I’m Gonna Do a Thing…
I’ve been thinking about gaming. Literally. Specifically I’ve been thinking how blessed I’ve been to see a goofy little game called Dungeons & Dragons survive and thrive through so many incarnations. It’s a game I’ve played consistently for 31 years, and I’ve felt no need to give it up. D&D has become a core part of my geekiness, and I’m not shy to admit that.
So… about thing I’m gonna do…
It started when I was thinking about Baldur’s Gate, one of my favorite computer games, and one of the best adaptations to ever grace the PC. Released in 1998, it was the game that put Bioware on the map, making it one of the giants in video games today. Of course I’m getting nostalgic about it, but it was a damned fun to play and I still load it up from time to time. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to do some sort of podcast or Twitch feed featuring the game, along with my own commentary or alternate dialogue. Then I started thinking: there were a lot of fun D&D games I’ve played over the years, covering three different editions*.
So why not delve into the history of various CRPG versions of D&D? Why talk about how the game works while I play?
I’m not going to wax academically or anything like that. This is an excuse to play a lot of fun games and share that experience with anyone willing to watch. I wasn’t sure whether to do this as some sort of podcast or just live-stream it on Twitch. While a podcast would have some polish and semblance of professionalism, (and recaps that — when it came to Baldur’s Gate — use the recurring line”and Minsc takes a hit to the head”) but that’s going to take time. As much as I love playing, I also like spending time with my girlfriend, painting minis, reading books, writing stories, and so forth. Sooooo… a live broadcast on Twitch it is, complete with mounting frustrations and reloads when I do something stupid and get the party wiped out.
So here’s the Grand Scheme of Games, in order of their release date**:
Pool of Radiance (1988)
Curse of the Azure Bonds (1989)
Secret of the Silver Blades (1990)
Eye of the Beholder (1990)
Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon (1991)
Pools of Darkness (1991)
Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor (1993)
Baldur’s Gate (1998-1999, includes Tales of the Sword Coast)
Planescape: Torment (1999)
Icewind Dale (2000-2001, includes Heart of Winter)
Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000-2001, includes Throne of Bhaal)
Neverwinter Nights (2002)
Icewind Dale II (2002)
Temple of Elemental Evil (2003)
Neverwinter Nights II (2006-2007, includes Mask of the Betrayer)
15 games is gonna take a bit of time — more so when battles end in a spectacular fubar. But it should still be fun.
I’m thinking this will be a weekly stream, some late evening or night when I’ve got two hours to kill. I still need to work out the tech details and to pick a day to play, but this is happening — soon. It should be a fun little exercise, and I hope you’ll join me in making this part of the intertubes a little more weird.
*Unfortunately, the only 4th Edition adaptations of D&D are Neverwinter (an MMO) and Daggerdale (a very poorly received action RPG for consoles). While Neverwinter is a decent game, it’s beyond the scope of my plans here.
**I’m thinking this will be the order I play them in as well. Yes, it breaks up the various series, but hey, variety, right?