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  • Savage Worlds | StupidRanger.com
    from the Savage Worlds Category 0 12 14 10 Deadland Tales Rocky Mountain Oysters Weird West style Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon mastering character development and much much more

    Original URL path: http://www.stupidranger.com/category/savage-worlds (2016-04-27)
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  • Gamma World | StupidRanger.com
    Gamma World 7 11 27 10 Gamma World First session 0 11 26 10 First Impressions Gamma World Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon mastering character development and much much

    Original URL path: http://www.stupidranger.com/tag/gamma-world (2016-04-27)
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  • StupidRanger.com | Never Adventure Alone
    t know if they included these mechanics in the old system and we just didn t know it but as the game progressed we realized that you could counteract wounds with Vigor rolls This significantly reduced the high mortality rate that I experienced in previous incarnations of Deadlands and you could always use Fate Chips to shake off wounds as well I was pleased that despite some difficult run ins with manitou s during spellcasting Shady made it out of the night largely intact I enjoy the tactile experience of this game being able to shuffle a deck of cards and play with poker chips really increased the immersion for me The one sheet campaign that our DM ran us through was interesting and helped us learn the mechanics with just the right amount of storyline to follow Next week we re going to generate our own characters that will carry on into an ongoing Deadlands campaign where we will trade off the Marshalling i e Dungeon Mastering duties The Savage Worlds game mechanics take a bit of getting used to if you re as used to D D as I am however I found it equally easy to get ramped up and learn the basics within one session as I could in D D 4e I m enjoying the change of pace so expect to see the occasional Savage Worlds related post perhaps some compare and contrast as the weeks march by from Dante Deadlands roleplaying rpgbloggers Skill Challenges from the Tomb of Horrors 2010 September 21 3 Comments tags Dante rpgbloggers by Dante We re down to playing once every couple of weeks in our group but the Tomb of Horrors is so darned satisfying I hardly even notice To be frank I have shied away from skill challenges in my game up to this point because I haven t felt too inspired to create them on my own Luckily there were a few great ones available in the first section of the Tomb of Horrors to try Despite my group s penchant toward not getting started early I found that the addition of the skill challenges really helped to make them feel accomplished My only complaint is one of my own creation if I would have read up on the challenges ahead of time I would have been able to come up with some additional flavor text so it wasn t so repetitious and didn t devolve into blatent statements of success or failure Despite the repetition I found them fun to run and the players found the challenges at the very least interesting Maybe a bit of additional preparation next time will make them even better from 4e behind the screen Dante rpgbloggers D D Starter Red Box The Solo Adventure and more 2010 September 7 8 Comments tags rpgbloggers by Dante Over the weekend Stupid Ranger and I secreted ourselves in a mountain cabin outside of Colorado Springs and we brought along with us the D D Red Box We were accompanied by another couple who had never played D D before This was a recipe for distilled awesome so on Sunday we introduced D D to two new people The Solo Adventure and Character Creation Stupid Ranger took them through the solo adventure to help with character creation She reports that the character creation was very well done for beginners but there were aspects of it that she was missing as a more advanced character I did notice that a few times that one of our new players Paul was asking a lot of questions about things that were physically next to each other on the character sheet and the solo adventure did a fair amount of jumping around that was somewhat confusing I liked that the solo adventure helped to set up the rest of the adventure and the way it presented the decisions that controlled class and alignment were exciting for brand new players Paul was already fairly in character by the time the solo adventure was complete embracing his elven rogue on a deeper level than I would have expected from more standard character generation The Adventure Begins While Stupid Ranger was helping with character creation I was busy reading the Dungeon Master s Book in preparation for the adventure It was very easy to pick up the layout of the book made a lot of sense In my best attempt to follow the rules I started the group with the first encounter at the crossroads Combat mechanics were explained very clearly and before the end of the first encounter Paul was already using flanking and that combat thingie advantage as part of his lexicon It was interesting to see positive reinforcement at work the first time he got to roll extra Sneak Attack damage he was trying to invent ways to use it all the time Paul was quick to ask about whether or not he could use any of his skills to help out in the early part of the dungeon and aside from an active perception check and the discovery of a trap there really wasn t much to use the skills on The group unfortunately traversed the dungeon in such a fashion to avoid the major skill challenge the one thing I wanted them to do rats but they had a lot of fun Since we only had one night we stopped short of completing the entire adventure but it was enough to give the two new players a sense of what D D is all about Running the game was very easy Some convenience things that I enjoyed the Dungeon Master s Book had nice full pages dedicated to each of the creatures in the adventure This made it very easy to show new players what a goblin or a drake looked like by simply folding the page back and letting them see the artwork As previously predicted the tokens were great in lieu of miniatures

