A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend a weekly RPG game. They were playing a hybrid of Pathfinder/D&D 3.5. As a rookie they allowed me to sit and watch. They also allowed me to ask as many questions as I could. I was a very fortunate lady, this group of soldiers/veterans were very cordial and were happy to answer all my questions, no matter how obvious the answers were.
Five things I learned:
1. The digital age has changed the game drastically. As a kid I remembered seeing elaborate tables full of figurines and sometimes cosplay came into effect. (Only going by what I was exposed to at comic book stores and such.) This particular group of players, use their laptops where they have their character sheets, maps, and keep up to date on what their skill levels are.
2. You have to be attentive, very attentive. Each player had a very intricute character they were playing with. Skills levels varied, as did levels that each character was on. Details were key! Every detail was accounted for and tracked. Each fight sequence was a delicate balance of skill, luck, and strategy.
3. Patience!! You must have patience to play this type of game. A fight scene can take hours for 3 minutes of action. As stated before, every detail is tracked. This meant rolling to see if the player was successful or not.
4. DICE!! There are many different kinds of dice and each type has a purpose. You roll certain ones to get details on your character. You check skill levels, you determine if your spell, weapon, or healing worked. There were many many aspects that I still need to learn. It was all fascinating.
5. Creativity! Lots and lots of creativity goes into these games. This home brew was very creative, in the type of villains that were created, to the type of characters each player had. All were from different types of Sci-Fi worlds and each one had a specific skill set. So much imagination goes into preparing for these games. I had no idea! Each game is like a choose your own adventure book. All aspects and outcomes have to be taken into consideration as the game goes on. Every twist and turn has a counter measure. It was just amazing to hear and watch as they moved along their maps. I could imagine the fights and leisure times like movie reels in my head.
Overall, being able to attend their game has inspired me to want to play a Supernatural RPG or even Buffy!!
I want to give a special shout out to Jacob Ortiz for allowing me to invade their sacred space and ask so many questions! You service men not only are heroes for our country by heroes for my cause!! Thank you all!!