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  • Vanir | StupidRanger.com
    5 7 24 09 My Craw And Its Contents 2 5 1 09 Arcane Power State of the Bard Address 0 3 17 09 Review Blue Dragon Plus Nintendo DS 2 3 16 09 Proper Villany Profiles Watchmen Edition 2 2 24 09 Gaze Upon The Glory That Is My Pimp Hands 5 2 19 09 The Morality Of Adventuring 0 2 13 09 How A Game About Flowers Almost

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  • From The Mailbag: How Do I Play D&D With My 10 Year Old Daughter? | StupidRanger.com
    daughter enjoys solving puzzles you can sprinkle some into your adventures too Cloud Kingdom games has some awesome books on this topic As far as videogames go there are lots and lots of RPGs out there but most are single player However if you ve got multiple computers you could go with something from the Neverwinter Nights series or one of its predecessors With videogame RPGs though you re pretty much going to wind up chopping up lots of people and monsters into tiny little pieces to get XP I m having a great deal of difficulty thinking of one where that is not the case unless you re playing Myst or something If you re looking for nonviolence my recommendation would be to stick to tabletop adventures where you can be assured of everyone s peaceful demeanor via your omnipotence There is one other option that may terrify you but it s so crazy that it just might work give your daughter the books and let her run a game for you She s older than the age I was when I started getting into this stuff and I guarantee you it s a great way to spark her creativity I would keep it super extra rules light though perhaps eschewing the D D rules for a much simpler set you two agree on combat settled by rock scissors paper for instance Hopefully this was of some help to you and you both will have a good experience like I did when I was starting out ridiculous terrible adventures and lots of fun from DM Advice roleplay roleplaying with children rpgbloggers Vanir you tell us 7 Responses leave one Jonathan permalink February 9 2009 great advice Vanir i m still 5 years out before I could even think of getting my kids to play I would also point your readers to a recent post over at WIRED GeekDad that maybe your emailer would be interested in as well http blog wired com geekdad 2009 02 setting up rpg html Silus permalink February 9 2009 I would recommend using a rules light system to run with I personally have become fond of a modified Risus system It s a free game so no investment besides about 15 minutes of time to learn it A simple system allows you to get on with roleplaying and spend less time crunching numbers or hunting through books If you must stick with D D 4th Edition is a little easier to understand than 3rd overall so I would recommend that Now as for the actual running of the game 1 Since this is a one player session the whole plot and indeed world can be based around what that one player wants She likes LotR and Harry Potter If you know either of those worlds really well you can run a game in a similar world easily If not most high fantasy settings would probably be acceptable 2 Character Creation I recommend creating a

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  • Does video game facilitated roleplaying actually exist? | StupidRanger.com
    obsession Finally fortunately the seal broke and quit warcrack for other more creative activities like getting back into blogging and table top gaming Donny the Dm permalink October 30 2008 Define role playing Standard definition If so then it is impossible in a video game environment as it exists today As far as ADEQUATE RPing experience NWN 1 not the turd that was 2 was awesome I actually felt invested in my characters the mood was good and I had fun I would suppose that you could not truly role play in ANY linear environment Period Otherwise you are simply performing task A to aquire object B to progress to city C and talk to chump D etc etc This differs from an organic experience because there is no true randomness There is a set beginning and end and regardless of the order of the intervening B Y parts your winning is a forgone conclusion In a video game you are SUPPOSED to win Sure a tabletop RPG is the same in this aspect but it is not an assured thing When I die in NWN I reload my last save and try again In WoW when we TPK at BFD We go back to our bodies and regroup before trying again Wipe in D D and the game is generally over THAT is the point I have taken so long to get to That makes each and every experience truly unique which is why for at least a couple of more D has nothing to worry about Also how many games out there let you score with a barmaid then kill her and burn down the inn on a whim Sorry about the rambling on my thoughts are refusing to clump Jon I SO hear you While not quite that hardcore I do hear you Asmor permalink October 30 2008 Absolutely I ve had plenty of experiences roleplaying in EverQuest City of Heroes and World of Warcraft It s something you ve got to actively seek out though Silent permalink October 31 2008 but it was a bit amazing how quickly things devolved into hack and slash efficiency gaming once a group came into the mix I find this happens often in table top environments as well Kevin permalink October 31 2008 I would give a resounding hell yes to your posed question As mentioned before it all devolves around who you play with and what kind of server you are on My first real MMO roleplaying experience was with Asheron s Call Hooked up with a group of about 20 people who loved to roleplay and adventured as such While we did quests we would pose everything as though we were actually doing it ourselves It was fun but would often devolve into bad acting but nonetheless it was all roleplaying I don t miss those days lots of drama but it was completely immersive RP Later I also found people who roleplayed in Anarchy Online we pretended

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  • Constantingly spiraling to new heights… | StupidRanger.com
    setting urgency if we didn t get off the ship it was going to sink into the middle of the ocean and appropriate use of weather based creatures made this scene a real winner in my mind I would love to hear some other success stories where DMs or players have used weather to augment a story in a organic meaningful way I tend to struggle with this as a DM hopefully the comments will generate some great new ideas from Advice Dante DM Advice rpgbloggers you tell us 3 Responses leave one Asmor permalink October 22 2008 You don t need it to be an actual threat for your PCs to take it seriously e g you re well within your rights to call for some endurance checks or lose a healing surge Whether they make the checks or not it will make them understand the severity and impact of the storm and even if they fail losing one healing surge stings a lot but isn t actually all that painful in the long run Anonymous permalink October 22 2008 How about a desert sandstorm to lose players track Add to the confusion camels panicking and resulting loss of a magnet they packed for just this occasion and even a high level party is going to be in trouble if they don t have enough water Anonymous permalink October 23 2008 Weather does not need to be considered in terms of direct damage to the PCs Weather should be integrated into the environment and story Weather can set the mood of an adventure and help provide the sensory details for a scene Weather can also become highly important to the PCs because of its effect on the world with which they are interacting If you have developed a campaign

