Have Dice, Will Travel: Zagreb

Have Dice, Will Travel: Zagreb

Keith travels to Zagreb, where D&D groups used to be invite-only.

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Ah, Croatia, my mother's ancestral home.

I'm actually going there for a month next year. Nice to see gaming culture is thriving there. They also made Serious Sam, not to brag.

Glad to see The Escapist and Keith taking a peek around Zagreb and the gaming scene. It's not often that Croatia is mentioned in any kind of gaming context besides Serious Sam. :)

Love this series. Well done Mr Baker.

Nibish:
Glad to see The Escapist and Keith taking a peek around Zagreb and the gaming scene. It's not often that Croatia is mentioned in any kind of gaming context besides Serious Sam. :)

Still, Serious Sam II is a disgrace to my country. Too sad.

So is Space Force Captains and Rogue Universe :-) But, made in Croatia, so something to be proud about as a gamer. :-)

(...) The idea of a guy pushing his girlfriend away from gaming because she might enjoy it too much was a new one on me.

Maja finally broke through the mithral wall in 2004, when she met her current boyfriend, Daniel.(...)

Boy meets awesome girl, boy treats awesome girl like crap, awesome girl finds better boy. Happy ending!

Man, Don't Carry A Grudge

I want to see this game. Hopefully it involves lugging small unpleasant monsters, possibly green ones.

Two of the other players in my session - Zrinka and a second Maja - told me how they managed to pay their travel expenses to a local convention by using US friends as "dice mules" and then selling the dice at the convention.

(Thinks.) Wonder if there's enough money in this to offset the cost of a plane ticket. Is anyone going there? I'll pay for the condoms.

The other women added that if they played female characters, their male DM would force them to make weekly checks to see if their characters became pregnant.

Dear lord, we've finally found a DM who thought FATAL was a good idea. Let's appoint him to the office of minefield verification.

Nibish:
Glad to see The Escapist and Keith taking a peek around Zagreb and the gaming scene. It's not often that Croatia is mentioned in any kind of gaming context besides Serious Sam. :)

have you forgotten about doodle jump(an iPhone game)?

Thank you Mr. Baker.
These articles are a wonderful look into the table top world abroad.
I feel like the escapist needs to start a dice foundation for some of these countries. Hell I have a bunch of unsorted dice and would not mind giving a few of them up.

Sylocat:
Ah, Croatia, my mother's ancestral home.

I'm actually going there for a month next year. Nice to see gaming culture is thriving there. They also made Serious Sam, not to brag.

Might want to take a bunch of dice with you when you go...

Croaker42:
Thank you Mr. Baker.
These articles are a wonderful look into the table top world abroad.
I feel like the escapist needs to start a dice foundation for some of these countries. Hell I have a bunch of unsorted dice and would not mind giving a few of them up.

Me, also! I have waaaaaaaay too many dice.

Hey, I live there!

Formica Archonis:

(...) The idea of a guy pushing his girlfriend away from gaming because she might enjoy it too much was a new one on me.

[quote]Man, Don't Carry A Grudge

I want to see this game. Hopefully it involves lugging small unpleasant monsters, possibly green ones.

It's just Ludo. But like everything else in former Yugoslavia, it got a silly name

Man, Don't Carry A Grudge
I want to see this game. Hopefully it involves lugging small unpleasant monsters, possibly green ones.

Actually, the only green monsters you'll find in this game are your fellow players. ;)

First article in the series that I read and I really enjoyed it. Those minefields are not to be underestimated by the way; once we took a break during a long car ride and one of my friends went off into the shrubbery to take a piss. Turns out he relieves his bladder right on a mine. Luckily, the mine wasn't pissed off enough to go boom. Dunno if it was a dud - had to call the police since it was too close to the road.
Well, back then we didn't have much to laugh about. Today it's pretty funny. :)

Despite how hard we try to leave it behind us, there's always something to remind us of that fucking war. Still there's also a lot of beauty here as I'm sure Kieth saw in that national park (whichever they took him to).

Also I'm glad that there's people enjoying D&D, we need more of that. Makes me sad that most of the gaming and cultural events are exclusive to Zagreb.

disturbed_one:
It's just Ludo. But like everything else in former Yugoslavia, it got a silly name

Djed Moros:
Actually, the only green monsters you'll find in this game are your fellow players. ;)

Wow, that's incredibly disappointing. You guys really need a better game for a name like that.

Anyway, thanks for the enlightenment!

I cannot believe you know about Endyval.......who are you man?

disturbed_one:

Man, Don't Carry A Grudge

I want to see this game. Hopefully it involves lugging small unpleasant monsters, possibly green ones.

It's just Ludo. But like everything else in former Yugoslavia, it got a silly name[/quote]

Yeah, but the name sounds even sillier when you translate it into English. Also I personally was never such a big fan of this. The dice tended to screw me over.

