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Robusting the Story

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:28

While the title is a play on romancing the stone, the playership is anything but stone like.

Mondays playership is vivacious, exciting and inspiring. How refreshing to be faced with such passion in the game.

The story line is developing and characters are growing in my notes. As it goes, I'm aiming to keep things in short cycles, with growing stakes over each iteration.
Something leads to something a bit bigger, rinse repeat. Now that they've retrieved Jasper, they can play escort mission which should present a neat combat scenario.

I've got to...

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With great population comes great responsibility

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:10
Remember this guy?

It's been interesting, spending the last few nights writing on my phone; notating ideas and directions for the upcoming Monday.

I have a plot and closure for the current 'thing' that will include whatever new people arrive. That's all in the can, but what comes after?

I have an idea of what I'm doing with the introductory splash of magic, but how far do I want to take that?

I have an idea of how I can make that an episodic piece, although I could argue that I've already failed to address my need to conduct episodic sessions.

So long as I plan ahead, I can have...

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Back to the brew

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 12:36
Home brewed

So, I've decided to drop Curse of Strahd for a while.

In short, I need accessibility and Curse of Strahd is not dynamic enough. CoS demands that the players be familiar with the story up to the point they're at. Dropping people into the storyline does not go well, especially given how open ended the game tends to be.

With that said, I decided last night that it was about time to dial it back to a more grass roots approach. So it was that last nights game explored a more vanilla side of D&D and a more robust role playing experience.

It felt a lot more natural and...

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SR6e

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 09:58
SR Beginners Box Art

If you're not aware, this happened yesterday: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/419585242

So a sixth edition of Shadowrun is apparently due to drop in short order; nice and rushed as usual it seems. No word of playtest, no word of player input.

I'm sure there will be lots of short stories.

Lots of short stories.

I think the streams we see online speak for themselves.

Shadowrun is a sweet fucking world, but the engineers (literary engineers) behind the rules aren't getting the mechanics quite...

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"A good run."

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 20:38

There are many things that will kill a group, and many times have I seen a group slowly dwindle away to nothing.

It's always sad, and a miserable experience as a dungeon master, especially when many times, the individuals who make up your game are your friends.

I decided it was time to can the Monday group and start fresh. A new roster of people who don't have a whole lot of drama and familiarity with me.

Fridays roster is tentatively up to four steady. Time will tell.

It's not hard to find players, but it can be hard to find committed players that fit your...

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The growing viewership of Monday, the dwindling playership of Friday

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 09:25

We are all responsible for making last nights game amazing.

I want to just extend a thank you to everyone who was in the viewership last night, even the bots.

It's always been a really big challenge balancing my interactions with the viewership while maintaining the flow of the game, and last night was one of those rare occurences where I manage to keep everything somewhat in check.

It didn't seem like anyone lost out on their injections, and the players didn't feel like I was neglecting the game for the viewers.

Coming back to the chat window after a spell and...

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Drunkin' & Draggin'

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 16:10

Drinking too much during game is bad. It's really detrimental to the game and makes it hard for everyone to enjoy the game.

Don't feed your DM shots during game.

As DM, refuse shots while running game.

Shos are bad, mmkay?

Otherwise, hey, 3 combats!

https://geekandsundry.com/dungeons-and-dragons-and-drinking/

Off to a start

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 20:49

With two sessions of Strahd under my belt, I can honestly say I'm loving it.

I was a bit stumbly with the first session, and much smoother the second time, even managing to get a dramatic chase sequence fit into play.

I was very nervous last Friday, being it my first session with a complete work to reference, and I messed up a lot of things by my count.

Moving forward I hope to grow more and more comfortable with referencing the book and knowing where to go.

My second session I was a bit more practiced.

I tend to over act a lot. I imagine these...

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End of a campaign.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:29

It's over.

One could argue it was over when three players left the group, but last night, we wrapped up what was left of the campaign I had been operating for years.

A hundred or so NPCs, a robust setting, multiple paths of adventure, all culminating in a quick and final set of battles that saw the campaign wrapped up. Some have said I should publish my world as a supplement and perhaps in due course I will.

With a...

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Abolethian influences.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 23:27

The aboleths of Xxiphu use an astral collector to funnel arcanic power into an arcanic aquifier and the players are fighting a Kraken and its minions to get to the Mythil that is powering the suspension of the floating city as per canon.

Next session, I need to present 'lesser Aboleths', or the ones who are combat capable.

After the Mythil gets rocked, or collected, the city has to land, which is fine.

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They can keep the Mythil but the city will land and remain emplaced until...

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