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  • Happy New Year!! | StupidRanger.com
    through the new changes You can expect that we ll be sharing our thoughts challenges and successes Before that of course we ll be finishing our epic campaign And through it all I m sure you ll see little changes as we continue to improve hopefully our site On behalf of all of us here at SR com thank you for your support in 2007 and we re looking forward

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  • Tribute to the Table | StupidRanger.com
    com Dante Vanir and I all enjoyed reading TT and we learned that we had stories and advice of our own to share Without Martin we likely wouldn t be here today Treasure Tables offered a wealth of knowledge and advise for the DMs of the world And even as a player I enjoyed reading Martin s articles and the comments from the great community of readers Martin if you re reading this thank you for the hours of work you put into TT I can only imagine how difficult it was to maintain daily posts for so long and I commend you for sticking with it as long as you did Thanks for all your support in our early days and I wish you the best of luck from announcements rpgbloggers Stupid Ranger thanks for all the fish One Response leave one Martin Ralya permalink December 13 2007 Thank you Knowing that TT helped to inspire your blog is pretty damned awesome You re running one of the best gaming blogs around and I think you ve got a formula that will stand the test of time keep it up Click here to cancel reply Leave a Reply Name

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  • Color us Stumbled Upon! | StupidRanger.com
    new readers which means that you all are telling friends about us We appreciate the positive buzz and feedback that we have been getting on how to improve the site Last time we blogged we received several queries regarding how we achieved the amount of readership that we currently have and the answer is simple we have a great community to live in One need look no further than our featured and favorite links to see the very welcome community of excellent gaming resources that help to make this site a success I ask that you take a few minutes to visit a few new gaming blogs that you see to your right and get some of the good stuff that they re laying down Thanks for everything hopefully we re on our way to 100 000 pageviews As always keep those suggestions and ideas coming from rpgbloggers thanks for all the fish 2 Responses leave one ChattyDM permalink October 5 2007 That is great You earned your keep As I was told constant regular posting makes people come back again and again Add to the fact that you three have good writing styles that complement each other its a

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  • Behind the Screen: Roleplaying the process of training… | StupidRanger.com
    my current job I was told of a sensei in our area that is one of the greats so I sought him out to train with him Now that in itself correlates heavily with most roleplaying games the student seeks out a very skilled teacher to train him further in his chosen craft but over the weekend I got the opportunity to participate in a few classes for their club s annual spirit training This involved an early morning training session with his entire school around 30 40 people showed up packed all in a tight little room to train intensely from the hours of 6 am to 7 am all week long I only participated in two days due to schedule conflicts Stupid Ranger and I settled around 40 minutes away during rush hour so that meant I got the distinct pleasure of rising around 5 am to get ready and make the trip to the training session OK that s great but how does it affect being a Dungeon Master It s actually quite simple if I was a player character and my DM simply just hand waved my morning training rituals the character development just wouldn t have been the same The whole experience of training in that way with that group of people vastly improved my outlook for those days I was tired and sore but upbeat and mentally energized at the same time This would ve looked somewhat odd from a player s perspective to just jump into that state with nothing more than a comment like Ok ok you get up and do your training in the morning let s get back to the plot from the DM Putting yourself in the shoes of your character in a real way by acting out their

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  • Visiting the Archives: Roleplaying Pitfalls… | StupidRanger.com
    And it just got boring for me Intentional or not the problem with schtick is that it eventually gets in the way One trick PC s are either a direct hindrance to the game for everyone or they just aren t fun anymore after awhile The Cure I think schtick comes from three sources lack of imagination laziness and an inability to sense danger A little effort goes a long way when making your character And the reason the other players get irritated when a Schticky player does things is because he s not playing the same game they are anymore He s playing his own and doesn t care about the consequences for everyone else Which makes them want to hurt him Here s a few ways to avoid personal bodily injury Well Developed Characters Well developed backstory and character motivations and schtick don t mix They cannot exist together A well developed character with a frequent quirk is fine it s just a personality trait and doesn t define the character The difference A one trick PC is that same quirk armed with a battleaxe Acknowledge That Your Character Has Intelligence Your character REALLY hates orcs Your character is also in most cases an experienced warrior They know it s dumb to face a dozen orcs alone Instead of attacking them all think of strategies You might even use gasp TEAMWORK Or decide that you could do more damage later if you live to fight another day Most one trick PC s are roleplayed as if their INT was about 6 or 7 Their INT scores are probably much higher which means they wouldn t think in such simplistic terms as ORC BOB SMASH NOW Act smarter than that and make your PC s act smarter than that Change Things Up Nothing says your PC can t change if it s not working as planned Hell an emotional crossroads makes for a good roleplaying excuse Incidentally that s how I saved Bat Loaf from one trick PC hell I married him off got him some new abilities and had him start a bardic rock academy militia All of a sudden the old boring stuff became backstory for me to build on and he s fun again Hopefully this will significantly decrease the number of eye rolls at your gaming table Have you had problems with Schtick in your gaming group We d love to hear them and how you deal with it In the next installment of Roleplaying Pitfalls I ll talk about another issue plaguing today s modern roleplayer the dreaded Spotlight Hog Until next time evil laughter Oh wait wrong column My bad from Advice Better Characters roleplay roleplaying pitfalls rpgbloggers Vanir 2 Responses leave one Elf permalink October 8 2007 When I was running a campaign there was a paladin who was a little shall we say simple He had good intentions of course but he would often say the first thing that came to

