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  • The Monster Mash | StupidRanger.com
    good Red Dragon in there This one was especially fun as there s a little aside to one of our favorite creatures I won t tell you which one that would give it away Take a peak at the Sunday Morning Quiz Mystery Monsters and see how you well you can do the Monster Mash from link monsters rpgbloggers Stupid Ranger One Response leave one Yax permalink June 9 2008

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  • My belated introduction to D&D Miniatures… | StupidRanger.com
    rules lawyering is a pursuit best left for SR as she enjoys the ancient art of being right Boyle is one of my dearest friends and I could never tell him that I wouldn t at least try it besides there were adult beverages involved so it couldn t be that bad right Right I have to say the simplified rules coupled with some familiar D D characteristics made the experience immediately recognizable and fun It also helps that my starter set happened to include a Medusa which I understand is somewhat sought after I m sure there are a few of you that are kind of sick reading that sorry Regardless we played several rounds but I stopped short of playing any scenario involving the dragons pictured above since I was barely having any luck at all with my meager starter set From what I can tell much of the stat blocks that I have seen related to the D D 4th edition seems to approximate the simplicity of the miniature rules so I have hopes that all combat will take place in similar fashion as the new edition hits The only thing that bothered me a little was the rules for routing and running it seems to me that shouldn t be so much determined by a die roll but I understand that miniature games are based more solidly in concrete rules so I can tolerate that minor annoyance It was a really fun evening special thanks go out to Boyle for bringing his stuff over so we could give miniatures a try from Dante monsters nostalgia rpgbloggers 3 Responses leave one Yax permalink April 6 2008 I did the same thing when minis came out I ended up never playing by lack of time and hobby budget

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  • Monstrous Pictures | StupidRanger.com
    pirate infested holiday season I was also going through some boxes of stuff I had when I was a kid a few weeks back and I found a bunch of the little tiny dinosaurs and monsters that I used to play with One of them I had when I was very young and didn t know what it was called until my brother called it a rust monster when we were both a little older Well I was surprised to find out that it wasn t called that for years by anyone until Gary Gygax picked up a the same set of plastic monsters saw the same figure and was inspired to create the rust monster as we know it today I also had another little monster that we used to just think of as a weird beetle bug but it didn t occur to me until I found it again recently that I was staring at a little figure of a bulette Turns out just like the rust monster this thing didn t get its name until Gary Gygax went plastic monster shopping either Apparently the owlbear has similar origins but I didn t have one of those to take pictures of There was one other monster of similar construction to my rust monster and bulette and we called it a blue dragon when I was growing up That could well be exactly what it is but I didn t notice any special D D significance to this one Efreak says he looks way friendlier than that gross rust monster with his sickass tail blech I ve created a couple of wallpapers from a few of these images in case anyone s interested Shambles II now guards my laptop against pirates as well Shambles II Normal Widescreen Rust Monster

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  • Exotic D&D? | StupidRanger.com
    D D under the stars The weekend wasn t a complete loss from a roleplaying perspective I got all sorts of context surrounding moving through difficult terrain and what a desert ecology actually feels like first hand as we hiked to the top of some of the largest sand dunes in North America One of my fellow campers joked that we were probably one of the only camping groups to come to this site with a battle mat and D D books in tow We all had a laugh and lamented that it was too windy and dark to play properly so we left our campaigning aside but it got me wondering about all of the interesting places that our readers come from So I ask you this gentle reader What s the most exotic locale that you ve played a roleplaying game in Did the environment get in the way Did bears eat your dice Birds swoop in and snatch your mini off of the battle board Tell us about it from Dante rpgbloggers Uncategorized One Response leave one Dante permalink June 22 2009 Also I triple checked that I hadn t accidentally typed erotic D D into the

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  • How do you say "Thanks" in Elvish? | StupidRanger.com
    run by some really great people Please go visit them and keep a good thing going There s been a few outstanding individuals with outstanding websites without whom we would almost certainly not have gotten this far this fast Martin from Treasure Tables Yax from DungeonMastering Jonathan Drain from Jonathan Drain s d20 Source Phil from Musings of the Chatty DM Thanks guys We really appreciate the help and support you ve given us over the last month Once again to everyone thanks for coming We re enjoying the hell out of this website and I hope all of you are as well from Uncategorized 9 Responses leave one Yax permalink September 14 2007 How do you say You re welcome in elvish ChattyDM permalink September 15 2007 No no Thank YOU You give us good stuff to read your team approach to discussing RPG is unique I really like this feeling of building a community with you guys gameguy permalink September 15 2007 I love your site and your shirts are brilliant I m very selective about my links at play2relax and you guys went there almost immediately Stupid Ranger permalink September 15 2007 We do all appreciate your continued support It s sometimes tricky to get started on an adventure such as this so it s good to know you ve got friends by your side Dave The Game permalink September 15 2007 Man all these D D players and no one knows the answer ChattyDM permalink September 16 2007 You need to be a hardcore Tolkien fan to know Elvish I think I had a player bout 17 years ago that spoke some Elvish and named his character using Tolkien s take on the language JD permalink September 16 2007 Outstanding individuals with outstanding websites That s

