HTales from the Table


Sword & Pedestal

Posted on February 08, 2016

I was running an epic level adventure for some friends and was parodying a ton of stuff from movies, books, and video games. The whole thing was really just one big joke for us, but it gave us the chance to run an amazing adventure, do whatever we wanted, and have fun with it.

Towards the beginning of the adventure I gave the party the option to choose from an array of weapons. Each and every one was a reference to something from pop culture or mythology; Gungnir, Odin’s spear from Norse mythology; Hammer from Donkey Kong/Smash Bros.; Dagger of Time from Prince of Persia; and so forth. One of the weapons I described immediately…

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I Am Horse!

Posted on February 07, 2016

In my session last night I ran into an interesting situation involving some thugs, a Wizard, and a horse.
My party was returning to Neverwinter after having hunted down some Drow who'd kidnapped citizens of their home town. Spirits were high, and the Ranger rode ahead with the Wizard to duel a noble at high noon (who he'd inadvertently smacked in the face with a coffin a couple of days before). On the way to the duel the Ranger was accosted by a gang of thugs hired to soften him up before his fight, and was saved due to some lucky rolling by the Wizard...
But they were left with a problem. They were standing in the alleys of the…

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XTREME Smidget

Posted on February 04, 2016

You may assume that the tale of Smidget starting a religion was the only noteworthy thing he did in that campaign.

You would be wrong.

Our group ventured into an underground Dwarven city on our way to a quest. While there, one of the Fighters, my Ranger, and Smidget decided to go on a tour of the mines. A Dwarf took us on the tour by riding in a cart which traveled at a speed of 120 MPH through the main mines.

At the stop for the underground city we all get off… except for Smidget, who thought the ride was pretty fun.

So fun that he wanted to ride it again.

Smidget pulled a lever that he had seen the Dwarf pull, and off…

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The Negotiator

Posted on February 03, 2016

I've played D&D for many years, but as time moves on people come and go. My old group had been disbanded due to work, family, and other RL hassles for some time, but I stumbled across a few coworkers who were fascinated with the idea of D&D and wanted to start their own group.

Elated at starting up again, I leapt into the fray and within a month (our new DM wanted time to perfect his story) we were sitting around the kitchen table, character sheets in hand and dreams of natural 20's glinting in everyone's eye. A few cold drinks and introductions later, my Fighter was chomping at the bit, ready to seek fortune and honor deep within…

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The Cure to Power Gamers

Posted on February 02, 2016

I've run a gaming group for almost a decade now, and while the lineup occasionally changes the group as a whole has been remarkably stable. This is great, as it gives me the opportunity to try things I normally couldn't; the group trusts me enough that I can get away with all sorts of things.

We recently switched over to 5th edition, and when we did the resident power gamer came up to me with a dilemma. He was sick and tired, he said, of always making "the best" character, someone who could spit in a god's face at 1st level and would be ruling the multiverse before they hit 10th. He wanted to make a character that was more…

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