numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
So I took off work, and my friend Dave and I went to a gaming expo yesterday. I finally caved and played my in my first 4E Forgotten Realms game.

I was one of those people who strongly objected to the changes that were made to the Realms in 4E. I had characters who I'd played for several years who were very invested in the struggles between Lolth/Lloth and Eilistraee, for example, and didn't take kindly to them changing all of that. The whole, "Rocks Fall, half of Faerun dies, and now everything's completely different" just seemed so arbitrary. Their whole attitude of, "WE'RE DESTROYING YOUR WORLD, AND IT'LL BE COOL AND YOU'LL LOVE IT!!11111" didn't go over very well with me, as well as a lot of other Realms fans.

But as this was an "Living Forgotten Realms" RPGA game, everything was "canon." I kept slipping up and referring to things that happened around 1360-1375 DR as opposed to the "current day," but as I was an Elf (Ranger, Archer build) I don't think it was that big of a deal. I think the other characters kept expecting my character to go looking for intruders on her lawn, though.

EXAMPLE: (Chieftain of a backwater village in the Moonshae Isles): "THE TOWN IS BESET BY EVIL THE LAND ITSELF HAS RISEN UP AGAINST US OUR DRUIDS ARE AVOIDING US NOW AND SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE BAD-TOUCHED OUR LOCAL UNICORN AND SHE'S MISSING, PLEASE HELP."

MY CHARACTER: "It wouldn't be the first time something like this happened here, would it?"

CHIEFTAIN: 0_0 "........"

ME: (suddenly realizing that this is A HUNDRED YEARS LATER) IN CHARACTER: "Wasn't there a thing that happened here, some decades back? Like, with an evil god and a bunch of undead?"

PARTY MEMBERS: 0_0 "........"

ME: "Help me out, here. That isn't so long ago as we Elves reckon things..."

PARTY MEMBERS: 0_0 "........"

ME: "Never mind."

This brings up an interesting aspect of playing extremely long-lived characters. What would be a "history" skill check roll for shorter-lived characters might feel like a "Didn't that just happen a week ago? Just a couple of decades? A century? OH DAMN IT FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY," for the longer lived ones. I'm surprised the DM didn't ask me to make a history skill check. It was kind of meta for me to have even brought it up.

Anyway, I had fun.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Fun With Mal and Jayne.)
Well, I have just come to the conclusion that I *will* have to use smoker's toothpaste. And I just drink coffee. I don't know why, but ever since I went to the dentist and got a cleaning about a month ago, my teeth have been staining terribly. >_> I've taken to scrubbing my teeth with a paper tower and some toothpaste to get what brushing doesn't remove, but...damn. Do I just drink an insane amount of coffee or something? Other people drink insane amounts of coffee and don't have to resort to drastic stain-removing manuvers.

In other news, I have gotten sucked back into the Drizzt Do'Urden series of novels, particularly the later ones. I had just skimmed all of the stuff between Siege of Darkness and Servant of the Shard, so now I'm going back and actually reading them. I think its really great to see R.A. Salvatore developing Artemis Entreri as a character...before, he was just Grim Death Man/Drizzt's eternal opposite, and now he's sort of become the Forgotten Realms's answer to Riddick. Apparently he's also hidden somewhere in the Baldur's Gate video game...but if you spot him, he kills your whole party. Fantastic!

But as much as I like them, sometimes I think those books are like the literary equivalent of watching Dragonball Z...really, the analogy seems more apt the more I think about it. I mean, you have these characters performing these awesomely superheroic feats interspersed between intervals of character angst/naval gazing. This has pretty much been the case with Drizzt from book 1, but it's kind of nice seeing Artemis go through it finally after about fifteen novels because he's actually starting to be more interesting than Drizzt. OMG I did not just type that. >_>
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (potter geeks)
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=d20/article/srd35

The material on the site above makes buying the basic 3.5 Dungeons and Dragons/D20 rulebooks totally unneccessary, provided that one either has a computer handy during a gaming session/character creation, or is willing to print all this shit out (thank the Gods for recycled printer paper. ;) Of course, this just frees up funds for the books and modules of the gaming world of your choice (which for me would be the Forgotten Realms.)

This FR fansite also offers the most comprehensive history of the Elves, apart from the FR sourcebooks (many of which haven't yet made the jump to 3rd edition.)

EDIT: An Elven Language site. Kind of confusing because it combines Forgotten Realms Elven with Tolkien Elven in one huge Excel document, but it's the best that I've found so far.

AND, Drow Elven. Hell yes.

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