Tales

Curiously Charitable

Posted on January 19, 2018

My Bard and my traveling companions, a Monk and a Ceric, came upon a town surrounded by refugee camps suffering from a terrible plague. As we walked through the main gate, we saw the dead being isolated in mass graves, which the local church was kind enough to dig.

In the course of the adventure, we decided to investigate a warehouse at the edge of town rumored to belong to the same local church. Rather than crash in and treat it like a dungeon, we sent in the Monk to spy, aided with an Invisibility from me and a Silence from the Cleric.

In a storeroom on the top floor, the Monk came upon three large barrels. The first was filled wi…

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My Own Greatest Enemy

Posted on January 16, 2018

My first character was an arrogant Sorcerer named Drake Fantana that flew around Eberron trying to save the world with a group of friends. He ended up an international criminal wanted for the destruction of a city. I swear it was an accident. But even though that campaign had some good learning moments, such as finding out quickly and brutally what an "anti-magic field" was, or accidentally killing a hostage because I figured I was such a bad shot with a crossbow that I was sure to miss, it was really the ending that always stood out to me.

We were in a Game of Death-esque pagoda and were fighting our way up towards a Dragon Lich. Ea…

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The Joy of Character Backstories

Posted on January 10, 2018

I like characters I play to have an established place in their world, a sense of what they were before they became adventurers. So when I decided to DM for a couple of college friends, I asked them to give me one-page bios of their characters.

Hirotoro Nevah was a prince from a ruined land, his kingdom destroyed by betrayal when he was only a small child. He was rescued and raised by a dragon that owed his family a favor. He was brave, honorable, an excellent warrior, but only civilized as much as living alone in the mountains with a dragon can make a man. Izzy was an Eladrin that ran away from her home to live among the exotic and e…

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You Detect No Traps

Posted on January 09, 2018

Sometimes I think the best part about being a DM is that you have the opportunity to screw with your player's heads.

This is the tale of a fairly standard dungeon crawl—monsters, loot, the whole nine yards. But just to make things interesting, I put in a room near the end, 20 x 20 x 20. Completely empty, save for a pedestal dead center, on which sat... a single silver piece.

There were no monsters in the room, no decorations, no nothing. Just that pedestal and the silver piece.

The players spent the next half hour agonizing over it. They cast every spell to detect magic and traps and illusions they could think of. They detected no …

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Deep Space Loots

Posted on January 08, 2018

We started playing a 5e game with myself (semi-experienced), a veteran player, and three totally new players, one of which is my wife. Over our ten years of marriage she’s only recently gone from waiting ‘patiently’ in the car on comic book day to coming in and getting books of her own, so starting a D&D campaign was a huge step for her.

At the end of last week’s session she started diving out the loot. "Ok you all get 50 gold, 75 silver and 2 latinum.”

"What?" I asked, stunned.

She repeated the loot amounts and types, and after seeing the stares from everyone at the table she said, "What? It’s what I wrote down!"

The vet player c…

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