I started to play a game from Turbine called “Dungeons and Dragons Online” or DDO for short. At some point this year the game became F2P (Free to Play). When I first started to play the game I was a bit confused because the controls were a little bit different than some MMO’s but after I held the right click on the mouse everything seemed to fall into place.
The first thing I noticed is that you can interact with your environment, as in you can destroy boxes, pots, boarded up doors and barrels. The second thing I noticed about the game is that it seems that its partly an Action game as well as an RPG. As in when you click the mouse the character swings their weapon. Don’t knock it for that though it really brings back my Diablo days too.
There’s a few things that really intrigued me about this game and one of them is the Voice overs. The voice overs really bring me back to my old AD&D days where everything is described by someone reading what is in the surrounding area. The second thing that really opened my eyes is the way all of the skills from the Pen and Paper game are in this game as well. There are a few things that are different though. Like how magic is taken care of. Instead of each type of spell having so many uses they give you mana. Which honestly is a welcome change for me. That honestly does not seem to make the Mages or Clerics seem over powered. I am on the other hand still in the “Starter” town and I have been having a ton of fun just unlocking and doing all of the missions in Elite mode.
Each mission or quest you can do over as many times as you want but as you increase the difficulty it really starts to require a team. The grouping system seemed pretty easy to use though I found it easier to just call out for someone in local chat to join up. It seemed that a lot of the players I interacted with have at some time played the Pen and paper game as well, which i though was really nice. Honestly some of the nicest people I have ever met are from Pen and Paper games. Maybe its actually seeing someone in person which makes them act more civilised.
I have had some experience in Tabletop RPG’s such as a modified version of AD&D as well as Werewolf, Vampire, Mage and I bought the book for Deadlands But never got around to playing it. I have to say my favorite time playing was with Werewolf and Vampire. We would constantly mix the two together and it would not always be pretty. The best part though is that we could play in more modern times and when we did play in modern times we always played in our home town. Which is pretty awesome when you think about it, what place do you know better than your home town?
DDO really brought back the feeling of Tabletop RPG’s in a MMO game for me. I plan on playing more and exploring a bit further out than the starter town. The starter town is no small thing so you know. There’s a ton of quest’s in the town as well as right outside. Leveling is also not really fast like some of the games out there which is a pretty nice bonus since you can only go to level 20. I loved the game, give it a try and let me know what you think. Or if you’ve already played let me know what you think of your experiences in the game.
[tags]dungeons and dragons, D&D, rpg, role playing, video games, broken keyboard[/tags]