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Weekly Update

 

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

 

Hello friend,

 

Welcome to another weekly update and we have a “mountain” of things for you this week! As I may have mentioned, last weekend, inspired by the story Issac Haemarron and our first characters, we decide it was time to do something we had been talking about ever since we started Ding-IRL, and that was to climb an actual mountain. Now, we have walked up hills before, even some quite big ones (ones that we have TOLD people were mountains in moments of bravado!), but never one that is technically classed as a mountain. So why not start with the highest in England and Wales, Snowdon!

 

Ding!

 

How did it go? You can read the whole thing here in the places to visit section along with some of the other adventures we have had. You can see from the pictures how impressive the scenery was, that alone would have made the trip worthwhile. But that’s not all! You can also find a review of the game we played on the side of the mountain (oh yes, we played an RPG on the side of a mountain!), Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG by Eden studios, added to our book review page. Want to know what game we played and how we added a bit of local flavour to it? Go to the Gamer advice page and take a look at “Planning a game for Snowdon”, and check out the kind of games we play and how we get our ideas. If you guys like it and want to read more, or have any stories of your own you would to share, then drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter or at the contact us page here at Ding-IRL.

 

So with Snowdon out of the way, the main focus here at Ding-IRL is getting all the games set-up ready for our Halloween special that will be out on Wednesday, 30 October. We have got a HUGE list of spooky games we want to review, many of which we are still haven’t played (and at least one that isn’t even out yet!) so we are busy decided who will GM what. We have not finalised the list yet but we are pretty confident there will be products from Palladium Books and White Wolf as well as a few others. And as always, drop us a line if there is a horror related game you would like to see included on the list, we may not be able to do them all but we will certainly give it a try!

That about wraps things up for this week, be sure to check back next Wednesday for the usual review, advice and stories, including a couple of your requests. I won’t say which games yet, but think superheroes and Roman legions!

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Weekly Update

 

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

Hello friend,

Welcome to another weekly update. It has been quite a week here at Ding-IRL, at the weekend we went on our latest adventure which turned out to be the most challenging but one of the most enjoyable we have been on. Despite varying levels of fitness we all travelled to north wales and climbed Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales, all in the name of levelling up! We will of course be bringing you the full report complete with photos next week, as well as the story of the game we played whilst there.

However, before that we will tell you about the first adventure we went on a few years ago, to a place in Scotland called Rannoch moor. We had heard about wild camping and thought it sounded fun, not that we were a very outdoorsy lot, our camping experience had been limited to a few childhood trips and festivals mainly. But we were spurred on by a sense of adventure, getting out in the wilderness, being at one with nature, all that sort of thing. At the time we were playing Werewolf: the Forsaken and decided we may as well bring the books along and have a go.

We tracked down a suitable spot online and when we arrived we were amazed! It was exactly what we wanted, a vast unspoiled wilderness, just us, our tents and nature. We hiked around our camp and came across a real-life cairn, just like the ones in our werewolf game; in fact the whole place reminded us of all the times our characters in various games over the years had been out in the wilderness. It was great!

That was until it rained, and rained, and rained! We were not prepared for this type of down-pour, learning the hard way why some tents cost more than others. Nor were we prepared for the endless swarms of midges that seemed intent on eating us alive! Oh yes, flesh-eating insects are all very RPG but they are not what you want hanging around in the morning as your trying to find the least wet clothes you have to put on after a night in a flooded tent. As embarrassing as it is to admit, we only lasted one night then took refuge in a nearby hotel.

But this did not deter us, in fact it galvanised us into going back the next year, this time to Ardtoe, and this time better prepared! We learnt from our mistakes and this time managed the full three nights we had planned, we also took another game with us and all squashed into the porch of one guys tent to play. Good but not perfect. The year after, we returned to Ardtoe with folding chairs, picnic table and a brand new events tent so that we could play our RPG with all the comforts of home!

We don’t claim to be expert outdoorsmen (yet!) but we are learning as we go, and would like to share with you guys what we learn along the way. You can check out our tent reviews, as well as our advice on the best Footwear for the outdoors in the Real Life Section, as well as info on all the places we have been. Be sure to check in next week for all the Snowdon related news!