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  • Resurrection in D&D: Don’t Fear the Reaper? | StupidRanger.com
    anyone who wanted to donate For less mechanical solutions you can have Resurrection come at the price of allegiance to a deity and a quest in payment for being returned to the living I am also a fan of the Iron Heroes Glory Point system where if a character dies in battle and have amassed enough Glory Points that they can come back from the dead once during a critical time That way they can help in the climax of a story arc but ultimately they are not coming back Vanir permalink March 13 2008 Well that s the last time I trust the Blogger spellchecker Or post tired I blame the establishment I ve heard several people recently say they d like to see a higher penalty for casting resurrection being resurrected There are already penalties but they re all gold based And I dunno about your parties but ours can t afford a terribly large amount of 25 000gp diamonds to make sure everybody gets True Rezzed The cheaper ones already have a level penalty There s a certain point at which you can accrue penalties like this and you might as well stamp LIABILITY on the now diminished PC s forehead Kanati recently suggested to me a 5 level penalty for being brought back from the dead Which is great because the PC would still be alive but the rest of the party would have to work harder to keep him alive It makes a little sense I guess but I think it falls firmly in the category of Not Fun And that s how I feel about a lot of the resurrection penalties I ve heard about I m not saying they re wrong but I do think if you want to impose such things you should think about this Also r e s u r r e c t i o n r e s u r r e c t i o n r e s u r r e c t i o n r e s u r r e c t i o n r e s u r r e c t i o n Vanir learn thanuir permalink March 13 2008 D D assumes that fighting is common and further assumes that the thrill of playing comes from the risk of death or defeat that often enough implies death This when combines with character creation that takes time and an assumption that some people may even identify with their characters leads to problems There are two forces pushing to opposite directions This leads to all kinds of problems such as fudging I don t believe there can be perfect solutions until some of the assumptions are changed Role play permalink March 13 2008 Ultimately I ve always supported death being an opportunity for one to improve upon your next character kanati permalink March 13 2008 The vanir has already stated most of my reasons for disliking resurrection AS IT

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  • Behind the Screen: Loving the one you’re with… | StupidRanger.com
    reason that I don t really frequent our local brick and mortar gaming store as often as I should I have most of the materials that I need to game with and don t need to purchase much extra to keep the fun times a rollin One oft cited example of the change resistance of our group is our limited attempt at a Deadlands campaign I played this game while in college for the first time and was enamored with the spellcasting mechanics which used a poker hand to determine success and the alternative history Western theme was interesting as well It only lasted a few sessions in our current gaming group they just didn t feel it as much as I did The moral to this story is twofold be sensitive to the enjoyment level of your gaming group as you introduce new games and do a cost to benefit analysis before you go buying a ton of new gaming supplements at a convention If you have a group that is able to switch focus to different games how do you pace the introduction of new stuff Do you do a one shot session and build on it if the group likes the game Inquiring minds want to know from Advice behind the screen Dante Other Systems rpgbloggers 4 Responses leave one Dave The Game permalink August 27 2008 I find the buy in of a new game system to be the 1 thing that works against anything without D D on the cover Not just money but players having to learn the system before they get into it and then having to learn setting information on top of that I m most interested in running very rules light sessions in game systems such as Dread to supplement my D D game I can also sometimes convince people to playtest but starting a new game in an unknown system meets a lot of resistance even to d20 based products Questing GM permalink August 27 2008 I think it s easier to pop in a new non RPG game than it is to ask the group to try a new one I know I have trouble trying to memorize which rule goes with which game I once mixed up d10s for d20s in a d20 game after a little WoD But when somebody brings in a new board game we pounch on it like blood hounds so far Virgil Vansant permalink August 28 2008 I m giving a try at a new system EABA in a new campaign But it looks like it won t be a problem One of the big advantages is that EABA has a free lite PDF that my players can read over to help familiarize themselves with the rules Plus I can keep several copies on the table for reference Also I don t have a lot of die hard D D players in my group In fact I have two players that have played

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  • Dark Lake Ziggurat: The Power of Narrative… | StupidRanger.com
    but because I have been having some difficulty with battle encounters eating up entire gaming sessions I opted instead for the locale itself as the platform for the gaming session The players quickly realized that all was not normal when they were whisked away to several different planar settings including the Elemental Plane of Chaos the Astral Sea and Shadowfell Now I had some ideas for what the setting would entail and I retained the relative lack of cardinality of the Ziggurat I gave the players some options for exploration treasure and combat however the combat was essentially optional Instead the group seemed more interested in exploring their surroundings if you click the link for the Astral Sea above you will see an image of a floating castle They immediately wanted to go there so I had to come up with some interesting roleplay on the spot I decided that this would be the Throne of Ao just to see how they would react to that I won t go into the details of how this played out but suffice it to say that it was entertaining and the players got some important guidance for the rest of the campaign I enjoyed the random nature of the Ziggurat Perhaps my interpretation of it was quite incorrect but my players had fun while having absolutely no battle Instead they had some skill challenges and some roleplay experience awards When coupled with some treasure and some information to advance the plot this all added up to a satisfying experience for both the players and myself from 4e Dante roleplay rpgbloggers 2 Responses leave one Devious permalink May 17 2010 Going a full session without combat is usually refreshing as long as everyone stays interested Sounds like it was a good time Stupid

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