Saturday, October 23, 2010

Into the Belly of the Beast

The Beast

Three weeks ago, I started playing 4th ed Dungeons & Dragons.

Now, I know that with some of you, this will ruin some of my old-school cred.  But hear me out.

The group that I play with and I have been together going on 6 years now, and we've all become very good friends from mere acquaintances.  I think the world of these people; otherwise I don't think I would have hung around so long.  We play together on a weeknight, which right now is on Thursdays.  We've played lots of different games and different systems, but rarely D&D.

Most of my group had been playing D&D 4th on a different night for about 2 years, and they were antsy to get back to it.  I had the books in a pile since they came out, but had never touched them.  All the Essentials talk out there got me curious, so I decided to suggest we play 4th ed, which was heartily agreed to by everyone.

I'd heard a lot of nasty things about 4th on the blogosphere, but my group loves it.  And they are pretty smart people; most much smarter than me.  So, I figured there had to be something in this game that was worth playing.

I was right.  4th, despite the errata and confusion with Essentials and all, is a pretty good game.  Is it my "favorite" D&D?  No, probably not, but then it doesn't play like that game either.  It's its own beast, and after three really fun sessions, I'm seeing the appeal of it.  Will it destroy my love of the old school?  Undoubtedly not, but it will get me interested in seeing what can be ported in from that style of play into this one.

Despite the edition, adventure awaits!


  1. It's good to hear that your having some role- play gaming fun!

  2. Are there really people who freak out if someone plays the wrong edition? I don't think I've ever run into this.

  3. Glad to hear you haven't. I have and it sometimes just gets silly.

  4. A very familiar awful beast indeed.