I thought how fun it would be to do some gaming. Friends of mine have done it for years, but I was never available or part of their group and it's a weird thing to ask to join mid-game.
So I went looking online and found that people are playing their games, but also recording them. First I found the PAX: Acquisitions Inc. live plays at the conventions. They have celebrity guests, and it's all very much a game for the crowd to watch and enjoy. Those were fun, and entertaining, but I quickly made my way through those. I then came across Andrew Armstrong's YouTube channel: Dawnforged Cast.
Here Andrew already had a massive amount of content and especially centered on teaching new players the game and how it's done. I've followed Andrew's videos and have been lucky enough to be a part of 2 campaigns currently! It's been a load of fun, and even in one of my games my brother Brian Atkins is playing. It's a new experience for both of us and really grabbed our imaginations.
I know D&D has a stigma out there, and it's unfortunate more people won't give it a chance because of that. My wife still rolls her eyes when I say I'm off to play. But I think it's a fantastic chance to work on storytelling and being creative. It's so cool to improvise and playact against others. I'm amazed at how a good Dungeon Master can evoke these grand surroundings and situations through their descriptions and writing. It's just a great creative outlet.
Also since being a part of the site, I've had a chance to do some artwork for Andrew and in this case one of those following the channel. This was his character, and through a contest on the site, won a chance to get his character drawn by me. So his knight is called Tural Lighthammer. Based on his descriptions, this is what I came up with.
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