New Year, New Stories

With 2017 coming to a close, we have had the chance to experience some great stories. Some of these stories have been in our weekly comic subscriptions, graphic novels, TV and movies. While these are all great entertainment with many great stories slated to come in the new year, I am here today to talk about the stories we create ourselves in the form of Role-Playing Games.

I have been an active role-player for many years starting with classic Dungeons & Dragons as well as Advanced Dungeons & Dragons first edition. RPGs and my own play style have evolved over the 30 plus years since I started, with D&D being available as fifth edition now. The memories and friends made through these games can last forever. Sometimes, the games are high fantasy and, maybe it is the horror of vampires, werewolves or great old ones, sometimes it is futuristic science fiction technology or perhaps pirates and swashbucklers. Whatever style the game takes, make stories that are fun and become great memories.

During this past year, I have continued with my ongoing weekly group and our Pathfinder adventures. I have also had the opportunity for a couple less frequent and shorter term D&D campaigns and one off adventures. I had the chance to run the Tomb of Horrors again this year, twice. As always, the players come away with great stories, whether it be the barbarian being teleported naked to the start of the dungeon or the cleric having her alignment reversed and losing access to her spells. These players realise it is never about winning and losing in these games but the stories you tell along the way.

In 2018, I will again be sitting in the DM chair. My pathfinder group is ready to end the current run and I am preparing a campaign, to send the group into the mountains as a band of dwarves invading the Giants’ camps. My D&D crew want to start up new characters to take on the classic story of hero vs dragons. I’ve also picked up the Starfinder Core rulebook and would love to try that sometime.

Feel free to share some of your memories or let us know what you are looking forward to in 2018.

Steve Henderson
Steve has been selling comics and games for over 20 years and is one of the owners of Heroes' Beacon.