I’m no stranger to group storytelling. In high school, I wrote fanfic with a friend, swapping a spiral-bound notebook back and forth. During that same time I was working at a renaissance faire and my inbox overflowed with email threads of in-character letters. When I was in college, I was an active participant in a Star Trek sim. My World of Warcraft guild forums had a section dedicated to roleplaying. And in recent years, after I moved countries, my previously-local friends and I went through a short period of playing Parsely and Dungeons & Dragons via Google Hangouts.
So believe me when I say — if you like to roleplay, if you like collaborative storytelling, if you have gaming friends you can’t meet in person, Storium is what you’ve been looking for.
When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, my partner is a walking rulebook. Need to calculate a stat? She’s got you covered. Trying to fudge the length of a spell duration? She’ll call you on it. Don't know which dice to roll? She knows. From combat to lore, she’s a font of knowledge, and she’s meticulous in her record-keeping. If you've forgotten anything -- loot properties, earned XP, how much gold's in the kitty -- she'll have it down. It's amazing.
Roleplaying, on the other hand…roleplaying doesn't come instinctively to her. My partner is shy by nature, and content to be the quiet member of the table, declaring actions when necessary, but otherwise supporting the rest of us by doing math and taking notes. Our current campaign, however, is an RP-heavy city setting, and though we’ve been having a blast, my partner has felt that she’s not contributing much. The other night, a few hours before our scheduled session, she asked me, with no small amount of trepidation, if I’d help her get better at roleplaying.
As if I’d say no.
Troll 2 actor and director of Best Worst Movie, a documentary about Troll 2, Michael Paul Stephenson, has produced a South by Southwest comedy entry called Zero Charisma. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, with a script by Matthews, the trailer seems to have a stereotypical view of a game master and his roleplaying crew. But will the film turn into something more? Give it a watch and let us know your first impressions.
Tired of carrying around an ever-growing dice bag? Well now you can wear your dice on your fingers with some new spinner rings. But you can't own them just yet, the folks who created them have a Kickstarter going. Although there's 57 days left, they've already blown past their $23,000 goal. As you can see, there are a few different versions, some for playing cards, some for those tricky yes/no decisions, etc. Seriously though, how bad do you want to play Dungeons & Dragons with the giant Price is Right wheel?
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We've got a very special treat for you today, readers. How would you like to find out more about a fantasy action/comedy web series about a women's LARP (live-action role play) group? And what about the added bonus of some killer talent? Directed by Greg Aronowitz (The Guild, DragonAge), co-rroduced by America Young (Geek Therapy) and Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces), and written by Eric Collin Campbell (Geek Therapy, Connect To), it's called Damsels and Dragons and we have an inkling it's up your alley, as it features some strong female characters. The Mary Sue is also proud to be the first to announce the IndieGogo campaign to fund the second season of the series. Now read on and find out all about it!
Calling all rogues, wizards, paladins, druids and those who despised the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Wizards of the Coast require your d20 for open playtests to make their 5th edition the best yet. In laymen's terms, they're looking for user input to make the game better. Hooray!
It's a good thing that she can't see us and isn't within 90 feet, or she could totally get a Fascinate off and then Suggest everybody who was listening.
No, I have never have moments where I sit back and think about how much I miss my +22 Strength and my Rage 3/day and my Unicorn animal companion.
(via Nerd Approved.)