D&D and Video Games

I love video games (shocker I know). One thing I’ve noticed since diving head first into this table top rpg world is that there are some D&D based video games. Now I remember playing Baldur’s Gate when I was a teenager, but I never really gave the game mechanics much thought. I just played the game. Same goes for Neverwinter Nights.

Now here we are almost 20 years later and I’ve played the games again (nostalgia is a powerful thing) and I have a greater appreciation for them. Baldur’s Gate is slow going almost to the point that it’s almost unplayable (Damn you Skyrim and Witcher! You’ve spoiled me!). However, it helps me understand basic D&D game mechanics and how the rolls work.¬†Neverwinter Nights on the other hand still holds up in my opinion. Yeah the graphics are dated, but the gameplay has a pace that doesn’t leave me wanting to rip my eyes out.

Interestingly enough I had trouble installing NWN. So a quick google search for a fix led me down a path to a free mmo called Neverwinter. I downloaded and played for a few hours last night. The game is visually pleasing but that is about it. Sure the game is free, but it is absolutely full of micro transactions. I get they need to make some sort of income to keep the game going, but it hurts the story (lack thereof as far as I can tell). This also made me remember there being a Dungeons and Dragon mmo long ago. Which is still around and free to play as well (micro transaction included). I’ve never played it, but I’ve not heard much good about it.

Now here we are to the whole point of this blog post. Why aren’t there many good video games set in the D&D universe? I mean my go to answer is “well why make one when you have this amazing table top game that you can make your own?”, but sometimes you just want to be immersed in that sweet virtual world. Now I’m sure I’m probably missing some D&D universe video games (and if I am let me know I want to check them out!). I hope that in the future they can produce some games that are worth the investment.

2 thoughts on “D&D and Video Games

  1. Well, it’s not set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, but I find that the Dragon Quest games typically are similar in structure to the classic tabletop role playing game. I was playing Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in 2009 when I was first exposed to D&D. You make a character, choose their appearance, and level them up. Eventually, you can choose the classes or vocation that you want to be proficient in once you make your way towards Alltrades Alley, but you start off as a minstrel. It’s a game made by Square Enix for the Nintendo DS.
    It sparked all sorts of new innovative ideas, like the StreetPass feature for the successor Nintendo 3DS and a bar called Patty’s Pub (an inn from the game), opened up as a tourist destination in Akihabara after the release of this game to help facilitate the StreetPass-like feature by having known meet-up locations where players could exchange treasure maps, specifically one particular map with characters who appear only once during normal gameplay. After the game’s release in 2010, people would make Akihabara a tourist destination when visiting Tokyo just to get a valuable treasure map.
    Oh, a couple more things. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking out Matthew Colville’s videos on YouTube all about DMing. He’s a friend of the cast members of Critical Role and has some really insightful ideas and tips. You can find his channel here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkVdb9Yr8fc05_VbAVfskCA
    Also, if money is tight (D&D is not a cheap hobby by any means…XD) you can Google “D&D 5th Edition book .pdfs” to obtain free digital copies of the Player’s Handbooks, Tales from the Yawning Portal, Volo’s Guide to Monsters, and Dungeon Master’s Guide. As a college grad, these helped me save some cash that I was then able to apply towards my textbooks. I still support my local game store though by purchasing minifigures for my party’s campaigns.

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    1. Hey thanks for commenting! The Dragon Quest games are great and the one you have mentioned in the one I have for my DS. Great game! Thanks for the link to Matthew Colville’s videos. I’ll have to check him out. I know the resources that are available on youtube now have been a game changer for me. As for D&D being expensive you’re right! Sometimes the book prices are highway robbery.

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