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Good Bye Halo 2

vanlandw and I play our final rounds of Halo 2 together

Today, I played my final few rounds of Halo 2 online. I seriously cannot believe they are canning XBL support for all Xbox games. It looks like Bungie knew some people would be coming back for a last round so they flooded the “Did You Know?” tips with amusing little snippets.

On the flip side, I honestly don’t think that I’ll miss it. We played several matches, only won two. And, I played just abysmally. I sealed the night by receiving an ass kicking in Big Team Battle. Yup, that pretty much sums up my entire Halo 2 experience.

Check out the miserable abomination that was my Halo 2 career

DDE: Undermountain – Session 1

Wednesday evening I particiapated in the first session of D&D Encounters: Undermountain. This time I stuck with the local game shop instead of going up north. The environment could not have been much different. We had seven players, and almost all of us had little to no 4e experience. This was also the first time that the DM had attempted to run anything 4e, so that was interesting. The individuals themselves were…colorful. The environment was much more casual, but the social interactions were much less fluid. It was kind of like going to a friend’s house for dinner. Sure, everyone was friendly for the most part, but you weren’t part of the inner circle. I believe the party consisted of three groups of people that already knew each other, and there was not very effective cross calaboration between groups. This may be in part to the fact that we were playing a group of with seven people.

The actual game itself was something of a blunder for me. I began by playing the counterpart to my Living Forogotten Realms character. Unfortunately, despite being very similiar characters the experience could not have been more different.

While in LFR my character was essentially a meat grinder scredding enemies like they were nothing. In DDE my character was all but utterly ineffectual. Sure, I laid in some status effects, and got a few guys with passive damage, but the minor advancements were surpassed by my plethera of misses, negating my damage roll by enlarging my spell, and the crowning achivement of the night.

During the last turn of the encounter I wanted to do something memorable, but ultimately pointless. So, I was going to attempt to do a double move and cast light on the last remaining enemy. Unfortunately, the result did not go quite as planned. I needed to cross a bridge to get close enough to cast the spell, almost the entire party crossed the bridge without a problem. Hell, one of them just jumped across the ditch. I on the other hand failed my acrobatics checked, and then failed my saving throwing landing my poor character head first into a river of sewage. Oh well, at least everyone got a laugh out of it. Before we entered the dungeon the party did a vote and determined that my character needed a bath first.

Worldwide D&D Game Day – Player Handbook 3

Format: D&D WPN
Location: Whitecap Comics (get directions)
Date: 3/20/2010 (11:30am – 7pm)
Cost: FREE

As per vanlandw’s request I am posting the details of this event. Jason and I are planning on going. We’ll probably get there after I roll out of bed and shower. Wes will probably claim to be exhausted from his fun run and not show up.

I should also note that something called “Weekend in the Realms” will be going on as well, and I have no idea what that is. I suspect it is what they call their weekly RPGA event, however I do not know if they will be running a module, or a my realms adventure.

Anyone who is interested is encountered to come. the Game Day adventure will run 1-2 hours, and you shouldn’t need to bring anything if you’re new. Players will be provided with PHB3 pregenerated characters (I assumed level 1 characters made with DDI character builder will also be valid). No experience is required, but you might want to pick up a set of dice if for no other reason that its cool to have a d4.

Meat Grinder, or Adventures in LFR

Today was my first official RPGA, and 4e adventure. Jason and I went to a local hobby shop to sit in on one of the games. However, the low level campaign was short on players, so I decided to buy punch cards so we could join. The result was somewhat amusing.

We ran the events on low, since it was our first game. Luckily for me that meant that there were minions a plenty. It worked out pretty well, because I played as a wizard that was specifically built to deal with minions. The character was built by Jason based on his struggles with kobold minions in our early combat encounter tests at home. Therefore, I was able to sweep the field quickly, or at the very least bottle neck minions so they effectively were non-factors in the game.

Of course not all battles were heavy with minions so I did get an opportunity to use wizard’s fury and just unleash a storm of magic missiles, which was rather amusing. The idea of kicking ass as a wizard just felt wrong. But, I guess I did something right, because we finished the entire adventure in two hours, and the group awarded me the player award, which was ironically a DM screen.

Now that I’ve cut my teeth, I’m looking forward to the first D&D Encounters adventure this Wednesday. Wish me luck!