After a year and 9 months of playing, we hit what is probably the halfway point in our D&D campaign tonight.
I turned to the game four and a half years ago when I got sober. I needed a place to quiet my mind. To keep away the urge to drink. For so long I looked down my nose at the game but then I suddenly found myself needing an escape and it hooked me immediately.
It took me a few years to get the courage to actually try to run my own game but once I did, it became one of the single most rewarding creative experiences of my life.
I love to tell stories and and for these past 21 months we’ve been telling one that has kept us coming back week after week.
It started with 4 of us: me, @sleepingatsundown, @mithrandirxvx, and @apple__sauce_ and since then we’ve added @deadthomsdead, @thepatcave, and @lainleigh and all together it has felt complete. The table feels whole.
This is the most work I’ve ever put into a creative endeavor and I do it because every week is pure magic. The folks at our table never cease to amaze me. We have laughed and cried together. We are surprised and heartbroken. We have triumph and we have turmoil. We keep coming back because we’re making something special. I keep coming back because four and a half years ago I didn’t want to live anymore and this silly fantasy game saved my life.
Magic is real y’all. And a lot of times it comes from the people you surround yourself with and the stories you tell.
Here’s to another year and beyond of magic making.
To those that screeched at the top of their lungs REEEEEEE DONT JUDGE CRITICAL ROLE in my previous post: you cannot always surpass yourself. Huge spoilers for CR 1 and CR 2 incoming. I know that when CR 1 started they were about level 8 I think (maybe 10?) and CR 2 started from level 1. I know the players are trying to make the game feel natural and bond through shared experiences. But some characters are plain bad. Beauregard is just a plain bully horny lesbian that is the most one dimensional character I have ever seen. Yasha is non existent. Yasha has more character development when Matt plays her. Molly was a living contradiction. He only spat wise ass oneliners to appear smart but was just saying random shit. Dont get me wrong though I LOVE Cad, I think he may be one of the best characters from CR 1 & 2. I like Nott, Sam is a genius. I like Caleb as long as Liam does not betray the character he is building up for the sake of the party. Mixed feelings about Fjord, he used to be a leader but in the last 20+ episodes he was just a Jester/Beau side kick. When one of the cast would die in Campaign 1 and they had to do the ritual? Id hold my fucking breath every time. Scanlan's death? Oh my fucking god. But now? I dont think I care if half of the cast dies. In fact I hope they would so that we can get a new character like Cad. These are my thoughts. You may like the new campaign, I dont and thats why Ill stop keeping up with it.