Nerd Watching: Win a trip to GenCon!Written by Nicholas - Published on June 21, 2009
This week on Nerd Watching:
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!
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.
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!