FtB as D&D

There’s been a lot of talk about Dungeons and Dragons lately on FtB.  PZ points out that role-playing games like D&D are un-Christian.  What more reason do we need to play them?  I’ve also personally seen Richard Carrier’s stash of historic D&D (and other systems) memorabilia.  The man could be king of the nerds, seriously.

And Natalie Reed has recently assigned classes to many of the FtB authors.  Here is her list.

DM- Ed Brayton

Ranger- Hank Fox
Bards – Digital Cuttlefish, Stephanie Zvan, Ian Cromwell
Barbarian – PZ Myers
Paladin – JT Eberhard
Fighters – Chris Rodda and Justin Griffith
Clerics – Libby-Anne, Dan Fincke, Greg Laden
Druids – Jen McCreight, Brianne Bilyeau
Rogues – Maryam Namazie, Chris Hallquist,
Wizards – Greta Christina, Jason Thibeault, Mano Singham
Dual-Class Wizard-Rogue – Natalie Reed
Dual-Class Fighter-Rogue – Ophelia Benson
Customized Munchkin Class – Physioproffe

Paladins are badass, so I’m terribly flattered.  I do just traipse around my bloggy castle in heavy armor looking for evil to smite.

How would you guys place various bloggers?  Don’t forget Richard Carrier!  That man needs a class.  And remember my lovely contributors Christina and Dr. Dave.  Both of them have a nerdy streak a mile wide.  And remember to explain what qualities earned a particular blogger a particular class.

If you’re really adventurous, try assigning alignments to a few of us.  :D

4th edition for life!

FAITH & POLITICS: Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen would like a bill requiring mandatory church attendance.
PERSONAL: Cancer sucks.
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Richard

    4th edition?! boo. Pathfinder.

  • Cambridge

    Pff, 3.5 4eva.

  • Tsu Dho Nimh


    Barbarian wench with heavy armor and a +5 potion of lust, of course.

  • Pteryxx

    JT: Your dad should totally be a paladin too, as long as he can also be a ninja.

  • Richard

    Wife noticed something, no monks. Wonder why.

    • Drakk

      I don’t think there’d be a problem with that.

      When monks pray in D&D something actually happens.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/VeritasKnight VeritasKnight

    Yeah…4th Edition? I think I have to divest myself from this blog now.

    I’m a true-blue Pathfinder fan.

  • http://militaryatheists.org Jason Torpy

    I freakin’ love divine powers and magic in role-playing games and fantasy books and whatnot. It’s fascinating, especially if there is some sort of sensible foundation for it all.

    I don’t really have time for D&D and haven’t since the 10th grade, but I still dabble every so often when I get the chance. I recently played a game as a Paladin and prayed for insight and the DM granted it.

    It works. Remember in D&D, the gods are also mostly powerful, not all powerful, so praying for insight is not equivalent to changing their perfect, unchanging, pre-destined, and eternal plan for the universe.

  • julian

    First of all, barf at 4th edition. It is ewww…

    Secondly, Prof Myers as a Barbarian?! Pah! He’s a LG Cleric with the War and Good domains. It’s obvious to everyone that a wild and untamed beard does not a Barbarian make.

    Dan Fincke as a Cleric? He’s a philosopher. They’re all about perfecting themselves and eliminating the biases our feeble minds are born with. He’s a LG Monk for sure.

    And how is JT (no offense) a Paladin? He does a little bit of everything for skepticism. That’s a jack-of-all-trades. CG Factotum with decent stats all around.

    And Jen McCreight can’t be a Druid. What is she neutral about?

    Christina…I’d guess Imagist from Book of Erotic Fantasy. It’s a support role sorcerer-like divine spell caster. Or maybe a Tantric from the same book, a wizard-like class that gets their abilities from sexual energy.

    • Katie Tims

      4.0? *shakes head sadly*

      JT, JT, you have much to learn. Even the people who made 4.0 think other versions are better. Try 3.5 if you still want minis, and 2.0 for a very clear cut system.

      I’m surprised there is no sorcerer. Also, what god to the clerics pray to? That can make a pretty big difference. The cleric in our game worships Asmodeous, which makes our healing experiences… interesting.

