, most of us know that "Stuff that matters" == "Stuff that matters to the editors."

And by the way, my group won't be able to meet on Saturday, so we're stocking up for tonight's gaming session. Right now.

Re:Stuff that matters? (2, Funny)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13937055)

Really, there's only a small chance that Cthulu will actually be summoned.

If you're summoning Cthulhu in your D&D game, not only are you running with a REALLY old version of the monster manual, but you are probably using the wrong players handbook [chaosium.com] .

Dungeons & Dragons Online (2, Interesting)

Bellum Aeternus (891584) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934208)

Speaking of expanding the D&D franchise: Dungeons and Dragons Online [ddo.com] went into beta yesterday. Didn't occur to me then, but could this be a coincidence? I doubt it.

Greeks of the world unite!

Gold Box SSI games (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934248)

I've been playing through SSI's Gold Box games for the past few weeks (nearly done with Curse of the Azure Bonds). Even with the crappy VGA graphics, they're still great games, precisely because they're based on the D&D ruleset. I suggest heading over to your favorite abandonware site, grabbing one of the games (Pool of Radiance was a blast) and a copy of MoSlo and enjoy the original batch of licensed D&D computer games. Or if you wanna be legit, you may still be able to find a copy of Interplay's 14-in-1 Forgotten Realms CD (which includes the decoder wheels and PDFs of the adventurer's journals, etc).

Re:Gold Box SSI games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13941210)

I picked up a copy of the CD recently and started playing (so much fun!). But at one point near the beginning of Curse, shortly after the Fire Knives attack I think, I'm prompted to insert a different disk into the floppy drive. The prompt is in-game and there's no option to point to a different drive. How did you make it past this?

Re:Gold Box SSI games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13942340)

IF the EGA graphics are getting to you, you can download (free!) a mod for NeverWinter Nights that is a pretty good translation of Pool of Radiance.

(available from the Neverwinter Vault: http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Modules.Detai l&id=1706 [ign.com] )

There obviously were some changes made due to the change in engine for things like combat, but it's still a pretty fair translation and -considering that it is intentionally limited by its source material so the world is pretty static- still a heck of a lot of fun.

I believe modders have since gone on to make NWN versions of Curse of the Azure Bonds and other SSI Goldbox games, as well as translating classic PnP D&D modules such as the Giants series, but I only played Pool of Radiance.

D&D Once a Year? (1)

dommer2029 (862153) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934499)

I haven't played D&D since Jr. High, but I recognize the impact of the game on gamers, geeks, and even Unix culture.

Maybe once a year, it's worth an afternoon to play a disposable character and pay homage to the grand-daddy of RPGs.

If there are any girls there... (1)

thebdj (768618) | more than 8 years ago | (#13934816)

I wanna do them!!

Seriously, if there are some female D&D geek girls out there...please oh please tell me where to find you!

Re:If there are any girls there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13935193)

You sure? Most female D&Ders aren't the hot chick type. Dumpy mousey type with a little too much padding fits the description better... well... atleast in my case. Prudish too, so don't get any ideas. :P

Besides, Deadlands is better than D&D.

heh, guess im hording them. (1)

tacroy (813477) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936439)

Our group has more women than men most nights and none of them ugly or dumpy. In fact (all bias aside) my wife is more than model worthy. Hottest midget thief EVA.

Re:heh, guess im hording them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938701)

If it's HER post pics. If it's HER CHARACTER then you're a delusional fucktard.

Things to remember before play (1)

djflipstarx (924242) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935136)

1. Set of dice
2. Cheetos
3. Mountain Dew
4. Components to cast Mortencain's Faithful Watchdog-You don't want to get ambushed by 7 ogres, now do you?
5. Ogre-Slaying Sword with a +9 to ogres-try not to get hammered on Mountain Dew if you have one.
6. Any requirements for Magic Missile-so you can be Attacking The Darkness!(C)

Re:Things to remember before play (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13937081)

AFAIR it's Mordenkainen

Re:Things to remember before play (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938948)

I was just about to spelling nazi him and then saw there was already a reply. How geeky are we?

