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So, over the last few months, I’ve been playing D&D again, and it’s been the best thing. Since 5th edition first released, I’ve only dabbled in it, occasionally running games for some of the local teens (though usually only a couple of days out of the year). I’d only gotten to play in a couple of one-off sessions, never really going beyond the basics.

Then my in-laws mentioned the possibility of a game. Between D&D Beyond and Skype, it’s workable for us to play together, despite being scattered around the world (though timing is a trick).

Now I’m playing a bard for the first time ever (I’ve been playing 3.5/Pathfinder since 2006, but never had the chance to play one), and I’m having an absolute blast. V and I are playing gnome twins, a bard and a warlock. It’s been a great way to connect with my brothers- & sisters-in-law, and get to share our mutual love of D&D.

I don’t usually play spellcasters or support characters unless I’m running the cleric, and that makes Valcryn a pretty new role. It’s fun learning how to best utilize his blend of inspiration and other buffs/debuffs. It has ended up especially hilarious since he’s not the face of the party, with that role somehow falling to my brother-in-law’s human fighter, who has both lower charisma and strength than the gnome bard.

It feels so good to be rolling dice as a player again, y’all. But of course, I’ll be getting back into being a Dungeon Master soon too. We’re going to be working on teaching the children to play 3.5, so that they can appreciate where we came from, and how we got to here.

“Grab your lucky d20, folks, because things are about to get dicey.”

2 Comments

  1. Sounds like fun! I’ve been playing a 5e game for about a year and a half, on hiatus currently, since our DM just welcomed a tiny new adventurer to his party, but I agreed to run Curse of Strahd when he’s ready to play again. Also running an online game through Discord for some friends, doing Lost Mine of Phandelver since most of them are new players. Most exciting news is that my principal just gave the okay for a D&D club as an after school activity, so I will be getting paid to teach our older kids how to play! How are you finding D&D Beyond? I love the idea of it, but I hate the idea of buying all my books over again.

    • D&D Beyond has been absolutely fantastic so far (helped by my in-laws having all of the books on there). It’s been so good to get back into playing. I love that you’re still getting to play/teach too!


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