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  • StupidRanger.com | Never Adventure Alone
    frequency Even with a recap notes session journals and as many remedies for remembering the details our group doesn t have a tenacity for remembering where we were last session or the plot lines let alone specific details surrounding either of those things For this reason we tend to have a fairly long social time prior to our gaming session where food is shared laughs are had and then we get down to serious gaming but it s a journey Let me tell you about my campaign Yes I know Deal with it you re going to have to hear a little about my campaign to understand the point of this exercise The quest began with Keep on the Shadowfell and then evolved into one of my favorite homebrew settings I had a grand plan which involved leveraging the time travel hooks of the Dungeon Master s Guide 2 to go back and rewrite the timeline of a previous campaign I figured this served me in a few ways and them in a a few ways the history of this setting is well developed the characters were fun and their enemy is known to them Add into the mix that at least one of the players had participated in the past campaign and I figured that I would be scott free on keeping their attention and keeping them engaged Cue Summer of last year One of our group couldn t make regular games and I had just gotten the Tomb of Horrors so we agreed outside of game that we d like to suspend any serious activity on the main plot and play some sessions of the module I even devised a way that it could be organic to the plot so we did this This went swimmingly and we had a few months at the end of last year to further dive into the original plotline All was well The Return to the Past So the group tracks a cult along their plot to return back in time to prevent the destruction of the Big Bad Guy so they can bring him back to take over the world This goes great and back to the past they go After interacting with the previous incarnation of their hometown for a bit they follow the original threads of the plot to a few key points They had puzzled out the plot lines to follow but didn t really commit fully to one line instead they flipped back and forth between the plotlines and didn t really accomplish much A few sessions of this go by and before long my inability to plan a coherent way to get them back on course manifests itself I had determined that enough time had passed that surely something must have happened The plotlines remaining would have stretched out for another year or so at the rate we play and the lack of general focus was annoying at the worst and obvious at the best I decided there was no choice but to reboot the situation I chose a Hiro Nakamura style event to reboot I did a few very obvious SOMETHING HAS CHANGED time skips in the course of a single session culminating in the group s return to their now abandoned hometown previously a bustling city The ranger and avenger opted to check out the temple and found a man with a giant broadsword strapped to his back in strange clothes He was there to warn them that this timeline was doomed and they must leave it as soon as possible they have a means to do this I also opted to use this opportunity to illustrate to them that excessive time travelling was detrimental this gentleman was pretty messed up from the process Finally they took the bait and we ended the session at the crossroads where they can choose where in time they want to go The Retrospecticus So what could I have done differently Many things A word to the wise when introducing time travel have both an entry and an exit plan and give the players some real motivation to follow a plotline This could have easily been solved by a little more detailed planning on my part Also there were many opportunities for me to nudge the group along possibly even in narrative style to get them down the line enough to pick up the proper path The other big thing that I could have done is used other means to keep the plotlines alive between sessions DNAPhil recently authored an excellent article at Gnome Stew entitled Keeping The Home Fires Burning covering this very topic There s some great advice there some I have even heeded in the past For the original campaign the one that established the plot characters and setting that my current group returned to we employed a group blog where the players could write articles in the form of diary entries or letters to their family It succeeded in giving the players another outlet to develop their characters and gave me an easy medium to collect additional side plot ideas Suffice it to say I m a little dismayed that I had to go so far as to reboot this portion of the campaign I can only look forward because unlike my campaign there s no way to go back and fix it More soon from 4e behind the screen Dante dante aneurism rpgbloggers GenCon Home Edition 2011 August 3 Leave a comment by Stupid Ranger Friends of ours from Role Playing Discussions are bringing the fun of GenCon to all of us trapped at home this weekend You can play along by participating in their Bingo contest Thanks C and K for bringing some of the fun to the rest of us from gencon rpgbloggers Stupid Ranger On verdant soil treads the Dracolich 2011 July 3 1 Comment by Dante Our gaming group reconvened for the first time in two months for our

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  • Roleplaying Therapy | StupidRanger.com
    a Reply Name required Email required Website Comment Note You can use basic XHTML in your comments Your email address will never be published Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide

