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· by jsnby · Read in about 2 min · (390 Words)

If you have ever questioned how much of a g33k I really am, I am about to put all doubts to rest. I’ve started playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Yup. All these years and I’ve missed out on a classic RPG. I don’t know why I’ve never played DnD before. There were kids playing it when I was growing up. Maybe the stigma surrounding it then was too much for me. I don’t really know. All I know is that all bets are off….I’m going to start playing an Eladrin Ranger.

We had a sample encounter with pre-made characters last Friday during lunch. I picked up a copy of the 4th edition player’s handbook from a coworker afterwards. On the way home I stopped and got three sets of dice….one for me for work, one for me for home, and one for Laura. I read the player’s handbook cover to cover over the weekend. I then started making my character. It pretty much copies the pre-made character that I was using, but now I know how all the calculations work.

Friday will be interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing how I do in combat now that I understand the mechanics better.

Now, I need to sell Laura on playing. One of her friends used to play 3.5, and has asked that we include her if we get a game going. I guess I need to find a few other people and a DM. Perhaps I’ll DM after playing for a while at work, but I’d rather let a more experienced DM run it so I can learn how to do it.

I came up with a great idea for me for my souvenir from our Disneyworld trip….a bunch of pressed pennies. I’ve always been a fan of pressed pennies, but this time, I’m going to take extra change with me to make a bunch of them. I found a guide with all the locations of the machines/designs and have mapped out my course. I’m going to shoot for about 60 different designs, a total of 4 complete sets, and about 7 or 8 pressed quarters. That seems like a lot, but it’s not when you realize that there are 400+ different penny designs at WDW. Hopefully I’ll have the time/energy to scan or photgraph them all and post images of them.