Hello, remember me?

Wow… it’s been a while! Sorry about that. Things have been a little weird, as I mentioned, but I wasn’t expecting to go this long without posting. Sorry for the absence, I hope y’all haven’t given up on me.

Since I’ve been gone I’ve joined a D&D Adventures League group. It’s a new experience for me, playing in a game store with people I don’t know very well. I’m enjoying myself, but it’s taking some adjustment; when there’s a lot of poeple in the store I have a hard time because chaotic background noise messes with me. We’ve also had people popping in and out of the game with is something I usually try to avoid when I’m running a game. But I’m not running this one, so I have to cope. In case your wondering, I’m playing a Dragonborn Monk who just hit level 2.

On a related note, I’m sure most of us GM types are always on the look out for tools to help us in our herculean tasks. I’d like to share a couple that I’ve been using, Evernote and Obsidian Portal. I’ve found Evernote is pretty helpful in planning a campaign. It’s note taking software, similiar to OneNote, if you’ve ever used that, but it’s free. Superficially it’s just taking notes, but It organizes your notes and lets you add things like images and pdfs, so you can work character sheets right into the notes for your NPC. Obsidian Portal is great for world building; it’s a site that lets you build a wiki for the campaign you’re building. It’s not much of a boon for plot elements in my opinion; that’s stuff you don’t want your players to see so normal notes are fine. But is is good for making something your players can use to learn about your world’s history, geography, and things like that. It also has an adventure log so everyone can keep up to date. Neither of these tools are without some downside, but I like them.

I know this isn’t much for how long it’s been, but it’s something, right?

Mileage

Yeah… so that whole switching to Wednesdays thing didn’t work out so well. Oops. Anyway…

About a year and a half ago I was in a D&D 3.5 game. I was the only one with a hard copy of the Player’s Handbook I just left it at the house we played at. It’s been there ever since until yesterday when I finally got around to picking it up. George, the guy who was holding on to it, made sure to point out some light damage to the corners the book took since I left it at his place.

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He apologized, and I said I was ok with it. And I meant it, too.

I used to be pretty uptight about the condition of my game books, before I realized that what wears books out is getting used. The books I have that are in the best condition are the ones I haven’t really used very much. Alternatively, the book I’ve gotten the most use of, the one that I used to carry with me every where I went, Vampire: the Masquerade (Revised Edition), is in terrible condition.

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That, my friends, is mileage!

So don’t worry about frayed corners or worn bindings or scratched covers. It’s just what love looks like.

ONE OF US! ONE OF US! HEE HEE HEE!

First of all folks, sorry about last week. I have no excuse, I just completely spaced it. I forgot all about the blog until very late.

This week has been kind of exciting, role-playing wise, because a friend of mine just started her very first game! She’s playing an elf witch in a Pathfinder game. I’ve really enjoyed talking to her about it, following along as she makes her character and learns about the game.

(And in the process, I’ve also finally gotten around to looking at Pathfinder. Everything I’ve heard about Pathfinder, and from what I can tell the whole point of it, is preserving the 3.5 D&D rules once fourth edition came about. But they made changes, and I’m not sure what to make of them. Adding class features seems good, though the new favored class system seems weird. I guess there’s nothing wrong with Pathfinder, but I think I’d prefer to just stick with all my 3.5 material. Stick what you know, right?)

Anyway, the two are similar enough that I can understand the lingo, so it’ll be lots of fun following my friend as she wades further and deeper into my mostest favoritist pastime. I always get a thrill watching new comers to gaming. It’s like a bonus to the group of people I can share my passion with, another person with whom I can engage in that most sacred and honorable of activities, geeking the fuck out.

Disjointed thoughts on D&D

My original plan for today was to finish reading the new D&D basic rules, build a character, and talk about the process. However, I’ve decided to wait on that. The reason for that is that the basic rules pdf has very limited options for characters; specifically, I was going to build a cleric but the pdf only details one domain, Life. The pdf is full of “see the Player’s Handbook for more information” references, so that’s what I’m going to do; I’ll wait until the new PHB is released next month.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I actually don’t have a lot of experience in D&D. I’ve only played in two campaigns that lasted more than a session or two before the group disbanded, and I’ve never DMed a game. I think I’d like to do that sometime.

My favorite D&D character I’ve made was, unfortunately, one in a game that ended right away. We had one session, most of which was character building. He was a Halfling Sorcerer, but he wasn’t really into being a sorcerer or an adventurer. His passion was cooking. I picked the sorcerer class because it’s all about natural talent and intuition instead of training and education, so it seemed like a good class for a reluctant adventurer. All of his spells were things useful in a kitchen, like burning hands and grease, and I spent all of his gold on cooking gear. Though he didn’t think of himself as an adventurer, he really was. He hired himself out to the party so that he could travel the world to learn different recepies and culinary traditions, and to meet great chefs and learn from them. The one session we had with him didn’t have any combat, but my thought was always that he would refuse to fight (“I’m the cook, you guys fight the monsters and I’ll have dinner ready when you’re done”) until something messed with his mobile kitchen. A spare arrow knocks over his pot, ruining his stew, and then the orcs have arcane fire coming at them, that sort of thing.

Ode To The Natural 20

I could fight a monster with AC of 65

And have combat stats so low, I’m not sure how I’m still alive

But thanks to you I’ve still a 5 percent chance to hit

And, if I’m really lucky, maybe even score a crit

 

I love to see the curves of your two and of your zero

When you show up it makes me feel as though I am a hero

Unstoppable, unbeatable, until that basterd One

Shows up at last to take a giant shit on all my fun

 

Oh, Natural 20, I wish that you were on each side

 

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