'Dungeons And Dragons' Isn't Just For Geeks, Here Are 11 Reasons To Pick It Up

'Dungeons And Dragons' Isn't Just For Geeks, Here Are 11 Reasons To Pick It Up

What's better than storytelling with friends?

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Dungeons and Dragons (often shortened to D&D;) is a popular tabletop game that includes rolling dice, telling stories with your friends, and lots of jokes. There's no cards, game board, or screens, but it's still an amazing game that you should DEFINITELY play, for all the following reasons.

1. It's a blast

What's better than getting together with a group of friends, eating your favorite snacks... and slaying a dragon?

2. You can be whoever you want

You want to be a huge, buff warrior who does his talking with fists instead of words? You got it! You want to be the sexiest person on the planet, capable of seducing anything or anyone? Sure! Maybe you want to be a chosen one, or an average guy, or Beyonce? Why not! You can create and be any type of character that you can think of.

3. It's totally customizable

Not into elves, orcs, and magic? Try playing a game set in space, the Wild West, the 1920s, or even modern day. The possibilities are infinite!

4. It's more popular than ever before

When D&D was created in the early 80s, people thought it was just for geeks and nerds. Now that nerdy media is mainstream, Dungeons and Dragons is more accessible than ever. Popular shows like The Adventure Zone and Critical Role have catapulted D&D into the spotlight, and there are creators on the web with tons of resources and ideas.

5. Celebrities love it, too

Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Vin Diesel, and more have all admitted they love to play Dungeons and Dragons (or used to before they got famous). You never know — maybe you'll learn some skills that will catapult you to fame!

6. It's not all serious

If you're looking for something more like "Lord of the Rings," which is detailed, dark, and dirty, you can go for that. But if you're not into something that deep, you and your friends can easily create something more lighthearted and hilarious. Before you know it, you and your friends will have all kinds of crazy inside jokes that'll sound completely incomprehensible to anyone not in your party.

7. You'll finally get all the references in your favorite TV shows

Tons of popular shows have a Dungeons and Dragons episode, and after you've played it, you'll finally get the hype. "Stranger Things," "Futurama," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and even "Spongebob" all have references that you might've missed.

8. It's easy to find representation

In the most recent handbook, the generic human character is a black woman in non-sexualized armor. The handbook makes references to tons of media created by women, includes tons of racial and gender diversity in its illustrations, and encourages players to create characters outside of the gender binary and explore different sexualities. Plus, you're the one running the game: give your characters any characteristics you want!

9. You can put it on your resume

No, I'm not kidding! Dungeons and Dragons includes working with a team for hours at a time, conflict resolution skills, character development, and lots of creativity. With a little spin, you're developing skills that employers definitely look for!

10. You're gonna get REALLY good at math

No, you don't have to do calculus to play. But you'll get really good at simple addition and subtraction, which comes in handy all the time. Quick! What's 13 + 4 - 1? You'd know the answer faster if you played D&D.

11. Dice are just really pretty, okay?

You need seven dice to play D&D, and you can get them cheap. But most importantly: so shiny...

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab some dice, get your friends, and get playing!

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My Definitive Ranking Of Animal Crossing Games

I know what you're thinking, and no, they're all not the same game.
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The Animal Crossing franchise has been around since 2002 and has four main games in its collection: Animal Crossing (Gamecube), Animal Crossing: Wild Word (Nintendo DS), Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) and Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS). Each game expands and improves upon the last one, while keeping the same simple game plot in mind -- you move into a new town and must take care of it and its villagers.

That being said, not every game is perfect. Here is my definitive ranking of Animal Crossing games, from best to worst.


1. Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS)

In my personal opinion, this is the best Animal Crossing game of the bunch. They added lots of little features, while keeping the point of the game simple. In this game you could create your own constellations, open a coffee shop in your museum and even plant money trees -- all perks the Gamecube game did not have. Also, this game was the first in the franchise to allow for online play. You could now visit other people's towns, to explore and play together. I also think the unique design of the Nintendo DS helped make this game great. You could write letters or create patterns with the stylus on the touch screen, you see both screens simultaneously while playing, which allowed for easier game play then the Gamecube version. This game, to me, really defined Animal Crossing.