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  • Recommended Reading: The Silmarillion… | StupidRanger.com
    hand but suffice it to say if you want depth of characters and a lesson in epic storyline construction you really can start there and be completely satisfied I could go on and on about how excellent aspects of this text is but that would take a long time and my hands would be numb from typing Anyone who delights in world building would benefit from the depth and grandeur that Tolkien and his son who edited The Silmarillion gives Middle Earth beyond what most people are familiar with It is a shining example of how being passionate about world building does not have to involve every last detail you ever conceived of in every storyline If Tolkien had included 1 5 of the characters that he speaks about in The Silmarillion in The Lord of the Rings stories it would ve been fifteen volumes and nobody would ve ever heard about it because the first person to start reading it wouldn t be done yet It takes a light touch to color a small portion of your landscape correctly with the right characters and Tolkien gives a master s course in doing this in The Lord of the Rings In addition to the world building aspect you also get some excellent character archetypes from the tales contained in its 365 pages The aforementioned Beren and Lúthien are great examples as are Fëanor and his line who created the magical jewels called Silmarils that the collection is named after The passion motivation and depth of these characters are excellent examples of how good character development can be in a short space Taking a few of these stories reading them and reflecting on how you can build characters as dynamic as these would be an excellent exercise to prepare you for your next campaign whether writing one or playing in one This article is clearly biased This week I was able to add a first edition first printing of this book to my collection and I consider it a true prize It doesn t trouble me at all that many of my Tolkien nerd friends don t apprecaite it I do and that s the important part from Better Characters books Dante gm tips rpgbloggers 7 Responses leave one happyturtle permalink July 10 2008 I think Beren and Luthien would translate wonderfully to the big screen with Liv Tyler as Luthien of course Have you read The Children of Hurin Ben Overmyer permalink July 11 2008 What really interested me in the Silmarillion is not the character development or the epic stories Rather I absolutely loved the lyrical intertwining language of it Tolkien grabs every grammatical rule I ve ever heard of breaks it in twain and then recombines the pieces into something somehow more beautiful than the original whole It s as if he reinvented the English language just for those stories David permalink July 11 2008 To really date myself I had a Paladin named in honor of Fëanor

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  • Better Character Development courtesy of Bruce Willis… | StupidRanger.com
    human condition Throughout this movie you see how her physical strength and her mental prowess continually get betrayed by her desire to find goodness in humanity You even get a great example of D D style language learning ability as seen when she learns English while Dallas is boarding the flight I don t think I ve seen the likes of that anywhere else Learn from examples like these There are two real lessons here Player characters should take the opportunity to watch your favorite films and examine the journey that your favorite characters take throughout Think about this as it relates to the decisions that you make as you roleplay your character Do your best to filter out or use sparingly concepts that are schticky unless you intend to temper them with actual character growth or your DM is running an irreverent campaign on purpose Dungeon Masters can learn by watching the broader character interations and the story as it unfolds Learn to engineer moments to let your characters explore their flaws or vulnerabilities or get deeply engaged in what is happening on their own terms Take special care to allow your story to unfold in as many ways and across as many venues as needed The Fifth Element covered many different sets and scenarios to get the level of depth and opulence to the futuristic world in which it was set and in this depth comes opporunities for your characters to branch out and grow Finally don t be afraid to sprinkle in some colorful characters or fun action scenes to spice things up The Fifth Element wouldn t be what it is without Ruby Rhod Chris Tucker or that deaf guy that ended up throwing Dallas billiard balls when he needed a gun from Better Characters Dante

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  • Quick Start Characters | StupidRanger.com
    to play I prefer to stick to classes with which I am already familiar familiarity with a class can reduce the amount of prep time during both character creation and game time Now I know some people like to play classes they haven t had the chance to play they try out something new on the short campaigns to see if it s a class they might enjoy Personally every time I ve tried this I ended up frustrated at trying to learn new rules in a short amount of time So if you re looking for something quick that you will enjoy without a lot of effort don t overthink it go with something you know Quick Start Option 1 One of my favorite quick start character options is a human fighter cleric Fighter L1 is a great L1 class to cherry pick combined with cleric levels you will have a the fighting power and healing power to keep everyone alive early in the game This is an easy option if you re not sure what you ll be facing or if the party is trying to fill the position of healer Quick Start Option 2 Again if you re not sure what you might be facing in a short campaign or if you expect there might be dungeon crawling involved try a quick start with L1 as a rogue Rogues have all those great skill points to give you an early boost You can put a couple of those skill points to use to give you a passing familiarity with locks and traps you never know when that kind of skill might come in handy Then depending on your preference you can combine your level of rogue with some spellcasting levels or some fighter y levels These are

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