Friday Five: 2009-12-25

Merry Christmas, Everyone! I’m short on time tonight (as it is almost tomorrow), so I’m jumping right into the list for the week. The Gates of Adventure! When mid-to-high-level PCs start roaming the world, they abandon their trusty steeds and turn to the nearest teleportation device/spell or the closest portal or summoning circle for getting ...

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, ...

Friday Five: 2009-12-18

Shopping Spree! Ever had a full game session eaten by the PCs shopping with their new found wealth? Yeah, me too. As a player, I get my shopping done fast and out of the way and then I wait for the rest of the players to finish off their stuff. As a GM, I tend ...

Adventure Hook: Trapped in a Bottle

The PCs awake to find themselves trapped in a bottle. It’s not very apparent to them right away what is going on (this is a great chance for a GM to describe the setting and allow the players to muddle it out.) Once the PCs figure out their circumstances and fail to gain egress from ...

Tales from the Table: Legends

Back in the early 1990s, one of my roommates, Jason, went on an extended vacation for 6 weeks. My other roommate and I decided to see what kind of RPG we could make in the time he was gone. We worked day and night on the system and unveiled “Legends” to Jason upon his return. ...

Friday Five: 2009-12-11

Character Fixes: Making Characters Enjoyable Scott, over at Gnome Stew, has four ways to make your characters more enjoyable to play. Go check them out! Ten Ways to Challenge Powerful Parties I’m primary a game master. My highest level character ever was a 13th level monk in D&D 3.0. Unless things change, he will probably ...

Adventure Hook: Component Robbery

Many thanks to Brad for this great idea. I complained that I was having a dry moment and just could not think of a hook. He came up with this one, and I loved it. Here it is. An old wizard with too many years behind him has fallen into the grips of dementia. He ...

Tales from the Table: Pomek the Speedy

Pomek was my D&D 3.0 Elven Monk. He was the highest level character I’ve ever had. I managed to get him to 13th level before the “great domination” by an evil spellcaster brought the campaign to a screeching halt. I have quite a few stories about the hapless monk and his friends, but I’ll just ...

Friday Five: 2009-12-07

Meh. Work kicked me in the head at the end of last week, and I totally didn’t have time to give shout outs to the great blog posts I found during the week. I really don’t have time to post this right at this moment, so I’m just sharing the links I found without culling ...

Adventure Hook: The Woods

Today’s adventure is inspired by a fellow writer of mine. I’m blatantly stealing an idea from one of his short stories. He’ll probably never see this since he doesn’t role play, but thanks to Hank anyways. This can apply to pretty much any setting, so I really like it. It has a fantastical element to ...