Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Tag: Vampires the Masquerade

Draggy Day

Draggy day for me. Just did gaming with my longtime gaming friends.

I Wrote Today!

10-sided dice!

The dice we use in Vampires.

Saturday was an all-round great day.

First off, I got my grocery shopping done. I think, of all the chores I have to do, I hate this one most. But I got to see a couple of friends and got my food. Yay.

Then on to gaming. I have longtime friends I’ve gamed with for years. We’ve played Vampires: The Masquerade for most of about ten or so years, so meeting with them is a regular thing. Recently, we’ve added Magic: The Gathering to our gaming habits, then there’s me making a D&D campaign for them, and if we can get the books for it, we’ll start the Rifts system. But today we played Vampires. It felt good to play it again, as we haven’t for a while.

Back at home, I got on my computer and idled for a while. I idle a lot. But this time, in searching for a specific story on my thumb drives, I found some writing I thought lost for good! A bunch of Urban Fantasy stories I’d been working on. Boy, I was glad I found it all.

And, last of all, I wrote today! So happy to have written. It felt great!

Dungeons & Dragons

Years ago, back in the 90’s, when I lived in North Carolina before the Navy, I played D&D* with a bunch of friends I’d met through Star Trek fandom. This required me getting a ride out to my friends’ home, and sometimes me spending the night. I don’t recall much about those games, but I do recall the fun I had with my friends. This all ended for me when I made an unwelcome comment I don’t recall about how they were raising their child.

Ever since then, I’ve wanted to get involved in D&D again. Oh, I’ve been gaming for about ten years now, but in the Vampires: The Masquerade system. I have no idea who publishes it; all I do know is that the GM** for that has been struggling for a while now with coming up ideas for us to play. We—my current longtime gaming group—have also had a taste of the Rifts role gaming system, but the GM for that flaked out on us within a few months and hasn’t been back. Honestly, none of us really care if we ever see him again. Our old Vampires GM does want to GM the Rifts system for us though, but it requires multiple books, and he, like the rest of us, has little extra money, and he has to use most of it on things that are more immediate to his needs.

So, when Oasis Games bought the building where Utah Pride Center used to be on 4th South, I started getting interested in D&D again. A demo game by one of the employees of the store only whetted my appetite. Enough so that I conceived the idea of DMing* for my longtime gaming group. This was back in December. I got the Player’s Handbook back in December, and by January had the Monster Manual and Dungeon Master’s Guide.

As a result, for the past few months I’ve been making slow progress with writing up plans and such for the first adventure I’m leading my gaming group on. It’s been fun, though I have to admit that I wouldn’t have wanted to do this if 5th Edition hadn’t come out.

I’ve also gotten into another D&D group where I can regularly run a character. That’s been a lot of fun, and I’m stealing DMing ideas I like from the person who’s DMing it with his position. I’ve got to get to Oasis Games some day when the employee who DMed the demo game to get ideas from him. There are some questions about different aspects that I have to ask him—and, actually, another person who I know GMs a Star Wars role game for his friends.

So excited about all this. It’s going to be such fun!

*Dungeons & Dragons
**Game Master – Used as a general term for someone who directs the role game when the official title is unknown.
***Dungeon Master(ing) – The title of the person who directs a D&D game.

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