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Thursday, October 20th, 2011
2:25 am
Food and Atmosphere
So I have recently begun hosting a weekly D&D session at my place with my husband DMing. It's been great so far, most of the players are actually members of my roller derby team and it's the first time I've gamed when the majority of players are women!
The husband and I are looking for ways to create a more holistic experience. One of our players actually dresses up a bit, which I think is fun and seems to be spreading; we have some toy foam swords and shields that get played with when someone else's turn goes a little long, and we've been integrating some music into the gaming.
I'm looking to start feeding these folks food that's a little better than bags of chips and cheese and crackers but, being neurotic, I'm not sure where to begin. Do you eat more than snack foods when you play? I can cook well but I'm torn between quick and easy (which usually means a slightly messy affair, requiring bowls and utensils) or something maybe a little more elaborate but can be eaten with the fingers and just requires napkins. Food thoughts?
What other things do you do to try and create a role-play-inducing mood? Even the newest members are doing great and getting into their characters, which I love, and I want to support that.
We have a really large group - 8-11 people on average, so we tend to split into two or more groups - and right now people drift off to the side to work on Halloween costumes, which keeps things light and prevents anyone from getting bored when it's not their groups' turn. After October though, we won't have that going on. Have you ever dealt with such a large group? How do you keep people from getting bored?
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
3:43 pm
Does anyone know of an rpg based around mounted adventurers?

I wanted to play a knight or mounted paladin in a d&d game with my bf, but he said (and showed) how mounted adventurers aren't terribly effective in most campaigns (tight quarters, underground, etc)l. He also says that for the most part the only real advantage is speed, which one usually doesn't need as much of as a striker/defender, and there's a hit to stealth which one doesn't want for, say, a rouge. And the mount doesn't scale up with character level, so bf doesn't see the point in it since it'll die anyway :/

I'd really like to explore mounted combat (I think the idea is kinda badass in the mind's eye), but I don't want to be an inconvenience to the party, nor do I want a painfully limited character. (I want to mess around with an aquatic campaign too, but that's a whole 'nother ballgame!)

Bf said he'd see about maybe turning the mount into an animal companion/mount, but then insists it wouldn't be as effective in a fight if it were a horse versus, say, a battle cat.

Any ideas on things I could do? Should I give up on the horse mount/companion idea altogether?
Friday, May 6th, 2011
5:07 pm
We're trying to introduce my sister to D&D so we're going to start with Pathfinder. I know that it used to be online but now I can't find it anywhere. Anyone know where I can find it or download a pdf or something? TIA
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
2:49 am
i'm new to this community and to dungeons and dragons.  i've only been playing since january. 

as i'm sitting here, waiting for the skunk stench to clear out of my room, i got to thinking about my unfinished game.  we left it at a cliffhanger and won't get to resume play until the semester starts back up in september.  i have lots of time to think of ideas.  i've got a couple, but i'm curious as to what you all think. 

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm
Just Joined
 So I've been playing D&D occasionally over the past 8 years. At first, my mom was against it because she said it came from the devil and she didn't want demons going after me... ??? I think she understands now that it's just harmless fantasy. I've played lots of different races and classes over the years but my favourite race now is the dragonborn. I just kinda wish my breath weapon was more powerful. I chose acid because it should be great for melting things right? Usually it dissapoints. But I do have a move where I can break down walls or something. Though it would be much cooler if i could just melt them :P. 

I'm running my first campaign this summer and gathering ideas and gameplay knowledge by playing in two campaigns currently. Should be fun!

Current Mood: grumpy
Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
11:07 pm
Righto then--
So I'm a rogue/fighter kind of gal--in the past, my characters have all been rogue-hybrids of some sort, who valued watching from the sidelines for the perfect opportunity to hit where it hurts (conversations included). Even when I did play classes that weren't built off of rogues, I would temper them with skirmish/dex abilities to make them work better for me. Charisma never really mattered to me before--and the one time I tried working a charisma-based character didn't work out too well because they were also the party meat shield. I always figured this was because while I may like intrigue, I'm no good at in-game politics.
With the advent of 4e, things have become a little, well, different. Somehow, I've ended up playing nothing but Charismatic characters that can't sneak even if they tried because they are too sparkly and attention-catching. For example, my first 4e character was a defender-type Paladin who, literally, sparkled. My attempts to play sneaky characters have utterly failed (damn striker druid with crap HP!), and when I got my new character (a bard!) into battle for the first time, all the other player characters were asking her what to do. I was surprised--what the hell, these guys only just met my character, why are they looking to her for the answers?!

