Kickbacks: DnDizzle: Dragons in the Hood
Let me begin by saying I am not, in fact, receiving any kickbacks for writing about these projects. If, however, someone wants to toss me some coin for featuring their project I’m not going to complain.
This week I found a real gem. Normally I go through dozens of projects looking for the right one to feature for the week. This week I followed the usual process of opening a ton of projects to look through, compare, and see which one impresses me enough to find itself in this spot. I opened all those projects into their own tabs and then I found DnDizzle and I knew the contest was over without even considering the others. D&D combined with 80’s/90’s hip hop culture? What else is there to say? Okay, so I guess I should write some more. That’s the whole point of my endorsements right?
So the game is based on a 2D6 (two six sided dice for the uninitiated) and, must like other systems, you roll these dice add some bonuses and penalties from your stats and compare the roll to the defenders results. Nothing super spectacular there, but when it comes to RPG’s you don’t generally go into them expecting mind blowing new game mechanics. This entire game will survive on it’s application of “thug life” culture to a fantasy setting. That setting is Comptonia ruled over by the benevolent King Pimperton where you and your band of OG’s must protect the hood from the diabolical black dragon that has made it’s home nearby. Sure Pimperton is a terrible name for the king, but I think the name Flava Flav was already taken so you have to take what you can get.
Classes for this game replace your traditional fantasy classes with things like “Freestyler,” “Triggerman,” and “Thug” as stand ins for bards, archers, and warriors. Again, it’s not ground breaking, but I think it’s a great spin on the old standbys of fantasy settings and clearly it doesn’t take itself especially seriously like other D&D reskins do. This game is about fun not serious epic drama and I don’t think I’m the only one who’s into fun over super dramatic story telling when I sit down to chuck dice.
So there it is, DnDizzle: Dragons in the Hood. Check out their project page. You can get a digital copy of the game for $5. Only $5. They’re practically robbing themselves. Even if you never play the game the humor contained in the book itself is probably worth that $5. Seriously. Only $5.