A Darker Prognostication

Posted on August 30, 2017

My daughter turned seven this year and her ability to read has finally caught up with her love of rules and creative play. So her induction to D&D has begun.

I invited a large group of gamer friends over to begin an epic by-the-book 5th ed game. Each and every character was connected to Talor, the Half-Elf Eldritch Fighter my daughter created. Cousins, friends, that Tiefling she saved from getting beat up at the orphanage when they were young; the connections to Talor were varied and hilarious.

We were playing the Mines of Phandelver from the Starter Set and the group was about to enter the Cragmaw Cave at the top of the adventure w…

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Burglar Get Out

Posted on August 29, 2017

Our group has always been a bit on the special side. I started the group by posting at a local game-shop that I was looking for players for D&D 3.5. People came and went, and after a what seemed like forever, my campaign came to an end. Others were willing to take up the mantle as DM and before long we took the game, and the select few of us that were still a coherent group, to a friend's home, playing our nights away on a new campaign.

At the beginning of the campaign, our group consisted of a motley crew of degenerates, including the chosen of St. Cuthburt; my Halfling/people-snatcher;  Aric, our Human Rogue/party face; and a frien…

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The Red Birthday

Posted on August 28, 2017

Our group was playing in a homebrew world. They’d arrived in the capital city of the largest kingdom, just in time for the crown prince's birthday celebrations. The group made their way to the palace, and as a few of them were nobility, gained entry to the party. Some spoke with the king and the prince, but most were looking for the princess, as they were all seeking to court her.

The party's Paladin turned from the king and rolled to search for the princess. He rolled a natural one.

Now here is where it gets interesting. As DM, I use crit cards and fumble cards that have adverse effects. As his role was a critical failure, the Pala…

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Eye Hate You

Posted on August 25, 2017

It was my absolute first time participating in D&D. I'd played a lot of Magic: The Gathering and was excited to try out some D&D with my friends. Unfortunately, the Dungeon Master and I never really got along.

I rolled a Thief, Lajdak the Scoundrel. I guess I was a little too enthusiastic, to the point of annoying the DM. We approached a towering fortress owned by a powerful Skeleton King. I figured I'd find some great loot in an ancient king's fortress, so whenever the DM would describe our location as a hallway or having doors or whatever, I'd ask if any of the doors were locked in hopes of using my Thief skills to find some treasu…

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Critical House Rules

Posted on August 24, 2017

I’d been DMing a group of players for a little over a year. One house rule I made was that if you confirmed your crit with a natural 20, then you kill your target outright in an epic display of skill and gore. We have lots of stories of critical kills that were both epic and legendary, but nothing compares to the ones made by Siel Valsation.

Siel Valsation was a NPC for a good half of the game before we had a new player with absolutely no experience join up, and I decided to give him Siel to play. What I found, to my excitement and horror, was that it was hard for this player to not roll natural 20s. Several times I would start an ep…

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