Results for tag: dungeons and dragons
Posted by: jaylaugh on Aug 11, 2010 at 11:40:35 AM
As a DM, I think I'm fortunate that my players are all avid gamers in general. The drawback to this type of group, however, is that on any given game night it's sometimes easy for us to pick up another game instead of continuing the campaign. So, sometimes I try to shake up the campaign a bit by introducing other games into the campaign in such a way as the players' success or failure at the game impacts what happens to the PCs in the campaign world.
This is a new technique for me that started with "Inn-Fighting". The PCs had to get some information about a ship from a dwarf harbormaster at the local pub. The link to the "Inn-Fighting" game was that the amount of information the PCs gained depended upon how well the players did at the game. This type of idea is a nice break...
Posted by: jaylaugh on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:55:35 PM
I fudge dice rolls . . . not always, but often . . . and without hesitation.
It started innocently enough. My first two sessions DMing brutalized my players. Low player rolls combined with party-killing high monster rolls caused my players to expend their daily powers in the first encounter. These were supposed to be the easier ones. The look in their eyes revealed disbelief and demoralization with successive monster hit after hit. I wanted to do something to help them, but they all saw the rolls and would know that I was faking it if I did. We were missing something . . . a DM screen.
At the beginning of our third session, my friend Paul says, “I’ve got something for you.” It was a DM screen. I think it was an unspoken request to do something about their Crit-Master...
Posted by: jaylaugh on Mar 22, 2010 at 07:49:36 AM
I purchased the new Player's Handbook 3 and caught up on the DnD podcasts on the same day . . . and something struck me. In the November 6, 2009 podcast, Shelly Mazzanoble was getting some grief over her minotaur with an ubiqitous name, Kevin. I have to side in favor of Kevin the Minotaur on this one.
A wimpy name like Kevin for a brutish character like a minotaur boldly declares,"I DARE YOU." "Go ahead, make fun of my name . . . and prepare for the world of hurt I'll introduce you to."
It's akin to a 6'5'', 300lb felon in prison for triple homicide named Sweetie. Make fun of his name and make that quadruple homicide.
Seriously though, not all of the potential names provided in PH3 offer a more reasonable direction for minotaur naming conventions.
Bjorkus - Oh, this one is rich!...