Like many of my friends, I’ve had mindflayer parasites on the brain. With August came the release of Baldur’s Gate 3, a role-playing video game based on the popular tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons. The game has its hooks in me, emboldening my love of tabletop and fantasy. I’ve been checking out what our library system has available for any potential, new, or current fans of games like D&D. Turns out, there’s a lot on offer! To show off what the library has in the realm of tabletop games, I’m starting a little blog series of different movies, video games, and different tabletop game systems available for check out.
To ease anyone into the concept of tabletop without having to actually get your feet wet, I highly recommend the new movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. It’s a fun fantasy action-adventure romp starring Chris Pine. The tone and characters of the movie remind me so much of the hijinks I’ve gotten up to with friends in my own games, so you could easily get a sense for how your own adventures might go just through watching the movie. All around a fun adventure-heist to watch with friends.
While we don’t have the latest Baldur’s Gate game available at the library, you can check out the original, early 2000s role-playing games. Available on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Xbox are Baldur’s Gate and its sequel Baldur’s Gate II. Those two games are based off of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons system, so they can be a lot more punishing if you don’t know what you’re doing or how to build a character. Still, they remain classics for a reason and are worth taking the time to figure them out. All of the companion characters are so different and interesting, you're bound to latch on to one as your favorite (love you Minsc).
But enough about D&D for now. Next time I write, we’ll be taking a look at some actual tabletop systems themselves. If you haven't heard of Pathfinder, soon you will!