I’ve been pretty busy recently (and by recently I mean like beginning of June) work, giant hail storms, and fighting the evil dragon known as accounting class has kept me stressed and tired. That plus the heat of summer (my very least favorite season) and I get downright grumpy, to put it mildly. Luckily I have nerds for friends who kidnap me and “force” me to play rpg’s with them. I’m talking tabletop rpg not video games (I really suck at video games). We are playing Shadowrun which I am really enjoying. I’ve never played Shadowrun before so I’m kind of a noob at it but I have played Dungeons & Dragons as well as Hero’s Unlimited and Dead Reign. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about it might be best just to Google it as I am horrible at explaining these things to people who don’t know what it is. Basically to me it is going on wicked adventures with your friends doing things that would never happen in real life and being able to be a completely different person (at least for a few hours).
I am really liking Shadowrun because unlike in D&D your characters feel more real. In D&D you have to choose your alignment, Lawful Good, Chaotic Neutral, Lawful Evil, etc. Then your character is stuck having to do things according to that alignment and believe me it gets a bit tiresome at times (especially if one of your friends is playing a paladin, blech). In Shadowrun there are no allignments, part of that may be that as a shadowrunner you do things that might be considered…illegal, and one of the best things (to me anyways) is that your character can have flaws. It makes them feel so much more well rounded. For example I am playing and Elf who is a Physical Adept, pretty much I made my character a bad ass ninja, while I have a ton of cool skills and qualities I also have a bunch of flaws. I am mildly allergic to gold, I am a horrible negotiator (i.e. if it’s up to me to negotiate my group is totally screwed), and I am a known criminal.
There are actually several reasons that I like Shadowrun. For one it is in the future in our world and it has this whole history behind it. According to the history around, well, now 2012 the native Americans go fed up and decided to take back their land by doing a dance that reawakened magic in the world making elves and dragons and trolls real. There was a bunch of changes, they have a map of the U.S.A and it is completely different, the south rose again and created the Confederate states the Native Americans took the whole middle part of the country, California is a free state. To me it’s really interesting because while I love D&D and that whole Middle Earth feel, after a long what’s it called…quest? Game? I dunno, anyway it gets a little stale after a while.
Another thing is that because it’s in the future there is a ton of nifty technology to play with. Though I kept my character pretty low tech it is cool to have the option of being a technomancer that whole “become one with the Matrix” type deal. I think one of the best reasons to me is that I get to spend time with friends. I’ve never had what would be called “good” friends. I was usually the one in the group that was called when every other person was busy, I was also the person who got taken advantage of the most (damn my loyalty). Now I have some pretty decent friends, I think it helps that most of them are guys (I am so tired of girl drama, I don’t understand it and I hate having to play mind games) and that they’re nerds, I understand nerds I speak their language. I can actually count the number of girls I consider a friend on one hand. Anyway the guys that I play Shadowrun with are really cool guys and there are only a handful of us playing but I was invited to play. I was invited! And not cuz there was no one else to play, they actually told other people no so that the group stayed small. Yay for me (wow I just sounded really pathetic).
The only downside, for me, is the dice. I had bought just a generic starter set and a d20 that I got at a Renaissance festival because I thought it looked cool. Well I also had a generic set of d6s (six sided dice the d is for dice and the number beside it is how many sides the die has) because Shadowrun only uses d6s. I knew a little about dice from playing before but I never had any of my own I just used some from a bag of someone else, not their personal set of course, players get really touchy and superstitious about dice. If you touch their dice you basically have committed a crime punishable by death. No seriously. So I bought the generic ones because they were cheap and I felt like a true nerd because I owned my own set of dice (to me being a true nerd equates to being the cool kid). Then I go and play with the guys and I see their dice, they have these dice with cool designs and colors and…it was like being the only kid at the lunch table who had a brown paper bag lunch and everyone else had cool ones like Power Rangers or Pokemon. So I decided to splurge a bit and I bought me some cool kid dice off of amazon and a dice bag because I had to have a place to put them. Now I am really confident about the next time we play. As long as I don’t blow myself up in the game…like I did last time.
P.S. These are the dice I bought.
What do ya think? Pretty cool huh?