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Been a fun weekend with the kids where I dusted off the Dungeons and Dragons book and we hit the table with some old fashioned role playing for a few hours for the first time since being in the new house.
The boys went on two adventures over 2 days and both gained enough experience to reach level 4. My youngest son realizing he kept getting injured in the last few combats as a fighter decided to dual class and pick up a cleric level so that he could apply some healing to himself. My oldest son who was already a dual class fighter / rogue decided he wanted to add a third class sorcerer to help augment his combat abilities.
One of the things I loved so much about Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 was the flexibility in the class system and the kids have a blast finding quests, exploring and more. Occasionally I have to mediate the occasional argument over who gets what magical item, but it’s is all part of the learning, and compromising process that is roleplaying as a group.
I also got to use my Excel Generators which I created back in 2001 and 2002 and still work fine on Excel 2010 on Windows 8. These made extensive use of the VLOOKUP function where I built automatic random generation capabilities into everything from treasure lookup to gem calculators. Pretty much every table in every D&D book I turned into a randomizable vLookup table in excel to make my job as a Dungeon Master easier.