When I had a look at the first public playtest documents Wizards of the Coast released of then-called “D&D Next” I was cautiously optimistic. But over time I lost interest in the game. I still thought that Wizards was on the right track, but I was just not convinced that they would be able to excite me. Then came the ridiculously cheap Starter Set. It was just a great deal, I couldn’t ignore it. But still my excitement was pretty low.
Things changed when a friend offered to run the adventure included in the Starter Set for us. I looked over the pregenerated characters and immediately picked the Dwarf Cleric. I loved the idea that he was more of a soldier or mercenary than a priest and that he was wondering if the gods actually cared for the world. This totally blew my mind. A pregenerated character for the new D&D with some interesting ideas and a background ripe with roleplaying opportunities – that was something I hadn’t expected.
This past weekend, June 21st to be exact, I participated of Free RPG Day for the very first time. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time stores in Puerto Rico participate of the event. Despite my lifelong love for role-playing games, and my active participation with Puerto Rico Role Players promoting our love for our hobby, we hadn’t had stores participate in this initiative. Last year as a group we shared information about it with several stores, but back then there were no takers. This time around three FLGS participated, and I could not be happier.
I fact, the number of gaming stores had greatly increased in the island over the last few years. From one comic store than carried games, and a couple of local places that mostly concentrated in CCGs, these days there are at least 11 placed where you can get RPGs and in almost all you can play as well! That’s amazing growth in a niche hobby… True in most places RPG games are NOT the only thing being sold, usually there are board games, miniature games and CCG tournaments right along the RPGs. In many placer RPGs are not the main business, but they are present. And in my humble opinion, the hobby is growing locally.
You might be wondering… Did he miss a week? Yes I did! Sorry dear reader… Personal matters kept me away from the blog last week. Everything is almost back to normal now, so time for the next instalment on the Sci-Fi Fridays! series. Last week was, what I would would be the last Wanderers of the Outlands post for a while, but the campaign continues apace and I may soon be back to talking about it and sharing information and material created for it. This week, much like I did with the interview in Part 17 I’d like to review a tool I’ve been using for the campaign, Obsidian Portal!
I’ve known about Obsidian Portal for a while, I created my free account back in 2012 while searching for options to share information about my campaigns. I played around with it, and as nice as it was I ended up not creating my campaign in it. You may ask, why? My biggest reservation at the time was privacy. I don’t mind sharing campaign information, heck I do plenty of that here in the blog, but the day to day details of the game itself, a place where the players can communicate freely, unconcerned about typos or spelling, a private space to share ideas was paramount. The free version of Obsidian Portal did not offer that and I continued my search.