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  • Behind the Screen: Vacation Day! Well…not really… | StupidRanger.com
    another few characters In one of our college campaigns several of us took to inventing a dice game complete with bets while the DM was busy doing something one on one with another character After he was done he asked what we were doing as we had attracted most of the other five players into our game at that point and he had an NPC gambler show up to play the game with us for awhile This didn t lead to any specific plot point but we ended up making some platnium pieces off of the gambler before the night was over We also got a chunk of roleplaying experience for doing something interesting with our downtime It was fun for all involved In my own campaigns I have taken to letting characters run with their downtime pursuits Sometimes these activities if given some time to grow can be used as plot points or opportunities for impromptu fun Other times its simply a means for character development Everybody can get in on the fun Players can capitalize on this by really thinking out what their character does to unwind Don t take it as assumed that your character does this certain routine each night especially if you are one of those players that claim to be bored for much of the night Wander around town find someplace interesting to go You might even be able to ask your DM something like I m looking for some adventure tonight I wander around town to see if anything looks interesting If you ve got a good DM they ll bite every once in awhile and give you that something interesting Who knows it might even lead to places you didn t expect from behind the screen Better Characters Dante roleplay rpgbloggers One

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  • Through the Fire and the Flames | StupidRanger.com
    entering into epic levels in our current campaign and our characters are able to summon some pretty incredible feats of elemental damage Several of our characters possess fire based magical abilities and this whole experience got me to thinking what the common guy would think if they saw something akin to a large gas explosion You know what The mere NOTION of this happening to us in real life was pretty darned scary That s why I always have some trouble with the concept of magical gladiatorial combat or people that would knowingly put themselves in the vicinity of two powerful mages doing battle The gravity that should go along with even a mid level spell caster able to conjure up a 5d6 or more fireball should be enough to keep a common person at a pretty far distance I would treat a mid to high level sorcerer with the same respect as I would someone with a big flamethrower strapped to their back Gravity The key to this discussion is treating things with the appropriate level of gravity As a DM you can use NPC reaction and some colorful description to add weight to your epic scenarios If someone enters the building that looks edgy and has demonstrated an ability to conjure a 20d6 fireball you d better make some common folk leave the premises quickly I would also engineer activities that play up the uncommon skill required to weild this power Create some scenarios where your mid to high level players must help a group of common people achieve some otherwise impossible tasks that exercises the players specific epic skills This puts the players on guard not to accidentally flash fry a whole group of townspeople adds an opportunity for them to exhibit uncommon mettle and heroism and

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  • Proper Virtuosity: Foundations of Goodness | StupidRanger.com
    get a little older but I can remember when I was a teenager There wasn t a whole lot of ambivalence about any subject and I had an opinion about damn near everything Looking back I can t figure out why in the hell I thought some of the things I did much less acted on these thoughts The best answer I can come up with is not that I got older It s that I got more experienced I know now that running in guns blazing to most situations isn t going to be the best solution most times and I prefer a little more thought and planning before I make my move now I ve learned when to strategically retreat and come back I don t like burning bridges because sometimes I need to cross them again I like being nice to people because I like them being nice to me back Which brings me to why I think sometimes getting a little older and wiser brings the good out in people it s harder to do stupid things when you take the time to think about them and it s harder to be headstrong when you ve had direct experience with that ending badly for you If you ve been bad all your life and you ve almost died countless times and everybody hates you and you re tired of running well it might make you consider changing your ways Even if you don t wind up good you might mellow out to the point where you re not actively bad Atonement This one is more of a continuation of the last one but taken further If a person looks back on the things they have done in their life and goes oh crap I m a

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  • "Remember me? I mooned for rebuttal!" — Homer J. Simpson | StupidRanger.com
    elements of your campaign by the numbers and keep the characters focused on the dramatic scenes but I would like everyone to keep in mind that even epic tales of heroism and valor like The Lord of the Rings had their own comedic elements in Tom Bombadil book and Merry Pippin film The trick is to just let your characters be themselves Let them take liberties however far they want to during certain times in the campaign and quiet them down and focus them in others The trade off will work in your favor if the players are allowed to have irreverent fun like Vanir outlined they ll be much more receptive to being asked to tune in during more serious moments in the campaign I find it helps to have a serious look that you can shoot offending players when you want to quell the silliness It is much akin to The Look that Stupid Ranger possesses to quiet me down and anyone else that is married to a human female will have a corollary upon which to draw So relax Have fun Don t take things so seriously all the time you may find that some memorable moments will be created in the process from behind the screen Better Characters Dante gm tips rpgbloggers 3 Responses leave one Vanir permalink January 23 2008 You need two things when you have players like me who like to go a little nuts sometimes 1 A DM who will give the serious look when it s time to be on task 2 Players who will HEED the serious look If I attempted to do nothing but act goofy and do outrageous things 100 of the time I was at the D D table I would wholeheartedly support Dante s impaling me

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  • Better Characters | StupidRanger.com
    for Success 2 1 14 08 Living and Dying Heroically 1 1 10 08 Proper Villainy Virtuosity 3 1 8 08 Variety and the Quintessential Good Character 2 9 7 07 Better Characters through Accessorizing Armor 3 8 31 07 Better Characters through Career Planning 3 8 30 07 Better Characters through Cherry Picking Newer Entries Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying

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  • My Insight into Skills | StupidRanger.com
    low roll on his Listen check and he didn t really listen to anything that the kids said although he made appropriate responses at the time The final result of these skill checks came to light on Saturday morning as we were driving He mentioned that it might be nice to get the kids a little something as they are helping to take care of our dog Teddy He suggested a couple of books that would fit nicely on the bookshelf but he missed some of the verbal clues that gave me ideas of other small gifts we might give them This is really where the insight came to me a low roll on one of these skills might not necessarily mean that you didn t see or hear the subject of the check maybe you just don t really understand how it might be significant A low Spot check may mean that you see a bird in the sky a higher check may mean that you recognize it and a really good check may mean that you know it will lead you to safe water I have experienced this kind of description a couple of times in my D

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  • Loot! | StupidRanger.com
    0 3 23 11 We may be stupid but we re not Fools 0 3 14 11 Announcing Gamerati Loot Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon mastering character development and

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  • monsters | StupidRanger.com
    2 27 09 10 Monsters I Never Want to See 2 11 20 08 Monstrous Advice 1 6 9 08 The Monster Mash 3 4 6 08 My belated introduction to D D Miniatures 2 10 21 07 Monstrous Pictures

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