i had played dice and paper games before, not dungeons and dragons, but i figured they were all about the same. GURPS, exaulted, whatever.
i had played a bit of warcraft 3, though not much. i started playing about 3 months after it's release. when i went online with my genuine level 2 skills, i was met with opponents who were level 2 again for the 4th or 5th time, and actually were trying to get through totally undefeated this time.
actually being a fresh player was difficult, but i had fun anyway. i had the skills of 256 and rhooke at my side, and they'd come advise and watch over my shoulder when things got too crazy.
my other online game was puzzle pirates. this was a very social game, we would all play together, the whole house on their own computers, all sailing in our own sloop, all working together. when we were in need of help, LilFlightTest would even come join us.
i was a social gamer, both for rpg and online, i didn't really care that much about the game, but loved teaming up and planning things out and working together.
the potential social aspect was what attracted me to the husi ddo game. new husis to chat with! i imagined everyone talking and laughing together, going on exciting adventures... i'd get my mom's old recipe for "dungeon and dragons squares" the giant cake like pan of snack designed to be sent down into the basement to provide nerdy teenaged boys with sustained nourishment for all-night gaming sessions.
so i fixed myself another brandy alexander. delores was a dwarf ranger.
the day before i had sat down and carefully made my selection.
i wanted someone who wasn't restricted to range weapons, so i could jump right in and smash monsters, and someone who was sturdy and hard to kill since i wasn't going to be very good at first. i played through the tutorial, and did one of the first little quests.
i kept asking ni about it.
"hey i'm talking to some guy and i have 2 options, one where i pledge my aid and am all submissive, and one where i am suspicious and a bit of an asshole. do you think it matters which i pick?"
"think i should take the +2 to hit points charm or the +2 intelligence charm?"
ni kept denying any knowledge of dnd or strategy.
he did point out that i had a finite number of arrows, and help me fix it so i could more easily switch between sword and bow.
it took me a long time to get used to the controls, i spent most of the tutorial accidentally scrolling my view up to the ceiling or down and behind me and up my skirt. (sorry, delores is hung like barbie.) i couldn't seem to keep it level and out in front of me. but i plodded on, smashing at all objects that looked like they might contain treats of some sort, cautiously checking around every corner, looking on top of every crate, and lashing out at innocents with my flaming sword when i meant to just click on them to talk.
sunday came. i had hoped to run another couple of quests before game time, just for practice, but an old friend dropped in. we drank toasts in front of the fire (our furnace is broken) and i didn't get back online till 9:30. i was afraid i would be too late, but i managed to find marvin and others.
i was immediately and obviously way out of my league. i got stuck behind a house trying to get to the tavern where we were meeting. my headset didn't work, so no one could hear me, and i could only hear occasional blips and scuffly noises. so conversation was out. i missed introductions, so i still don't know who i embarrased myself in front of. thanks to marvin and all for letting me play and not making me feel too bad.
it was hopefully funnier than sad, as delores trundled haltingly through the passageways while everyone else ran swiftly, fought all the monsters in time for me to catch up and then have to be reminded that i needed to click on the chest and take my treat before we could move on.
i felt terrible for holding everyone up, and was amazed at how easily they all could navigate and scan the scenes, standing there at the ready right where the monsters were going to come out. after 2 more short quests i left the party, feeling i was more hinderance than help to the group.
if i can get my headset to work, i'll practice more and hopefully be able to join in again in another week or two. hope to see you again in korthos.
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