Zack "The New Hire" Layton
I’ve finally done it. After growing up with watching movies/T.V. shows of people playing Dungeons and Dragons, (while never playing it myself), I finally experienced my first adventure.
My fellow Replay Value co-worker, Darcy joined me with 4 of our other friends. One thing I do need to note is that we played this through Skype using an online site Roll20 to connect us with someone online who can create an adventure and DM for us. (I also finally learned what DM means; Dungeon Master).
Before I started setting up my character, I had no clue how much detail there would be in setting one up.
The Set Up
I decided to create a level 3 Half-Elf Sorcerer named Zarnon Manwë and I focused so hard on the details within my character. It pretty much took a week for me to build my character and I spent that time reading through the manual.
As the only “noob” on the team, I made it my goal to “wow” them with my rich character background and information. I spent time researching Elf names, the specific meaning, my name in Elf, and the meaning of my name in Elf. However, no one said a peep and for the record, Manwë is Zack in Elf, which means “Pure.” (I hope my team is reading this now and feels bad).
After letting go of my ego, I finally finished everything and let my team know that I was ready to start.
Before the start of the adventure, I was nervous because I didn’t want to let down my team, especially since I put so much work into creating my character/backstory. When we actually started, it was a bit of a slow burn, which was fair since we were all new at using Skype to play D&D. After 5 hours of playing, we decided to stop after leaving a tavern to speak to a priest who is important in the story.
All in all, I believe it was a success. Our DM did a great job in immersing us into the story and fleshing out specific traits of our characters. She created a really intriguing story that made all of us keep guessing one after another and she was also able to successfully lead us on to the next story arc, so we that didn’t get stuck.
I’m really interested to see how our characters progress in the story. One interesting thing that happened was that she started developing the story by connecting my characters backstory in it. I’m intrigued to see where this will lead us.
The WTF Moment
As successful as our adventure was so far, there were some “interesting” situations that occurred. For starters, we learned that Darcy made his character to be a horny, “I’ll screw anything that moves,” character and it definitely added some crazy elements to the story.
Throughout the game, our team kept rolling our eyes or sighing because Darcy went to go talk to another female character. Also, my character is apparently in a love triangle already with Darcy’s character and one of the female leads? Well, I guess we shall see how that plays out in the future.
Another interesting moment that occurred was when our self-proclaimed leader, Darcy, went to go attack these wolves that were attacking people, blindly. Now I assumed there was something “fishy” about these wolves, but I wasn’t able to communicate that before Darcy screamed “ATTACK!” Of course, this was a fatal mistake.
This lead to him being surrounded by all of the wolves and the team had to now focus on saving Darcy, instead of the people who were being attacked by these wolves. I really hope Darcy’s character can learn what it means to be a team player!
All in all, I really enjoyed starting this adventure with the team. Besides Darcy’s irrational battle strategy, I really think we worked well together! Who knows, maybe Darcy’s actions brought us together to work as a team to save him? One thing to say though is that our team would definitely not be the same without him!
I’m really excited to continue our journey and for the future shenanigans to occur. So far, everyone on the team has pulled their weight and I can’t wait to experience new adventures with them soon! Plus, I didn’t embarrass my self, so I guess that’s a plus right?