I've been playing for a few years now and have been lucky enough to be part of the Patron D&D group as well. I figured I'd give some thoughts on D&D Beyond if people are looking at that for an easy way to manage everything D&D wise as I recently bought into the ecosystem...
The short version is that, if you already own the Player's Handbook and maybe some other books as well, then it may not be completely worth it. I say this because, while it is free to create your account and use things like the character creator, you have to also buy the associated books to "unlock" certain content. For example, if you're wanting to create a warlock, you can only choose the pact of the fiend without paying for the player's handbook which unlocks the other pact options. The same goes for books like Xanathar's Guide to Everything which will then unlock the other options there such as Hexblade.
The books on average are about $30 each, however the nice thing is that you can actually buy just parts of the books if you don't need everything. For example, I wanted a complete list of the demons so that my nifty new Summon Greater Demon spell could have some good options, so I was able to buy just the creatures from one of the campaign books for around $7-8 instead of the full $30 for a campaign that we won't ever play. Depending on how much you want to rely on digital toolsets instead of hard copy books and pen/paper character sheets, it still may or may not be worth it.
My favorite part of this is by far the character creation aspect. Once you choose your race and class (which gives you the book-text descriptions of everything including racial bonuses), the layout for choosing each new feature per level is great. If there is a static feature such as gaining extra attack, it will simply describe it exactly as the book does. If there is a choice to be made such as class feature or ability score increase, it will alert you and present the choice very clearly. For my in-person game, we started out at level 10, so it was very quick and easy to make the choices I needed to make and have it create the character sheet for me with everything calculated out.
After your character is created, you can really go about using it either in D&D Beyond which allows you to keep track of health, spell slots, limited use skills, etc. or you can simply export your character sheet into a PDF and print it off in the exact layout as a standard character sheet. I used the digital version to track my last game where my barbarian was basically being attacked by a whole town and the party (don't drink literal snake oil, trust me), and it was decent but required a lot of shifting around in the digital view to get to what I needed. However, being able to look at certain features and have the relevant description right there instead of writing it down onto a character sheet and then having to look that up in the physical book was pretty nice.
Those are my initial impressions with it, if anyone has any questions for me about Beyond or even how Patron D&D works, I'd be happy to answer.
I sent an email to EZA when they first started saying I liked what they were doing and would be happy to help if they needed it. Understandably, they didn't reply. So as an in-joke with myself type jab at myself, I called my self EZA intern. Side note, I'm not as lonely as that makes me sound.
Welp bought Survive, however due to cashier not watching a possible thef (Guy kept asking how much was in the register) I only payed $6 for it and a PS2 memory card transfer pack for the BC model PS3's
@david-berishaj said in Name the books your reading and your #1 recommended book ever all time:
You guys i finished reading the four pack revolution. i'll upload a video review after i get a haircut
I no idea that Chael had a another book besides his first one. I got the first one as somewhat of a troll gift, (I'm an Anderson Silva fan) but I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's pretty insightful.
Currently I'm reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I would recommend East of Eden by John Steinbeck to just about anyone. It's a bit long, but I think East of Eden captures the American spirit pretty well.
There isn't any better place to post this so I'm gonna revive this thread.
The newest Super Sentai series just started, Thief Sentai Lupinranger VS Police Sentai Patranger. As the name implies it's about a team of phantom thieves and a police squad that naturally butt heads while fighting the same common enemy. I know how much this forum loves Persona 5 so I figure this might be up your alley.
Also, I don't even wanna talk about Kamen Rider Build because of spoilers, but let's just say it's amazing. The brakes haven't hit once so far, if anything it just keeps going full throttle.
Because I've had Community Comments/Cup of Jones/Love & Respect submissions fall victim to this, what I've learned to do is open Word, Notepad, or another such program, write what I want to write, make sure it's grammatically correct, then post it once.
If it's wrong in some way, then my comment will stay that way, because I do NOT trust Patreon's comments program.
Little late on this, sounds like you're already in LA!
I went with some friends for just over a week last March! We didn't find a lot of unique gaming stuff really but my best advice is to plan your days centered around a specific area or thing you want to check out!
I know the Allies have mentioned Game Dude before for finding retro video games, which is in North Hollywood. We didn't end up in that area though, so I can't speak to it personally.
We did go to an arcade bar called Eighty Two which has a bunch of arcade cabinets and pinball machines. It was pretty busy so enjoyment will depend on how much you like/dislike being around potentially drunk strangers. It's in downtown LA so you could easily explore that area during the day and then head to the bar that evening to unwind. There is a ton to check out nearby, I recommend the Little Tokyo area (Anime Jungle is there, which Ben has talked about before), The Last Bookstore is neat, Grand Central Market has a bunch of different food vendors. Lots to see and do there.
Other areas we checked out that were interesting were Koreatown and Miracle Mile, which are both along Wilshire Blvd, and Little Osaka which is in the Sawtelle neighborhood. We also found some restaurants that the Allies have mentioned before, The Milk Jar (on Wilshire), The Griddle (West Hollywood), Tsujita (Little Osaka), Kura Revolving Sushi (Little Tokyo), Fatburger (locations all over the place), and The Pie Hole (also multiple locations) and none of those disappointed.
We also went out east to Pasadena and down to Disney for two of our days and enjoyed both.
Hope any of that helps! Have fun!
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