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  • Introducing Roleplaying to New Players | StupidRanger.com
    Efreak posted about mysterious things happening to Goudy during the night I would love to tell you about them but it would ruin the comic It was cool but when I asked her about it she hadn t cleared it with Dante who was DMing Since we blogged all the time about our characters experiences and frequently made up stuff about character interactions that happened out of game it was easy to see how she blurred the line detailing who was in charge of writing the story To make a long story short Dante decided to just run with it and it ended up becoming an integral part of the story One that I can t wait to draw These days the players usually run off the track things like this past the DM first but we also love it when this happens We ve had several stalled out characters receive new life when the player is allowed to take the wheel for a second So What Have We Learned Assume Nothing D D is some seriously abstract stuff to some people and stuff that seems like common sense to a seasoned gamer might not to a new player Players Like To Steer and sometimes they have really good ideas too We ve run into this a couple times with a couple different players in the last few years It s the DM s job to make sure everybody has fun so if you have a player who wants to steer the story a little and it seems like it d be fun for everyone go for it Nobody says you have to follow the script to the letter Nobody says you have to let these things completely derail your campaign either Make a call and do whatever you think will be the most awesome for everyone My Wife Plays A Great Gnome She totally does For real But she s way cuter in real life Anybody Else We d love to hear your experiences introducing new players to gaming good or bad That s all for me today Until next time from New Player Orientation roleplay rpgbloggers Vanir 6 Responses leave one ChattyDM permalink October 17 2007 I m actually working at introducing a whole group of adults to RPG gaming ll post about it I think I ll go with some super simplified character sheets and I ll keep the important info on my side I ll just do Here s the setup here s the hook here are your tools and roll dice when I tell you Chances are the wonders of exploration and discovery of the game will be overwhelming enough to create a good session gnome permalink October 17 2007 Ah that was a brilliant article indeed Thanks Now on a more personal note having played many times with a variety of non gamers I have to say it has been amazingly easy All I ever needed were good wine a short but interesting horror

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  • Advice | StupidRanger.com
    Don t Want To Decide Anything 1 12 1 08 Roleplay better by being personally accountable 3 11 17 08 It s all starting to come together now 5 11 11 08 Continuing to fly your roleplaying flag 5 11 10 08 Visiting the Archives Travelling 10 11 5 08 You have the right to be unique 0 11 3 08 Visiting the Archives The Evolution of Your Character 2

    Original URL path: http://www.stupidranger.com/category/advice (2016-04-27)
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  • family | StupidRanger.com
    8 26 10 A new member joins our adventuring party 10 9 8 09 I Don t Want To Decide Anything Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon mastering character development

    Original URL path: http://www.stupidranger.com/category/family (2016-04-27)
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  • gaming | StupidRanger.com
    The Fate of the Players 0 10 15 09 Wherein the StupidRanger Crew converges 10 9 8 09 I Don t Want To Decide Anything 7 1 15 09 StupidRanger goes to Catan Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here

    Original URL path: http://www.stupidranger.com/category/gaming (2016-04-27)
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  • gaming advocacy | StupidRanger.com
    5 10 DM Revolution help me prepare 10 9 8 09 I Don t Want To Decide Anything 3 10 14 07 The Misinformed Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon

    Original URL path: http://www.stupidranger.com/category/gaming-advocacy (2016-04-27)
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