So, my problem: I have somehow ended up as the leader of a party full of defender/controllers (4E terms, sorry), and I have no idea how to roleplay a leader. I'm not talking about how to work the character sheet, just--how to make her leader-ly in her interactions with the other players. I never intended on her becoming the spokesperson for the party, so now that I am, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
7:58 pm
Opinions on 3.0/3,5 vs. 4.0?
Now that 4.0 has been out for a while, do you ladies have any opinions on which you like better? I have to say, I did like learning 4.0 at first but preferred 3.5 for a while. Now, I absolutely love 4.0 (as the DM, I have never played as a player). I think it simplifies things that need to be simplified and leaves more room for roleplaying and other good stuff.

Thoughts? Opinions?
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
12:53 pm
opinions, please
so my gaming group is beginning a new campaign with a different dm (or gm, if you prefer).  he's starting us at level 5, and giving each of us 3 magic items up to a level 8 cut off, so i'm thinking something big is in store for us.

my question is this:

i generally play the role of striker.  i mean, i've only played rogues because that's what i'm good at.  now, i want to branch off to something different.  a friend in the group off-handedly suggested a half-orc bard.  i know that half-elves are ideal for bards, but i'm curious to see if this will actually work out.  thoughts? 

Current Mood: curious
Monday, September 21st, 2009
11:38 pm
New Character
I'd like to play a monster as a PC for my next 4e D&D game. Preferably something ugly and unconventional, so I can spice up the interparty drama with a helpful character who's normally seen as one to avoid. I was thinking a Goblin, but I'd like some more choices.

What are my realistic (and not overpowered) options for PC builds? The 4.0 Monster Manuals don't list "____ as characters" like the 3.5 one did.

Suggestions, anyone? ♥

Current Mood: thoughtful
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
11:04 pm
A newcomer approaches...
I'm relatively new to D&D; I've played a couple level-up campaigns to help a friend of mine level up, but other than that, I haven't really been able to get into a group until today. Today was the group's first meeting, so we all rolled characters; I'm a Druid.
My DM is pretty big on role-playing, so he wanted us to come up with a backstory for our characters, with every sort of detail imaginable. I can't really get in touch with him until a couple weeks from now, and he doesn't want us sharing our backstories with the other players, so I'm not sure if what I've written is okay.

Click here because it's long, let me know what you think!Collapse )

Current Mood: artistic
Friday, August 7th, 2009
6:46 pm
Um, hi. New member here. I've been playing D&D for...6 months, and I think it rocks. Oh, and I have a question.

What got you into playing D&D? For me, it was my roommate and her boyfriend, both of whom have been playing for years. I was curious as to what influenced other women to start playing.

(Also, a gameplay question: When the party is 8th-level and consists of a druid, a hexblade, a duskblade, a pacifistic bard, a sorceror specializing in illusions, and a wizard specializing in evocation, how do we go about killing a powerful demon? Considering that, y'know, nobody can smite evil and our DM discourages multiclassing even though it would make sense for my character to take a level or two of cleric.)

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
1:14 pm
Prestige Classes
Hey Everyone!

I know this comm isn't terribly active, but I'm hoping for a few ideas!  I play 3.5ed and with much distress and anger my DM has decided that we're starting a new 1st level campaign even though we have an 8th level one in the process because we're bringing in 2 new PCs.  The established PCs are PISSED OFF and we want revenge.  One PC is making a cleric of Mystra which is going to prestige in Mystic Theurge, DM hates that class but allows it, and also hates clerics of Mystra.  I'm looking at playing a Killoren (Races of the Wild) Scout and need help on a prestige class to work toward that is delightfully hard to kill.  DM is already annoyed simply because he's never used Killoren before and my regional feat gives her an additional 10ft to her base speed, and he's not terribly familiar with scouts.  I would like to go for something that can really capitalize on a scout's high mobility.  I've looked at a few but they don't really do it for me.  I haven't chosen my skills or feats yet so she's still workable.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much!

