Return to the Golden Days of Role Playing Games

The majority of New Generation Gamers (NGG) tend to play MMORPG online games such as Elf Quest, World of Warcraft, Oblivion and so forth. These games suck them into a fantasy world where they can slay monsters, buy weapons, chat with anyone in the world and have adventures that have long passed human beings. The question for them is – do they know how things are calculated in those sorts of games?

If the answer is a shrug of the shoulders, then here’s some schooling for them. These games and their systems are most likely based on the dice system. Did you have to do a double take? Dice; like the ones that is used in gambling? Yes, those kind.

Before role playing games were on consoles, they were in books, paper, pencils, erasers, and dice. Role playing dice go from D4 to D100 but most games go to the maximum of 20. What is a D4? Well, the commonly well known one is a D6 which is the dice normally used in gambling, it goes from one to six on the dice, hence D as in dice and six for the maximum numbers on the dice. In a normal set of D20, it’s a D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, and D20.

Applying it to a MMORPG, what happens is that if its based on a D20 game, then it would calculate when a NPC (Non-Playing Character) hits a player with a certain weapon based on the outcome of a random electronic roll of what’s essentially a dice roll.

Even though it’s not really a huge movement anymore, the table top era is slowly but surely returning. The use of books, paper, pencils, erasers, dice, and the imagination is coming back to life.

For those people of the NGG that don’t know, this is how to really use your brain and play a game or two – it’s called Table Top. It does sound rather cheeky however, it has nothing to do with any sort of intimate or raunchy act. It’s where people sit around a table – there’s one GM (Game Master) or DM (Dungeon Master) and the rest are players. There are character sheets involved and based on what dice system it will be using is what dice you will be using through your adventure.

When most people think of Table Top Gaming (TTG), they think of Dungeons and Dragons however, the genres of what you can play in Table Top has expanded quite exponentially! Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) still exists and is still probably the most favorite however, there’s modern horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and so forth. There’s even famous television show table top games
such as Stargate SG-1 or Dr. Who! There are silly games such as Paranoia and even Vampire or Werewolf games such as White Wolf’s: Vampire the Masquerade (VtM) or Werewolf: The Apocalypse. There’s also Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hunter: The Reckoning (FYI: The TTG came out before the XBOX games just like VtM).

If you’re a MMORPG’er a great suggestion is if you want a challenge, delve into the world of TTG and find yourself immersed in a lot more action that you could ever dream of!