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Player Tips – Ways to get More Immersed in Your RPG – Part 1

immersedOk tabletop lovers.  We all know that there are all types of players.  Some of you care more about just killing monsters and getting the treasure, but others care about exploration not only of the world in which you are playing but within the character themselves.

There are many ways as a player or a Game Master to get fully immersed in the game you are playing.  As a  Game Master being descriptive, but not overly so, helps paint the picture of what is around.  This can be very different for each group make sure you are not over or under doing it.  Have talks with your players to make sure you are giving them what level they desire.

Tips to get You Even More Immersed in Your RPG

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D&Dizing Star Wars for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Part 3

Dungeons and DragonsHello Nerdarchist and Star Wars fans.  Today I am bring you my Epic conclusion to D&Dizing Star Wars.  Lets figure out how to play a Sith in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition.  Star Wars has always considered the rites of the Sith a secret thing so as to dissuade the Jedi from being tempted by their power.

Now in a setting where powers are level dependent there is no easy way to give a Sith more power and still keep the system balanced.  Last week we did Jedi and Sith are not a far cry from them they are just willing to do different things.  The first and foremost this that Sith use their lightning Attack.  Not only do we already have a spell that functions just like this effect but it is already a warlock spell: Witch bolt.

What Does it Take to a Play a Sith in 5th Edition

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Gamers, Feelings of Entitlement, and the need for a Realistic Perspective on Star Wars Battlefront

This would be more elegant if not for my annoyance with the gamers and their feelings of entitlement, There is a need for a realistic perspective on Star Wars Battlefront and the Star Wars franchise in general. This is only the beginning. I will probably go back and edit this later as well as add an additional section.

angry face Gamers, Feelings of Entitlement, and the need for a Realistic Perspective on Star Wars BattlefrontI know we call them articles on nerdarchy.com but I wish this to be viewed as a ranting blogger post. Not some attempt at award winning prose.

Think stream of consciousness. My consciousness. So If it doesn’t make sense, don’t worry it is probably my fault.

This is my article response to all of the complaints I see on Amazon and elsewhere on the subject of Star Wars Battlefront

I will try as best I can to stay on target. I make no promises.

Gamers, Feelings of Entitlement, and the need for a Realistic Perspective on Star Wars Battlefront

Gamers and their feelings of entitlement. Let’s break it down. Basically a feeling of entitlement is an emotional attachment to gaining what a person expects to be given because they feel that they deserve it. Don’t we all want to get what we deserve? Well the problem is that people begin to expect certain levels of satisfaction from a good, service, or event and these expectations and feelings of entitlement create a backlash when the person feels they were not satisfied.They become outraged and lose their normally realistic perspective

Does anyone remember the level of awe they felt when they watched Star Wars 4,5, or 6 for the first time?

On a scale of one to ten, how was it?

I say the original trilogy is an 9 for me (I think that was also my age when I saw them all). Do I give it a nine for all of it’s original story lines? Hmm, let’s check the originality.

  • A princess falling for the bad boy (a very old trope, practically medieval)
    • He had to work at it probably more than he usually does but he made it happen
  • a guy who wants to do good but finds out his dad is bad(a several hundred year old trope)
    • Rather than a Strong female character as his sidekick we have an old knight with a magic sword to show how strong the whining guy becomes
  • A mentally quirky “person” is the comedy relief (Shakespeare and much older)
    • Oh and he talks to someone we can’t understand-double points.

Like many science fiction and fantasy stories these are just people with the same problems we humans have today just re-skinned in scifi

I could go on but it to sum it all up it isn’t an original story. I love it but that isn’t why I love it. So why do we like the original trilogy so much while many of us dislike the prequel trilogy. Well unless you had the good fortune of seeing them all when you were 8 years old, like my son, I have some bad news. You will most likely never like the prequels better than the original trilogy.

Why?

The simple answer is that you are a more complex person than you were last year, and the year before that, and so on. Compound that with having probably seen the original three movies when you were a child or teenager and the difference in personality and taste are a hyperdrive jump away from who you are now.

If you are the type of person that won’t be satisfied until they make something exactly how you want it then start an online group and see how much consensus you can get for how the movie or game should be.

vr Gamers, Feelings of Entitlement, and the need for a Realistic Perspective on Star Wars BattlefrontOr you can pioneer the choose your adventure VR movie superplex (patent pending) where everyone can see the exact thing they were expecting.

Because that is the only way to make a product now a days that won’t have the armchair game designer / movie maker nation jump all over it. That is until you hear from the group that wants to be surprised instead.

While 60-70 dollars sounds like a lot on it’s own. Compared to going to the movies a few times it is a deal. I have already gotten more enjoyment out of Star Wars Battlefront than going to see the marvel and avengers movies (which all together cost me more than the game).

Gamers, Feelings of Entitlement, and Star Wars Battlefront

And another note about the price-

Server space doesn’t sprout like mushrooms from the forest floor.

Servers that can run the amount of data at a quality speed cost many hundreds of franklins, not fungi.

Since they designed the game to be played online it is clear to me that they needed to charge by the month (something gamers hate) or charge more upfront and for expansions (something gamers hate). Charging people based on their usage (expansions) makes more sense. The people who will be playing this in 2 years are, most likely, going to be the people who buy expansions.

Perhaps the entitlement gamers on amazon can quest to seek the aid of the benevolent underground race of technologically advanced hamsters who will build and maintain a mighty, hamster powered, server for us while taking on all of the costs to do so. If you are an outraged gamer, and want to go looking for them, let me know if you find them.

