D&D for Beginners: Discovering Critical Role and Geek&Sundry

First Time Playing

I have only recently started learning how to play D&D. I suppose my  forties is just as good as my teens for that. It is both surprisingly complicated, and fun. I have learned that, in essence, it is interactive story telling. Right up my alley!

This is not the first time I have tried to learn the game. I did make a brief attempt while in high school. However, it was during the absurd early years of the “Satanic Panic” and the game was banned at our high school before any of us got further than trying to read the manuals. I am still not sure what they thought was going to happen. A bunch of nerds reading more books to play a game based on creative story telling and math. The horror.  But I digress.

Our Dungeon Master is also new to the game and made life harder on himself by designing his own campaign for our first foray, but here we are several months later and still going. AND I haven’t even gotten my poor pirate Cleric killed! Frankly, that is the biggest surprise.

Geek&Sundry Present D&D

Why I bring this up is because our DM told us about Critical Role by Geek and Sundry.  (You can find the older episodes on YouTube) This is a group of voice actors, playing D&D, and it is the funniest stuff out there. It also makes me feel slightly better about how I play, since even these folks have to ask the DM questions sometimes.

It is very interesting to see how the game flows and how some of the mechanics actually work. There are things that we just have not really had to deal with yet, so I can see some of what we have to look forward to as we get better.so we could learn the game. Our next campaign will allow some of us to create our own, so maybe we can get some of that same depth. (As an aside, anyone want to guess what my nest character will be? If you guessed part Demon Warlock you win today’s prize! Not really, I don’t have any prizes to give away. Sorry. But it shows you have been paying attention!)

They also have very developed characters with back stories. At least a few of us are playing characters that were just assigned to us

I recommend that you check it out, even if you are not into role playing games, these people are funny

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