Friday, October 31, 2014

End-of-Week Elmore: Halloween Edition (10/31/14)

Happy Halloween, wonderful people! I hope you're having an exquisitely creepy day. It's always bittersweet on Halloween for me, because while I love the day it is also the herald of my favorite month's end. Ah well, endings make things all the sweeter, no? I took off from work this year, and I'm drinking Halloween down to the dregs, savoring it until the last drop.
My one wish would be to have the chance to do some gaming this weekend. I recall the days of my gaming youth when we would have our Halloween-themed sessions. They were always hilariously campy affairs, with liberal use of vampires and werewolves.
So, are you roleplaying this weekend? Let me know, I'm always ready to live vicariously through you good folks!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I Looked at the 5th Edition D&D Books, and I Liked It

So I was in Barnes & Noble today, and I picked up the 5E Player's Handbook. And as I flipped through it, I really liked what I saw. Really, the full-page illustrations took me back to the D&D 2nd Edition books, man. Seriously. And I liked the style of the art as well.
Is any of this heretical? I dunno, and don't care really. My current divorce from the gaming world, both online and in the flesh, has really done something unexpected to my gamer's heart: it's opened it even more than it ever was before. It's been great to get away from the navel-gazing and echo chambers and edition-shaming. I'm not pointing fingers at the community, mind you. Just those that perpetuate the true nerdery of this or ANY hobby.
To me, being a nerd about something (gaming, comics, soap operas, fantasy sports, watching sports, cars, etc.) is about being a snob about something. To ridicule others who don't see your hobby the way you see it. Those that don't participate with your level of micro-management and elitism. Nerdery is really about taking the fun out of something.
Anyway, sheesh, I didn't want to get on the soap box on my first time back to the blog in some time. I just want to say that I'm celebrating the latest incarnation of D&D. I'm thinking it will be a good idea for me to buy the books. Damn, I almost forgot I bought the Starter Set all the way back in early July! Might need to crack that bad boy open again, take a gander again.
Then again, reading RPG stuff these days is tantamount to torture! I need to get some gaming on, even if I'm just a player. I would love to see the new D&D in actual action!
Hope you're all well out there, and gaming happily!