Real geekophiles will appreciate this News.com story: "'Dungeons & Dragons' goes virtual." According to the article, more than 4,600,000 people still play this paper-based role-playing game in the United States alone. Turbine Games is taking advantage of D&D's popularity by creating an online alternative called "Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach," which will be released early next year.
"There are no guarantees, of course, that old D&D fans will glom onto the virtual version. For many 20- and 30-somethings, D&D brings up memories of years of regular long evenings spent with friends rolling 20-sided dice, eating bad takeout food, and trying to slay the oddest of fantasy beasts."
I'd be interested to hear what hard-core D&D players think. Will you check out the online game, or will you stick with the 20-sided dice?
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