One more thing before we go, after last week’s review of Rifts main rulebook we had such great response and many of you requested a review of Rifts: Ultimate edition, well ask and you shall receive! Go to our Book Reviews page to read it now and keep the requests and messages coming in.

That’s all for this week.

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Weekly Update

 

Wednesday, September 25th 2013

 

Hello friend,

 

Welcome to another weekly update and as promised I will be telling you a bit more about the games we play at Ding-IRL. We are a varied group, ranging in experience from relative newbies to grizzled old veterans with a couple of decades experience under their belts. The games we play are equally varied from traditional fantasy, horror, space opera, hard sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, pretty much anything, but one thing we all have in common is that our first experience was with Palladium Fantasy. As part of this week’s introduction I have added the story of my first every character, the Dwarf Paladin turned Priest, Isaac Heamarron (my heart swells just thinking about him!) to the Gaming Stories page.

 

We have tried a number of different systems over the years, many of which we have already reviewed, Dark Heresy, In Flames, Savage worlds, New World of Darkness, click on to the book reviews page in the RPG section and have a look. Our current campaign is Phase world, a setting for Rifts by Palladium books, and as a new addition this week, check out our reviews of both Rifts Main Rule Book and the Phase world Dimension book.

 

We have recently tried out Mummy: the Curse and our review is also up for you to check out and we will be posting more as and when we play them. There are loads of games we want to try but if there is one you would like to see us review then why not drop us a line at our contact page or send us a message on Facebook and we will see if we can fit it.

 

Of course this page is really dedicated to using real life adventures and experiences to enhance your games. We are Ding-IRL after all, and after years of emulating our favourite RPG characters, we realised it was time they emulated us! The adventures we had been on and the experiences we were having we the best inspiration for games we could wish for. What better way of knowing what it would be like to camp out in the wild than by doing it yourself? Or what better way of preparing a description of a castle than by visiting one yourself? To see what we mean, check out our gamer advice page in the RPG section and read our advice on how to Bring Your Adventures into Your Games, as well as the awesome advice sent in by our contributors.

 

So that’s a quick introduction to our gaming background and our perspective on the hobby. Next week we will be talking about one of the first real life adventure we went on that inspired Ding-IRL and our first ever wild camp!

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Weekly Update

 

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

 

Hello friend,

 

Welcome to the weekly update, a new feature on our page where we can share with you all of the goings on here at Ding-IRL as well as bringing you news on upcoming features and events.

 

This week being the first, I thought I would take the time to introduce ourselves and explain what Ding-IRL is all about. We are a group of table-top gamers who love the hobby and are always looking for ways to make our games that bit more memorable and ways to enjoy the game away from the table. One way we would do this is by doing something in real life that your character did in a game, this could be anything from cooking over a camp fire to eating a lasagne, if your character had done it in a game, then you would say “Ding-IRL” and “level-up in real life”. As the years went on, we would go to increasingly greater lengths to achieve a “Ding-IRL” which eventually lead to us wild camping in the highlands of Scotland, hiking from cairn to cairn before settling in to play Werewolf: the Forsaken under the full moon.

 

As well as having a lot of fun doing these things, we found that the more adventures we did, the more inspiration we had for future games. We found the places we stayed to be a mine of resources for games from maps, local legends, local characters, all sorts of stuff that could be brought into our games.

 

And so, early in 2013, we decided to create this website dedicated to sharing our experience, advice and stories as we continue to have adventures both at the table and away from it, in the hope that we can encourage others to “Ding-IRL”. We will be reviewing books, offering advice and telling the stories of the games we have played as well as the real life adventures we embark on!

 

 

Ding!

 

So why not join us? Send in your tales of high adventures, whether they were at the gaming table or in real life. We have already had some excellent contributors so be sure to stop by the “Gamer Advice” page in the RPG’s section and check them out. Newly added today on the Gaming Stories page is a dark and twisted tale set in the classic World of Darkness, sent in by “thephoenix5”, one of our friends from reddit, make sure you check it out!

 

Anyway, that’s about all for now, be sure to check out the rest of the site and I’ll be back next week with another update where I will be going further into our backstory and talking a bit about the types of games we play here at Ding-IRL

 

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