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General Discussion / Greg Stafford (1948 - 2018)
« Last post by Angry Monk on Yesterday at 04:04:31 PM »
Greg Stafford, the founder of Chaosium, passed away on October 12th.
https://www.chaosium.com/blogvale-greg-stafford-1948-2018/
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WotC D&D / Re: 5e campaigns
« Last post by Greymist on October 20, 2018, 08:02:06 PM »
You're definitely being grumpy...bordering on curmudgeonly!  ;)

I'm currently playing in a monthly 5E game at a wargaming club. The DM is using a mash-up of Adventurer's League modules from the Dragons campaign. While the group is in Phlan on the Moonsea in the Forgotten Realms the only piece of Realmslore that has been brought up in the game was some background that I created for my PC - and it is absolutely pure fluff with no gaming consequences at all.

I assume that you will not be gaming with this group of school kids for years, so ignoring the Realmsian background should not be much different than my game. Use the place names and the gorgeous maps and ignore everything else. And if that does not work, there are LOTS of free or Pay What You Want modules online. A search for 'Free 5E Modules' brings up tons of hits. I suggest starting with Merric Blackman's list of 5E adventures, sorted by level and marked as free, pay what you want, or otherwise.

I DM'd my first 5E game for my daughter and my friend, and his son (first time ever playing D&D for the kids) a couple of weeks ago and I used "A Most Potent Brew" as the starting module - at the recommendation of my DM. A lot of fun for the first timers and it was completely setting-generic.

Good luck.
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WotC D&D / Re: 5e campaigns
« Last post by sgtslag on October 19, 2018, 02:21:16 PM »
I played one 2e AD&D session being run in the FR setting, recently...  The maps are amazing, but it is likely the most detailed fantasy game setting, to date, even surpassing, IMO, Harn.  I cringed, looking at the FR maps, considering them from a DM's perspective...  It's all detailed out, and before I could really begin modifying it, I would need to familiarize myself with the whole, so that I understood it fully, to begin massaging it without destroying it, and contradicting it per the published materials...

I've been running my own game world since I mapped it out back in 1983.  I've amassed a lot of "documentation" on my game world, by playing in it for the past 35 years, but most of the "documentation", is in my head, not on paper.

By running my own game world, which I create (very much on the fly, during game play, with the Players assisting me in defining it...), I am in full control over it.  My players help shape it, through play, so they take ownership of it, as well, which has value, and meaning, to them.  They feel comfortable in it, and that they own it, to an extent, shaping its history, as they play.  I don't see that so much in published settings which are so detailed, such as FR.

YMMV.  Cheers!
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WotC D&D / 5e campaigns
« Last post by Angry Monk on October 19, 2018, 10:34:37 AM »
Just wondering out loud here. I've been playing 5e with a school group and everything we've played has been from the WOTC stable of adventures in the Forgotten Realms. It's fun, but I don't want to read 50 pages of history just so I can go and kill some orcs. Is there anyone out there just making or running adventures that aren't tied to these official backgrounds? Does anyone else dislike this FR overkill? Am I just a grumpy Monk?
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WotC D&D / Re: Started a new 5e game last week
« Last post by Angry Monk on October 19, 2018, 10:26:50 AM »
How's the campaign going?
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Victorious / Victorious on Game School podcast
« Last post by DMMike on October 19, 2018, 08:59:33 AM »
Greetings, all you Foes of Villany!

      Your humble Genteel magistrate was on the Game School podcast describing the Victorious RPG and running the hosts Jay-Cee and Spence through a quick game to show them the system.

It’s all here at:

http://gameschool.tsrpn.com/2018/10/18/206-victorious/


Give it a listen, and tell ’em what you think!
GM (Good at finding his way on other podcasts) Mike













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Roll for Initiative Podcast / Re: What do you want to hear on the show?
« Last post by ian54 on October 18, 2018, 11:56:20 AM »
I tracked down your theme song, it is called The End by Farhan Khan. It also appears as the backing track to a rap song called En Trois Temps by french rapper MOH, if you're interested in that sort of thing.
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Thacos Hammer Podcast / Re: Past Shows and Splatbook Updates
« Last post by DMRendclaw on October 15, 2018, 08:54:34 PM »
Episode 146 - A Mobile Aid Station??! A Healbot??? I Think Not!

We are praying extra hard for this episode! Join DM’s Glen, Fulongamer and Brian as they explore the cleric in part three of their nine-part In Depth series! After answering some emails, the gents don their robes of ceremony and commence. First they delve into the cleric, then they discovering the powers of the green slaad, and then conclude with a Brainstorm about a temple complex.

People Skills - In-Depth, Part Three: The Priest
Snipe Hunt – Green Slaad
DM Brainstorm – Temple Complex

You can find us on Osrgaming.org, d20radio.com, Tumblr, Facebook, iTunes, Planetadnd.com and Twitter (@thacoshammer), as well as our home page at http://www.thacoshammer.info. If you are looking for an RSS feed or a different way of downloading the show directly, the address is: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/94174. Also, we have a new location for archived episodes, and the address is: https://archive.org/details/thacoshammer_gmail_Archive. If you are looking for our Actual Play (AP) podcasts, you can find them on iTunes (search for WGP's OSR AP Podcasts), or you can go to http://feeds.feedburner.com/osractualplaypodcasts, and they are also on our archive.org location. You can also email the show at thacoshammer@gmail.com, and you can leave a voicemail for the show at 405-806-0555.

Email from Alex B. (converting Basic and 1e modules to 2e rules/”proper age for introducing kids into D&D/question about Stranger Things)

Email from DM Neff (questions about priest spells)
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Victorious / Happy Halloween: Clockwork Monday week 7
« Last post by DMMike on October 15, 2018, 12:48:33 PM »
Hey all,

This week’s Clockwork Monday is a little different, as homage to the season. And what’s more Halloween than a skull-based villain? Nothing!

Doctor Golgotha
http://victoriousrpg.com/2018/10/15/clockwork-mondays-week-7/

Enjoy!

GM (Good at a skull-based economy) Mike

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General Discussion / Re: OldSchoolChris
« Last post by Angry Monk on October 11, 2018, 06:13:21 PM »
https://www.rewaltpeshekfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Christopher-Waterloo/#!/Obituary

This was found by another friend, Earl. I only knew Chris because he recorded my play sessions with Teaman. He seemed a very kind and generous person. I will miss his gravelly voice on Skype.
 :'(
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