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  • About Us | StupidRanger.com
    less of an epithet and more of a nickname To date it is one of my favorite campaigns with one of my favorite characters I may not have played every class or every race but I ve always had fun with whatever character I ve played And because I can t do anything by halves I ve always committed myself to learn everything I can about the classes and races I ve played which is where I have developed my rules lawyering skills All in all I possess a lot of knowledge mostly useless in every day life but fabulously valuable when celebrating the Search check I made to find my husband s car keys Vanir There are many things that could be said about Vanir He is the sort of man who makes jokes about failing one s DEX check during meetings at work and has openly wondered aloud about his own armor class in front of his own grandmother Despite this he has still managed to somehow become married to the lovely Efreak When playing D D Vanir has become bored with the standard dungeon crawl He feels that despite the fact that so many people play role playing games most overlook the whole role playing part Vanir is also a sugar fueled madman Thusly his characters have in recent years become somewhat unusual His favorite of these Lumbar is featured prominently in the Evensbrook comic which you should read immediately or face the unbridled fury of Rathgar Vanir is directly responsible for no fewer than eight seperate aneurisms in Dante s brain When he is not being a dire pain in Dante s ass Vanir is a professional perl hacker He also enjoys video games karate drawing comics and rollerskating in the rain Dante Dante has the

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  • I come back to you now at the turn of the tide… | StupidRanger.com
    the D D development team worked diligently to gather feedback and based on the little that I ve explored so far this feels like D D again I have briefly scanned through the new free D D Basic Rules PDF and the PHB spell list and there s a lot of classics present Several lucky sites have been previewing the different classes and it evokes a very D D 3

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  • announcements | StupidRanger.com
    Changer 0 3 23 11 We may be stupid but we re not Fools 0 3 14 11 Announcing Gamerati Loot 5 8 26 10 A new member joins our adventuring party 0 12 8 09 Open Game Table Vol 2 Open Call 6 8 11 09 StupidRanger com turns two 2 7 28 09 Have You Voted Yet 0 7 22 09 Congratulations Are In Order 3 6 23

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  • D&D Next | StupidRanger.com
    D Next Category 0 8 9 14 I come back to you now at the turn of the tide Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon mastering character development and much

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  • Dante | StupidRanger.com
    to GenCon 0 7 4 12 The Sorcerer s Apprentice 0 9 12 11 Behind the Screen The indignity of a reboot 1 7 3 11 On verdant soil treads the Dracolich 4 5 20 11 This is the face of a Game Changer 7 4 5 11 It s not cheating It s really not 0 3 23 11 We may be stupid but we re not Fools 0

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  • GenCon once again! | StupidRanger.com
    among the bulk of gamer kind I m sure the 20 of you that still read this blog are rife with anticipation wanting to know what it is that the StupidRanger crew will be doing at the best four days in gaming Here it is in short Wednesday Arrive at the hotel Text Vanir to inform him that we survived Sleep until further notice Thursday Get badges go to sales floor Attend the Patrick Rothfuss reading at 4 pm Hopefully stick around and get him to sign some things and receive our adulation and or hugs Hopefully meet up with some of the Greater Nerds from Critical Hits Visit and or game Friday More sales floor Second chance to meet Patrick Rothfuss if the stars do not align on Thursday Possibly attend signings for Wil Wheaton and Nichelle Nichols Saturday Last final chance to impose upon Patrick Rothfuss if all other attemps to name the wind fail More sales floor Sunday Weep openly that the con has drifted by so quickly Enjoy the benefits of time travel as we head back toward the mountains and pick up two hours of time landing basically at the same time we took off from Indy And that s the plan Sense a pattern here Both Stupid Ranger and I have recently read Name of the Wind and The Wise Man s Fear and I very much want to meet Patrick Rothfuss and express my enjoyment of his work possibly using some form of interpretive dance For those of you that we normally hang out with at GenCon we are looking forward to seeing you all Understand however that our plans must remain more fluid this year since we are toting around a feisty 16 month old Any plans that we have made will

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