Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition just came out and is, by and large, being positively received (certainly moreso than 4th edition, which apparently broke into people's houses and stole all their worldly goods, based on the reactions to it), so that's likely a great place to start as D&D threads the needle on accessibility and flexibility.
Overall some of the best times I've ever had with my friends were during tabletop gaming sessions and the only thing I regret is how much I miss it now that the notion of us getting our schedules to line up is comical in its impossibility. It is totally worth it and can be incredibly fun if you find the right group.
Even the tag #gamergate is ridiculous; where's the fucking scandal?
As Zoe Quinn has displayed: it doesn't exist. This was all a concerted effort to attack women in game's journalism (specifically Quinn and her friends). The conversations have been posted, the hashtags have been debunked, and unfortunately some well-meaning people got played like fiddles.
Even IF there was some controversy or legitimate gripe, it was SO QUICKLY overwhelmed by vitriol and aimless vendettas.
@undeadpool: can't find a single person in here that has said the death threats were appropriate. Completely disgraceful to imply that the users who have posted in here are advocating for that behavior. We are reading very different comment threads if the message you are taking away is that death threats and sexual assault are condoned.
I was gonna bring up an example or three I'd read but they, and MANY others, seem to have been deleted. Yeah, I know, it sounds like a cop-out, but I assure you, I've loved this site since it was a blog crawl and I wouldn't just make some crap up to disparage it.
So at this point: we're both right. We are, in fact, both reading VERY different comment threads. And I'm happy to see that apparently the mods/staff DON'T condone those things.
Kind of incredible how many people in this very comment section of this generally excellent community are advocating, "Well now, maybe these people threatening death and sexual assault upon female game's journalists/bloggers have a POINT."
Even IF they're mad at something legitimate, this isn't how you EXPRESS that.
Haven't tried Heroic yet, but Hunter absolutely SMASHED through all the bosses.
They're mostly dependent on having lots of minions in play at all times, so a combination of Explosive Traps and Unleash the Hounds ALMOST makes it trivial. And I am NOT that good at this game. Don't know what you'd call the deck I'm playing, but it's obviously early aggo/beast heavy...zoo??
@jesus_phish: Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend USFIV. The in-game tutorials/challenges aren't the most robust, but the online support, especially for people just getting into it, are second to NONE (like disaster relief in Beverley Hills). I'd link you to some videos, but honestly just looking up "[fighting game name] basic tutorial" will get you TONS of results.
That said, and I'm not posting this to be a dick or to sound like a bigshot: get ready to lose. A LOT. No matter WHAT game you choose. Almost across the board, the reason I hear people leaving fighting games, and competitive games in general, is "I just couldn't win." Sadly, that's a HUGE part of it. To put it into hopeful anecdote form: I lived with five other guys (with a revolving door of three more) in a house for three years during college. We all went through various forms of employment and unemployment, so there was ALWAYS someone to pick up a controller and play Street Fighter IV for HOURS against. I was the third-to-worst person in our house but after a month, I was getting win streaks online. Because of all that practice. Even getting your ass HANDED to you time and time again is good practice and a necessary part of even getting GOOD at any competitive game.
And for the love of GOD mute your mic. No one's ever going to have anything useful to shout at you. Apologies for the long post.