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Nerd Watching: Win a trip to GenCon!

Written by Nicholas - Published on June 21, 2009

Nicholas is the columnist in charge of Nerd Watching and part-time Expy wrangler. He also works as the community manager, so keep an eye out for him on RPG blogs and forums.

This week on Nerd Watching:

Coolest Contest Ever

Right off the top, I have to give some credit to WotC. Almost everyone who plays has gone through multiple gaming groups. People move away or drop out for all sorts of reasons. Whatever the case, if you have been playing for long enough your original group has probably scattered to the four winds. The first group has a magic quality though. They become like folk legends. You probably carry around cherished memories of your exploits, others pin down helpless people and share those memories at length. Those memories are all that is left for most of us. I’ve met someone who flies out for an annual reunion/game fest with his original group, but most of us simply do not have that option.

WotC is making it a lot easier to do so. They have introduced the “Never Split the Party” contest. You describe your original gaming group and why they deserve to win. The best entry is rewarded with airfare, hotel accomodations and Gen Con badges for up to a 6 person group. Personally, I cannot think of anything more awesome than gaming with your first D&D group at Gen Con for free. If there is anything cooler it would have to involve an exploding T-rex. Entries are due by July 1st to get cracking!

And if you do win, don’t forget to come by and say hi to the Dungeon Mastering crew. Janna, Yax and I will all be there this year!

WoW Guild

Speaking of gaming gatherings, I’ve had a good amount of interest in the Dungeon Mastering guild. The support was overwhelmingly towards a PvE server (although with several professing a love of battlegrounds, which I share). The will of the crowd also leaned towards the alliance. So I have picked a sever, the U.S. server Kul Tiras. Now, the guild isn’t formed yet, in fact my character is only level 1 as I write this. I had to change my server pick last night, it turns out my first choice is plagued by technical problems. By all means, jump on Kul Tiras and start leveling up! Feel free to whisper me (Ursine, Night Elf Druid). Corresponding with you guys to get things set up has only reinforced how much I like chatting with you all. If you whisper me I will make sure you get a guild invite or go on a list for future invites. I hope to have the guild going strong by the next Nerd Watching.

I imagine the guild will be focused on social interaction, exploration, helping each other out and maybe some group battlegrounds. I promise we will not be a high-stress raiding guild that turns the game into work. We just want to have fun and digitally hang out together. If that appeals to you, hop on Kul Tiras and whisper “Ursine“. That’s Ursine (Ur-Sine) Adjective: 1) of or relating to a bear or the bear family 2) suggesting or characteristic of a bear.

The Dead Have Risen

A few weeks ago I told you about the new undead race, the revenant. The race has since been revealed to insider subscribers. Now, at the time I suggested that WotC was ripping off Blizzard. This was wrong in two ways. First, revenant were in old school D&D, but not quite in this form. Second, they are also ripping off “The Crow”. That said, the race is great and rich with story material. The suggested story line is that revenants contain the souls of the dead in bodies newly crafted by the Raven Queen. Their form and function may be completely different but revenants retain their memories and some vestigial abilities from their old lives. The race is rich with other possibilities however, some of which are suggested in the article. Revenants are a path to a unique new character, the return of an old character or the revival of a TPKed group. They work perfectly in a game like mine where blanket ressurection is banned and only special story ressurections, like revenants, are allowed.

Tell us about your first D&D group! Will you be joining the fun of Kul Tiras? Are you a member of the walking dead? Leave a comment!

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Written by Nicholas

Nick DiPetrillo is the original author behind the games Arete and Zombie Murder Mystery available at http://games.dungeonmastering.com

Nick is no longer active with DungeonMastering.com, however he is an accomplished writer and published his first game in 2009.

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Nicholas is the columnist in charge of Nerd Watching and part-time Expy wrangler. He also works as the community manager, so keep an eye out for him on RPG blogs and forums.

 

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8 Responses to “Nerd Watching: Win a trip to GenCon!”
  1. Yax says:

    I just created a character on the Kul Tiras server. I’m Ocaht.

  2. Nathan says:

    Just got done making an new character on Kul Tiras. My namer Ebenn, gnome mage.

  3. Nicholas says:

    The Legions of Expy have been formed! We welcome all of our readers, potential readers and readers friends to come join us on the alliance side of Kul Tiras. Whisper or send a mail to me (Ursine) for an invitation. I will also be appointing some officers with invite power.

  4. Kawa says:

    The Wizards contest looks amazing! Is it sad that I don’t know first and last name of everyone that was in my first D&D party? It was freshman year of college and everyone in our local geek club had nicknames, so we knew each other that way. And honestly, I’m not totally sure how much I’d want to spend time with them anyway – the gaming was good but the interpersonal relationships were somewhat awkward. I know at least one of them has left the state in the years since, and another really drifted away from RPGs.

  5. VtM says:

    Hmm, can’t do Ally…too attached to my Horde toons, plus, imho, Horde players (generally, but not always) seem marginally more mature/helpful/less-idiotic in PUGs and BGs…YMMV.

    Wish was still in contact with my best D&D group, sadly I only kept in touch with one of the eight original players, and even there it’s been a while. Bummer.

    Revenants? The Crow? Why not just the more obvious D&D 4e trend of MMO “influenced” creations. Revenants = (Prettier-looking) Forsaken, no?

  6. Swordgleam says:

    Up to 6? The ‘charm,’ as it were, of my original group is that there were 10 of us. It just wouldn’t be the same with the mage off playing chess with the fighter while other people took their turns in combat.

  7. Nicholas says:

    @VtM: I was a hardcore horde player because I started doing alliance when I came back to WoW because it had so much I hadn’t seen. If the horde players are more mature in PUGS, I shudder to think what the alliance is like. I have some horde dungeon horror stories. I made the Forsaken comparison last time I talked about Revenants, that was the “ripped off Blizzard” comment.

    @Swordgleam: Holy cow! Well, that was certainly make your first group an distinct experience.

  8. Kul Tiras?! Thats my home server. I deactivated my account when the guild I was in folded, but I may have to reactivate it. If you guys need anything there I can help you out; Saeranthia level 80 night elf Death Knight.

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