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#1 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

I started with D&D 4e by listening to the penny arcade podcasts from the start. By the time I was done listening to them all I had a good grasp of the rules and from there I just went online and watched videos of people playing to fill in the rest. Then I skimmed over the books to fill in any gaps I was still missing and learned as I played by DMing back and forth with a friend over skype and roll20.net. Also, listen to the critical hit podcast on the major spoilers site. It's the single best D&D thing going.

Here's my suggested order for learning how to play D&D 4E:

  1. Penny Arcade Podcasts- Start from the beginning as they explain a lot of the rules at the start as one of the players goes in completely blind. And avoid clicking on each episodes picture art until after you have listened as it spoils stuff that happens in that episode.
  2. Grab some of the books and start reading them. Plenty of locations online to get your hands on them. Assuming you are evil alignment in real life. *cough* pirate *cough*
  3. I then suggest grabbing a friend who has done steps one and two and just start playing and dicking around. Make little mini adventures for each other to play and switch on and off being the DM. It seems scary at first, but it's super rewarding and is the best way to learn the game.
  4. At this point you should have a pretty solid understanding of the game. Congratulations! Now you can argue why edition X is so much better then edition Y and why people who like edition Y are all terrible people.

I suggest just enveloping yourself in all the D&D goodness that is out there on the internet for you to explore and find. The official D&D youtube channel has hours and hours of videos they recorded of the guys who make the game playing it. Some of the later stuff is for 5E, so to avoid confusing yourself I would just stick to the older stuff until you have a solid grasp on the edition you are trying to learn.

I personally suggest going with D&D 4E over other stuff because it's so popular and has been around so long that there is a wealth of resources and information out there that makes learning it much easier then other things. 3.5 has quite a bit as well, but not nearly as much as 4E. I see some Pathfinder stuff as well, but I'm not into it so I can't comment.

Seriously. Listen to The Critical Hit Podcast. It's the best! It starts on episode 8 because they did some test stuff before hand before they committed to making it an ongoing thing. So do't worry about 1-7. Nothing important is in there. It's on their site somewhere, but I can't remember where. It's in some weird corner if you want to poke around and hunt for it.

#2 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Quit after my free month. Nothing about the game was grabbing me, and it had none of the awesome personality that was in those trailers leading up to the release. At least not enough.

#3 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

I usually don't. I keep trying but these days I can't seem to muster any desire to play any video games at all. Nothing on the horizon interests me let alone a backlog.

#4 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Should have tried to go get the bouncers or call the police and follow them home if you were worried about this girl getting raped by the guy. Obviously I was not there so maybe those things were out of the question, but that would have been my first instinct. At least I think it would be. Who knows. As long as you are not hurt really badly and no one got raped then I guess it's a good outcome.

#5 Edited by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

I guess? I bought a PS4 and a WiiU around that time because I fell into the money and knew I would want them sooner or later. Not really sure how much E3 had to say about it as was I just had the money. I fired them up long enough to update them and sign into all the accounts but I have yet to play anything on them. Had them sitting there for a few weeks now. I'm still focusing on my PC as my primary gaming device.

Pre ordered Destiny, MK X, and WWE 2K15 for the PS4 plus 2 years of PS+ and I got Smash Bros for Wii U because my friend loves the game and that will be the first time we will have to play it together. Sure hope I end up liking smash bros since I have not played any of them since I rented the n64 version one weekend as a kid.

#6 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Took me awhile to figure out why these old videos were on the front page today. I thought the site was glitching out. Then when I remembered what each one was I made the connection and started crying like a baby again. Classy way to remember him guys. I love your style.

#7 Edited by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Never heard of either of these two gents. Will be giving this weeks bombcast a very serious listen to to see how they do. I really hope they turn out to be a good fit. I don't like it when people mess with GB, and these last few years have been nothing but bad change after bad change. So I would like to see some good for a change of pace.

#8 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Yes. Brad is going to read through every post in general discussion till it breaks him and he can't anymore. My guess is he will get two, maybe three threads deep.

#9 Edited by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Front Mission 3 and Vanguard Bandits. Also, the original Pokemon Red or the fire red remake.

#10 Edited by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

@falserelic: Thanks for the advice. It's always there at the back of my mind while talking to people on here. Time will tell if it ends up in love, or me laying in a bathtub full of ice missing a few organs. :(