Seeing it through, building up, it’s the most fun #DnD #RPG

If I really think about it, the thing I enjoy most about a lot of the ‘gamer’ hobbies is when I get a chance to build something. From building a character from low level. To assembling an army or team. Heck, the only video game I really enjoy is about building something. That is what I enjoy doing in the hobby. For some people it is the game itself, the battles, the interaction, but for me it is the building.

Which is probably why I go back to role playing so much. Because the build up is really an integral part of role playing, at least for me. I love coming up with a character to start, and then gradually acquiring the stuff, and skills, to become what I want that character to be. And in a good game that never ends, I am always tinkering. In my Pathfinder game I have a document where I write down what Feats and Skills I will improve next, as well as what magic items I want. I remember in one Shadowrun game I played I drove my GM nuts with all the tinkering and planning, figuring out new tech items to buy, skills to improve. And it is fun when the DM asks if anyone can do something, expecting the answer of no, and you can say yes, my character has that skill covered, or the magic item to counter that bad guy.

And in this current setting for the boys I am beginning to really get into that part of it. Sure I had to alter things a little after the last session. But I have a plan, and I am enjoying writing the adventure that will take the players to that stage. And part of this is what I talked about yesterday. I am slowly building out the overall setting from the small village they started in. With each arc of the campaign they will learn a little more about the world around them and increase what they know of the world. Which is a fun exercise for me.

When I was into table top miniature games the thing I enjoyed most was constructing a force or an army. Getting an army book or rule book, deciding how I would construct the force. Buying the desired miniatures, and then assembling and painting them. And then playing the game almost became secondary. Which is probably one of the reasons I enjoyed the Blood Bowl league I was in a few years back, because that game and style lend themselves to that idea of developing a team from a starting point, who gets what skills etc.

If I go really far back, I can remember when I used to buy little army men and tanks and build model airplanes. I remember my interest and goal was in assembling an order of battle that would resemble a historical unit. Playing with them was fun, but trying to create that force was more interesting. Most of my friends probably thought I was weird when I talked about orders of battle etc.

And when it comes to video games the only one I have ever really enjoyed is Civilization. Which is the ultimate building game. Game play interested me far less than being able to build that successful Empire.

If I had more time I might turn this into other things, crafts. But that is not really where my interests lie. I prefer the more intellectual planning to the actual building.

So if you asked me what the ‘gaming’ hobby means to me, what do I really like about it, it would be the chance to build something. To create worlds and characters out of nothing. To construct armies from a few figures. It is where the real joy of the hobby comes from.

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Yeah, that’s right, I’m gonna go rogue #DnD

Here’s the deal. While D&D 5E is not as miniatures based as Pathfinder I do like to use figures. And I do think it helps the boys to picture what they are doing. So I am planning out the new campaign for the boys and I have a problem. I have been getting away with proxies for a while now. And that is cool. And will certainly be the case if they run into something unusual, like a Giant Spider, or some odd creature like that.

But while it won’t be the case right away I would like to be able to represent the bad guys they see most often accurately. And I do have a pretty large collection of miniatures from my days playing Warhammer. But you know what I never elected to keep or play as an army? Orks and Goblins. And what are the most common bad guys in many games? Orks and Goblins.

Well I had been thinking about this for a while. And I do have some options. But I don’t want to go back to the well of a Japanese themed setting again, as the boys just had not interest in it. So that cuts out my collection of Clan War miniatures. But then it came to me, why not just go rogue? Do some different stuff with the bad guys?

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This is Viper #DnD #Miniatures

Viper didn’t plan to be a hero. In fact he is surprised he is even alive. A war orphan raised in the woods mostly on his own, an outcast from birth due to his parentage, he didn’t have a promising beginning. And his early life was mostly spent on his own. learning the skills of a Ranger, hunting and trapping in the hills around Clermont. It wasn’t until he was summoned by the Count to join the Sheriff’s group that he began to come into his own.

Now he has come into his own, a truly dangerous person. A masterful archer, swordsman, learning more and more about the world around him. He has now begun to truly explore the realm of alchemy and potion brewing, in the hopes of making the lives of those around him better. While he still prefers the company of his snakes, he has learned how to fight beyond those limits.

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It is all here (almost), where to post about it? #DnD #Miniatures #Painting

I like table top miniatures. Always have, dates back to my childhood: building, painting, and playing with military models. That was handed down from my brothers, especially my oldest brother. In fact my oldest hobby acquaintance is a guy that I remember buying said models from when I could buy a box of miniature infantry men for a dollar at Levine’s toy store. My first ‘FreeRange’ experiences were riding the bus downtown with my brothers to said store to buy models. But enough nostalgia, bottom line is I like to play with miniature figures and soldiers.

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Clearly I must do this #roleplayinggames #painting

Ever since the first time I played in my Denver game I have been thinking about miniatures. Specifically their use while role playing. And it has been more present since I introduced their use with the boys in their game. While not every role playing game or group requires the use of miniatures it is very handy for D & D games.

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