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  • rpgbloggers | StupidRanger.com
    may be stupid but we re not Fools 7 11 27 10 Gamma World First session 0 11 26 10 First Impressions Gamma World 1 11 10 10 How I survived on almost only Skill Challenges 2 11 5 10 DM Revolution help me prepare 1 9 30 10 Deadlands Reloaded 3 9 21 10 Skill Challenges from the Tomb of Horrors 8 9 7 10 D D Starter Red

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  • thanks for all the fish | StupidRanger.com
    21 09 Thanks For All the Fish 0 1 19 09 Gamer Girl Suvey Update 0 1 1 08 Happy New Year 1 12 10 07 Tribute to the Table 2 10 4 07 Color us Stumbled Upon Welcome to

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  • It’s not cheating. It’s really not. | StupidRanger.com
    better ways to deal with this type of situation mostly come with experience Figuring out a few contingency plans for what will happen if the players don t take the plot hook or interact with NPCs in a non ideal way will help to smooth these bumps The other main thing that Vanir mentions in his article is the loss of innocence from being a player Now you KNOW the fudging that can occur and you start to ask yourself if every fun or exciting moment in a campaign was because of the DM acting to favor the players in some way The only advice I can give is this sit back and enjoy the ride Have some caffeine and sugar and let the game unfold It s actually pretty fun sitting in the player s chair again to see if you can detect when the DM is making stuff up I ve found a few of them have a tell they shuffle some papers roll some dice that have no outcome on the encounter at all or stare at the players with a blank or angry expression when things aren t going as they anticipate It s also fun to see how they resolve the situations as well you can learn something from their responses too If I possessed the insane ability to play off script player characters like Vanir does I would be doing that all the time and see how the DM reacts But back to the main point you never really can un know the fact that the DM does some trickery to make the game move forward Just know it s part of his job and it s part of your job to enjoy the story and be invested in your player character That s the real fun anyway building up a hero based on your own imagination There s no rule set or die roll that should affect that aspect of roleplaying games one bit from 4e behind the screen Better Characters D D 3 5 Dante rpgbloggers 7 Responses leave one benensky permalink April 5 2011 I am a cheating DM If my encounters are not challenging enough I change them to put a couple of my party down and get them worried Then if the encounter will kill the party I taper it back so they do not die Monster encounters should help tell the story To me I like D D to be storytelling cooperative game and not a strategy game Therefore for me the object of a DM is to keep the game interesting fun and challenging I do not kill characters because they had bad dice rolls or because they are not great strategists and not doing all the correct things to win the encounter If it is important to the storyline then I will kill them For example a character is thrown into a pit and I tell them not even to roll for damage because the others

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  • Better Characters | StupidRanger.com
    08 Visiting the Archives Roleplaying Pitfalls 7 7 10 08 Recommended Reading The Silmarillion 2 7 9 08 Better Character Development courtesy of Bruce Willis 0 2 29 08 Quick Start Characters 1 2 12 08 Behind the Screen Vacation Day Well not really 0 1 24 08 Through the Fire and the Flames 0 1 24 08 Proper Virtuosity Foundations of Goodness 3 1 22 08 Remember me I

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  • D&D 3.5 | StupidRanger.com
    5 Category 7 4 5 11 It s not cheating It s really not 0 7 6 09 My Insight into Skills Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon mastering character

