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Gaming Days Are Here Again

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So, for those of you who have been following along, we’ve started our D&D gaming again. This time we’re playing with another homeschool family, our friends from fairy fest.  It’s nice because the group is much more kid-friendly and kid-filled than our last. This makes it a game most of us can be involved in. Luca and Sander are the only ones that don’t play in any sort of way.

For the second game now I’ve chosen a character that isn’t exactly what I want to play. I love playing bards and rogues. Druids are one of my favorites too. However, this promised to be a rogue-heavy party, so that was out. I decided we needed a little back-up. Last time I played a fighter for this very reason. We needed some brutal hand-to-hand. Effectively, we needed a meat shield. This time I decided to go a different direction. We have a fighter. One rogue seems more close combat. We have one ranged fighter and two magic users. I decided to play a ranger. I’ll have the choice of two-weapon fighting as a specialization, or to focus on archery. Plus, rangers get an animal companion at fourth level, so maybe I can talk Oz into a bear or a wolf, something that can aid in the protection of the new gamers. Only three of our group really have any experience. So, therefore, I get to be the elfin ranger. Originally I pictured my character as male, but I figured the kids would get too confused, so my current thought is more of a female Legolas in skill set, capable of incredible feats of archery. (Yes, D&D wasn’t geeky enough, yes, I had to include LotR, and if you don’t know what that is, congrats, you’re not a geek!)

Oz is running the game this time. That meant he didn’t have to make a character, which is good. He got to catch up on his sleep. Gaming on a work day is hard for him. I was a little frustrated that he didn’t help create the characters, but he needed the sleep.

The character creation was pretty quick, all considering. Tink and I flew through finishing the kids’ characters as well as our own while they played. She helped finish her husband’s character after Oz fell asleep. We all started with no money or equipment, so that made finishing up pretty quick. We put the books on all the devices we could, so we had plenty of books to pass around and no one had to wait.

Aside from my ranger, we’ve got a pretty good mix of characters. Tink and her daughter are both playing sorcerers, a gnome and a halfling. Her husband is playing a rogue, also a hafling. Her son is playing a human fighter, and because Beekee wanted to be a dragon, he’s now the fighter’s mount. Corde is playing an assassin inspired rogue, an elf again.

I think it could be a fun game. Playing with the kids has been funny, but it reminds me just how grown-up Corde really is. She plays her character pretty well. She doesn’t think things out as well as the adults do, but she’s really getting into it. I have a feeling she’s going to hit a few points of frustration. Her friend wants everything they do to be the same. She wanted to play the same class as Corde, but her mom said no. She wanted to play the same race as Corde, but Corde picked her race after her friend so she didn’t have to be the same thing. It’s kind of cute to watch her trying to assert her independence while trying not to hurt her friend’s feelings. It will be interesting to see the dynamic that develops between the two of them. It should be interesting.

This is going to turn into a regular Sunday routine, at least as long as we can keep ourselves out of a shelter. We have no idea where our next step from here is, but we’ll figure it out. If all goes well we can stay here until we can get our own place again. We could really use some good stuff sent our way.

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Author: Fox

With four kids in the house, who has time for much? Well, we're trying to make it work, trying to get as close to our unschooling roots as we can while state restrictions and family pressures try to stand in our way. Every day is a new adventure.

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