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d4 Gaming Resolutions You Should Make

Written by MythicParty - Published on January 6, 2012

So as 2012 begins, we find ourselves at Dungeon Mastering wondering about the year ahead.  Assuming the Mayan Long Count doesn’t end with Quetzalcoatl eating the world, here are a few things that we’ve resolved to do in the coming 12 months:

1) Attend a fresh convention

Obviously the biggies of Gen Con, Dragon Con, and Origins are on the wish list of many gamers.  But if you can’t make the pilgrimage to these huge national ones or have been there/done that there are plenty of alternatives.  Pretty much every college has a gaming club & many gaming clubs put on a weekend of geekery.  Going to any of those you haven’t yet been to is a fun excuse for a road trip.  See if you can make it somewhere new as a 1st time attendee to capture the thrill of exploring a different scene & meeting different people.  Plan ahead now and you can more easily save up for that journey.

2) Play more non-D&D stuff

So you’re at a convention where are all sorts of events being run.  This is the perfect opportunity to try new things without the risk of buying what you won’t later like.  Yes, the ‘world’s most popular roleplaying game‘ is great although there are absolutely hundreds of others out there, each with their own merits.  Occasionally you can even meet their makers, and if you’re fortunate, be in their game run by them- like when I got to sit in on an amazing diceless horror title called Dread with its designer, Akira Barnes, as The Host.  However you don’t have to be at a Con to sample new nerdery.  Check out local gaming stores, clubs, or maybe a place as close as someone’s gaming shelf.  We had an unopened copy of Shadows Over Camelot gathering dust until an unavailable babysitter put this very fun co-operative game onto our table.  Now its a regular Plan B night choice.

3) Play a different version of D&D

In whatever incarnation you’re using, there’s bound to be room for improvement.  Make peace with the other side(s) in the Edition War to see if you can ‘port’ cool bits or concepts or materials from one edition to another.  1st Ed has interesting titles for every level of every class: Thieves were Rogues, then Footpads, Cutpurses, Robbers, etc.  The non-THACO positives of 2nd Ed were talked about in an old DMing column.  3rd Ed has a vampire’s lifetime supply of adventures, bestiaries, & alternative rules thanks to the greatness that is the Open Gaming License.  (Thank you, Ryan Dancey.)  And 4E gives us more hit points, more feats, & the fun that is at-will powers.  No matter what number is next to D&D there is something to be gained by playing it.

4) Get someone new involved in the hobby

As long as there are Geeks, there will be roleplaying games.  But when people identify themselves as a ‘gamer’ these days, more often than not they are referring to the electronic kind.  Whether Warcrack or Call of Duty or Angry Birds, pixels compete with paper.  And while paper covers rock, pixels are stronger than scissors.  Even we here at DMing have to admit that the ability to log onto Xbox Live or Playstation Network and find fellow players anytime, anywhere, can’t be matched.  And while the death of tabletop gaming is hardly close at hand, technological advances like those shown found in Skyrim will make more and more put down dice bags in favor of a controller.  So between that downward trend as well as how new blood can really re-invigorate a gaming group, seek out possible new (in person) faces.

While we never seem to keep most of our resolutions no matter what year we make them, (I’m looking at you bathroom scale) even doing just 1 of the above Gaming Resolutions can’t help but have a serious positive impact on your gaming in 2012.  Well, assuming a giant feathered wing serpent doesn’t show up.

Good gaming in 2012 from all of us at Dungeon Mastering!  Even Expy.

Written by MythicParty

Dog-loving, movie-watching, pizza aficionado. Content Editor for DMing.com, Project Manager for AvatarArt.com, & player of the coolest characters in a weekly D&D game. Halflings are the real heroes.

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3 Responses to “d4 Gaming Resolutions You Should Make”
  1. Justin Heberlie says:

    I’ve had varying experience with the white wolf games such as exalted and world of darkeness but before that i played only D&D. I have to say trying new types of tabletop games is exciting!

  2. Darkwarren says:

    Extremely well put. I especially like the idea regarding “making peace” with other versions in order to see what you like/don’t like. If we’re honest every single one of us plays his own version or interpretation of the rules, regardless of edition.

  3. DT says:

    Just my opinion here:

    3.5 and 4.0 are more of an exercise in tactical combat game. After DMing or playing 1,AD&D, 2, 3.5, 4 I have realized its about the time spent. Think about what goes on in a gaming session. If you spend 3 of the 4 hours actually getting game stuff done, role playing, solving mysteries, puzzles and advancing the story you are likely playing 1,AD&D,2. Combat encounters are zippy and intense and you may be able to squeeze in 3 good ones in an hour or less. If you spend <1 hour of the 4 hours you are playing doing the above and 3+ hours in a single tactical combat situation shifting, reacting, figuring out if you are + – from round to round, hoarding daily powers, encounter powers and blowing at wills like pennies then the later versions are the likely game. The model is flipped on its head and the scale is so different the comparison is only merited by its origin. The 2nd edition party of 4 has around 35 hp.
    the 4e version has around a hundred. At higher levels its more of a 150/450 ratio. No wonder you have to spend 3 hours in a single tactical combat situation. It takes that long to shave off all those hit points. We have a 4e striker that can dish out around a 100 damage a round with some decent rolls so its easy to see the scale raised so high.

    4 is not bad at all. I enjoy 4 but not because its D&D. It is not. Its just..something else entirely. If WoC bought all the bananas in the world then they have the right to call them strawberry's if they want to. It still doesn't make the bananas strawberry's. Just both fruit.

    Has anyone seen 5 yet?

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