June 29, 2008

The Campaign Begins

Posted in Games, Role-Playing Games, Video/Computer Games at 7:48 pm by Transmuter

I’m excited. My brother Brett got the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition rulebooks, and we’re going to start playing on Tuesday with a couple of friends! It’s been years since I’ve played D&D; I’m not sure if I ever played a 3rd Edition campaign. I think I did, but not 3.5, even though I bought the books for it. Well, I’ve been wanting to get back into playing, but never had enough people to play with. Now that we have 4 people we should be able to play, although the published adventures are balanced for a 5-person party. We’ll only have 3 characters in our party, but Brett (who will be the DM) can just plan his own adventures that are the appropriate difficulty for our little group.

I’m in the midst of creating my character, a warlord named Alan Highland. In a one-sentence summary, he was constable of a small town that was destroyed by a horde of goblins, and he is searching for help in eliminating the goblin threat once and for all. There’s a lot more to his story than that, but Brett’s going to be starting a blog specifically for our campaign, so I’ll put the full version there. I’ll also link to that blog once it’s up.

In other news, I have achieved two of my WoW goals! First off, I saved enough honor and battleground marks to buy Kinz a Merciless Gladiator’s Right Ripper. Having previously wielded Mag’hari Fury Brand I noticed a huge increase in damage output, which means I kill things faster, which means I take less damage per fight, which means I can grind longer before eating. Interestingly, as I have been PvPing to get the weapon for PvE purposes, I’ve disliked being so easy to kill in the battlegrounds. Coupled with the fact that Laeral, my paladin, is the guild’s main tank, I doubt I’ll have much chance to use Kinz in a PvE context in the near future. Therefore, I have designated Kinz as my PvP character, who I will use when doing battlegrounds with guildies.

On the topic of PvE and PvP, I think it’s interesting how there is very little PvP gear that is useful for protection paladins (mainly the gavel and shields), but a moonkin druid can get an amazing set of gear good for PvE all through PvP! Most classes and specs lie somewhere between the two extremes, but it’s an interesting observation.

The other goal I’ve achieved is collecting 15 Badges of Justice, with which I’ve purchased a Libram of Repentance! This libram is a crucial step towards achieving uncrushability, and I’ve noticed that I block a lot more now that I have it. I’m less that 2% away from being uncrushable now! Only a few more gear upgrades and I should be ready to tank Karazhan! My sister Jennie has been working hard at improving her warlock’s gear, and is now just about ready for Karazhan herself. Good job Jennie! Out two hunters have a ways to go, but we’re planning on helping them get geared up over the next month or so.

On a different note, Noodle Fury! is a silly little flash game. You play a superpowered stick figure out to eat a bunch of ramen. The controls are simple: you can jump (even in midair) and shoot beams of energy with which you shoot the randomly appearing boxes to reveal bowls of tasty noodles. The more noodles you collect before the time runs out, the higher your score. It’s a good way to waste about 5 minutes.

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