Classic Elder Scrolls Night 7

This week we have QGN Staff Writer, James “Soured Soup” join us for the evening as Evarwyn plays hi 1h and shield mage in Skyrim. The crew discusses some Skyrim community topics, such as “Is Skyrim a Lackluster RPG” and our thoughts as to exactly why it is NOT. Also, John’s mod of the week and Mori’s Random Lore Book.

Classic Elder Scrolls Night 7

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  • Dear ESOTR (especially Evarwyn):

    I really enjoy the ESOTR podcasts. They are among the highlights of my week and I look forward to every new episode. I’ve written to you in the past with praise and with questions for your show. Today, however, I need to take issue with what I feel was a thoughtless comment.

    It was a remark from Evarwyn’s on Classic Elder Scrolls Night 7 that disturbed me so much. He said D&D is no longer relevant and it made me see red! Not only did I feel the comment was baseless and incorrect, but there was no opportunity for rebuttal or discussion from the other participants of the show – cast, chatroom or listeners. Evarwyn later apologized, but it was a qualified apology, with an added, “I have my reasons” comment – again with no opportunity for an expression of differing opinion.

    So here is the rebuttal that I feel should have been made…

    I first started playing D&D 34 years ago. I still run a weekly game on Wednesday nights at my home, attended by hilarity-and-adventure-loving professionals: there’s a teacher, two environmental engineers, a chemistry professor (who is currently working as a stay-at-home dad), an entrepreneur and a hospital fundraising professional – all of us in our 30s and 40s. This group has been playing for quite a few years, since 4th Edition D&D started and we’re looking forward to the next edition, coming out late this summer. When I began the group, advertising for it on a local gaming forum, I had to turn people away! Most of whom were in their late teens and twenties, but many of my own age as well.

    That demonstrates that there is a solid cadre of generation X who at least have a nostalgic fondness for D&D and would gladly play it if they could. It also suggests that those of high-school and university going age are also seeking the D&D experience.

    Furthermore, my 11 year old niece, to whom I introduced D&D to a couple years ago, says it’s her favourite game and isn’t ashamed to say so on papers she writes in school.

    Also, D&D is arising more and more in popular culture, like TV: The Big Bang Theory, Community, Buffy, The Simpsons, etc. Plus so many more references and inclusions in books, film, comics, music – and video games! As you rightly suggested in the podcast, practically every video game in the fantasy genre owes a debt of gratitude to the pioneering and enduring creative efforts of D&D.

    D&D is still most certainly relevant today – perhaps moreso now than it ever has been. You could even argue that the 1980s stigma associated with the name Dungeons & Dragons is now more akin to a badge of honour (yes, that’s how you properly spell honour, just ask Moricu), or a kind of secret handshake – geeks are the new cool.

    Plus, a new, highly anticipated and thoroughly play-tested new edition of D&D will be released later this year, which is also a solid indication of a current, thriving community and market for D&D. While its community and market may be admittedly niche, they cannot be said to be irrelevant.

    And D&D will remain relevant. Why? The face-to-face social component and the dungeon master (not to mention the dice…) make it unique among games (along with other table top RPGs that have sprouted from its inspiration), and those elements provide for a social bonding and shared story-telling experience that video games like Elder Scrolls grasp at, but will never quite capture. I adore the Elder Scrolls games and others that share the genre. I play them whenever I can find the time, but they will never be able to replace the table-top experience of my weekly D&D night.

    Submitted respectfully and gratefully in recognition of all the energy and effort you give to your productions,
    James C
    Vancouver, BC

    PS ~ Tell Shank to stop saying, dude, like and totally so much – it makes him sound like a cross between a valley girl and the big Lebowski. It’s quite unbefitting of his aspirations as a budding wordsmith.

    PPS ~ I realize that your shows are about the Elder Scrolls, not D&D or even the fantasy genre of gaming in general. So, although I hope my email will make it onto your show, I will understand if you don’t wish to

  • Play some morrowind already.

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