Gaming life on display, kinda. #VelvetBag #Dice #Munchkin #ZombieDice #noShame @SJGames
Category Archives: D&D
I’ve been on a minor setback this season as the cold Winter blues and Wet Spring have lost their grip and Summer has claimed my vision with much greenery and birds-a-singing.
I journal, I keep track of my mental comings and goings, and yes, this cycle is right on course. Wintertime, I’m feeling cozy and protected inside. With the only real outdoor activity being shoveling and surviving the drive to and fro, the free time is then on the upswing. My mind ventures forth and reminisces about the times in my teens, when winter meant Holidays, snow days and gatherings of friends and family. Those were great times of reading and roleplaying. AD&D, JRRT, Grenadier figures, bags of dices…paper and pencil, graph paper, late nights. Creating, adventuring, fellowshipping with my friends unto the wee hours of the morn.
Those are the Winter Days of yore though, but I still crave the RPGs, work on them, and read much more in the winter time. It’s how I was raised.
Summertime though, calls me outside to plant, get in the dirt work, on the outdoor stuff (98 Chevy Silverado stuff), garden, cut grass, and embrace the sun. Become Pagan again after months of Christian-based media…settle down with Buddha again, taming the cravings…feeling one with nature, taming the monkeys…feeling one with all, taming Hanuman. With all that pent up get- yo-ass outside energy, my creativity, born in memories and cold isolation, fade.
It is a battle, especially in this beautiful 3-coast state, to set down at the keyboard and type. A battle to sit down and read. A battle to review. Outside calls to damn near 2200 hrs. Bonfires, being by the water, walking trails….ugh, it’s all such innocent temptation.
But soon, I realize that I should not cop-out on my dreams and passions and blame it on everything, including the seasons (I did this about 2 weeks ago). When I create, write, even something as shitty as this, I feel like my real self. You must turn in, struggle a bit and do what will give you a smile in the aftermath, not what gives you instant gratification. We all know how quick that fades.
Struggle. Be. Smile.
Drinking Quest Comic #1 Review.
Let’s set the stage, Drinking Quest (The Game) is….Well…we will let the Drinking Quest web page explain;
Drinking Quest 1 (2011)
It’s a Drinking Game and a Table Top RPG! Drinking Quest: The Original Drinking RPG is the first chapter in the Drinking Quest series. You’ll recognize many RPG staples like dice, character sheets and saving throws but there are new stakes to this adventure: having to chug your drink in real life! Game night just gained a level.
Drinking Quest: The Original Drinking RPG features these four quests:
Lolevel Forest: A forest full of low level goblins that seem to be in every game. Good for EASY EXPERIENCE POINTS!
Mount Icefist: The snow level features colder beer, more fearsome foes and the introduction of yeti eggs to the DQniverse.
Booze Cruise: Pirates! Grog! Throwing up over the side of the ship! All that and a traveling gambler named Chad.
Zombie Attack: Your home town of Tippler’s Hollow has been taken over by zombies! Fight a horde of zombified creatures that you fought in the earlier quests! Spoiler Alert: Chad comes back as a zombie.
And yes, there is now a Drinking Quest 2, Drinking Quest 3, and a Kickstarter for a Trilogy set!
OK, back to the Comic Review….
If you are new to the game and concept…the story may seem a little meh and lackluster. But, for those familiar with the game itself, or at least RPG’s & Drinking…well even the S&S genre and drinking…or Conan and drinking…or drinking, it does offer a chuckle or two.
The art has it’s ups and downs. When the characters are in the forefront, it’s spot on…placed more in the background and you get a blur (that could be the whiskey though).
A nice prologue with a combo of game rules and story history, would help this comic out, especially since it’s issue 1. Let’s lay it all out Baby! Then all systems for go, launch it, stand back and let it run free!
I could do without the comic, unless it makes some big strides, but I can’t do without this game, and it’s on my radar for a soon to be purchase.
So the original slant of this blog was to recapture my youth…well, my youthful need for good old fashioned comrade and table top gaming, be it rpgs or board. Our gang, friends for decades, most with family, set aside Saturday as our night to get together and game. Well, so far, we have had one night successfully gamed. Tonight, another blow out fizzle poop. The real world rears it’s head, the wife needed a quite night, and truthfully I didn’t mind obliging…because I was looking forward another Saturday night flash challenge by Shock Totem…until I found out that it was a bi-weekly challenge (I’m a noob), and last week was a challenge, so that means…this week…no challenge. Fizzle Poop to that…
So I decided to map out the town for my story (doing that as I type, kind of, well, between key-strokes and ideas). And I made some home-made cereal bars (fantastic). I finished reading a book and will be starting another. The house is clean. Kids, fed and happy. And I’m listening to some kick-buttocks death metal. Oh, and I also did some major work on the family tree.
Plain and simple, this is not turning out to be a successful gaming blog. More or less a wannabe writer’s soapbox.
Adulthood (subjective) gaming gathering can be so difficult to pull off…Work schedules, kid’s activities, family issues, etc…
Miss those teenage days where RPG’s were the focus of afterschool & weekends. Of course, it also helped that we all primarily lived within a block of each other…and we had ZERO responsibilities.
We still do manage to get together, but it’s only a few times a year. But man, after those nights, my wife see’s me beaming as I walk around the house saying what a great time I had.
Gaming, friendship, family, life and it’s ups & downs…it is all so worth it! Enjoy it…every breath.
An gathering of gamers is in the works…and its looking like a venture back into 1st ed. D&D. Been playing on & off with this group for 30+ years. It will be nice to get back to our roots!