I had my first experience playing 4e Dungeons and Dragons last night. (Up until now I had only run it.) It was a real blast. From a player’s perspective the combat was fast and smooth, the mechanics were very easy to track and use, and the only misstep we had was when Lena thought that a “daily” power was one you could use as many time a daily as you wanted. (Maybe that first combat went a little faster than it was supposed to?)
Which brings me to the second point, we all used the Character Builder program (still in it’s Beta phase) from the WotC website to make up our characters. This is part of the D&D Insider subscription suite and is by itself almost worth the cost of admission. This thing guides you step by step through the creation of your entire character, and then does all the math, including populating your power cards (which it also includes as part of your character sheet) with you total attack and damage stats according to what weapons you tell it you will be using! I totally love this thing!
Anyway, I thought I’d keep you guys up to date on the goings on in the game — on the off chance it might be either interesting or entertaining to anyone not actually playing it…
The party met on the road to the city of Rynoshok to meet with the Prophet who was visiting. (We’re off to see the Wizard!) Armies of goblins were in the field and the city, in addition to hosting the Prophet, also seemed to be the only relatively safe place around. There was a small band of highwaymen on the road, (swift fight) and a group of goblins, (stiffer fight) but in the end we made it to the city where we were able to bribe the guards to get into the city proper and find a “guide” to show us to an inn.
And that was the first night! (Well, there was also a bunch of character creation, some talk of going to play bingo amongst the wimminfolk, and a trip to Wendy’s in there, but that was the actual playing we did.) I think we only got about halfway through the prepared material for the night, but we’re a slow group anyway. Just makes the DM’s job that much easier next time!