Old Tricks are the Best

Posted on August 31, 2018

I love DMing for new groups and players. Sharing the game I love, and watching their faces light up with each new discovery makes me well and truly happy. But also it allows me to use tricks that would never work on more veteran players. Such as the time I was running a group of freshly-minted PCs through a standard dungeon delve as their intro quest for a nearby town.

Things had been going fairly standard. A few traps, some basic monsters, a few desperate saving throws. But they were loving every bit of it, and it was really exciting to watch them not only begin to embrace the personality of their characters, but learn how to better…

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Tangled Webs

Posted on August 30, 2018

A few weeks ago, my gaming group did a one-shot side trip. It was the birthday of one of the players and he wanted to DM something different and "Bronze Age." When I got there (late) I found out that he'd nixed that idea and was just going to run a side trip for some of the party. I'd left my sheet at home, of course, so I quickly threw together a Gnome Rogue named Gimmel "Filchbatter" Torren.

The DM-for-the-night pulled me aside to give me the set-up: in the setting's version of Monaco my guild thief needed to find some chumps (the regular party) to help me steal a McGuffin suitcase from a casino high roller. I could promise them wh…

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Caught in a Lie

Posted on August 29, 2018

Our party consists out of a Wizard, Cleric, Fighter, Bard, and Rogue—all human, and one Duskscale Lizardfolk Shadowsage. While we can seriously kick the behind of everything that walks, crawls, or slithers, we are seriously deficient in the ranged attacks department. My middle-aged Bard has a light crossbow which allows him to make ineffective ranged attacks once a round. The Wizard has plenty of spells that make things go boom, so he is the only defence we have against swarms or anything that is capable of hovering more than 10 feet above ground level.

As luck would have it, our Wizard was not available when we found ourselves in a …

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Pirates of the Very Large Desert

Posted on August 28, 2018

I was DMing a 4th edition campaign with my friends, We had a Satyr Bard who wore a straw hat and tropical flower board shorts; a Dwarf Wizard whose life goal was to make a magical spell that dropped cream pies on people; a Human Druid who attempted to tame anything he found; and a Dwarf Barbarian who was addicted to liquid nitrogen.

At one point they ended up in a desert town, where they were tasked with killing a purple worm and harvesting its guts for a medicinal recipe. Now, as these people were fairly new, they had no idea how strong purple worms were (I did tone down it's damage and health). As they were valiant heroes, they acc…

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Two Dwarves and an Elf Walk into a Cave

Posted on August 27, 2018

I was introducing three of my friends to D&D for the first time (3.5). By the end of it, we had a Dwarf Barbarian, a Dwarf Fighter, and an Elven Bard.

After breaking up a bar fight, the guard asked them to go clear out an abandoned keep that was buried under a hill of dirt. At the back of the keep there was a cave entrance where they smashed a couple of goblins. Suddenly nine Orcs led by a level 3 Barbarian Orc charged them. They managed to bottleneck the Orcs and take them all out. After that, they healed up with the potions the leader had.

After navigating the tunnels, the group made it to the iron door of the keep. They cracked t…

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