Geek Girl Blogger Returns! Poisonous Netflix to Blame?! 

Obviously I’ve been watching way too much Dragonball Z Kai – we’ve been marathonning something like five episodes a night. It’s one of my husband’s favorite shows, and one of the things I enjoy most about our relationship is sharing what we love with one another. Sure, he doesn’t appreciate James Marsters’ cheekbones the same way I do, but he sat through all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and enjoyed most of it! We don’t always like the same things, but I am enjoying DBZ. Except for Goku being late literally EVERY TIME there is a fight. UGH. 

Anyway. We had D&D again last night, and I realized how lucky I am to have an awesome group of friends who like the same things I do. I’ve always been a geek – my dad and I used to spend our weekends watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, or playing Castle Wolfenstein, or reading Lord of the Rings. I grew up watching TNG and Buffy, and desperately trying to convince my sisters to play AD&D with me. Every summer holiday was the perfect time to devour entire sets of novels, or play “Hardy Boys” with my best friend. I was perfectly happy loving the things I enjoyed, and I don’t think that the idea of “being cool” was something that I was aware of, never mind interested in.

Then junior high happened, and suddenly everyone cared way too much about what everyone else thought. I look back now and laugh about how silly it was, but even now some vestiges of insecurity still cling to me. For some reason, once we hit about 13, it’s no longer cool to be enthusiastic about something. To me, being a geek isn’t about WHAT you like, but HOW you like it. 

So I am definitely still a geek. When I find something I enjoy, I don’t just watch/play/read it. I devour it, I marathon the episodes, I read the fanfiction, I buy the swag, I draw the fanart, I even get tattoos. And I’m not alone! The best part of the internet is that it brought all the people like me together. When I read through tumblr or Pinterest, I feel like I KNOW these people. We laugh about the same things, and it feels good. 

Everyone is a geek about something. Everyone has that one thing that they are super passionate about, that they know everything about and will talk about literally anywhere or anytime. What’s yours?

D&D 5e – A Review

When I heard that D&D 5th edition was being produced, I was understabdably skeptical. After all, 3.5e was doing the job just fine, and 4e was terrible. But then I started to hear good things on the interwebs, and one of our group members suggested trying it out. Last night was our first night of a new 5e campaign, and it was awesome. 

Highlights of 5th Edition

Proficiency

Proficiency is a new concept that tells you whether or not you are competent at a specific task. If you are, you can add your proficiency bonus to all rolls for that skill. If not, you don’t. Simple as that. 

Example: Croman the human barbarian is proficient at using a longsword. When he attacks, he adds both his Strength modifier (+3) and Proficiency bonus (+2) to his d20 roll. Croman is NOT proficient at using a scimitar. When he attacks, he adds only his Strength modifier. 

Advantage & Disadvantage

Instead of having all sorts of bonuses and penalties to your attack/skill/saving throw rolls, you are either at an advantage or a disadvantage in a given situation. For advantage, you roll two d20s and take the higher roll, for disadvantage you take the lower roll. 

Example: Kiryn the dragonborn cleric is pretty scary-looking, and bares her fangs to indimidate a petty street thief. When his friends attack, Kiryn gets advantage on her first roll (or they get disadvantage, it’s up to the DM).

Backgrounds & Personality

Your character is no longer just a “stat block”. For those players who have a hard time with RP, the personality traits and background section help them flesh out their character. Each character has a bond, a flaw, and an ideal that is connected to their background. 

Example: Kiryn’s background is “pirate”. Her ideal is the freedom of the sea, her bond is her first ship, and her flaw is a lack of trust in her companions due to previous experience with mutiny. She is also able to use her pirate background to get away with minor crimes and petty theft.

Bonus XP for Role-Playing

At the DM’s discretion, players can be awarded bonus experience for playing to their characters ideals, bonds, flaws, or other personality traits. I love this because it really encourages players to think their actions through, and not just attack everyone or everything they see. 

Example: Croman, the human barbarian, believes in never harming women or children. When Kiryn suggests using a child as bait for slavers, he refuses, and is given bonus experience for playing to his character’s ideals. 

Overall, 5th edition is awesome. We’re still learning and figuring out the kinks, but I really enjoy it so far and can’t wait to DM my first 5e campagin!