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  • Learning 4e: First Impressions through character generation… | StupidRanger.com
    opportunities for extension expansion and growth in the system that excites us Having such a stripped down core system has left me wanting more to work with Do not misunderstand I think the gameplay of 4e will be fast fun and very classic D D I m just afraid that we ll be subjected to scads and scads of expansion books just to get us back to normal and essentially the sound of my wallet emptying is the only motivator in the end Time will tell and so will gameplay Hopefully Vanir and SR will come along in the next few days and provide their insights from Dante fourth edition Musings and Anecdotes rpgbloggers 3 Responses leave one ChattyDM permalink July 29 2008 Having such a stripped down core system has left me wanting more to work with You hit one of 4e s marketing issues on the head D D Gamers were used to a mature complete system in 3 5 The new Core Set feels like a Magic the Gathering Starter Set like Portal or those dinky pre shuffled small Decks you get with a CD Rom It will get better just not now The Storyteller permalink July 29 2008 I think the gameplay of 4e will be fast fun and very classic D D This is great to hear I tried out 4e at D D Experience and felt like it was pulling away from the classic game It s always nice to hear a fresh opinion on everything For me in the end though it is a matter of money As you hinted at WOtC definitely enjoys expansion books if 3 5 wasn t already a clue to that I gave into that with 3 5 and have very happily invested my life savings into the

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  • Perks of Travel… | StupidRanger.com
    also made considerably easier by the addition of a Garmin nuvi 350 which one of my coworkers brought with her The respective bonuses to Intuit Direction have to be at least 2 and 10 respectively Even with this assistence I still found myself lost a few times This was only a little frustrating however a few choice encounters have inspired me for a few campaign ideas I am in the process of fleshing out these ideas into a servicable 4e campaign which should be fun to both break me into 4e and unleash on my unwilling player characters One may glean from this information that I am finally reading my 4e books in depth and that means that before long you ll start hearing glowing praise moderate indifference seething rage depending on my mood at the time I sit down to write my various reviews I haven t decided how I intend to structure my opinions of 4e but I am leaning toward an in theory and in practice set of segments that would outline how I see a new aspect of the system handling and then how it actually handles once we get into the game itself Any opinions

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  • The Aftermath, and a look to the future… | StupidRanger.com
    were quick to point out that we d both be more comfortable delaying until we can fully absorb the new system rules Our next campaign will likely be 3 5 edition Ravenloft which will be my first time in that campaign setting A lament for things left behind Thanks to this lull in our gaming activities we re getting ready for a garage sale here at SR Central to cull some of our extra stuff and regain some shelf space for our new acquisitions I was going through some old boxes when I happened across my third edition D D books complete with my nearly full body character sketch of my ropehandling wizard Medric the Great I drew it while our GM was in a heated rules discussion with another of our college D D crew and I liked it so much that I held on to it Unfortunately we didn t get that far through the campaign before school got in the way so I never quite got to flesh that character the way I wanted I often grapple with the urge to revisit past characters or campaign settings and I always get talked out of it by the rest of our gaming group This pull usually gets stronger without the immediate presentation of roleplaying opportunities in fact I keep several Google Docs with Return to campaign threads that sit waiting for their time to come If anyone has any suggestions for how to slake this thirst for reliving the good times I would appreciate hearing it from Dante Musings and Anecdotes rpgbloggers One Response leave one Seumas Macdonald permalink June 9 2008 I am currently filled with a thirst to revisit legendary characters of the past I wish I d kept better game notes on them so that

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  • On Fit and Finish… | StupidRanger.com
    cover art and titles are what initially drew me to some titles I grabbed a few books and found that their layout or typeface was so appalling that I couldn t stand to read more than a paragraph at a time which placed those into the right out category I believe that is why so many roleplaying resources are moving online you can choose how you want to receive the content many times controlling the superficial things that help you drive down into the content On the car ride home I was thinking about what good gaming opportunities I may have missed or dismissed purely on these criteria Essentially in my opinion usability matters If the fit and finish is off and I can t get past reading a single paragraph or I can t read the chart easily from arms length I very likely won t buy the book and often times I have found that I marginalize anything in that same given series purely due to the manner in which the information is presented Am I alone here from Dante Musings and Anecdotes rant rpgbloggers you tell us 4 Responses leave one Jeff permalink November 26 2007 You are not alone but sometimes I do try and get past all the fancy sauce and just examine the meat and potatoes of the work Have you looked at the Kindle eReader from Amazon The screen looks like black ink on white paper How great would it be to have all your resources on a Star Trek like computer pad Geek out Dante permalink November 26 2007 Yeah I saw the Sony version at the very same Borders the display is pretty neat however the price is WAY more than I would consider spending for something that can t even

