Amanda Geeks Out: Role-Playing Games

We hear all the time that being a geek is about how you love something–obsessively, passionately, and with an intense drive to consume. I’ve always been a fantasy, sci-fi, and comic fan…but I’m been branching out a bit lately, and I thought I would share a few new geeky categories that I’ve become interested in over the past several months to a year.

At the end of August, a friend of mine invited me to join a D&D group. I’ve always been a little curious about the games–my dad always likes to tell the story about how be played for a few weeks, but was a complete jerk so the rest of his group killed him off–so I tentatively agreed to join. And I have become obsessed.

I play as a tiefling warlock named Calamity, and my group is amazing and fun and pretty much the most perfect group you could ever have. She’s bound to a Lovecraftian-like eldritch god named Xelyoath, and that’s how she derived her powers (I even designed a symbol for him). I have a dragonkitty named Kyle, and I’ve managed to become pretty badass despite the fact that my dice often hate me. There are a few more pictures I’d like to share, but I need to get them back from my DM!


But that is just the beginning of my current obsession.

I’ve fallen into two totally awesome YouTube RPG series (one which was a limited run and one which was ongoing). Both are from Geek and Sundry .

Titan’s Grave: The Ashes of Valkana is the RPG created by Wil Wheaton for Tabletop. It’s a very unique world, played in the Pathfinder system, and it’s amazing to experience it alongside Wheaton and his awesome players, particularly Hank Green and Laura Bailey. There are ten episodes, and they’re over all too soon.


The Critical Role Cast

Critical Role is Geek and Sundry’s Twitch channel’s biggest show, and it’s easy to see why. It’s features a group of nine professional voice actors playing a D&D campaign. They’ve been playing together for years, so they have a rapport and friendship that really makes the game amazing. There’s a lot of suspense and a lot of laughs–it’s pretty much perfect. I have been binge watching it for the last few weeks–each episode is 3+ hours, and there are currently 17 episodes on YouTube. I’m on fifteen, and I really don’t know what I’m going to do once I’m all caught up until they post more. You can also watch it at 7pm ET Thursday nights on Twitch.

Have you guys ever played an RPG? If so, what kind of character did you play? If not–what kind of character would you want to play?


6 thoughts on “ Amanda Geeks Out: Role-Playing Games

  1. Back in Vancouver there’s a live D&D comedy show called Critical Hit that is awesome and surprisingly successful. They get random audience members to play the enemies during encounters and everything is improvised. It’s great.

    I play here and there with my husband and our friends. My favourite character was my human monk named Sister Birchless who was insanely powerful physically, but super naive and bumbling from spending just a little too much time in the monastery.
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    • Sister Birchless sounds awesome :) I love how D&D allows everyone to get so creative with their characters and flesh them out!

      If I ever go to Vancouver I’ll have to try out Critical Hit…

  2. My group just finished a D&D campaign where I was a Dragonborn Monk who may have loved ale and dancing a bit too much. My group is currently playing a Burning Wheel game with an old D&D setting, Planescape. I’m an overly polite androgynous rouge. If your group wants to play a new system that can do anything, Fate Core is amazing. Burning Wheel is also awesome.

  3. I’m currently in two D&D campaigns which we host at my house! I love our groups (which have overlap of the same people so that’s handy) and we have been playing together long enough now that we have great banter together. I definitely want to start watching Critical Role!!
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