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The Death of Groddic

Posted on August 25, 2016

Before this tale begins in earnest, understand I design my own adventures. So imagine my players’ surprise when I finally loaded them into a pre-planned adventure.

At least, that's what they thought.

In actuality, the ‘module’ was a list of who dies first... because I felt like running a death trap. And by that I mean THE death trap: The infamous Tomb of Horrors.

Needless to say, none of them survived. But one surprised me—Groddic Hammerstrike, a level ten Dwarven fighter.

He dodged trap after trap, a Minotaur on its home turf, and a demented 13 level Wizard. This character—played by my best friend Daniel—single handedly…

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With This Ring

Posted on August 24, 2016

Back in the day there were no spells to tell you what a magic item did. The only way to discover its properties was to experiment with the thing, which could lead to disaster.

After a hard-won battle, we acquired a ring we were certain had powerful magical properties. It had survived the titanic amounts of spell damage we'd used to destroy its wearer, after all. So we began to investigate. After running various tests, one brave soul actually put the ring on—if it was a cursed item, we'd know it almost at once.

Nothing happened.

He tried to fly, to see invisible things, to look through walls, and more. He had us shoot him with…

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Under the Table Action

Posted on August 22, 2016

I'd recently started DM'ing for a new group of players that wanted to try out D&D. After spending an hour or so rolling out characters, they set to work on their first campaign--Keep on the Shadowfell.

Following a brief spat with some kobolds outside Winterhaven, the group decided to rest for the evening at the local tavern. There, they began chatting with the regulars before settling in for the night. The group's leader, an Elf Shaman named Candace, grew increasingly concerned with Valthrun, a well-liked old Wizard glossing over some scrolls. With some nods from the group, Mindolas, a Halfling Monk, rolled a thievery check to…

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