If Only WOTC Would… Make a D&D Game for Google Glass

You may have heard about the heads up display from Google which they just call Glass.  If not, you can learn all about it here: http://www.google.com/glass/start/

Several ideas for gaming jumped right inside my head the first moment I saw them sitting on someone’s head.  One neat idea for D&D would be a better way to send secret messages between the players or even from the DM to the players or player to DM.  Imagine sitting around the table and a message pops up in your field of view.  This way you can read the message without anyone else even knowing you got a message in the first place.  The old way of writing a note on paper, or whispering in their ear gives away to the other players a message of some kind has been shared.  With Google Glass you could make the whole thing a big surprise!  Of course you’ll still need to get out your phone and TYPE the message but no one will know who it went to.  Another great idea would be for a DM to have things like initiative order, current player’s stats or HP etc. and other information in the field of view all while never taking their eyes off of the map or board.  Maybe even put the story or dialog for the current part of the campaign in the DM’s eye so they can read it while looking at the players instead of looking down at a book or paper to read.  This would make the storytelling part of the game more focused and intense and help get the players into the game.  There are a lot of different aspects of the game that could be shown to the players in their Glass while playing such as current HP, who’s turn it is, and maybe even some sound effects in everyone’s ear when something happens that could be controlled by the DM’s smartphone/tablet.  I could easily come up with hundreds of ideas if you’d give me just a few hours but I’ll leave SOME of the work to WOTC!

Comment below with any idea you might have for using a heads up display in D&D.

If Only WOTC Would… Make a D&D game for Wii U

Imagine if you will, four players each with a wiimote to control their character on the big TV screen when their initiative rolls around while the Dungeon Master can see everything they need to see on the screen of the Wii U gamepad.  I’m not the first to come up with this idea but I can say I probably thought of this around the same time as Penny Arcade did.  I agree this would be PERFECT for the way the Wii U was set up.  This could go along with any sort of game that requires one person to see something different than the other players see on the TV.

I can see the campaign playing out now:

A player with the wiimote gets initiative.  The interface on the TV pans over to that character’s current position on the map.  It then shows the fog of war and the black areas where that character can’t see or doesn’t know about.  They can then pick from a menu which actions they want to take and pick on the map where to move.  When it’s time to attack, check a skill or otherwise roll dice the game automatically picks up the correct set of dice (2d6 and a d20 for example) and the user has to shake and throw the wiimote to roll the dice!

Then when a monster gets initiative the Wii U gamepad vibrates and makes a neat sound through its speakers to signal it’s the DM’s turn.  While he picks through menus and such on the gamepad’s touchscreen there could be several animations and sounds playing through the TV to add suspense or give players clues depending on the options the DM picked on his screen such as flickers of light from certain directions or sounds from certain directions.Wii U Gamepad

You could even use the MotionPlus features of the wiimote when it’s a player’s turn to have them very carefully disarm traps like a virtual game of Operation where one wrong move will spring the trap instead!  Then as that character’s disarm trap skill increases the disarming traps “mini game” would get easier requiring less perfect motions of the wiimote.

It would be fun to be a part of the design phase of this game and I think I could come up with several metric tons of ideas.  Being a Wii U owner myself I can see exactly how all of it works together and could easily dream up new ideas on a daily basis.  Maybe I’ll keep updating this post with any new ideas I come up with?  Who knows!  Leave a comment and help add to the ideas!

If Only WOTC Would . . . Make a Magic the Gathering Game for Wii U

Think about it.  With the extra screen on the controller, each player can see their own hands and the table would be on the TV screen!  Having a screen on the remote would make ANY card game work on the Wii U.   It seems really useful for a game like Magic because there is often a lot of sifting through your deck and graveyard to find things and with an electronic interface each card graphic could have links to draw those cards automatically.  Also, with Magic on the Wii U, I’d never have to find something to use as counters, keeping up with effects, or making sure I turn my cards 90 degrees when they’re tapped.  Probably the best part would be never again having to worry about bending one of my four Black Loti.  Okay, stop laughing, a man can dream, can’t he?

Honestly, I probably won’t sit through the freezing cold in a camping chair for six hours playing my Nintendo DS waiting on the store to open when the Wii U comes out on November 18th, but I will try to get one for myself as a Christmas present.    At $299  for the base model and $349 for the upgrade which includes a nifty controller charging cradle I’ll probably opt for the upgrade.   Then again, I am a sucker for gadgets and an early adopter who doesn’t mind paying the “nerd tax”.  Now, I’m thinking a battle tech game would be super neat on this system too, but I guess that’s another article for another day.  If you want to find out more about the WiiU, check it out here.  If you have any other  ideas or thoughts about this upcoming system then leave a note in the comments for us! 

