I think it’s fair to say that one of my favorite things about last year’s Comic Con Convention was playing Dungeons and Dragons for the first time.
I had been obsessed with the books for well over year, having read the Dungeon Master’s Guide and Player’s Handbook almost cover to cover. But because of one thing or another, I never got the chance to play.
Well we remedied that last year, and though we still haven’t gotten another game together in the year since that Con, I was really looking forward to getting the chance to play again.
And play we did…for most of Saturday.
While others were busy walking the exhibit hall and checking out panels on the busiest day of the Con, Mark and I spent hours sequestered in the D&D room at the neighboring Hyatt hotel.
After checking out of our hotel and grabbing breakfast (a delicious breakfast burrito from the hotel Mexican restaurant) Mark and I hopped the Comic Con shuttle and made way for the convention, and our main destination, the D&D room.
We played a really fun first game or two with a fun table of players we didn’t know (most of whom we would continue to play with for much of the day).
I had a blast getting re-acclimated to the rules and playing a cleric for the first time. Turns out I was a good healer. I was NOT good at fighting. In the first game the dice were seriously out for my blood and I couldn’t role to hit an anything I tried. Lucky for me, the NPC I was battling was having similarly bad luck with the dice.
I vividly remember sending a tweet from that game, citing that my borrowed dice was broken. Other players at the table took turns giving me other dice to borrow, to no avail. The only thing the dice did well was heal…
After those first few encounters, I still had over an hour until the comic signing I wanted to make, and Mark had some time until the next game slot began, so we went downstairs to the hall to buy some dice. Mine was clearly defective, after all.
Mark got some, too. It was fun to look through the discount bins of dice and make our own comic con dice set.
I decided that I wanted a BIG D20, so I found a hopeful bin of them, and picked out my favorite first. Then, I decided to design the rest of my set around that D20. Everything I picked had a marble look to them, but different colors. I wanted them all to be two colors each, but I could only find two, so I will have to keep an eye out for them in the future.
After we go dice, I headed to my signing and Mark went back up stairs to play a few more games.
After the signing, I picked up a few items for Mark or our friends, deciding we probably wouldn’t make it back downstairs again before everything closed.
Then, I joined Mark and some earlier players for some more D&D.
All in all, I must have played for five hours on the second day of the con, and I really have no regrets. It was a blast, and something a little different.
I played my cleric the whole time, and my new dice was way less broken so I even managed to kill a few things, and rack up some serious XP.
We hope that next year we can stay at the con all 4 days, and be able to dedicate one entire day to our favorite RPG.