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What Kind of Gamer Are You?

Posted in: Fluff,Girl Gamer,Meta-gaming by Ariel on May 20, 2009

After our deep discussion about game styles, Michelle gave us homework. She asked us to read and decide where we fit on the grid. gamer

We talked it over and decided that most of us prefer story, our story, over the game”s story. Combat is good but it”s not everything.

As we were talking, I realized that I want D&D to be like my favorite video games — if there is something in-game and I want to interact with it, I should be able to. I dislike having some cool looking thing sitting on a table and I can”t touch it. It”s like why put that there if you won”t let me use it?

Michelle is very good about stuff like that. Setting fire to the Jasidian temple is a perfect example. Somehow I don”t think that is in the written scenarios for Shackled City, but she let us do it.

buffs1We also talked about ways to speed up combat.

Michelle got some great advice from other DMs through our Meetup site. Ashley came up with a great way to display the buffs that her character, Various, has given to the party. Color-coded, even.

We used several techniques with last night”s combat and it went well. We were done with the combat in 90 minutes! And we kicked undead dino butt. But that”s another story.

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4 Comments

  1. do you have notes on how to use the item listed in the bottom picture?

    Comment by mike — May 21, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

  2. Hey Mike, I’ll ask Ashley to respond since it’s her War Weaver.

    Comment by Indira — May 21, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

  3. An important note is that we ended the encounter in 90 minutes – we didn’t actually finish the encounter. After 4 rounds of combat (yes, we are that slow) one enemy was attack away from death, another one was under assault by two players, and the other three enemies were blinded and staggering around. So we figured the outcome was easy to predict, role-played the rest, and moved on.

    The other important note is that our encounters last a long time for a lot of reasons (high number of players, lack of experience, complexity of encounters) but probably the biggest reason is that we’re having a great time. The goofing around is a valuable part of the experience, and everyone participates.

    Comment by Dyskko — May 22, 2009 @ 7:01 am

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