There were so many other good games... (1)

Richard Steiner (1585) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935264)

...that in some ways it's a shame that D&D gets the headlines like it does.

Who remembers Traveller? I mean the little black books, now, not MegaTraveller or any of the other newer versions. Or Chaosium's RuneQuest? The Fantasy Trip? Chivalry & Sorcery?

How about Boot Hill?

I miss playing TFT. Eat my 1-die Wizard's Wrath you scurvy proooootwaddle!!!!! Oops, it's a tough one, and smart(?) enough to dodge. Better make it two dice. :-)

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

alexjohns (53323) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935379)

Yeah, I remember those. (Not Fantasy Trip, though.)How about: Villains & Vigilantes; Champions; Gamma World; Tunnels & Trolls.

Cosmic Encounters. (Not an RPG, but a boardgame. We played that when we had non-RPGers in the group. Man that game was fun. Filch!)

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

McCarrum (446375) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935533)

Cosmic Encounters was a blast. Add in the expansions and it got even more crazy. I still remember my Traveller game with great fondness, and still hope that one day, a MMORPG will evolve around it.

For me, two games started me off onto my gaming journey. Chainmail, and my most favourite of all, Car Wars.

May the Gods watch over Uncle Albert.

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13937212)

If you really want expansions - try Talisman - I once started playing in a game with all expansions, it took up the entire living room floor of the house where we were playing, we wimped out after 10 hours and no one close to winning.

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

McCarrum (446375) | more than 8 years ago | (#13938064)

Ahhh Talisman. Yeah I remember spending far too much time on that also :P

I actually figured out a logical path to "optimise" your so called chances when playing. Was one of my first brainstorms in understanding complex logical systems. Well, it was complicated at the time hehe.

I'd love to make a web-based version of Taliman, turn based ofcourse.

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13937125)

What about Paranoia, Macho Women with Guns, Tales of the Floating Vagabond, RIFTS, Don't Look Back, GURPS, Call of Cthulhu, Vampire the Masquerade or Minds Eye Theatre, or any one of dozens of others we have on the bookshelf at home.

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

MadMoses (151207) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939534)

Tales of the Floating Vagabond! I need to play that one again sometime...

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

boi_silence (567865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13941902)

That's what that game was called! I was telling a friend of mine about this the other day and couldn't for the life of me remember the name. It came up mostly because he actually has the Trenchcoat Effect schtick. It's creepy.

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

MadMoses (151207) | more than 8 years ago | (#13948534)

The schticks were awesome. IIRC, my favorite was the one where you could only be killed in a duel at high noon, and every time you jumped out of a window anywhere, you would land on your horse/transportation of choice - dunno what it was called. Oh and let's not forget about skills like "Look good at all times". =)

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | more than 8 years ago | (#13944850)

Any game with Target Vomiting as a weapons skill is worth keeping araound (Whips and Chains was considered both a Weapons Skill and a Social Skill) :)

Re:There were so many other good games... (1)

Richard Steiner (1585) | more than 8 years ago | (#13940987)

I played GURPS as recently as a year or so ago, but I was mainly thinking of games that I was playing back in the early/mid 80's. Paranoia, though. Heh. Yeah, that one *is* a lot of fun! Send in the clones... :-) :-)

What are the chances... (1)

djflipstarx (924242) | more than 8 years ago | (#13935557)

That there will be extreme religious groups outside these stores picketing and preventing people from coming in? You know, people like Jack Chick supporters?

Looking forward to it. (1)

MoodyLoner (76734) | more than 8 years ago | (#13936185)

Taking my daughter to the local game store.

Who says you can't do anything with your kids anymore?

Re:Looking forward to it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13938063)

I'm with you, brother! Last weekend I took my son to a porn booth with me!

Ahh, good times.

Hadn't ever heard of this (1)

MerRua (257418) | more than 8 years ago | (#13939529)

Sounds like fun.
Our regular cyperpunk group runs then though, 2 trainee accountings, 2 store clerks, 1 trainee lawyer, me(programmer)
and the GM whos in warehouse work.
Pretty broad spectrum of people,
at least on this side of the water.
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