So, my 12-year old son is very interested in the concept of Dungeons and Dragons. He loves his Runescape, and now wants to kick it old-school style. Recognizing that I am old, he has requested my assistance.
The problem is this: Although I old enough to remember the good ol’ days of D&D, I never really played. But not because I wasn’t interested. I didn’t play because my parents were (and still are, in spades) Jesus freaks who believed the hype and were convinced that playing D&D was asking for demon possession.
And so here I am, age 38, completely not demonically posessed and completely lacking in any D&D skillz whatsoever.
I did play twice with my friends, who are now demonically possessed engineers and software programmers, and got the gist of the game, which I think goes like this:
It’s basically a text-adventure (I was allowed to play those), and the DM’s job is to read the text. You’ve got strength, dexterity, and defense and stuff, and so does the whatever you are attacking, and it’s also the DMs job to roll dice to figure out (1) if you hit it, (2) how much you hit it for, (3) if it hit you, and (4) how much it hit you for.
As I noted, he really likes Runescape. I’ve told him that D&D is like Runescape, only much, much slower–partly becuase the computer knows what to do, and I don’t.
He remains undeterred.
So, I looked it up on line. And there is a LOT of information out there–much more than I am willing to read. Can someone give me some simple ideas… some basic websites with texts and how-tos, etc., with an emphasis on these words: SIMPLE. BASIC.
Quick notes: I did by him a “Basic Game” recently, but it did not resemble what I recalled. It had a board, action figures, and other crap. It did not have six young nerds sitting around a table drinking Coke while the head nerd explained things to you. I also bought him a couple of “Monster Manuals” (or something like that) from Half-Price Books.
As far as I can tell, he’s ready roll up a character and go on a text adventure with me rolling dice and telling him what’s up. How do I get started?