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Learning to play D&D version 3.5 - Please help a newby out 
26th-Oct-2008 01:19 pm

My bf is a hardcore D&D fanatic. He is usually the DM in his group and they have played together for years. He bought me the main 3 books from version 3.5 and 2 other books so I can learn how to play. The problem is that he lives over an hour from me and we just can't seem to get a game together. I want to learn how to play because it seems like it would be a lot of fun. He ran a short basic rp game he made up when a few of us went out of town a few weeks ago.

Can anyone help me get into a game or give me some pointers? I was thinking about making a cleric character. I'm new to this site.
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26th-Oct-2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Hello, and well met.

first of all, set the Dungeon Master's guide and the Monster Manual aside for a while. Everything you need to have a terrific time is in the Player's Handbook.

A cleric is a good class to start out with: there's a lot of focussed options, and it's easy to get a good role-playing handle on the character. and when the party is in combat, a cleric always has lots of things she can do.

The second question to ask about a cleric is "Which of the gods is your patron?" This will give you a lot of information about your character's outlook and goals, and a lot of other decisions will stem from that. A cleric of Wee Jas, the Lawful goddess of Magic and Secrets, will be very different from a cleric of Kord, the Chaotic Good god of Physical Contests.

The first question to ask is "What campaign world are you using?" That's important, because the pantheon of deities is different from one world to another. Wee Jas and Kord might not belong in the campaign setting.

A fighter in the World of Greyhawk is pretty much the same as a fighter in the forgotten Realms, or Eberron, or the World of Arcanis, or Paizo's Golarion campaign. The same is true for a rogue, a druid, or --to perhaps a lesser degree-- a wizard or monk.

But clerics are more setting-specific.
26th-Oct-2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
getting into a game...

www.meetup.com

make a profile.

join role playing and dnd groups.

i found all my players that way.
26th-Oct-2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot. I made a cleric awhile back but I didn't know what the heck I was doing at the time so I want to start over. I actually already have an account at meetup.com but hadn't thought about it since I havent' used that one in awhile. Thanks!!!
26th-Oct-2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
greetings from Gaia
26th-Oct-2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just want to say that I love your lj username/icon. :-)

My second D&D character was a cleric, and it was definitely easier to play than my first character (a sorceror). I think a fighter might be even easier to play, but it might be less fun. It all depends on the types of things you like to do.

If you don't have any of the D&D books yet, I suggest checking out http://www.d20srd.org , which is the free parts of the PHB/DMG/MM. Start with the basics (skimming any bits that don't seem to make sense at firt), check out the cleric information, and go from there.
26th-Oct-2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I am obsessed with "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King. I have all 3 books already, but thanks.
29th-Oct-2008 03:27 am (UTC)
And for Gamers, we have "Dork Tower" which is a comic, whose author is also on LJ :-) (yes I think the pun is really intended, Stephen King was first).
29th-Oct-2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Technically, J.R.R. Tolkien was first, but who am I to quibble? :-)
29th-Oct-2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
more knowledgeable that I :-)

I have to admit I never successfully read LoTR.
31st-Oct-2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Anathema! Heresy! Malédiction!

(I love the world, but I think I enjoy it most because I've been immersed in it for well over half of my life. I'm rereading the trilogy right now and not enjoying the "slog through the marshes" part of the Two Towers at all.)
31st-Oct-2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I have as an excuse that I tried to read it in French. I should read it in English :-)
30th-Oct-2008 01:46 am (UTC)
How do I find the "Dork Tower" comic?
30th-Oct-2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Simple:

http://www.dorktower.com/

Also you can check muskrat_john
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27th-Oct-2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Welcome to the site, first of all. I hope you find it beneficial!

Clerics are my favorite class of the standard classes, and I have to say a lot of fun if you define your role in the party well. You've gotten some solid advice already for playing, so I won't bore you with a rehash. But I do want to wish you good luck and loads of fun!

Be well.
27th-Oct-2008 12:23 am (UTC)
You might want to consider the "Favored Soul" character class form the the "Complete Divine" book instead of a Cleric: basically that is a Cleric that has a limited number of powers they can do innately (but more often); it saves having to consider every spell in the book every day of game time, and also saves having to know how a Cleric fits into the society; you are just born that way.
29th-Oct-2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
It also gives you better weapon/combat abilities. Especially if you pick a deity like Kord. (Merciful Vicious Greatsword for the win!)
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