Ain’t no party like a D&D party

So this blog is just a recap basically of last nights D&D game if there’s interest I will pop a sort of highlight reel of my other characters and general D&D.

It’s worth pointing out that this campaign it a custom world written by my DM.

So my Character Dorin the Drow Gloomstalker is travelling with a mix of races and we approached the city of Silvery Moon, and in typical Human fashion they make us all pay a toll and surprise surprise mine is the highest purely because i’m a Drow and I refused to pay so I have to put up with insults like “Shit pixie”

The rest of the party tell me to just brush it off and pay and words are exchanged with the gatekeeper and the toll goes up and up with each exchange! I am now alone outside of the city looking up at the stars, having already inspected the freshly dug graves, having discovered that the dead are possible victims of a recent Vampire attack and there was also a LOT of fresh graves within the city! So maybe outside is the best place to be eh?

Anyway I stick a trap down on the graves, manage to make “friends” with a non human guard called Malik and then decide to have a nap as you would. As time passes i’m awoken by screams coming from the graves and I look over and see two fresh Vampires.

I then gesture to the racist gatekeeper and say something along the lines of “O look Vampires are you going to deal with that?” And I got back “Umm no it’s not my problem it’s yours”

At which point I reply “Nope i’m not fighting for you” I cast rope trick, and disappear and watch from my extra dimensional plaine as the 4 guards outside fight the Vampires. I was willing to drop down into the fight if Malik was in danger.

The best part of this was the DMs face as I basically walked away from the fight he had clearly setup for me leaving him to roll against himself as he was controlling both the Vampires and the guards 😀

So the fight ends Malik and one other guard survive I then drop down and advise that they stake the bodies and also dig up the graves and stake those bodies as well.

Additional words are exchanged with the gatekeeper and my toll goes up again!

I saw such things as “Why would I want to pay to gain entry to a city full of racists that will probably be overran with Vampires soon?” and get back “Shut up shit pixie”.

At this point the rest of the party of happily getting on with there own thing within the city as they have various tasks they wish to complete.

Near the end of the session the guards taunt me “Ha he can’t even fight Konrad would kill him” a heated exchange takes place and I agree to fight Konrad in a duel if I win I get free entry into the city if I loose well I ummm die! I’m told I still have to pay to enter the city to have the duel so I refuse again and agree to be taken as a prisoner to get “free” entry as I am taking away I take great delight in taunting the gatekeeper by pointing out a “shit pixie” has just gotten into his city for free.

This guy totally has big man syndrome as the jailer basically shut him up and said it was now no longer any of his business.

So now Dorin is in jail awaiting a duel to the death with an unknown opponent I don’t even know his race, and apprently the racist gatekeep gets to set the terms, so next week will be interesting.

Could this be the end of Dorin? Or will he survive and gain free entry to the city! Stay tuned to find out!

What’s old is new lets party like it’s 92!

So growing up videogames had always been a part of my life starting with the Commodore 64, that was the system that started it all for me! But there was a system that made me go WOW that just blew everything out of the water before it and that system was the Super Nintendo!

The gameboy was my first Nintendo system and after that I was mainly Sega until one Xmas I got a Super Nintendo bundled with Super Mario All-Stars + World.

Now i’m not one to pick a side and boycott the other systems I play what I think is fun and the system I enjoy at that moment in time, but overall I would say for me that the Super Nintendo came out the champion of the 16bit war.

Now let’s fast forward to the modern age where we have consoles that are 4k and can do VR, allow us to play online with friends and people that we have never met before and in some cases may even become friends.

In this age does a system like the Mini Snes have a place? In an age where you can play these games on pretty much any device via emulation or purchase on Nintendo systems such as the Wii / Wii U and in some cases these devices cost less. A simple answer YES it does have a place and you should welcome it with open arms.

What the mini SNES offers is a full scale controller modelled on the original if you hold it you’d think you were holding an original controller the quality is that good which you come to expect from Nintendo products.  The biggest thing that puts me off emulation or Nintendo’s own VC is I like to play old games using the controller they were made for I don’t know why it just feels wrong using anything else, I guess it’s the fond memories I have attached to the originals.

Next you have the system it’s self every detail have been recreated but in mini form and it looks stunning and I hope that Nintendo continue to make these systems I will happily purchase them to line them up infront of my TV.

Going back to the time when this system and the megadrive were battling it out for the top spot the thing I miss most from that era is local multiplayer there was nothing better than sitting down with someone and beating them in a game of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat for me. The thrill of just one more game (it never was just one more game) and the victor is the overall winner, even if you’d lost several games in a row it was all on the line in that final match! Or playing Mario Kart for the first time and shooting your opponent, yes we can do this online but it’s not the same you don’t get the same level of interaction and most importantly you don’t get to see the look on the other players face as you defeat them.

I have played games online with close friends and realised we haven’t even spoken during the play time, sometimes in Mario Kart 8 it can feel like a solo event even though it’s online multiplayer, one big miss for me is the ability to peek at the other players’ screen so I can see where they are on the course, or if they’re winning give them a nudge to put them off.

But you plug in the mini Snes hand your friend a controller and it’s go time, you can’t help but talk to them when playing a selection of the excellent included games especially to brag as you defeat them in the Street Fighter II or if you are really good lap them in Mario Kart you just don’t get that sense of statisfaction online.

I took great pleasure in battering my brother in Street Fighter II, he’s not bad at the newer ones but he was totally useless when he played on the mini SNES but he still enjoyed it all the same and it felt like an overall better experience than when we played Street Fighter V online.

It really does feel like a throwback in time, if you’re a younger reader there’s a chance you might not of even experienced a local multiplayer game and if so I pity you because you’ve really missed out so grab a friend an extra controller and invite them round and game on!

I also had a load of fun showing this to my 5 year old son, he instantly wanted to try Super Mario World and asked why he couldn’t throw “Cappy” at the enemies but he enjoying the game all the same and I saw the same amazement in his eyes that I probably felt when I played this system for the first time.

I had actually intended to review the system in this first blog post but I think I will leave this for another time and go play some of the excellent single player games on offer on the mini SNES, even though Secret of Mana has just been remastered the SNES is still the best way to experience this game in my eyes.

Hopefully you enjoyed reading this, and more content will follow in the next day or so.