      Also: always break magic items. ALWAYS. ^.^

      • http://twitter.com/#!/VeritasKnight VeritasKnight

        My cleric in Pathfinder worships Asmodeus. Luckily, he had the foresight to craft a custom Staff of Healing, so he can still pound out the spare HP when needed.

        • julian

          My first Cleric was an open heretic that despised the Church of Pelor. Got himself killed when he insisted on defending a group of kobolds against some over zealous Paladins.

          Probably what started my long line of characters that don’t get along with LG types.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/VeritasKnight VeritasKnight

            Breaking the stereotype is just so fun! But I’ve done that enough that I’m looking forward to getting back towards LG with my next character or two.

  • doctorburger

    I’ve played 4e & pathfinder, and I prefer the amount of customization that 4e offered in terms of character generation, pathfinder felt too cookie cutter to me.

    Swordmage-Warlock hybrid, 4life.

    • julian

      Disagree on your evaluation of 4e but yeah Warlock is the shit. Perfect solo run class and an awesome villain for the part to contend with.

  • http://killedbyfish.blogspot.com feralboy12

    Your company needs a couple of thieves to check for traps. And there are always traps.
    Unless the paladin wants to take the point…

  • Daniel Schealler



    You’re totally a prestige Blackguard derived from a multiclass Fighter-Rogue.

    Also: What the fuck is 4th ed? Haven’t played since 3.5 myself.

  • http://avielbaum.wordpress.com Adam V.

    FtB = Popular Saint Louis based podcast on gaming, Fear the Boot?

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/ Greta Christina

    I dunno. Being called a wizard just makes me think of Hyperbole and a Half. “Wait… what is this? I have to go to the bank? What am I, some sort of wizard?”

  • Epinephrine

    Have to say, all the harshness on 4e seems odd. I’ve played RPGs since the very early ’80s, and while I was very antt-4th ed. before trying it (even playing Pathfinder rather than switching), once i gave it a try I found that it addressed some of the issues that earlier editions and Vancian magic had created. I dread 5th (or “D&D next”) as they plan to bring back Vancian casting, ability bonuses, saving throws by type, etc.

    I don’t read all the bloggers on that list, so I can’t comment on all the choices; if I were to suggest some changes they’d be:

    Ed Brayton – Monk (precision, dedication, finding the weak spot and focusing on it – very typical monk combat, blending wisdom and agility. Weapons? Who needs weapons when you have ten fingers?)

    Digital Cuttlefish – Bard->Summer Rhymer (Damn straight!). Needs no explanation. I mean, the paragon path has the word “rhymer” in it…

    PZ Myers – Warlord (Inspiring) MC Barbarian->Warpath Berserker->Warmaster. The Horde is coming! Need to destroy a poll? The warlord motivates his troops, and while leading them makes them all the more effective. Sure, he can rampage on his own, but he’s at his best when his howling readers follow him to battle.

    Physioproffe – Halfling Ranger. It’s an OOtS thing, but I can’t help think of Belkar Bitterleaf, with his culinary expertise and ability to ferociously attack his foes.

    JT Eberhard – Hexblade. JT doesn’t scream paladin, to me. It’s still a Charisma based melee class, but more of a striker rather than a defender. Backs up physical presence via dexterity rather than strength, has a glowy sword that is fueled by his will.

    Jen McCreight – Bard->Daring Blade. I think that a leader role is appropriate for Jen, as she plays that role on her blog and at her school, and the Daring Blade will give her the chance to dress up as a pirate. I was going to suggest Warpriest (Earth), in honour of Boobquake, but she’d probably kill me for bringing it up.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

      This comment wins. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/mvils leni

      Agreed! This comment is full of win :D

      You nailed PZ and Ed.

      How did I miss this thread?

  • P Smith

    I haven’t played paper D&D for about 20 years, but it holds good memories for me. Not because of the game, but the people who played it.

    As a kid and into my teens, I had a horrible stammer. D&D players were the first people I met with the patience to wait and listen to what I had to say, and who encouraged me to talk out. It did more to help me get over it than anything else.

    I’ve found that’s true of most wargamers, they’re generally considerate and accepting of others. And I’ve read forums where other gamers have echoed my experience of being helped by playing.