Five Fandom Friday was started by The Nerdy Girly and SuperSpaceChick, and I’ve only participated in it once (over on Brave Fish), but now I have a blog to call my own, I’ve decided to make this a regular thing.
This week’s 5 Fandom is Games I Love to Play (which is perfect, because I have a lot).
In no particular order, I’ll start with D&D, or any pen and paper RPG for that matter. D20 Modern, Game of Thrones RPG, Star Wars.. I’ve played a few, but it always comes back to D&D. At least once a week for the past three years I’ve been getting together with the coolest guys I know to roll the dice and see what adventures are ahead. I’ve lost count of how many campaigns we’ve done, but they’ve all be awesome! We’ve done the typical fantasy, magic and robes setting, and so much more! We’ve traveled by boat, we’ve been in space, conquered the lands of Westeros, solved paranormal mysteries X-Files/Supernatural style, and now we’re in a Greek setting, and are currently lost in a labyrinth. And I’ve played everything from a shape changing recluse, to a ninja with no memory of her past. My favorite character was Drusilla, a magical tiefling who was the long lost princess of the underworld.
I’m not afraid to admit that D&D has changed my life. When I started playing three years ago, Alex and I had just gotten married, my brother had just moved back from living up north, and I hardly knew Alex’s friends. Through D&D, I’ve gotten closer to each of them, and now consider the group to be some of the closest friends I have.
I love every single thing about this game. The art style, the characters, the writing, the story, the music, the settings.. and especially the loot. Borderlands was the first game Alex and I ever played co-op, and aside from the random glitches we came across in the game, it was the most fun I’d ever had playing a video game up to that point. The first thing Alex and I did when we got back from our honeymoon was purchase Borderlands 2, and play it for the next few days. There is just something so great about getting lost in the worlds, and building your character.
If you haven’t played it, I strongly recommend doing so, and I recommend playing co-op. If you have a significant other, or best friend, play with them! I can’t tell you how much it will strengthen your relationship.
When I first got Animal Crossing for my 3ds, I did not know of the wonder that awaited me. It wasn’t until a few months later, that my friend got a copy of her own, and had discovered all the fun things you can do in the game. Like collecting all the different types of fruit, or taking your DS with you to Disneyland so you can get other people’s houses in your HH, so you can buy the fun things in their houses. I played that game every day for probably 6 months straight. My friend and I would bring our games to work and play on lunch so we could visit each other’s towns, and trade. We would spend hours on tumblr looking up codes to scan so we could customize our towns, and we would try to get all the villagers on our wish list. I never imagined how much fun a simple DS game could be!
Ok, I know I’m totally cheating here.. but I can’t choose just one! I love so many board games! Smash Up, Elder Sign, Pandemic, Lords of Waterdeep, Cosmic Encounter… I can keep going. I mean, if I had to choose my top three, I’d go with Elder Sign, Smash Up and Pandemic. Elder Sign and Pandemic are fun because they are both co-op games, so you work with your friends to try and beat the game, where as games like Smash Up and Cosmic Encounter, you are playing against eachother. But the bottom line is, I love playing tabletop games. We own so many great boardgames, and we almost never play the same one more than once in a month. The only downside is that they are a bit on the pricy side, so I don’t own nearly as many as I want.
I only recently started playing this again with my friends, I hadn’t played since I was in middle school. I had forgotten how much fun the game was. But picking it back up with great! Playing the game is only half the fun! Re-building my deck, and planning the story behind the cards I had. Then you have to test the deck, and then make changes to it again to perfect the deck.