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Saturday, September 14, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 14 - Favorite NPC

Malakor Grais'li - Head of (whatever the local government) Intelligence, always willing to give the characters a dangerous but well paying job.

He always has a secretary/assistant named Helga who is tall, beautiful and has a loaded crossbow/pistol/handaxe close at hand and knows how to use them

Thursday, September 12, 2013

D&D 30 day challenge - day 12 Favorite dungeon type / location

I've never been a fan of really big dungeons, so most of my games have had small locations or been overland /wilderness based.  Ruins are always a good go, with a few small cellar complexes, sewer tunnels to explore as well as the aboveground ruins.

I also like ship-based adventures . . . I have a couple of players who HATE when I mention a sea voyage, they act like Mr. T trying to be coaxed onto an airplane :D   gotta love that.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 11 Favorite Adventure

That would be my "Horns of Kuberlo" adventure that I used over the years to start several campaigns (I've had to change it up a few times because I have a couple of players that have been in my groups for a couple of decades).

The adventure starts with a kidnapping from the town the characters are in/from and ends up with them facing the threat of stopping a demon worshipping cult from bringing the object of their veneration into the material plane to wreak havoc and destruction.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 10 Craziest thing that has happened that you saw

Way back in the mid 80's I was running a house ruled (duh) 2nd edition game for my friends and one of the players had a magic user who had a wand of lightning bolts with (to him) an unknown number of charges remaining.

I was using the moathouse from the Village of Hommlet module, and the group had managed to get into the moathouse and then got themselves cornered and were facing about three times their number in bandits, with an ogre among them.  The mage player asked if he could force the wand to shoot a triple power lighting bolt if it expended twice as many charges as usual (I've always allowed my players to come up with creative options whenever possible), I told him sure, but there could be dangers in that.  His response was "We got plenty of dangers in front of us", so I told him to make a percentage roll (I fixed a numeric range in my head and saw in my notes that the wand only had 5 charges left).  He rolled an 01 and smiled.

I told the group, "As the mage (I forget the character name at the moment) concentrates and points his wand towards the approaching mass of bandits and their ogre muscle, you see sparks begin to encircle his hand and the wand and then a massive array of lightning streaks out as the wand explodes in his hand"

I had everyone roll saving throws, and when the smoke cleared, three of the party were unconscious but still alive, the mage looked like one of those cartoons characters where a cigar had exploded in his face, and the bandits and ogres were all burned to a crisp (as were their equipment, including a magic sword the leader was carrying).

Monday, September 9, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge Day 9 - Favorite Character I haven't played

I suppose that would be the mage character Ryzalec of my friend Wyatt Bruce.  He played him with creativity and style iin every incarnation of the character over a number of games and systems.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

D&D 30 day challenge day 8 - Favorite Character Played

My first would probably have to be the favorite, although I've enjoyed every character I've ever played.

Corwin - the Human Ranger from my first game ever.   By the time I left Orlando and quit playing him, he was a level 10 Ranger and had a pair of weapons that he had acquired in the course of the campaign, a dagger called "Lichesbane" that did double damage to undead (useful when only doing half damage to skeletons with a dagger :P) and protected him from draining attacks.  In his other hand was a short sword called "Trollburner" that did an additional 1d4 fire damage.   Both of these were only +1 weapons for attack bonuses, but after acquiring them at 5th level, I passed up on every chance to take 'generic' +2 and even +3 weapons for the remainder of the campaign.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 7 - Favorite Edition

Ohh, let's open a can of worms, shall we?   just kidding.

Actually, I have played every edition of D&D at some point and have played any number of house-ruled versions, including my own (I have seldom met a ruleset that I didn't want to tinker with).

I think though, that the most enjoyment I have achieved from D&D games were in any of the pre-3rd edition games, although I have some hopes for 5th edition.

Friday, September 6, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 6 Favorite Deity


No, seriously. . . I'll have to fall back on one of my own creations.
Thanator, the god of death in my Leshan campaign is not a 'bad guy' deity.  He is represented by a fighting order called the "Undefiled" whose job is it to send Undead back to the boss and to protect the sanctity of burial grounds.   We had a warrior priest of Thanator in my last RQ campaign and he made for some interesting roleplaying instances, especially when he was stopping the rest of the party from looting what he declared to be "honorable dead".   He would allow them to loot monstrous opponents and those without honor, such as ambushing bandits and the like, but foes who challenged and faced the party head on were off limits.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 5 - Favorite Dice

Hmmm, favorite dice. .  .