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  • Black Friday Shopping List | StupidRanger.com
    them on my character sheet Class specific requirements holy symbols for clerics instruments for bards thieves tools for rogues etc Adventurer s Wish List Beyond the basics every character has a wish list of items they would buy if they had enough money For me these tend to be Amulet of Natural Armor since most characters don t have anything to provide natural armor this is a quick boost to AC without the tedious mucking about trying to figure out what kind of bonus it is and do you always have something with that bonus Stat boosting items gauntlets of ogre power cloaks of charisma gloves of dexterity anything that will boost the primary stat for your character class Bag of Holding true shopping can only begin when you can sell more loot And to sell more you must be able to carry more Magic weapons for the fightery types magic is always better especially if it comes with some sort of extra enhancement like fire damage or keen ness Magic accoutrements for the spell castery types bonus spells are always a plus magic wands extra scrolls anything to fill the void when you ve used up your best spells for the day Magic Armor Robes anything to make it harder for the enemy to hurt you is always cause for celebration whether you need shiny new plate or a fabulous new robe I know I always have a great time when I get to cash in my share of the loot and upgrade my character s equipment And it s even better than Black Friday door busters since you don t have to wake up before the sun just to get the best deals from Musings and Anecdotes player tips rpgbloggers Stupid Ranger 8 Responses leave one Doug Hagler permalink November 23 2007 When I DM I ve actually taken to the habit of charging player characters about 100gp or so to just say that they re carrying around whatever reasonable items they might have from the Player s Guide shopping list Nothing over a couple gp in value but this is just personal preference Ironically sometimes when I m a payer I enjoy the minute book keeping of all the bits of stuff I have on me since they can sometimes spark clever ideas or get me out of a jam But for some reason when running a game I prefer the simpler method unless players seem really motivated to do the book keeping I do realize that it is a venerable D D tradition Yax permalink November 23 2007 I d buy a mount before I buy a scroll case I d rather save energy than remember things Stupid Ranger permalink November 24 2007 Doug Those sparks of inspiration are one of the reasons I continue to keep track of miscellanea Sometimes you just never know Yax We re horrible about keeping our mounts they tend to get left behind frequently Besides I m one of the

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  • Desperate Times – An Ari Story | StupidRanger.com
    that we made the world too good when we saved the world last time So the gods can t stop Evil Lady and we ll just have to figure out how to defeat her ourselves WHAT We re being abandoned by our various gods On the verge of world wide war we re being given a secret mission to defeat an evil goddess but we can t count on our gods for assistance This is the kind of treatment I would have expected if we d failed our last attempt at saving the world but being the proven heroes we are I would expect a little more support especially as our characters all have strong religious connections And so it is that we embark on our assigned mission to save the world once again in these desperate times There are few times more intriguing than that moment when you realize that once again the fate of the entire world rests on your ability to overcome the unreasonable evil goddess The Player s Perspective This is always a tense situation because we if we fail in our mission the world will be overcome with darkness I love the intrigue of this particular type of plot hook The difficulty I find is how to accurately represent my character s reaction to this kind of responsibility For Ari an accomplished fighter it s not so much about the impending battles as it is the overwhelming knowledge that failure means the destruction of the world she has already fought to save unfortunately this isn t the easiest reaction to roleplay so I have my work cut out for me Share Your Stories What kind of crazy scary moments have you encountered or for the DMs out there created And how did you or your

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  • Fear and Nervousness in D&D Las Vegas | StupidRanger.com
    that go into creating a character Dante Chuck made things so easy for me in those first couple of session that I was brave enough to accept another friend Boyle another long time gamer into our little group The very first Evensbrook campaign was my very first campaign and I had a marvelous time saving the world from the evil Drow Round 2 Big Isn t Always Better While our little campaign was my only campaign Dante Boyle were playing in another campaign that Chuck was running with a bigger group Both stories ended up about the same time and they guys encouraged me to join in with the rest of the group for the new campaign And that s when the nerves really set in for me This group was composed of long time players from the early days of D D I felt like a D D infant having just started in the early days of 3 0 And I distinctly remember the fears PM described I was sure I didn t know enough of the rules but I was more sure I didn t know enough of the everyday kind of D D things that we would encounter I was terribly afraid of embarrassing myself in front of the seven or so guys I didn t know very well The Verdict In the end I didn t make a huge fool of myself but probably because I m such a shy person I played a support character I stuck to the bard class into which I had already been introduced and offered support in the form of healings and Inspire Courage bonuses I didn t put myself in the spotlight mostly because I was nervous about saying or doing something wrong but in the end it didn

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  • My Inner D&D Character | StupidRanger.com
    D D character is a Neutral Good Half Elf Fighter Though I must say I m not completely surprised Most of my close friends already think I m an elf so that part is half right And after a rather startling revelation a few weeks ago it s no surprise I m not a spellcaster And neutral good well that s subjective I suppose but I like to think I m a generally nice person though I do have a few chaotic tendencies The only change I would really make in this is that I m more of a ranger than a fighter I like the slashy slashy but I also like tracking and slaying my sworn enemies But then I m sure that s not really a surprise from Musings and Anecdotes Stupid Ranger One Response leave one Yax permalink October 2 2007 I tweaked the survey last night The wizard profiling was off So all of you who have taken the survey and were disapointed not to be a wizard can try it again But most wizards were profiled as sorcerers so it s not a big difference to me Click here to cancel reply Leave a Reply

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