Tales from the Table: Sartak the Mighty Goblin

Ages ago, I was running an AD&D 2e game in which we were using all of the core books, all of the gray books and all of the brown books. Life was good, though my bag was HEAVY with books, dice, pencils, paper, maps, minis, wet-erase battlemats and more. The group I ran was comprised ...

Tales from the Table: RPG Experiments

Back in the early 1990s, I had a couple of roommates, and one of them went back to California for a six week visit with his old friends and family. My other roommate and I decided to create our own role playing game and see what we could come up with while the other was ...

Tales from the Table: Method Acting

While running a Vampire: Dark Ages game many years ago, the group came across a mentally, emotionally and physically broken human child. The child had been part of a Baali conversion cult, but ended up being rejected as too weak to be claimed as a vampire. The boy became a vital clue to the group ...

Tales from the Table: Counterintuitive Terrorism

Back in high school, I ran a fairly length Top Secret S/I game. The game started out as your typical spies for Orion vs. spies for the W.E.B. and everything moved along quite well until I bought the counter terrorism source book. I don’t remember the title and I’m too lazy to run down to ...

Tales from the Table: Cyberarcher

When running my longest running Cyberpunk campaign for J.J., Vince, Ron and Justin back in the 1990s, Justin wanted to play an archer-type character. His character concept was one that despised guns, but he didn’t want to limit himself to just plain old arrows. Fancy, high-tech arrows didn’t exist in the game, so we came ...

Tales from the Table: Talisman

Our Pathfinder GM had to work from home on Saturday night, but he was free enough to sit at the table with his laptop and do his thing. Instead of forcing him to run the game and try to pay attention to his network while work was being done on it, we opted to take ...

Tales from the Table: Midnight

Once upon a time, I had an Irdan (High Ogre from Dragonlance) ranger in a game that was not set in Krynn, but in a very Dragonlance-ish world. This was entirely Joe’s campaign, and it ran for several years, which is one of the longest campaigns I’ve ever played in. I don’t remember the character’s ...

Tales from the Table: Burning Wheel

Two Saturdays ago, our usual group was broken up by a business trip that two of our members had to embark on. The remaining four of us gathered together, made some Burning Wheel characters, and ran a combat against a Medusa. I ended up making a Dwarven artifcer who turned into an adventurer with his ...

Tales from the Table: Tallinhaldorian

I joined a new RPG group last week and the first time I gamed with them was this past Friday. It was good timing due to the fact that they started a new Forgotten Realms campaign on Friday. It’s set in Cormyr to start with, and I have no idea where we’ll be heading. That’s ...

Tales from the Table: Pomek vs. the Crunchy Ones

Another tale from the table about Pomek. Pomek was my elven monk that I played in a D&D 3.0/3.5 campaign. As I’ve said before, he’s the most powerful character I’ve ever attained, and have quite a few tales about his exploits. This is one of them. We were exploring a cave system full of elementals, ...