If Only WOTC Would . . . release it’s own line of adult beverages

Okay, Wizards, I have to give you props on the seminally popular, and extremely geeky, line of Dungeons & Dragons-related sodas that are released in conjunction with Jones Soda. I have had some “Potion of Healing” and “Dwarven Drought” and both are delicious. But, let’s face it guys, the price for these delightfully dorky sugar-drinks is a bit stout, and if I am going to drop some major dough on liquid refreshment, I want to at least feel it in the morning. Thus, Wizards of the Coast, I give to you . . . D&D themed adult beverages!

Now, don’t start saying silly things like “We only know how to write books and publish editions of games way more often than is necessary! We don’t anything about brewing or distilling.” Never you fear, oh wise Wizards, that’s what a licensing agreement is for. After all, you guys didn’t make your own soda, did you? Of course not; you contracted with an already well-established yummy-drink company to make it for you and then slapped on the appropriate label. What I am suggesting is pretty much the same thing, just a lot more fun at parties.

“What will we call these drinks?” I am so glad that you asked. Just so happens that I have a couple of suggestions for you to put in the old brain box:

Number One: Dwarven Ale. Admittedly, this is a lot like the “Dwarven Draught” name for the afore-mentioned soda, but something Dwarf-related is going to be the first thing that real men like myself (stop snickering) are going to look for. This should be a a high gravity beer or some other beer with a high alcohol content. This drink should kick you in the teeth and leave you with a bit more facial hair than you started with.

Number Two: Elven Wine. Pink colored, sweet and made for wussies. Maybe a white zinfindel or something? I don’t know. Whatever would appeal to people who are too scared to drink something else.

Number Three: Orc Homebrew. Grain alcohol. Something with the potential to either be imbibed or used as an engine cleaner. Think white-lightening or everclear. One drink and you are on the floor because that is where Orcs sleep. On the floor. Consequently, that is also where they poop, so be careful.

Number Four: Halfling Hops. Another beer? Yes, another beer because beer is the best drink ever. Don’t agree? Go drink some Elven Wine. Anyway, this would be a slightly lighter beverage than the Dwarven Ale, but of course, full of hops. Maybe something like Sweet Water 420 or Terrapin’s Hopsexcutioner.

That’s probably enough to get the Wizards started. Now I have to get myself a drink. Cheers!

New Weekly Feature: If Only WOTC Would…

This article marks the first of hopefully many in which we at Crimson Bastards dare to suggest a course of action for the mighty Wizards of the Coast to take. Will the mighty creators of worlds hear our voice…probably not, but it’s still fun to imagine.

This week we think to ourselves…if only WOTC would get the ball rolling on a quality live action version of Dragonlance: The Chronicles. I know this topic has been an undead horse for more than two decades, but there is no doubt that Fantasy geeks all over the country would show up in droves to see a real film version of Weiss and Hickman’s classic trilogy. The timing is right for this movie, on the heels of other successful epics like LOTR, Harry Potter and Twilight. American consumers have shown that they’re willing to pay money to see well-produced fantasy cinema.

The Chronicles definitely provide the right mix of action, drama, and character depth for a serious blockbuster or at the very least a cult favorite that will make tons of money on the backend with DVD and On-Demand. I’m sure WOTC would be willing to allow a major production company make the movie if said company was willing to make a “bend-over” deal for the rights, but isn’t it fun to think of how great it could be if only WOTC would pursue some real Hollywood talent like Peter Jackson or Joss Whedon? One dares to dream.

Oh well, I must close with an indulgence that never gets old thanks to a constantly changing crop of actors…What should the cast be if there was a real Chronicles movie?

  • Tanis – Viggo Mortensen
  • Kitiara – Kate Beckinsale
  • Caramon – Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
  • Raistlin – Robert Downey Jr.
  • Tasslehoff – Billy Boyd (Pippen…two actors from LOTR isn’t too many)
  • Laurana – Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
  • Fizban – Matt Smith (they could make him look really old)

Okay, I know there’s many more, but that’s what the comments section is for, so please share your thoughts. You may think I’m full of Draconian dung or need Tika’s frying pan upside my head (and maybe I am/do), but I believe it’s high time WOTC went knocking on some doors in Hollywood.