Dungeons & Dragons and the Influence of Tabletop RPGs

  • Anarchy Pony

    If I had friends in meat space I’d consider tabletop gaming, because if I had friends they’d be colossal nerds.

    • echar

      The last time I was around people in meatspace that were interested in playing a tabletop was High school. I remember it being a really good time. Building the characters, the dice, etc.

      • Anarchy Pony

        I think I’d be more into Warhammer 40k or maybe mechwarrior than d&d though.

        • VaudeVillain

          Believe it or not, I’ve got a professional opinion on this, and it is such:

          is really nothing like either 40k or BattleTech (MechWarrior refers to
          the video games set in the BT universe, I’m a professional AND a

          There are dice and miniatures (technically optional for
          D&D, but they really do help)… but so do most of the Milton
          Bradley games, so that doesn’t mean much. The former is an RPG, the
          latter are tactical games.

          Anyway, that’s not to say that you
          wouldn’t prefer one of those, just that they are very different games
          with entirely different play experiences and wildly different purposes.

          you do want suggestions, let me know… there’s a battery of questions I
          can ask to get you into the right game. Frankly, I almost never
          recommend either D&D or 40K, because both have alternatives that are
          (in my opinion) better and (objectively) less expensive to get into.
          BattleTech is also sort of in that boat, though I can’t honestly say it
          has quite such a direct alternative: I’m not aware of any other game
          that does quite the same things it does, and certainly not in a similar
          setting, but that doesn’t really make it good.

          • Anarchy Pony

            I know they’re a different style, which is why I’d probably prefer them.

          • VaudeVillain

            Fair enough.

  • emperorreagan

    There’s a bar near me that’s having a D&D night soon. I’m thinking about attending and seeing what I missed by my parents being freaked out about D&D.

    • Matt Staggs

      Go for it. I’ve been playing D&D and other RPGs for over thirty years. You’ll see that it’s basically like poker night with ogres and magic swords. Lots of out of game bullshitting.

      • VaudeVillain

        Out of game bullshitting is kind of the best part.

        Not sure how I’d feel about playing in a bar, though. It could get a little *too* noisy and distracting.

        • echar

          I can see the beer getting in the way of the game play too. Simple dice games like Bunko or Yahtzee can become hell if you have to constantly remind a player or players that it’s their turns.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I never played table top games as an adult
    I was too busy playing corporate games
    (I’ve offed many an opponent & overcome many an enemy)
    in B-school they had us play computer games & taught us game theory
    later, when I dropped out of corporate aMerka
    I played games sometimes called magic, manifestation or kicking it free-style
    I’ve never had much time for table top games

    • Rhoid Rager

      Ahhh yes, game theory. They taught us that in grad skool when i studied politikz. Ignoring context and imputing two choices on every human interaction in the world–defect or cooperate–has convinced many a finely-ground student to accept that they never really have a choice.

  • Noah_Nine

    wow… girls play these things? sign me up!