Truthfully, I'm not that particular in general, but I do have a green 20 sider that I've had since the late 1980's that seems to like to roll either 1's or 20's on a fairly regular basis that I do enjoy using; and a pair of d10s (red and blue) that I've had since the first time I ran Rolemaster back in the mid 80's that I tend to use for percentile purposes.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 4 Favorite Gameworld

Well this one is a bit harder.  

Is it egotistical to say that my favorite gameworlds are the ones I've created?

I have my fantasy setting: Leshan, which has evolved over the past couple of decades

I have my two fisted alternate 1930's pulp setting and I have my recent Swashbucklers of Atlantis, which is an Alternate history 18th century setting (Atlantis is what you and I call North America).

For favorite Gameworlds that I didn't come up with. . . . I'd say Harnworld and Greyhawk.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 3 Favorite Playable Class

My favorite playable class is a toss up between Fighter and Ranger, with Ranger taking the lead.   I like a character who can handle themselves in a fight, and the special wilderness abilities of a ranger have always appealed to me (it was my first character, after all).   When I look at a new system, I first see how well I can create my prototypical ranger type character (these days named Alegur Thatain, as I realized a long time ago I should quit naming my characters after book and movie characters and make up my own names for them :P)

Monday, September 2, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 2 Favorite Playable Race

Most of these posts will be much shorter than my first post, where I wax nostalgic (part of getting older, I hear).

My favorite Playable Race is simply Human.  I've played Dwarves, Elves and even Half Orcs, but I always enjoy playing a Human the best.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

D&D 30 Day Challenge - Day 1 How I got started

I'll give this a shot and see if I can actually post all 30 days.

In 1980, I was stationed in Orlando, Florida at the US Navy Nuclear Training Center, learning about nuclear reactors and all of the things that went along with it.   It was a very time consuming and stressful training, requiring 40 hours a week regular classtime and a minimum of 40 extra hours a week logged in for after hours study (which had to be done IN the building, since most everything we were learning had been marked Classified).  

At that time, at the ripe old age of 18, most of my down time was either spent on dates or at bars on or off base (I really enjoyed dancing back then and it was the tail end of the age of disco).   Some of my classmates had been talking for a while about a game they had been playing on Saturday evenings, something called 'Dungeons and Dragons'.  They invited me to play, but frankly, the descriptions of what they were talking about didn't sound that appealing to me at the time.

Then one weekend, I was at loose ends, both of the girls I had been dating were out of town and I really didn't feel like hitting the bars, it was already starting to get old to me, so I planned on sitting in the barracks and reading that night.   My roommate, who was one of the players in the game, suggested again coming to play, or at least watch, and see what I thought about it.   I was about to politely demur when he said the magic words "There will be pizza from xxxxx (I forget the name of the pizza place, but it had some of the best pizza I had tasted to date)"    That did the trick, what the heck, I could have really good pizza instead of leaving base or eating whatever was being served in the mess hall.

I went and met the Dungeon Master, an older Chief Petty Officer (E7, Think Sgt First Class in the Army), who I had seen around the school.  There were six regular players, all but one of them, E3's like myself, and students of the Nuke School, the other fellow was an Ensign (lowest ranking officer), also from the Nuke School, but the Officers had their own building for training, and other than trying to avoid having to salute what seemed like a million of them if they got out of their classes at the same time we did (some of them were real jerks about it), we had little contact with them most of the time.

The Chief told me about the game, and he talked me through creating a character (it was 1st edition AD&D with lots of house rules), I created a human ranger, named him Corwin (I was working my way through the Amber series at the time), leveled him to level 3 to be just a level lower than the average of the others and we began playing.    Next thing I knew, it was 0200 and we had been playing for eight hours and I had a blast.

I was hooked.  I went to a game store one of the other guys told me about (I think the name of it was Enterprise 1701, but I'm not 100% sure) during the next week and bought the Players Handbook and began playing with the group every other Saturday.  One of my girlfriends had found someone else to date (which was fine by me, she was sort of high maintenance), and the other one actually said the game sounded interesting, so I talked to the Chief and he said sure, bring her in, so she joined the game and played with us.

I played Corwin the ranger from April of 1980 through February of 1981, when I left the Training Facility.  I had a blast and during that time I found something that I have enjoyed to this day.

I stopped playing for a while after I left Orlando, but started up again after I had came home and went to work running a local computer store in my home town.