Friday, February 09, 2018

Campaigns Anew

Quite by happy accident, over the last year I've suddenly found myself running two separate Dungeons & Dragons games with a third one potentially starting soon. I'm also playing in a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire campaign, which is a first for me. Even young Samwise is getting into the game a bit. I run a game for him by himself, and keep things super loose with the rules since he's only 8. Here's a quick summary of the games in progress.

Valgora

For middle child Joc and their friend Avery (and sometimes Lauren), I'm running a campaign using a homebrew campaign I found online called Valgora. It's pretty well developed and has some elements I like a lot. The ancient past had a great cataclysm, but the world has been steadily recovering and is in an extended era of peace. The characters are as follows.

  • Pyral (⚧ Silver Dragon / 5th-level Dragon / LG) [Played by Joc]
  • Zinc "Zech" Cortielia (♀ Halfling / 5th-level Bard / CN) [Played by Avery]
  • Drest Ranio (♂ Human / 5th-level Rogue / NG) [Played by Joc]
  • Hinkle of Turen (♀ Gnome / 5th-level Rogue / LN) [Played by Lauren]

There are various NPCs around, including a wife of sorts for Zinc and a recurring villain (or two). And the dinosaur is still at large.

Dark Sun

Lisa and I and our group of grown-up friends are playing a Dark Sun game. The characters are a big group when every is available.

  • Joe - Half-giant Cleric
  • Michael - Dwarf Fighter / Cleric
  • Lisa - Halfling Rogue
  • Jess - Elven Fighter / Wizard / Arcane Archer
  • Chris - Human Warlock
  • Ben - Elan Psion / Uncarnate

The party is escorting a caravan around the Tyr region and the time period is right at the death of Kalak.

Bytopia

Oldest child Reese and their friends, we will be starting a new campaign that is guaranteed to be super non-serious. I'm basing it on the outer planes setting of Bytopia and the three thematic elements they requested were (1) f*cking dinosaurs, (2) all ogres talk like shrek and (3) airships! So that will be fun. They have character concepts that involve memes.

  • Sadie (elf cleric)
  • Mars (human sorcerer)
  • Tyler (half-orc ranger)
  • Reese (half-elf rogue)
  • Danni (elf bard)

Anyhow, I'm having a blast. Oh and Sammy is running a sort of Elvish Fighter/Mage and the campaign is sort of Zethul, but again I'm being super loose with the rules.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Reddit: Want to learn to play D&D? You can start right now!

New post today caught my eye. Want to learn to play D&D? You can start right now...

Find Too Many and Now Lack Players

It is an interesting post inviting new players to learn about D&D, but what I love most about the comment threads are the gold nuggets of wisdom and links to online tools that can be used in gaming. Here's a few I dug out, but as the post ages it might gain more.

Those last two are geared towards introducing younger kids to the game, which is relevant to my interests as a dad. Another repeatedly mentioned suggestion was Roll20, which I've been hearing about often in my current adult group.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Penny Arcade - D&D Podcast - Dark Sun

A few years ago, I'd found a series of audio podcasts of the guys from Penny Arcade and PvP getting together to feature and play test the latest version of Dark Sun for 4th edition.

I've been a fan of Penny Arcade for a while, and I also read PvP on occasion. I downloaded the podcasts and burned them to disc and listened to them through several times on long drives. They were exciting and funny but they also demonstrated well the right feel and theme for Dark Sun while at the same time giving insight into the mechanics of 4th edition to those of us that hadn't played it yet.

Dark Sun Podcast

Friday, March 04, 2016

RPG Character Portraits (Female) 1,408 through 2,015

Here is a fifth and final batch. See part 4 here.

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