Introduction to Tabletop Games Part 3

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Greetings fellow Arcaders! I know it’s been a while since my last article, but I am back! Many things have happened since our last correspondence! I have officially been playing Dungeons and Dragons for a year, my character Andraste was killed during a battle, and I’m preparing for a one shot game. Lets get started!

I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for a year now with my friends from work. I played Pathfinder before D&D, but I have more experience in leveling up in D&D. I have been playing the same high elf cleric named Andraste since we started. Andraste is now a level 11 Life Cleric with many powerful spells including Revivify, and Mass Cure Wounds.

Maybe some of you are wondering why I’m not using past tense when explaining my cleric since I mentioned she died, and that’s because was dead but is alive again. While traversing the treacherous land of Barovia, my group of adventurers stumbled upon an evil entity named Baba Lysaga (a strong resemblance to Baba Yaga). Baba Lysaga attacked our group with her animated hut. After 2 failed attacks against the hut (the hut only had 3 hit points left), Andraste was crushed. A Celestial Abbott brought Andraste back to life, but is she still the same? That’s something only time will tell.

I highly recommend checking out the Roll20 Compendium, a Dungeon and Dragons wiki page, Handbooker Helper videos on YouTube, and D&D Beyond if you are interested in creating a character. I recently had to create a level 20 character for a one shot game (a game that can be completed in one sitting and doesn’t continue into other days of playing) and I used those sources to stats, spells, and magical items.

As a newer player to D&D myself, I recommend searching for and looking up the races and classes for possible characters. Some races have sub races and classes have sub classes that add flavor to characters. Stumped on a name, then check out name generators to see randomized names. Experiment with ability scores and mold your character based on abilities. Have fun with it! Now go out there and be the best chsrchara you can be!

Introduction to Tabletop Games part 2

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Greetings and salutations arcaders! Its furphinatrix (aka Shanna) back again with another tabletop article! Welcome back or hello (if this is the first article of mine that you’re reading). This month I have some tabletop gaming news, a new tabletop game based on a popular animated TV series, and a family friendly deck building tabletop game. I will also introduce another class option available to play from Dungeons and Dragons and give you a little story from the ongoing adventures of Andraste, the High Elven cleric (my Dungeons and Dragons character in the current campaign I play with friends).

First on the list of news is Gen Con. Gen Con is a tabletop convention that takes place in Indiana every year. It was started in 1968 by Gary Gygax, one of the co-creators of Dungeons and Dragons, as a war games convention. Now it’s known as one of the largest conventions in North America and features tournaments, panels, interactive game sessions, and merchandise booths. This year the convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana from August 2nd to the 5th.

I’m always on the lookout for tabletop games that are based off of movies, books, graphic novels, TV shows, and other geeky media. Recently I came across Samurai Jack: Back to the Past. This game is based on the popular animated series Samurai Jack that recently concluded on Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. The game includes character figures, card collections, and a small game board. Players are encouraged to work cooperatively to help Jack defeat Aku. If you would like more info about this game and gameplay, check out USAopoly’s website and YouTube for video gameplay explanation.

Another tabletop game worth mentioning is The Tea Dragon Society Card Game. This tabletop game is based on the webcomic turned graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill. It is a deck building game with artwork from the original artist O Neill. This game is recommended for beginners of deck building games, and is recommended for ages 10+ and 2 to 4 players. If you’re interested in learning more about this game, check out Amazon or at your local comic book store and YouTube for video gameplay explanations.

If you’re wondering what Dungeons and Dragons class I will showcase this month, look no further! Do you like to sing and make songs up on the spot? Do you like to encourage and inspire others to perform better, for example: fighting? Do you feel like your words have magic and power that would make the world a better place? Then maybe the Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition) class of Bard may be your jam. They use spells and can be more of a support role that inspires their allies or hinder their foes from a distance rather than charge into battle like a fighter might.

Andraste is a High Elf cleric and my character in the Dungeons and Dragons campaign I play with friends. Her main mission in life is to heal her friends and help rid the world of evil. Her motley group of fellow adventurers have traversed cave, land, and by air (a flying castle owned by a friendly cloud giant is the best way to travel). She has kept some of her fellow adventurers from flat lining when death saves were running low, healed others from succumbing to fatal wounds, and closed minor flesh-wounds. She can handle herself in battle, and is brave to a fault. However, she is not a fan of boulders. Boulders have become her number 2 hated enemies; close behind enemy number 1- the giants who throw boulders. While defending the town of Bridgehender from attacking giants, Andraste was knocked unconscious by a boulder. Then her wizard friend, who was coming to her aid, was also knocked unconscious by a boulder. After a fellow cleric in the Bridgehender keep brought Andraste and her friend back from the brink of permanent death, she knew she had met her match during this battle. Boulders and the giants who throw them are dangerous and very powerful, and caution should always be taken (in the form of hiding behind walls).

Thank you for reading and journeying along with me in this quest to learn more about tabletop games. Join me again next month for the next installment and up to date news from the tabletop world.

Introduction to Tabletop Games

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Hello and salutations gamers! My name is furphinatrix and I’m here to introduce you to a different type of gaming that maybe you have heard of but aren’t familiar with. These types of games don’t require a TV, monitor, gaming console, PC, or controllers, although some of the games have an electronic version also. You can use paper and pencil or a cell phone or tablet to keep track of your stats, depending on the game. I’m talking about tabletop games! (And I don’t mean Monopoly, Clue, or The Game of Life.) Tabletop games come in many shapes, sizes, genres, and difficulty. There are games for beginner, intermediate, and expert gamers, as well as games for children and adults.

My name is furphinatrix (or Shanna to the real world) and I have been playing video games and board games since I was a child. Some of the oldest memories I have of playing games are Candyland with my family, Pitfall on the Atari, and Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. I have only been playing tabletop games for a couple of years, so it’s a relatively new adventure. I have some experience in RPG (role playing game) games like Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons. Here are a few popular tabletop games:

• Dungeons and Dragons
• Pathfinder
• Ticket to Ride
• Zombie Dice
• Star Wars X-Wing
• Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge
• Settlers of Catan
• Warhammer

I’m usually the designated cleric healer of our group. Clerics are capable of physical combat and use divine magic to heal creatures and can use magic to attack.

I wanted to keep this article short as an introduction to tabletop games and myself. Be on the lookout for my next article hopefully next month!