So having played Dungeons and Dragons when I was younger, using the first generation rules, I thought it would be cool if my son (now 12) got interested. The new rules (4th edition, a.k.a. "4e") are so involved and convoluted that it's driving me mad just trying to create some freaking characters... but I digress...
Most of the new rules seem geared towards getting you to buy more stuff... where we once had graph paper, now you "need" to buy dungeon tiles... oh, and city tiles, and nature tiles, and cave tiles, and whatever other tiles they come up with... character creation is so convoluted I'm tempted to subscribe to D&D Insider just to use the online character generator.
The also practically insist you play with "Official Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" figurines. Yeah! Right! So I'm wondering if anyone's used LEGO instead. We have all our player characters, with bows, swords, crossbows, daggers, backpacks... all the stuff you need.
There's not a lot going on for monsters, but we do have orcs and trolls and dragons and smaller figures, like snakes and spiders and bats and so forth. I also have a couple of dragons from the fantasy era sets, and one really big creator dragon. I was thinking of gridding out a couple of 48x48 gray baseplates and making easy to place/remove blocks for walls and doors... you even have treasure and chests and so forth.
For outside, of course, I have 32x32 green baseplates and some of the older style (not brick built) trees that could just be placeholders.
So I figured I can't be the only one doing this, and wondered what other D&D fans might be doing. I'll perhaps MOC something up this evening, and hopefully some of you can give me some ideas.
YES, I have googled... found some very cool stuff which I'll share in this post/thread, if people are interested. Some of the things I found are not quite what I had in mind - they used minifigures, but kept to the graph paper as a base; much of what I found was just LEGO dungeon scenes... too elaborate, IMO.
This one is much more detailed than I'd want to do... I'm already getting bogged down with the new rules, I don't want to get bogged down in the details of putting something like this together, but it is quite cool. It's not quite for D&D, but the checkerboard floor is something I'd want to include; thinking 4x4 to represent a 5 foot square.
Edit: I want to make it clear that brickquest sounds really cool, but I was specifically wanting to use LEGO to play D&D, although now I'm interested in brickquest, too.
(*) With due respects to Sam Quint from "Jaws."
Edited by fred67, 31 May 2011 - 05:49 PM.