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Pen and Paper ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ For The Digital Age

Posted by on June 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm
A roll 20 map, with character tokens.

A roll 20 map, with character tokens.

Since I was a young buck, I’ve been playing of pen and paper RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, Paranoia, Cyberpunk (the real one, not the GURPS version), Shadowrun and others. I started playing D&D back in the late 1970s when the core books were thin paperbacks about the size of a third-grade work book with bad art and lots of problems. Back then, we had no idea how big the idea of role playing games would become or how that idea would spawn an entire genre of table-top and electronic games.

Now, as we prepare to roll out to E3 2013, I find myself casting off the idea of strictly digital RPGs and going back to the idea of tabletop RPG’s, but with a bit of a twist…

I’ve recently been introduced to a website called Roll20.net, which allows people from all over the world to get together and play until their eyeballs bleed. The site allows the person who is running the game (the DM/GM) to upload maps, place monsters, put in stats, place players etc. It also has a built in dice roller which will roll any combination of dice you tell it to. Want to roll 400 D-20’s? Type it in… seriously, give it a try… /r 400d20. It’ll even do it in 3d with little Flash-generated dice.

Couple this with Wizards of the Coast’s online character builder, which will build you a character in minutes (with as much or as little personal input as you want) totally within the rules of the game and you’ve got tons of fun heading your way!

The online character builder

The online character builder

So if you’ve been hurting for some serious pen and paper/tabletop RPG gaming, check these things out. The worst that can happen is you get killed by a Kobold and ridiculed by your buddies. I’ve been playing with the guys from Sons of Odin and we’re having a blast. Get your game on!

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