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The Inn

Posted by Barmy Rootknot on November 25, 2014
The last house on the Hobbiton side

Friend of mine ran a D&D Next game, and our group having been together for about seven years now, we all know what roles we usually fall into. With this one, we threw caution to the wind and made whatever the hell we felt like, whether it was in the rules or not!

Since we're seasoned roleplayers, we really got into character. The party now had a Human Cleric, a Half-Elf Mage and three Hobbit Thieves. I don't say Rogue here, because we were out and out Thieves. But we went farther with it. These Hobbits were siblings and running their own Inn back at town. I was the cook, my female friend was the innkeeper, and my male friend was…

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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Bodybuilders

Posted by J. Steinbeck on November 24, 2014
What could possibly go wrong?

Our party had been tasked with assassinating the leader of a group of ruthless bandits. We tracked her down with relative ease but soon found that she rarely left her compound in the middle of the woods. The compound was heavily guarded and our Rogue was unable to sneak in. He'd been spotted by the guards but managed to lose them. Then my Dragonborn warlord came up with a plan.

You see there were three people in the party: my character Santiago Fatback, Cree, a Human Fighter, and Feets, the Halfling Rogue. Santiago and Cree both have high strength scores so we figured that meant they were muscular. I suggested that we hide our…

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It’s Hard Out Here for a Rogue

Posted by C. Coleman on November 20, 2014
You know it's hard out here for a Rogue

We were a four man party: Elven Ranger, Human Wizard, Dwarf Cleric/Fighter, and a Halfling Rogue. While questing down in the depths of some dungeon we woke up a Black Dragon and the battle commenced. We were getting nowhere. My arrows couldn’t penetrate his armor the Wizard rolled horribly, the Fighter couldn’t get close to the beast, and the Rogue, well… For the entire game, spanning six months at that point, the Rogue did nothing. He saw himself as a playboy who would charm his way to fortune. It worked great in the towns and such but every time we got to an encounter he would disappear. We hated it! But for some odd reason, in…

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Allbutt Root

Posted by Shennong on November 19, 2014
It's a subtle difference

While I have been playing D&D since 5th grade, the best group of players I've ever gamed with was back in college. As a freshman, I hooked up with a circle of gamers (including my future wife) DM’d by a senior creative writing major. This guy was a master storyteller that spun grand, sprawling, epic adventures that had everyone blowing off their studying for weeks at a time.

We occupied the basement of our dorm every weekend and many a weeknights downing delivery pizza and cheap tacos while hacking, slashing, thinking, and bleeding our way through an adventure inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. The most fun part was that…

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Are you a God?

Posted by Gozer on November 18, 2014
Then... DIE!

Running a 4th edition campaign for my friends, I thought it would be interesting to see how my group would react when tempted to do something... not "evil" per se but, you know, serving evil. I concocted a story wherein they come across an imprisoned villainous god known only as "The One" who offered them their heart's desire in exchange for their help in releasing him from his captivity.

Imprisoned by four other well-known deities in the D&D universe, he was chained within the heart of a mountain where his Spider minions had worked tirelessly, and mostly ineffectually, for thousands of years to release him from his chains. My…

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