Oh blog, how I've neglected thee...
Actually it's just been really busy around here. That's not a bad thing. I'm going to do a much longer post soon concerning some observations I've made about how far DMing has come since I last played seriously, but until I can finish that, I'm going to talk a little here about getting in the swing of playing D&D 4E.
Role playing is old hat for me. I can RP as little, or as much as the group I'm in wants. Personally, I prefer a little at least, if just because it adds opportunities for fun and humor. Role playing hasn't changed much.
The game, however, really has. AD&D was always a mini game to a degree, but they were there to allow for better visualization and some minor positioning. Now, where you are on the grid is everything. That took some getting used to. I'm happy to say that I've gotten used to it.
I am playing a knight (fighter/defender). My character is all about keeping the enemy away from the more delicate characters that hit harder than I do, but can't take the damage. This last session, I finally got myself in a position where just about everything that tried to get around me got punished for the attempt. Of course having some good rolls helped too, but I wouldn't have gotten to even try to roll the dice if my position was wrong.
Yes, my discovery for the day is that in 4E combat position is a high percentage of the battle.