CA Day 3, GDC Day 2

D&D last night went fairly well. We had some n00bs (or they were rusty players) in the group who kept checking the Player’s Handbook, so the pace was a little slow. Wow, I can actually say that I’m not quite a n00b at D&D! Well, I can say I’m not a n00b at being a Rogue, at least. There were three DMs running the same three campaigns in three different groups (Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire) con-currently, which was neat. I got a compliment on my four-page character background, which was nice.

My Rogue got to use her Sneak Attack (with a Spiked Chain) on a blue dragon, which was cool. The Rogues in the other two games did not have the opportunity to use their Sneak Attack abilities. I am in Emerald group. One of the Rogues in the other group is played by a Software Engineer from EA (Redwood City). I was working with him at yesterday’s Tutorial.

Tonight there will be more D&D, but considering how slow of a start we got last night, and the slow pace of the game, I am not sure how we will finish the campaign tonight. There are only two nights of D&D because Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights are the nights when people try to blag their ways into invitation-only parties.

No work for me today. I got up at a relatively leisurely hour to make it in time for the 09:03 morning CA meeting.

The only thing I have attended so far today was the IGDA Game Curriculum Workshop’s “The Shape of Things to Come” rant session. The Tutorial is education-oriented, so academics and those involved in teaching games were present. The rant session was pretty interesting, and I may type it up later at some point (I took notes). I don’t feel comfortable hogging this computer to compose my thoughts.

Had lunch with Lisa and ran into Alice at the Marriott. Apparently, they are off to play WOW tonight at Xerox PARC with the Terra Nova peeps. How very geeky and cool! Going to meet Tara at some point today or whenever.

Tomorrow is when GDC really begins. The first two days are mainly devoted to day-long tutorials, many of which are very technical in nature. So things at the convention centre are fairly quite and low-key.

I’ve been having fun so far, and meeting people is really cool. I’ve had loads of really great conversations with plenty of people. It’s so fun to be able to talk about geeky things like D&D and have others join in and know exactly what you’re talking about, or have them quite interested in what geek-talk you’re spouting.

  3 comments for “CA Day 3, GDC Day 2

  1. 22 March 2006 at 12:38

    D&D. Parties. California.


    Geez, I just realized I’m so rusty at D&D that I would be like, editions behind if I ever played again.

    And you still owe your public pics :P

  2. Kat
    22 March 2006 at 13:33

    I’m so jealous! I don’t know anyone who plays D&D round here. I tried to teach my friends but they’re afraid of contracting geekitis.

  3. 23 March 2006 at 10:20

    Josh: I’m trying to take many pictures, but I sometimes forget. Will make a more conscious effort from now on. :-D

    Kat: Aw, that’s too bad. Maybe if you continue pressuring them, they will crack! It’s really cool that there are so many people here who play or have played or are interested in playing D&D. I didn’t realise that it was so big.

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