A friend of mine said the other day that he was tired of the whacky adventures of some little group. He wanted something serious from his Dungeons and Dragons game if he was going to play. We’re nearly thirty now and we’re not embarrassed by the game (I’m relatively new to it). It has some stigma attached to it, but so does everything out there. It doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you want. What we play these days isn’t *technically* D&D. Of course, if you want to get technical about it most pepper comes from tree bark—not pepper corns and there’s little to no nickel in a nickel. To the average person who doesn’t know what they’re looking at the game would look suspiciously like D&D and we don’t really always call it by it’s actual name, Pathfinder.
But I think that what he’s expressing is something that I have had an issue with for a while. There are so many games out there where people want to play the quirky team of adventurers who stumble ass-backwards through quests and life only making it by the skin of their teeth. This is all supposed to be fun, but at the same time not everything has to be a joke. Not every event has to be handled in the least practical way possible. It wears thin.
The full fifth edition rule set for actual D&D launches this month and I’m going to look them over when I can. I’m hoping that there are some new comers out there who I run into who don’t have an issue with something more serious in their games. With the move and all it might become a Skype affair, but that’s okay too. The idea of Skype being involved never bothered me. I just want something a little different from my next game.