Friday, June 27, 2008

Penny Arcade vs. DnD

Episode 5 is out, and I think this might be the best of the bunch to date. While all of the episodes are loosely based on the content of Keep on the Shadowfell, this one seems to not have many spoilers that I can detect... so if you have been concerned about that messing with a future running of said adventure, you're pretty in the clear here. There is a little discussion of past accomplishments, but really all you'll get it the name of an NPC or two. In general, I think they do a good job of deviating from the prepared adventure so much that any resemblances are pretty cosmetic (i.e. they are both in keeps).

So if you only have time for one of their D&D podcasts, this is the one I'd recommend. You'll need some basic concept of die rolling and RPGs to get it, but if you want to see how it plays, this is a good example. They touch on changes to concepts like saving throws, action points, and death... and James Wyatt runs a pretty good session, as you might expect.

As someone whose only experience running a gaming session were two Shadowrun prepared adventures that ended in total party wipes back when I was in high school... it's sort of neat to see(hear) people who know what they are doing.