D&D Encounters, How I got back into the game

I’ve been wanting to get back into Dungeons & Dragons for a while now.  I even went so far as to buy the 4th Edition books when they came out.  I got the Player’s Handbooks I and II, the Dungeon Master’s Guide and Monster Manual as well figuring I’d probably need to run a game since I didn’t know anyone locally who played.

Fast forward to two-plus years later and I found that Wizards of the Coast was trying to introduce the game to new players by having their Encounters delves hosted not just nationwide, but worldwide, every Wednesday at different locations.

I’d initially found a game in Newark, which is a good 45-60 minute drive from my house, and went last week to play the first level/encounter.  Well, it wasn’t a great fit for me (mostly for the drive involved) so I looked for a game closer to me here in Livermore.  As luck would have it, I was able to find a game hosted at the Barnes and Noble in Dublin, which is about a 10 minute drive.  I called the store to make sure that they were still accepting new players and wound up talking with Wes who wound up hosting/DMing the game I played this evening.  He let me know that I was more than welcome to join in the festivities and, WOW, what a difference!

The moment I walked into the store and met Wes I could tell it was going to be a great session and I was right.  There were four of us in the party, myself a Human Wizard (Gwenne Stefan I), a Ranger (didn’t catch the race) and his wolf companion played by Richard, a Cleric played by a young woman named Sam, and a Swordmage played by a young man named Elliott.

We picked up where we left off last week and took an “elevator” down from the main level to the dungeon where we ran into a Changeling, a Guard and his pet Scorpion and a smattering of Minions.  We made pretty short order of the minions and gave the Changeling and Guard a pretty solid whooping to end the encounter.

Again, it was thanks to Wes, the DM, for helping the group get going and really involving the group in the adventure.  I was able to get back into the swing of things after not playing for at least 15 years and was able to get up to speed without embarrassing myself too terribly.  I can’t wait until we pick up next week and hope that we can do some role playing as this session was entirely battle-filled.  I hear tell that next week’s session will be more skill and role playing-based.  Can’t wait!

Posted on March 24, 2010, 20:36 By
4 comments Categories: dnd, games, geek

4 thoughts on “D&D Encounters, How I got back into the game

  1. Nice! I remember you reading related D&D books in college and spending “mysteriously” several hours rolling the dice. Of course I was thinking on the street trying to hustle, but alas it was wizards and warlocks. Did you OD on soda and coffee?

  2. Saw your post via the D&D forum. I’m up in Marin County and find myself in the exact same spot – late 30’s, out of the game for many years, father of two small girls and looking to get back into it. Looks like you’re having much better success than me, good work.

    My oldest daughter is 6 and I just got the PDF of Faery Tale Deluxe, a nice little RPG designed for kids. You might look into it if you’re looking to indoctrinate the little ones into the RPG world.

    I’ll look forward to future posts about your gaming exploits. – Tony

  3. Tony,
    Thanks for the recommendation of Faery Tales, I’ll take a look at it. I’ve got a five-year old daughter and this might be just the thing to get her wild imagination and my no-longer-so-wild imagination on the same page!

    If you’re on the D&D site, feel free to “friend” me. I’m so very lonely there…

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