It’s a week of contributor insight here at Monkey in the Cage! Today, listener, gamer, and friend of the show, The Typing Dice, gives his perspective and history on gaming at his local gaming shop. From the crazy characters (not the ones that are rolled up) to the lifelong memories, gaming has certainly left it’s mark on our awesome contributor.
One person’s scary movie is often another person’s comedy, but, being a kid in the 80’s meant you were pretty much on the same page with everyone else when it came squirming in your seat and being afraid of the dark. Join us this week as we discuss the movies that kept us awake at night when we were kids. Most are familiar, some a little less so, and there might be one or two in there that make you think, WTF!?! So, be sure you’ve got a swimming buddy, make sure to keep that night light on, and whatever you do DON’T RUN UPSTAIRS as you settle in for an all new episode of Monkey in the Cage.
Articles abound these days about the buzz that is DnD Next. From analysis of the core rules to speculations about the future, every play-tester has their opinion and each one is valid in its own right. Yes, I truly believe that. Wizards of the Coast’s modular approach to this iteration of the most popular roleplaying game in history shoots to please as many fans as possible. Wow – that’s a hefty goal, especially in this incredibly heterogeneous hobby of ours. What I don’t want to examine is the current rules or plans for DnD Next; how could I? I don’t have 20+ years of experience in game design, so I won’t tweak or nitpick where my nose doesn’t belong. Rather, I’d like to look into DnD Next only so far as it’s impact on me and then zoom out to provide some insight into how these circumstances might translate to play-test groups across the world.
Rob types fluff and rolls dice. Those two hobbies sparked the immeasurably original nickname, The Typing Dice. When he’s not as his desk job, he’s prepping for his insanely fun 4E Forgotten Realms campaign. But even when he is at his desk job, he’s sneaking time to do the same, and daydreaming about building the best game room ever – a lifelong goal. One day he will design a tabletop game for the gods, and when they roll dice the world will hear thunder. You can find him on Twitter @TheTypingDice or email at TheTypingDice@gmail.com.
Let me put this out there first and foremost. I am many things: GM, Writer, Gamer, and Literature Major, but not, and I repeat not an avid comic book reader. I would say I’ve read fewer than twenty comic books and five graphic novels in my entire life. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy them, or appreciate the fantastic art and channel of storytelling, because I do. I’ve just never gotten into them. I wanted to lay my cards face-up on the table so you know I will be approaching this article from the standpoint of a newbie to comic conventions.