Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Revisiting Old Favorites - Gen Con 2013
Then came Gen Con this year. I played D&D and Magic: The Gathering again. Here's what happened.
Dungeons & Dragons
It all came down to the dice.
If you played a game of Confrontation at Candlekeep, at the cost of two generic event tickets ($4), then not
The adventure was a short, two hour, example of how to play D&D these days. As many people know, the days of hard math are gone. Instead, we have time where we need to roll high, and be consistent, which my dice were NOT. Thank the gawds the GM wasn't using any critical miss tables, because I probably would have taken out a character at the next table over. However, I only lost one hammer, and actually took out a few skeletons in the battle. However, back to the adventure...
Dungeons and Dragons Next seems to have gotten rid of a lot of the hard maths, and is focusing more on the game, and the story. I've also heard that a game called Pathfinder is supposed to be good, but with limited funds, I'm probably going to just go with the system I know. Next is wrapping up the public beta, but once it's over and released, I'm probably going to buy my first new Dungeons and Dragons books in years.
Magic: The Gathering
Sunday was Family Day at Gen Con, and we had a chance to get a free deck of Magic: The Gathering cards so we could learn to play the game. My wife ended up with a Green Deck, the Geekling snaked the Black Deck, and I ended up with a White Deck. I had a chance to pull out and use that DCI card again (What IS that thing?) and my wife and daughter also signed up for the cards. When the judge that was doing the tutorials asked if we had played before, I was honest and told him I had played about 15 years ago, which definitely raised an eyebrow. We talked a bit about things that had changed, and I played a bit and noticed that many things had stayed the same, especially after I played a Serra Angel.
Between the free cards and the atmosphere, Shannon decided that she wants to learn the game a bit more. She had been playing the version available on Xbox Arcade, and we had messed around with some of my old decks back when we first started going out, but other than that, the most experience she has had with it was selling a lot of my older cards on eBay for a good chunk of change. However, by the time we left, we had the three decks from Learning How to Play Magic, along with a pair of 1,000 Card longboxes from the Troll and Toad.Com booth that were supposedly random, yet were full of cards that just were not usable, or with blocks of 25-30 of the same dang card, while at the same time not including a single basic land in all the deck. If that sentence was a bit weird, just understand this: Never again. Not another dime. However, with those, and some older free decks we had received at previous Gen Con's, we have enough to get started and re-learn what's going on. From there, we're going to pick up a "Fat Pack" or two, perhaps a "Deckbuilders Tool Kit," as well as hook up with friends who are playing, and try to get back into it without spending our food money on boxes of booster packs and starter decks. Since we're just playing to have fun, I don't think we have to worry about tournament rules or anything, or if a card is too old to play with. It's just good fun.
Sometimes, Gen Con isn't about all the new games. Sometimes, it's about reminding you how fun things you used to play were, and how they are still fun today.