So my board game night people decided to do D&D. While I know a good deal about D&D rules (from plumbing the depths of old D&D video games for how they all work) and have roleplayed a bit in the past in other venues (just not D&D), this is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time.
Because organizationally it was easiest, I was to be DM for our maiden voyage.
As a reference, we had one person who had played a few campaigns, another two who had played once or twice, and then myself and my wife who had never played.
We decided to play 5th edition, mainly because it was the easiest to find resources for, and most opinions online were very positive (for those who had tried it; many people still stick to 3.5, Pathfinder, and some version of 2E as well, from my understanding).
Anyways, we forged ahead with what more or less amounted to the starter set: pre-generated characters (halfling rogue, high elf wizard, human fighter, dwarf cleric) and the Lost Mines of Phandelver starter campaign.
Sadly, I was not as organized as I would have liked going in; I had intended to cull my resources the night and morning before, but real life decided to make that difficult, so my running of the campaign left a bit to be desired, since I had to stop and look stuff up from time to time instead of having it all prepared.
However, everyone had a blast, and I think I did a good job of DMing as far as keeping things going, and presenting the setting. No one was confused as to their options, and I felt I played the different NPC characters rather well. There were already some pretty memorable moments of silliness.
Also, RNGesus decided to pay a visit. There was a bandit fight that had two critical misses and three critical hits. One exchange involved the wizard getting 20’d and one-shot by a bandit, then the bandit on the ensuing turn critically missing, which I interpreted as him tripping over the wizard’s corpse and accidentally head-shotting himself with his short-sword. That was fun, because it let the dead wizard feel at least somewhat useful, in death.
I think we’ll be continuing with this week-to-week, and I can’t wait. I don’t think DMing is something I always want to do, but I certainly don’t have a problem with it, and I think I’m pretty decent at it. Just need to get more organized and learn the rules a bit more.