The question for Day 7 is “What was your most impactful RPG session?” I was having a hard time coming up with an answer for this question. What makes an RPG session impactful? I could probably name my most fun RPG session or the most frustrating RPG session. But, I wouldn’t call either of those impactful. Then, the answer hit me. Continue reading #RPGaDay: Day 7
Today’s question is “You can game every day for a week. Describe what you’d do!” I have two answers for this. However, the RPGaDay bylaws allow for this.
My first choice would be running a mini-campaign. One of the biggest time wasters in our normal games is getting everybody back up to speed. Playing seven days straight would eliminate the need for this. The story and where the players were in it would remain fresh in everyone’s minds. Also, a mini-campaign played out in this manner would be more rewarding for the players. They would get to see their roleplaying have consequences hours or days later instead of weeks, months or years.
My second choice would be to run one-shots of as many different games as I could during the week. Probably my most difficult challenge is fitting new games into our gaming schedule. We’re all busy people who don’t have time to game every week. There is always the risk that you will spend an entire session trying out a game that no one ends up liking. As a result, we often fall back on familiar games. However, a week’s worth of sessions lessens the risk. The players and I could move on from games we didn’t like or play more of games that we did like.
As a Game Master you probably spend a fair amount of time creating a Big Bad for your adventures. Part of this creation involves coming up with a motivation for this Big Bad. By determining why they do the things they do it is easier for you to determine how they will act in different situations. Motivation is an important aspect in creating well-rounded characters in your game. But, have you ever stopped to think about the motivations for the minions that serve the Big Bad? These NPC’s are often just nameless cannon fodder. We trot them out for the PC’s to fight without a second thought as to why they are fighting. However, a minion’s motivation defines their actions just as much as the Big Bad. Continue reading Minion Motivation
A few weeks back I received a question from George Cameron. Take it away, George!
I actually have a request of you, if you do that sort of thing. Would you be willing to do a conversion of the Tsunami and/or Locust from the Realmspace book? I’m about to start using your material in our 5E Kara-Tur game, and I thought having a carrier battle with this monstrosity would be fun. I hope it isn’t rude of me to ask!
It’s not rude at all. I’m more than happy to help. First some background. Realmspace was the second Spelljammer Accessory product released for 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. It was written by Dale “Slade” Henson. Realmspace provided Dungeon Masters and players with the tools to bring Spelljammer rules into the Forgotten Realms, one of D&D’s most popular settings. This supplement introduced two new types of Spelljammer ships, the Locust and the Tsunami, that originated from Kara-Tur. Kara-Tur was originally its own D&D setting based off of medieval Asian culture. However, in 2nd Edition AD&D Kara-Tur was officially made part of the Forgotten Realms. If you’re interested, the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide has information about Kara-Tur for 5E . Okay, enough of that. Let’s get to it! I will be covering the Tsunami in this post and will detail the Locust in a future post.
Continue reading Monks in Space: The Tsunami
It’s no secret that I am a fan of the Tiny Frontiers RPG. I am also a fan of anything involving Giant Robots or Kaiju. Therefore, I was excited to hear that Tiny Frontiers was getting an expansion that would include both. I backed the Kickstarter (since apparently I back every RPG Kickstarter) and received my copy of the book back in February. I read through it right away, but haven’t shared my thoughts on the game until now.
Apparently I rolled a natural 1 yesterday when I posted the 5e Critical Hits table as the Critical Misses table. Today I am posting the actual Critical Misses table. As with the Critical Hits table I am offering this up as an optional rule for your 5e Dungeons & Dragons game. Some of the results on this table are extreme. So make sure that your group is fully on board before introducing this into your game. Feel free to customize it in whatever way fits your game. Otherwise, happy gaming!
I mentioned on Twitter last week that I had finally finished converting over the AD&D Good Hits & Bad Misses tables to be more in line with 5e. Today I would like to share the Critical Hits table with everyone to look over and maybe use in your games.
Well, they’ve gone and done it now, haven’t they? David Kizzia, one of the twisted minds at Monkeyfun Studios, reached into the inky depths of his imagination and drew forth Bedlam Hall, a new game of macabre Victorian role-playing. And, you, the unquestioning acolytes, powerful to resist his dark sorcery, answered the call to support the Kickstarter for the game. Shamefully, I must confess to being weak myself and giving in to the siren song. But, I am not here to lament the decisions of the past; I am here to bring a message of hope for the future!
Unfortunately, I am too late to prevent Monkeyfun Studios from bringing Bedlam Hall and all the calamity it will carry with it into the world. The Blackwood family still holds much influence over the generous though misguided denizens of Kickstarter. However, there is still hope that we can prevent the horrors of Bedlam Hall from leeching out into our reality. That hope is Gruel Truck.
What is Gruel Truck? Very simply, it’s an RPG where you play a retired adventure working in a food truck. Like the movie Chef, but with John Rhys-Davies instead of Jon Favreau. If the campaign reaches the $20,000 funding goal every backer above $15 will receive a copy of Gruel Truck! Backers who opted for a physical copy of Bedlam Hall will receive a physical copy of Gruel Truck and a paper hat!
David and his minions at Monkeyfun have left a glaring weakness in their campaign to infect our minds with the horrible mysteries of Bedlam Hall. Gruel Truck will fill us with such light that the crooked shadow of that other game will never be able to darken our souls again. It won’t be easy, though. The Bedlam Hall Kickstarter only has eight more days until funding is closed. Now is our moment. Now is when fight back against the darkness. Do it for the children. Do it for humanity! Support Bedlam Hall and BRING GRUEL TRUCK TO LIFE!