AvocaD&D and Tabletop Gaming

Welcome back to the weekly D&D and Tabletop Gaming thread!  Here’s a place where we can talk about Dungeons & Dragons or any other tabletop games that you nerds might be into.  Tell us about the games you’re playing, speculate about future expansions, recruit your fellow Avocados into new groups, whatever you want.

Let’s talk party games today! Some of my earliest memories of playing board games involve my aunts breaking out a game or two after the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is cleared away, or while winding down time until midnight on New Year’s Eve. We’d break the family up into teams sit around the table to play Trivial Pursuit (while my dad yelled out answers for both teams from the next room), or Taboo (while my dad enjoyed abusing his privileges with the buzzer), or Pictionary. There’s a perennial family story in which a very young CleverGuy was tasked with drawing the word “lumberjack” and for some reason interpreted that as a single dot on a page.

Nowadays, party games come in many different varieties. The purpose of most party games is to encourage social interaction. The best ones are easy to set up, have fairly simple rules, and allow for large groups of people to play together at the same time. According to BoardGameGeek.com, top party games include Codenames, Decrypto, Secret Hitler, and Just One.

What are your favorite games to play at a party with your friends or family? Do you have a traditional game that gets brought out at holiday gatherings?

Players and Characters

Our group started up a new adventure this past weekend. We’re starting in Eberron and running through the Light of Xaryxis module that was released as part of the recent Spelljammer set for D&D 5e. Josephus Brown is taking the reins as DM, and our new characters include:

  • The Wonderful Wizard AN (Plasmoid Divination Wizard) The Wasp 
  • Delilah Delethorn (Satyr Swashbuckler Rogue) TheHayesCode
  • Geenie Crambits (Halfling Undying Light Warlock) Spiny Creature
  • Okassaath Ch’katroth d’Tharashk (Half-Orc [Mark of Finding] Arcane Archer Fighter/Stars Druid) CleverGuy 
  • Tekili-Li (Wildhunt Shifter Twilight Cleric) Otto 
  • Ximon (Fire Genasi Swords Bard) Wafflicious

We’re taking a break from the game for the holidays (since Christmas and New Year’s Eves fall on our normal game night). See you in the 2023!