Will everything that is created today be better than everything that came before it?

I really don’t need to answer this question.

And my final question to pose to all of the angst ridden 1 star reviewers-

What magical level of ecstasy did you people who were disappointed in Star Wars Battlefront expect when pressing start?

Next week I will address the actual gameplay, here is a taste of one of the many maps available

please keep in mind I have motion blur on so if it bothers you come check out the rest of the videos here in the coming weeks.

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D&Dizing Star Wars for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

star warsHello Fellow Nerdarchists.  Due to some issues with our site during our migration to a new server we lost some content.  So if you read my article from last week this is going to be a redo and for that I apologize.

With all the hype for Force Awakens I know that many of you have wanted to play a Sith or a Jedi in a Dungeons and Dragons game. In order to figure out what is the best way to make one of these lets us break down what it means to be a Jedi or a Sith.

You got Star Wars in my D&D; You got D&D in my Star Wars

As most of you have only seen the movies and not read some of the awesome books out there, I will only use the 6 movies. After all very little outside the movies is considered cannon anymore anyway so let’s just go with it.

A force sensitive character is typically well trained in martial arts represented in Dungeons and Dragons by weapon training and a higher hit die.  They are usually we skilled in physical activity and flipping.  In Dungeons and Dragons I would say that they would need to be trained in Athletics and Acrobatics.  They posses spell like effects like running fast, jumping higher or further than a normal person could.  They have mind effecting powers and sensitivity to the world around them unlike normal folk.  All of these things would be easily adapted spells from 5th Edition.

So what would you say are the most likely candidates for these awesome powers.  I know that using the current rules dungeons and dragonsyou can get fairly close especially of you do some creative multi-classing.  However I want to stay away from that for two reasons.  One: some people do not allow it in their games.  And second: multi-classing robs you of some of the really great high level powers that I think you will need to really master, pun intended, being a Jedi.

I look at Fighter: Eldritch knight.  They are good melee characters with access to spells.  You can look at Monk, which has some serious movement powers as well as being very martial as well. Last we can look at Warlock: Blade Pact, which has some martial training and some really great spells.

First lets break down the good and bad of Eldritch Knight.  They are as stated martial characters.  When it comes to one on one combat they are considered the master at arms.  Yes they will probably lose a one on one with a barbarian, but when it comes to training and skill, which Jedi are, they are the tops.  They easily have the choice to be trained in athletics and they do get some cool spells that if re-flavored could get close to some of the Jedi like effects.

However, Jedi are not shown wearing a boat load of armor, and when you play a fighter in D&D you think about a tank in plate mail not robes.  The spells that an Eldritch Knight get are cool but most of them do not fit the world of Star Wars.  They are severely limited to Evocation and Abjuration.  This grossly falls short of our goal.

So lets see how close we can get with Monk.  Monk at first look fits the best visually. The are always well disciplined and receive quite a lot of martial prowess.  Some might say that the light saber could be a short sword since it is so light and it is a monk weapon.  They get a bonus to armor class  so that they do not need to wear armor.  They can easily be trained in athletics and acrobatics.  They are known to have some great movement powers so they can do the fast speed or jumping great distances from an early level.

I am afraid however that they fall short,pun intended again, when it comes to the spell like options that Jedi are known for.  They are not going to influence peoples minds and they are not going to levitate an X-wing Star Fighter out of a murky swamp with naught but a gesture.  This is much closer and if we were looking at Multi-classing I would say that Monk should be wear you start out  but alas . . .

5th editionSo that leaves us with Warlock.  Now I know what you are saying. You hear warlock and you automatically think of a wizard who has made a deal with dark powers to get power that does not fit our noble fight for justice and freedom Jedi Character.  Lets us first look at that.  Warlocks have access to a power from a mysterious FORCE that lets them do a lot of cool stuff that they would not normally be able to do. Since the being be hind the power is inconsequential I am not going to look at that.

If you take the Pact of the Blade you have the ability to be proficient in your weapon of choice and it can look like anything you want.  Easiest way to get a weapon that looks like a light saber to me.  You also have the ability to summon it.  In game terms it just appears in your hand but you could always flavor it to have it fly across the distance when you get disarmed.

You have some Invocations that fit extremely well for Jedi Flavored power:  Ascendant Step lets you levitate, One with the shadows is a great sith power to remain unseen, Otherworldly leap lets you use the jump spell at will very fitting.  Knocking creatures back with an eldritch blast fueled by repelling blast  looks very familiar to fighting droids in the new trilogy.  And that is just the obvious ones.  I am sure if I looked more closely I could find more references to justify more of them.

Looking at the Warlock spell list I see some great Jedi/Sith candidates.  Mage hand , charm person and witch bolt.  If you read this oen closely I am sure it will stir up some cool STAR WARS memories.  Hold Person and enthrall have effects that fit very well with our goals as well.  Even Scrying could be done as a re-flavor to those force sensitive.

I personally feel that this is the closest of the three and better than other possibles but there are some things lacking.  If only there were a Patron that would get it access to spells like enhance ability and telekinesis or Bigby’s hand.  Stay tuned Next week and I will break down and give you those powers so that you can play a Jedi in your 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons game.  Week after I will give you how to create that sith.  As I see it now they are not that far apart but there will be a few distinctions that I am still working on.

As always thanks for reading and Until Next Time Stay Nerdy!!