Current Mood: bored
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
11:02 am
Five Rooms on Wikia
Greetings all. My apologies for the cross-posting.

I have created a new wiki on Wikia for the ever-popular Five Room Dungeon concept. For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, it's an adventure creation model based on five rooms (areas, locations, encounters, etc.) as follows:

Room One: Entrance And Guardian
Room Two: Puzzle Or Roleplaying Challenge
Room Three: Trick or Setback
Room Four: Climax, Big Battle Or Conflict
Room Five: Reward, Revelation, Plot Twist

If any of you utilize this dungeon crafting model or think you'd like to try your hand at it, I welcome you to drop by the wiki, sign up for a username, and add your creations. I have created a special template to walk you through building wiki pages specifically designed for 5RDs.

As the wiki grows, I would love for it to be an open-source repository of one-session adventures for every DM for every game system. Come be a part of the beginning of Five Rooms Wiki!

Avery W. Krouse
Monday, January 12th, 2009
8:12 pm
Seeking the name of a spell!
Can anyone point me to a spell I remember that forces a lycanthrope in animal form back into their humanoid form? I found the one that forces them to go into the were-form (Moonbeam, FR73), but I can't find the other one, and it's driving me crazy. If it helps, I think it was a cleric spell.

I'm asking because I'm the primary spellcaster for our latest game, and we have a werebear in the group. We're looking for the spell to have as a preventative if he gets dominated or loses control when he's in were-form and starts attacking people.

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, September 7th, 2008
1:25 pm
I just started playin 3 months ago and now i'm not aloud in the game anymore
blah.. my ex is the DM and he kicked me out.  he juss started playin 4.0 and I entered the game befor we were dating and when he broke up with me he wouldn't let me back in the game. I had a kick ass  fightert half elf/vampire. I was playin own my own making the decisions and everything I bought my own fig an dice and all now I can't play 3 months in to the game and now juss nothing. blah I dont know anyone else who plays and its an awesome game. now I'm juss stuck with nothing. It's sad.. Aira is goin to juss be nothing. blah
Friday, July 25th, 2008
2:50 pm
Thursday, July 24th, 2008
1:18 pm
4E--Thoughts, suggestions, complaints, praises?
My thoughts:
4E, or as I like to call it, Dungeons and Warcraft, is a disappointment. It's lost the feeling of D&D and turned it into an MMO with books and dice. There are better things about 4E, I grant you. Such as you roll a 20, you crit, no need to confirm; no billions of skills to keep track of; Passive Perception and Insight...
But they took away Druids, Barbarians, Sorcerers...I rolled a rogue and she can't dual-wield! They added a race of Elves that bear a striking resemblance to Blood elves, even going so far as to using the same armor on one of them that's in the loading screen for WoW! (Red and gold filigree shoulders)
I appreciate that they took basic rules about D&D and put them into layman's terms so everyone can understand them, but anyone who *has* an interest in playing the game learns the rules just fine the way they were written, and if they can't, that's what the GM is for. Now there's no need, the GM is only there to give the party their story.

The GM of our new campaign said we'll probably finish this first adventure we're on and then switch to 3.5. The entire group is...well, disgusted, with how 4E turned out.
And we had such high hopes.

I'm curious as to hear your thoughts on 4E: love it, hate it, meh. What do/don't you like about it?

Current Mood: disappointed
12:03 pm
Hello Again :) As it was brought about by discussion here, and I fully intend to follow the guidelines....Here's my *drum roll*

dun-dun- DUN!

Sunday, July 20th, 2008
2:19 am
3e or 3.5e Sleeping Drugs?
Can anyone tell me which book(s) might have had a listing for a 3e or 3.5e sleeping drug/aids? I have a character with night terrors/nightmares* and so she's starting to take certain herbal medicines as a temporary fix. I spotted a sleeping drug in a list somewhere, but it's been some time since I've spotted it and have completely forgotten which book.

*it's more complicated than that, but that's all the character knows for now
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
2:39 pm
I attack the darkness!
The website I work for just released this subtitler game, so I thought I'd share my geekness with the world. This is only one of the ones I've made... this thing is like crack.


X-posted to hell and back.
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