||[Oct. 24th, 2008|08:20 am]
Ah, this is the Weekend of D&D.
The RPGA has an event this weekend called Weekend in the Realms, which includes a special three-part adventure that is only playable during this one weekend. I was going to try to play it twice (as two different characters), but it turns out I have game on Saturday, so... oh well. It ended up being for the best, for several reasons.
The event I elected to miss seemed to be having difficulty finding enough judges for the players, for one, and for two...
I decided to trash my old (of six weeks) RPGA number. I went to The Local Game Store and asked for a DCI card. The important difference between an RPGA card and a DCI card is that a DCI card has a scratch-off activation code to get access to the website immediately after getting the card and an RPGA card doesn't. The numbers are considered to be part of the same system.
It all started back around Gencon. WotC decided to unify the DCI system and the RPGA system. This was probably good. They elected to do so right before Gencon. This was bad. There were a lot of bugs with the new system, and it invalidated the apparently typical Gencon procedure of adding players to the database as time permitted during the convention. This caused all the Gencon player registration cards to get shipped off to WotC to be entered. Gencon was big. As of writing this, I don't think those registration cards have been processed yet, and it's now eight weeks after the end of Gencon. Now, I didn't join at Gencon -- I joined at PAX -- but if the people before me haven't been processed, I don't hold a whole lot of hope of me being processed any time soon.
In any case, because of all this, I decided to trash my RPGA number (which needed to be processed) in favor of a DCI number (which doesn't). (Technically, these are both RPGA/DCI numbers, but the cards are different, and the card comes with the number.) The biggest problem with this is that I have a character who I've played through three games already who is associated with my RPGA number. I'm almost certain I could play her anyways and just get the administrivia cleared up later, but given that I do have game this weekend (and when I say game, I mean game as in "real life people who I have a regular campaign with"), and I have several other characters I can play in the one event I will be able to attend, and I've been dying to play one of them... well, let's just say the stars aligned.
I've filed an appeal against the event that I played in which has been reported, asking for the RPGA number under which I played to be changed. Unfortunately, PAX is still not reported. (Given some of the issues Senior DMs have been complaining about with respect to reporting, I'm not surprised. Like, waiting for 30 minutes for the page to refresh after you've gotten a certain amount of data in. Try to enter data before those thirty minutes are up? Congratulations, you just nuked some of your old data. Oops.)
If I do lose Zareth, though, I'll survive.
In other news, now that I have a perfectly functioning RPGA/DCI account, I took the Herald DM test, allowing me to sanction games. This also gives me access to the library of Living Forgotten Realms adventures, which are mostly designed for play over the course of four hours. I might sanction and run a couple of games if there's any interest.