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  • StupidRanger.com | Never Adventure Alone
    some strong character concepts but I will defer speaking about their qualities until another time The Bad The Ugly Once again character creation took far too long due to the lack of multiple copies of the rulebook Pro Tip think ahead and make copies of the mutant traits and powers I wish I had Our game got off to a slow start as a result and thanks to cramped space on the Gamma World Character Sheet a few of our unfamiliar players were waning in enthusiasm by the beginning of the actual game play Thankfully we were saved by the colorful characters that had been created and started things off with a getting to know you roundtable that got everyone re energized Here s another tip from the trenches spend a little time with box set prior to playing with a group The backstory for the provided adventure is a little sparse and there s not a great deal of motivation for the players to actually follow the plot hooks provided in the campaign preamble Both times I have attempted to run this story the group had retreated into the village for information and I was left somewhat flat footed Ultimately everyone ended up in the right place and the fun could begin I found a few additional clunky spots in the first two encounters but nothing a little deft DM magic couldn t spackle over Conclusions Gamma World is fun however it didn t seem to be everyone s cup of tea at our gaming table tonight A few members of our party are definitely excited to play more but there were an indifferent few that will be unlikely to grace Gamma Terra again for awhile There were a few additional moving parts in the Alpha Mutations and Omega Tech that confused or perturbed some and excited others it was pretty interesting to see these two factions plead their case As with any other roleplaying game it seems that predispositions played a big role Those that were excited about the game at the beginning enjoyed it those that were lukewarm or newcomers enjoyed it markedly less Personally I love the randomness of the setting and the propensity toward creative characters that can be strongly roleplayed That keeps me coming back If you want to see more Gamma World coverage check out this great review over at Geeks Dream Girl or the positively astounding amount of material at Critical Hits including the mysterious and powerful Junkulator More soon from 4e Gamma World roleplaying rpgbloggers Happy New Year 2011 January 3 Leave a comment by Dante Happy New Year from StupidRanger We re all very excited for the coming year which will include both personal and gaming related changes As previously reported Stupid Ranger and I will be welcoming a baby girl into the world in late March This is likely to impact our gaming schedule dramatically but thanks to several friends with flexible schedules and a tolerance for kids we should be able to continue gaming as much as humanly possible Here s the current line up for 2011 My D D campaign continues along with Stupid Ranger firmly entrenched in the Paragon Tier The Deadlands campaign that I am playing in will carry on so more Weird West action can be expected I received Low Life for Christmas a strange Savage World setting by Andy Hopp that I want to play this year More on this one soon Much much more Gamma World Stupid Ranger chimes in with her lone gaming resolution I want to play Dragon Age 2 as much as possible before the baby comes Seeing as how the baby is due on March 26 that might be a tall order Is there something else you want us to write about or cover this year Mention it in the comments and we ll see what we can do from Dante rpgbloggers Deadland Tales Rocky Mountain Oysters Weird West style 2010 December 14 Leave a comment by Dante We were stuck in the bowels of Lost Angels helpin an acquaintance find his lost buddy when some bad varmits got the drop on the ol Starr Gang I got separated from the group thanks to my insides briefly becoming outsides thanks to a deadeyed bandit and his Colt 45 Peacemaker Thanks to all them extra meals and a little bit of luck I was only shot in the guts enough to take me halfway to the Reaper and was able to drag myself inside an old boarded up mercantile to escape death s icy grip for a few more minutes That s the thing about fightin with the Book of Hoyle on your side sometimes the cards just plain don t come up your way I d already expended what little favor I had gained with the manitou that sits on the other side of the shade from me and I couldn t catch a break The last failed attempt at hexslingin fried me so bad I can t even bring myself to handle my deck of cards right now but that s a story for another time After the ruckus quieted down outside my hideout I was able to wrap up my wounds enough to go out searchin for the rest of my gang I came around the corner and that s when I saw one of the damnedest sights I ve ever seen my cousin Dustin writhin around on the ground like the Devil himself had him by the ears Then I saw why he d been shot bad He d seen the bad end of another Peacemaker and this one got him well polite company calls it the unmentionables but others call em Rocky Mountain Oysters Juevos Rancheros the ol Family Jewels And they was shot plumb off He was lucky to be alive but all the same it s hard to console a man whose manhood was now a fine paste on the boardwalk in

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  • I Don’t Want To Decide Anything | StupidRanger.com
    s on equal ground In any case it s plain to see we re different kinds of gamers Now the trick is going to be finding where that Venn diagram intersects so we can have some fun together In Which Vanir Ponders The Road Ahead Well the road ahead for damn sure contains Boom Blox as that s one game Efreak specifically said she d love to play with me And she s a huge Beatles fan so this is a no brainer We re also going to head out to our FLGS and try to find some stuff we d both enjoy playing In the meantime I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone with similar experiences as ours to either tell your tale or better to share what you ve done that helped you We surely cannot be the only couple who have gone through this Ultimately it comes down to one of our old standbys here at Stupid Ranger the only thing that matters is that everyone at the table is having fun Finding out how to do that in one s marriage might take some time and effort but I can t really think of a better reason to get back on the horse and keep trying Until next time from Advice Evensbrook family gaming gaming advocacy Musings and Anecdotes playing with spouses rpgbloggers Vanir you tell us 10 Responses leave one E Foley Geek s Dream Girl permalink September 8 2009 Dave bought Tales of the Arabian Nights when we were at Origins and we ve played it a couple times It s a long game but I really like it It s cool because while you can play with some sort of strategy and you can roleplay to a certain extent you don t have to do either to have fun Thasmodious permalink September 9 2009 Well my tale is so similar I could practically just C P your blog entry change the names and go with it My wife and my brother s wife used to game with us I didn t pick up the warning signs either I did pick up much frustration and I blamed my wife for it I didn t read the signs as a player not enjoying the game She would jump at any chance to talk OOC during the game and relate stories about work life pop culture etc She came to dread D D nights It was the same as your situation she was afraid to tell me she didn t want to play and I was too stubborn or expected too much from her to see it myself Finally it came out she stopped playing and everyone was happy Except my brother s wife who was really in the same boat continued to play with us for another couple of years The frustrating thing there was the rest of knew she wasn t that interested in playing she just didn t like to let her husband have a

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  • We may be stupid, but we’re not Fools… | StupidRanger.com
    Now through April Fool s Day use the coupon code IMWITHSTUPID to get 10 off any daily deal Check it out now and if you like what you see don t forget to sign up to get each day s offer via email from announcements Dante Loot rpgbloggers No comments yet Click here to cancel reply Leave a Reply Name required Email required Website Comment Note You can use basic

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