This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

“You are standing in an Inn”

dungeons-and-dragons-rulebook-closeupOnce upon a time I played D&D (it was in college.. everyone was doing it). I think I played a ranger. I like bows and shooting things from range. I think I was terribad at it. Pretty much I played with a group who would look at me and say “Roll a D20″ and I’d roll and then look at them and say “I got a 7, is that good”? Mostly I was there for the story telling. Honestly I could almost have played the game without die.

Anyway we started our adventures in an Inn. We wandered around the country doing odd jobs and hearing hints of evil plots. Every once in a while we’d stumble on corrupted church that needed to be cleared out.. or a simple maiden who’d been kidnapped by banshees and spirited away to their banshee lair. It was a good simple time.

I played with this group with this character for about a year. Two to three nights a week. As time moved on we progressed. Through no fault of her own my ranger was cursed with wings.. and learned to make the best of it. When they’d ask me to roll for damage I kept rolling more and more bigger die. We moved from simple tasks to more complex tasks.. we were building portals to the elemental realms to retrieve a lost chalice. We were fighting off demi-gods.. AND WE WERE WINNING. Every task became about rolling the die and getting the big numbers to kill the baddie. The bad guys could almost have been untextured boxes for all the RP involved. They needed killing and we were there to do the job. It was kinda boring.

The GM talked about having us all re-roll.. but after killing off demi-gods on a powerful character with a complex back-story that was a little hard to swallow. Eventually the gaming group petered out (really I got thrown out of school but that’s another story).

Cataclysm will open up the elemental planes so that our toons will be able to continue our adventures on these higher planes of existence. In Wrath we’ve already defeated titan avatars (Loken, then Thorim, Freya, etc). We’ve poked the old gods (K’Thun and Yoggy) in the eye (sometimes literally). Eventually we’re going to face Sargeras. When that happens I’ll know we’re too big for our britches.. and probably the game will peter out. When you defeat the ultimate evil in the game.. is there really any further to go?

Similar Posts:

3 comments to “You are standing in an Inn”

  • I said the same thing when Planes of Power was released for EverQuest. “Wait a minute – we’re going to be able to kill the gods. Where do you go from here?”

    Admittedly, Sony/Verant kinda borked that whole thing up by making the actual slaying of the pantheon out to be “just a dream,” but it worked for them, and they’re still in the running as an MMO.

    I still think we’ve got a long way to go before Sargeras. We still have the Emerald Nightmare to contend with (though that may be a part of Cataclysm), and I’m 100% positive that the whole mess with the Infinite Dragonflight is still unresolved (meaning we’re going to have to nail Nozdormu to a cross eventually). After that, who’s to say? Maybe it will be Sargeras. Maybe it’ll end in a giant faction showdown.

    But I have to hand it to the Blizzard guys – they’ve developed a realm loaded with lore, packed with promise, and acres of anticipation. I’d bet they’ve still got plenty of surprises up their sleeves yet.
    .-= Pixelated Executioner´s last blog ..Arms Warrior Elementary School, Q & A =-.

  • Michael

    Reading that reminded me of …

    Buffy: Just tell me what kind of demon I’m fighting.
    Quentin: Well, that’s the thing, you see. Glory isn’t a demon.
    Buffy: What is she?
    Quentin: She’s a god.

  • Zachary (Aerda)

    Necroing an old thread but this is rather an interesting topic. I was lurking around on WoW.com and caught a UI update and have been reading about on your blog and found it to be quite interesting when I came across this.

    Occasionally I lurk on the forums of the WoW site and the consensus of information that Blizzard is more than 100% going to release a Warcraft 4, Sargeras will most likely not be part of WoW.

    More than likely what will happen is something akin to how most MMO companies work when they, to use your phrasing, “get to big for our britches” and release WoW 2. This is conjecture and speculation, but it seems they have worlds to play with. We have the entire para-verse of the Twisting Nether. Dreadlord Homeworld. Eredar Homeworld. Fel Hunter Homeworld. Etc, etc, etc. The lore is still far open ended than what most people (not implying you, mind you) realize. I just hope that with Cata and any further expansions/games/patches they don’t take the Burning Crusade route and pull lore out of their bums.

    And on a non-WoW note and more personal thing, I love that you lead-in with the DnD story. I’m an avid DnD player and I’ve always enjoyed the year-long campaigns that it can run, so it was a treat to see this. And if ever at all possible, I’d love to sit down and talk macro cause i’m a total failbot at it. But thats a personal request. Haha. Back to reading :P