The mustang brewmaster is here. 2 years 8 weeks ago
Hey, I really enjoyed your Ingite talk, came in via BoingBoing. Kind of funny, we are very similar people. I am also a web developer, podcaster, gamer, etc.
Anyway, I was really surprised to hear you say that failure is awesome, because that is something we emphasize very strongly in our panels at conventions. It's also a major reason we switched from D+D to Burning Wheel. One major feature of the system is that failure is both encouraged and rewarded. I highly recommend you try out at least the sample adventure, "The Sword", with some friends. It might shift your view of tabletop RPGs.
If you're ever at PAX East or West look us up. See ya.
Thanks for the comment! I am really interested in trying out something like Burning Wheel. The main hurdle is convincing my players ;) I will check out "The Sword" and see what they think.
This entire situation, from the girl's ironic screaming cheers to the speaker's almost sarcastic self-deprecation regarding his interest in Dungeons & Dragons, was humiliating to me personally. I couldn't stand it. You sir are not a nerd and I mean that to discourage you. I don't leave my house or speak to people and have a bookshelf full of D&D books that I haven't played since 2000 when I played with an 8 year old cousin who just learned how to read well enough to decipher a character sheet and before that I played only a handful of times in the early 80's until my school banned the game. Up there speaking on a stage to these people who'd come to some kind of place where people would speak on a stage about things you can't possibly be a nerd, neither the people in the audience, and I reject the idea that you are a dungeon master in any but the most superficial way. Being a nerd is being an outcast from everything, including other so called nerds. You're just a normal guy who's played D&D. You're no more and Dungeon Master on your podium with your crowd than I am home alone having had no friends, online nor off, for 20 years.
Wow. What a sad life you have. Good luck with that.
Hey, Great talk! (and great Drupal site too!)
Failure being interesting reminded me of a line I used to see in some of the Cheapass board games - "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want."
Keep up the good work, and look me up if you happen to drop by Drupalcon SF.
Thanks! I love Cheapass Games. They are a great company. Save Dr. Lucky is still one of my favorite games.
If I ever get lucky enough to make it out to DrupalConSF I will definitely say hi.
Liked the presentation, but two problems. (1) Hard to see the images (2) Hard to hear you over the crowd.
I've used D&D as a learning tool for my kids too! Their teachers have always been amazed at their vocabulary (but not necessarily their spelling). Also, they get a good feel for numbers and probabilities.
Other things we learn from D&D:
Group cooperation: groups can accomplish more than individuals
Roles: Everyone contributes to success and each person has their specific strengths
Choice: Sometimes moral choices override logic and tradition
I love that you are using RPG's to teach in that way. I agree that there is so much for children to learn while playing. I wish more people where taking their kids away from video games and getting them to play RPG with other kids.
Sorry about the sound and video problems. We filmed it with a handheld Flip HD video camera. I honestly thought it turned out pretty good all things considred. I am hoping the IgniteOKC crew will have a high quality version available soon. They were filming things as well.
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