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  • Behind the Screen: How do you break in a new group? | StupidRanger.com
    pizza or a roleplaying heavy first gaming session where characters and players are encouraged to interact over a session which is intended as a prelude to the campaign proper This allows new players to feel comfortable in the game setting while getting some light roleplaying involved as well Phil did a great job of engineering a game that really accellerated the bonding process we were all laughing and having fun within minutes of getting together for the first time in person It was brilliant What do you do to introduce new players into your mix Do you adjust anything in your campaign to allow for a feeling out process Let s hear those ideas from behind the screen Dante gencon 2008 rpgbloggers you tell us 3 Responses leave one Anonymous permalink August 22 2008 You ve raised an interesting idea and I d like to know more run masterfully by our good buddy Phil The Chatty DM This was a great way to get to know a new group of people what Phil did made excellent sense He engineered an ice breaker right into a D D game Was it just the inclusion of alcohol or Chatty s innate genius What specifically did he do that worked so well Dante permalink August 22 2008 It was both actually He constructed a campaign setting that was interesting along with pre generated characters with fun accents personality quirks etc These items combined with alcohol made a great foundation for a fun time He allowed for a lot of roleplaying with his NPCs in the second session which was a nice touch as well Bob permalink August 22 2008 We tend to carry on as normal with the gaming sessions If it s someone completely now to rpg s then I always find

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  • 27 Character Sheets | StupidRanger.com
    got to thinking that as you move on to a new character it becomes very important to dump the baggage of your old characters You have to let your old characters retire gracefully If you let the memories of your previous character dictate your new character you may attempt the Mark 2 a re creation of the character concept because you are sure you can do it better this time Or in the event things didn t turn out the way you planned you may create the antithesis trying to create your new character as different as possible I m not always good about letting past character retire but I do try to keep my characters separate at least in my own mind For me it helps to have a developed back story it s easier to keep everyone separate if they all had different stories What techniques do you use to move on from your old character s from player tips roleplay rpgbloggers Stupid Ranger you tell us One Response leave one Sandrinnad permalink July 8 2008 I d tend to agree a good backstory and a strong sense of the character really help to keep characters separated even if they have superficial similarities Changing systems or DMs between campaigns helps too as a character type that works in one may be completely out of place in the next For some reason I ve been in a lot of games that just petered out after a couple of sessions our group was bad for follow through and it s been very tempting to use again a character that didn t have a fair shake but usually they were so tied to the game they were created for that they just didn t fit in another one That being said

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  • General Managing… | StupidRanger.com
    game nights and coordinate the group but its only a good as the group using it We ve had problems in the past with people not checking the calendar Using notification features of the calendaring software could help this problem but the easily forgettable nature of email can still lead to failures This is still generally better than having to call my entire group plus I hate talking on the phone anyway As far as organizing the gaming pile I have the most trouble with this task My books are generally strewn everywhere a few book bags contain my entire collection and they regularly get separated I have a battle mat however it often gets left in the trunk of my car or at other people s houses and tends to be AWOL when I need it Be prepared What I really need is the equivalent of a emergency preparedness kit for gaming nights away from home The only problem is that you can t fit large items like a battle mat into a quick carry kit like that I imagine things like a set of dice maybe some miniatures if your group prefers to play with those a notepad and if you re really ambitious a few quickie game session ideas to get the ball rolling So what else would you have in your gaming preparedness kit from Dante rpgbloggers you tell us One Response leave one Joel permalink July 4 2008 I would keep At least 10 of those little note holder things with small bases for impromptu figurines labels can be stuck in the note holder part Gobin 1 goblin 2 orc 1 A pad of graph paper which can be used to make quick floorplans and can be taken to a local Staples or Kinkos to

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  • Behind the Screen: What amuses you? | StupidRanger.com
    humor movie quote funny stuff when nothing else presents itself How do you manage things when the line blurs between character acting and player venting I know some groups continually fall back on Princess Bride quotes Monty Python sketches or Slayer lyrics So what does it for your group Whatever it is I guarantee you I will fall for it at least once from behind the screen Dante rpgbloggers you tell us 6 Responses leave one Ben Pop permalink June 29 2008 Pretty much that s what she said jokes We also reference Star Wars especially Admiral Ackbar s it s a trap and Yu Gi Oh Abridged a lot And Charlie the Unicorn if we can get away with it Dante permalink June 30 2008 Oh my Lord I can t stand Charlie the Unicorn any more We have one Charlie advocate in our group and I cringe every time I hear it happyturtle permalink June 30 2008 For my group it s dirty jokes and innuendo Last Saturday we decided that in Dave s handwriting the warlock character sheet actually said warcock It didn t take long for us to decide our adventuring group would henceforth be known as the Warcocks This kept us going the rest of the session We went through a town with a chicken farm so of course we had to look for the town s warcocks We discussed the assault on a castle She s closed up tight lads bring out the Warcock I was playing a male character with an unrequited passion for a female party member so I had to keep making references to my warcock being at her service And so on I think we get just as much enjoyment out of the dirty banter as we do out of

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