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  • A Great Idea… | StupidRanger.com
    in Gygax s original World of Greyhawk setting I can t think of too many other things that satisfy the adventuring genes in all of us than that I think that the whole GaryCon notion is an excellent way to remember Gary s contributions to our hobby I will fall in with my other digital brethren get out there and roll some dice flop some cards and have some fun

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  • A Player’s Memorial to Gary Gygax | StupidRanger.com
    noticed that players tend to stick to a certain type of character I m guilty of it myself just ask anyone But instead of playing the same old character try playing someone new Play a different class and I don t mean playing a wizard instead of a sorcerer Try something drastically different There are plenty of options to explore Play a different race Many of us stick to the same race personally I m very comfortable playing an elf I think we all tend to gravitate toward races that suit our own personalities However there is something to be said for shedding your preferred race in favor of a new race If you really are having a hard time picking a new race to try pick one at random Play a different personality this can be closely tied to the race you pick but try a new personality for your characters especially for you quiet types out there Break out of your comfort zone and change your participation level in the group It may be tough but trying something new will definitely build your character as a player Challenge yourself to break away from your stereotype and be someone

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  • Gary Gygax 1938-2008 | StupidRanger.com
    old friend from gygax rpgbloggers Vanir 3 Responses leave one RIP Gary Gygax permalink March 4 2008 Rest in peace Gary You ll be missed Let s all have a mid week D D game to celebrate his life Anonymous permalink March 5 2008 I just stumbled into this blog googling Gary Gygax I feel sad for him he was a great guy and made many cool things in his

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  • Suspense, continued… | StupidRanger.com
    I love the inherent risk of the tower falling and I can imagine this wrapping very nicely into a horror setting or one that has a lot of physical risks for your characters Some more traditional ideas Several people including our very own Vanir recommended obfuscating or eliminating the fear based systems in favor of rewarding roleplaying I like these ideas however there will always be those naturally light in roleplaying that will want to have control over some system of determining the fear response We have used props in some of our campaigns up to this point to illustrate objects and add some reality to encounters I ve been toying with ways to combine the Jenga suspense with a situation specific prop to heighten the roleplay experience for those people that don t really get into heavy roleplay Then I remembered our experience at Nascrag this year they had essentially a paper diagram describing a puzzle with a specific time limit to solve it It wasn t horror but let me tell you the pressure was on I imagine this would be equally cool with a real life prop or a combination of puzzles and real props to add an air of reality to the situation Using some creative applications of concepts like this that many of you may already use may help aid in creating some artificial yet realistic suspense to your settings and encounters from Dante gm tips nascrag rpgbloggers you tell us One Response leave one Reid permalink November 1 2007 I m glad to see you are intrigued by Dread I think it s really important to make sure that the game system you are using actually matches up with the style of game you are running Dungeons and Dragons doesn t really work if

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  • Good Characters Grow | StupidRanger.com
    directly with the number of out of body experiences he s had A player who continues doing this may well roleplay his character into a pine box An experienced warrior is not just called that because they have more feats and HP you know They understand battle and teamwork They do not typically SMASH until the time is right They know why it s good to be the cleric s wingman at the tavern dibs on the support spells And the character at the end of the campaign acts a lot differently than the character who started Challenge Their Beliefs That s how you can apply character growth in battle but what about roleplaying It s perfectly OK to give your characters strong beliefs It makes them interesting and gives them very real reasons to act the way they do It is also perfectly OK to allow those beliefs to be challenged along the way In my Nascrag games over the last couple years I played an aging fighter who hated magic and had a sorceror for a son In last year s adventure he did nothing but question his son s manhood for not being a warrior and wielding unnatural forces This year he still hated magic but realized he was reaching the end of his life and loved his son So he was trying to reconnect with him while still hating magic I was completely engrossed with trying to figure out how to make my character embrace both concepts and I had to put myself in his shoes to do it Thusly I found my character encouraging his son and praising his accomplishments but trying to get him to do things the non magical way It made me invest myself in the adventure much more This character despite

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  • Guide to Decorating Your New Dungeon | StupidRanger.com
    to a wooden door 2 Sculptures Tapestries Add some art to keep your dungeon from feeling uncultured Sculptures are a great way to add a touch of class But why pay a lot of money for some measy art Shop the factory seconds They may have some dings scratches cracks or missing appendages but those imperfections can adda lot of character Of course you should probably have a little variety and some threadbare tapestries can be a great complement to your sculpture seconds Don t go overboard though because you don t want to hide all those great stone walls behind cloth 3 Dead Ends A must have to help deter those annoying adventurers dead ends will create a level of confusion and frustration that will demoralize most of your uninvited guests Plus they create great places to put some of those sculptures 4 Ever lit smokeless torches You will want your visitors welcomed or otherwise to be able to appreciate the architecture of your dungeon and all your great design choices it s the new standard for dungeons to be lit but regular torches won t do for illuminating your dungeon You don t want to constantly be relighting

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  • Draconic Thanksgiving | StupidRanger.com
    us now The dragon raised his eyebrow at this speech taking in the absurdity of the speaker s situation Oh Human he replied I will not yield for my destruction will bring not eternal peace but many years of heartache and despair For upon my death another more terrible dragon will take my place The speaker looked around for his fellow companions uncomfortable with this turn of events Another more terrible option had not been considered Realizing that he was in this alone that all of the other villagers had fled he shuffled his feet digging in the loose dirt with the toe of his boot We cannot allow you to live for fear of our lives yet we cannot survive a more terrible dragon What solution do you propose for resolving this impasse The dragon refrained from stating the obvious that he had never taken a life of a villager Instead he attempted to reason with the speaker If it is only fear of your lives that prevents us from being neighbors perhaps we can reach a compromise If I swear only to eat your livestock and never your families can you swear on behalf of the village to leave me in peace The speaker appeared thoughtful for several moments knowing that the decision he made would affect the entire village for many many years to come The fear of a more terrible dragon however forced him to consider this compromise as the best possible option I swear on behalf of the entire village that so long as you only dine upon livestock no action will be taken against you by our citizens Making it official the dragon stated I do so swear to only dine upon livestock Both the speaker and the dragon smiled the dragon only a

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  • Environmentally Humorous | StupidRanger.com
    thought for Friday There s been a lot of press lately about use non plastic alternatives for shopping bags You can buy cloth bags from just about every store now at least in our area My mother in law has several of them in her car so they are handy for shopping purposes I was looking at them the other day and noticed all the corporate logos and whatnot all over them And I got to thinking how much cooler those bags would be if they had roleplaying related slogans on them So I ve come up with the following My other bag is full of dice I rolled a 20 on my Knowledge Nature roll A dragon ate my refridgerator so I have to buy more food The DM said to bring snacks or else This is my Bag of Holding If you don t save plastic you take full damage from random rpgbloggers silly Stupid Ranger 2 Responses leave one Noumenon permalink July 18 2008 Baggins we hates them I sacked Ravens Bluff with this Stupid Ranger permalink July 20 2008 Those are awesome Click here to cancel reply Leave a Reply Name required Email required Website Comment

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