Azmael Silverlance:
I cannot believe you know about Endyval.......who are you man?

Well they did give him a copy of it when he came over here. At least from what they told me.

Major_Tom:
Hey, I live there!

On a totally unrelated note, why do you have perkele!! as your title? :)

OT: That was a good read. Well written and interesting for someone who hasn't even know anyone playing these games.

Best thing I found in Zagreb was the Tolkien Bar, a Lord of the Rings theme pub. Was a great little place to wind away a night (or 2), recommend the house ale too, superb stuff.

smartengine:

Nibish:
Glad to see The Escapist and Keith taking a peek around Zagreb and the gaming scene. It's not often that Croatia is mentioned in any kind of gaming context besides Serious Sam. :)

have you forgotten about doodle jump(an iPhone game)?

Ha, didn't know about that. Not following mobile gaming much, and anything to do with Apple. :)

I wouldnt mind playing with these people. One, because 3rd Edition is just plain better than 4th (the coolest villians are LE) and also I keep pushing my players to ask me to personalize the campaign with their character's histories. Was fun having my brother's character begin naked in a forest unconscious for seemingly no reason.

Nice article, really interesting idea.

wooty:
Best thing I found in Zagreb was the Tolkien Bar, a Lord of the Rings theme pub. Was a great little place to wind away a night (or 2), recommend the house ale too, superb stuff.

This sounds damn awesome, wish there was a LotR-themed bar in Manchester...

Eoeoz:
Nice article, really interesting idea.

wooty:
Best thing I found in Zagreb was the Tolkien Bar, a Lord of the Rings theme pub. Was a great little place to wind away a night (or 2), recommend the house ale too, superb stuff.

This sounds damn awesome, wish there was a LotR-themed bar in Manchester...

Hm, think that might have closed in 2008, but I'm not quite sure. Found a bit of news on a Croatian Tolkien Portal about it. But, something similar might have opened.

benzooka:

Major_Tom:
Hey, I live there!

On a totally unrelated note, why do you have perkele!! as your title? :)

My sister loves Finland and we like to shout that randomly.

Nibish:

Eoeoz:
Nice article, really interesting idea.

wooty:
Best thing I found in Zagreb was the Tolkien Bar, a Lord of the Rings theme pub. Was a great little place to wind away a night (or 2), recommend the house ale too, superb stuff.

This sounds damn awesome, wish there was a LotR-themed bar in Manchester...

Hm, think that might have closed in 2008, but I'm not quite sure. Found a bit of news on a Croatian Tolkien Portal about it. But, something similar might have opened.

Actually there used to be two of them (unrelated but 100 meters apart) but both were closed. Now a third one is opened, it's a bit smaller than the first one but still very good.

CoL0sS:
Despite how hard we try to leave it behind us, there's always something to remind us of that fucking war. Still there's also a lot of beauty here as I'm sure Kieth saw in that national park (whichever they took him to).

Also I'm glad that there's people enjoying D&D, we need more of that. Makes me sad that most of the gaming and cultural events are exclusive to Zagreb.

You can find some groups in some other bigger cities, but Zagreb is by far the most advanced. The only thing it lacks is the sea view :D

That bit at the end, Mr. Baker. That's what makes you not simply great, but awesome.
Also: the references to places you've been before and the way you tie it all up in a greater story. It's an immense pleasure.
The only thing lacking for this to be perfect are more photos. Show us more from the people you've met, the places you've been to. If that's at all possible, of course.
And thanks for cracking me up with "Man, Don't Carry A Grudge". The game has the same name here in Bulgaria, but I never thought how this would sound in English.

Holly Molly!
Keith Baker was in Zagreb!?
And You didn't come to visit ME AND MY GROUP!?

Smart move. We're a crazy bunch. ;-)

Glad to hear You liked it here.

As far as dice go, I don't know what my (unknown) fellow gamers are talking about, I have plenty of dice and when I want more I just order from Paizo.com. No biggy.

And PDFs have greatly removed the problems with getting books (but even before that Amazon was my friend with acceptable prices and s&h).

"Man, Don't Carry A Grudge" = Frustration (but our version doesn't have enclosed dice).

You should have stayed longer. Maybe you could come during the summer and see some sea.

Shameless promotion: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/08/travel/la-tr-kvarner-20110102

Best regards and come back,

JF

Hmmm... As someone who lives in Zagreb for the last 23 years, I had a different experience. I remember I bought a D&D starter set in 2001 or so, and that came with all the dice you needed (d4-d20). And there were a couple of stores in Zagreb which sold gaming dice in various shapes, sizes and colours, as well as D&D books. Also, when I was in high school our D&D group was almost exclusively female, although the gamer culture worldwide often really is a bit childish in that respect :)

 

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