2. Animal Crossing (Gamecube)

It's hard to beat the original. This is Animal Crossing, in its most basic, true form. You have a mortgage to pay, a town to take care of and villagers to attend to. There are certain features in this game that I loved and wished they wouldn't have dropped when moving forward in the franchise. One of my personal favorites is the statue Tom Nook would construct if you paid off your mortgage in full - it was gold, shiny, right in front of the train station and absolutely ridiculous. Another feature, while not exactly honest gameplay, was another great one - the cheat codes you could find online. If you told Tom Nook a certain combination of letters and numbers, he would give you all sorts of goodies -- 30,000 bells, rare items, furniture. It was a nice little perk to have.

3. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)

This game is arguably the one with the most changes and new features. This game took the usual Animal Crossing plot line and flipped it on its head: Tortimer, the mayor of your town, has decided to retire and named you his replacement. As mayor, you have so much you can do to your town: create new town projects, set new town ordinances, kick villagers out. Plus, a new island is introduced. You take a boat to it and have a direct line to rare fish, bugs and fruit. On top of all that, Nintendo just introduced a new update recently utilizing their amiibos in gameplay. All in all, this game is a lot of fun because it gives you so much to do. It can get overwhelming at times since there is so much you want to accomplish as mayor, but it's most always an enjoyable experience.

4. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii)

This game, to me, is the one I enjoyed the least. The game is pretty straight forward, like all other Animal Crossing games, but this particular one hyped up a city where you can shop from special stores or see shows. To be quite honest, the city never really impressed me. It was cool, but nothing that deserved all the hype it got. I also thought the controls for this game were a bit awkward -- you used both a Wii remote and a nunchuck, holding one in each hand. The nunchuck would control your movements and you would interact with tools, buildings or villagers with the Wii remote. It was something I could never get used to. This game wasn't bad, it just didn't live up to the other games in this family for me personally.

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'Assassin's Creed: Origins' Is Perfect For Fans And Newcomers Alike

Prepare to find your true self and your purpose in ancient Egypt.

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Get ready to hop back into the animus with the 10th installment of the Assassin's Creed franchise, "Assassin's Creed: Origins." It is an action-adventure stealth game, and the longest AC game in development due to some minor but necessary delays. The end product of the game wouldn't be the same if it was rushed to the public. But enough of that, let's take a trip back into the past.

"Assassin's Creed: Origins" takes place in ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period. You play as Bayek, a Medjay fighter who fights to protect citizens from a group of people know as "The Order" (presumably templar ancestors). Bayek is a very likable character to others and willingly completes tasks for people. Each assignment he completes brings him a step closer to bringing down The Order.

First off, I have to say that if you are a die-hard "Assassin's Creed" fan, you will know right off the bat that the game feels a lot different from the ones that came before. The control scheme is different from the others, but thankfully you have the ability to switch it so that it feels like the older versions. The different controls are due to the new and improved combat system. The combat system has a fighting style that resembles Legend of Zelda BoTW or For Honor. Instead of freely attacking enemies, you can now lock onto your target and make it feel like a 1v1 battle. I am in favor of this change, and I think it's a great improvement to the franchise.

For the first time ever in the AC franchise, there is a loot system! The system is similar to the one in games such as Destiny and Borderlands. The rarity of your loot ranges from common, rare, legendary, and epic. You can get a variety of these rarities in the form of weapons, shields, bows, horses, and outfits.

While on the topic of weapons, the weapon system has also been revamped. Similar to AC Unity, each weapon has its own category such as the short sword, long range, heavy, and many more. The same thing applies to bows and arrows. The type of enemies you encounter determines what weapons you should use in battle.

The skill tree in the game also goes pretty in-depth with what each skill uses, and the skills you apply really make a difference in gameplay.

Even though there is no online play available in the game, there's still social interaction. As you progress far enough in the game you will see dead player's bodies on the ground. After you inspect them, you will be able to avenge their death by killing what killed them. It's not much, but you've got to admit, it's cool.

There are a few frame rate drops in the game, especially in a highly populated area. Also, when riding horses I found myself phasing into walls and getting stuck quite easily. Ubisoft has stated that they already plan to have a day one patch in the process of being released this week.

The graphics are amazingly crisp and clean, and I'm saying that playing on an Xbox One S. Just imagine what it will look like on the Xbox X in stunning 4K. The Egyptian music matches the setting, and the Egyptian dialogue between the civilians only helps to enhance that.

After playing all the Assassin's Creed games and now having played "Origins," I have to say that I'm not disappointed. I didn't really expect anything in this game to be different except maybe the storyline, but Ubisoft rose to the challenge and crushed it with this game! "Origins" is a perfect starter game for anybody who wants to be a part of the AC franchise. Just know that once you're hooked, it's hard to get off.

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