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  • Dante | StupidRanger.com
    It 0 1 3 11 Happy New Year 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 2 10 11 10 Deadlands Marshal s Handbook 1 10 9 10 Living Forgotten Realms 1 9 30 10 Deadlands Reloaded Older Entries Newer Entries

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  • The Interior Design of Dungeons… | StupidRanger.com
    My first thought and statement WTF is a kitchen garden It seems that this fairly obvious detail was overlooked on the Kincep Mansion fact sheet so I had to stammer around a bit and decide what type of plants actually comprised the overgrown garden Everyone also had a good laugh at my lack of skill at herbology The main takeaway here read through the module and ask yourself what possible follow up questions can the players have in this situation and make up some stock answers An informed interior designer is a happy interior designer Once again Stupid Ranger s character was my downfall This time they were cautiously edging closer to the stable area of the map They didn t like the looks of the run down architecture and overgrown surroundings always hire a gardener before you want to sell a property so Stupid Ranger s bard wanted to know if she d heard any stories that would tell about the interior of the mansion and whether or not the stables connected to the main house This was not apparent from the outside of the building so it was a long shot and by this point in the session I was rather exasperated at the strange details that I had to make up on the fly Of course Stupid Ranger rolled a natural 20 That meant I had to make up a story about Euphegenia Kincep the impetuous daughter of the mansion s owners who enraged her conservative father by sneaking out the Main Hall via the east entrance to the stables with her beau A ruined chastity belt later and the story is the stuff of local legends Of course the group wanted to know if they ended up in the stall or the hayloft and a variety

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  • A few insane words regarding our GenCon event… | StupidRanger.com
    will only amplify the insanity Vanir conjectured that he wouldn t be singing but I might What he says is true because in reality I am a Level 20 30 NecroBard that can accomplish a bardic music version of Finger of Death Hearing protection might be advisable if you re showing up to this thing Also men might want to wear a cup With the intrepid panel of bloggers providing two deluxe red dragons disembodied egos and iocane powder I have no idea what s going to happen but I do know one thing I can keep up the funny ALL NIGHT LONG so if this event spills out into some stench filled corner of the convention center after our hour is up so be it And just like at Hickman s Killer Breakfast gifts and tribute won t get you anywhere but they will certainly cause something to happen A briefcase of cash may get you on the panel briefly Just sayin One more thing oh Lord I m turning into Jobs somehow there MAY be one or two other event announcements coming soon that you all should be aware of but they will come later Watch this space

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  • Behind the Screen: Getting better all the time… | StupidRanger.com
    Dragon and they called on him to provide an expeditious retreat from the invading forces After Kanati and I had finished soiling ourselves we determined that an evil horde of this magnitude would maintain the services of a black dragon This led us to a utterly fantastic aerial battle that would ve never happened if not for working on your spontaneous recovery skills There are two takeaways from the above scenario Take good notes regarding what favors your characters are owed or what non standard magical items they have at their disposal This is more important if you have infrequent gaming sessions like we do It will prevent the unexpected oh crap moment and that undetermined loss of a few seconds of life as your heart tries to leap out your neck When the unexpected happens try to recover in the most elegant way possible Commit to your approach and go with it often if you keep the action up the group will be less likely to question whether or not the evil horde had a black dragon before they realized they could summon their gold one Hopefully we will continue getting better as we chase this campaign into the barn expect more soon from behind the screen Dante dante aneurism gm tips rpgbloggers 3 Responses leave one Vanir permalink May 29 2008 Dante I don t think giving the signal Team America World Police marionette style counts as elegant recovery However I will give both you and Kanati credit for not making audible monkey noises Joshua Jabin permalink May 29 2008 I think the ability to come up with solutions when players do unexpected things is quite possibly the most important skill for any GM It s almost impossible to guess exactly how players are going to solve a

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  • Another Post About Nothing | StupidRanger.com
    re not doing anything particularly useful per se are what I really look forward to especially with a new character to play Making a character that has some strange personal idiosyncrasies in addition to making everyday roleplay with your character more interesting may have an impact on everyone s lives good or bad in much the same way that the folks on Seinfeld frequently have misadventures because they re really freaking neurotic I mean they devoted half an episode to Kramer trying to defend himself from deadly birthday wishes And I was enraptured I m a believer in that the small stuff can be every bit as interesting as the epic Characters should be more than a bunch of combat stat blocks The difficulty of course is that as you get higher in level the monsters you fight are optimized to be a challenge to people who are prepared to fight them On several occasions but especially with Bat Loaf I ve picked spells and items that weren t particularly combat friendly and it cost me It s just a fact of life that the vast vast majority of D D campaigns revolve around stuff killing other stuff and you need to keep that in mind before you go too overboard If you don t you ll quickly find yourself frustrated week after week But don t abandon the fact that you have a character to play DM s let them And try not to dogpile in the end battle on the guy that picked Percussion to give a little atmosphere to his nightly trysts with the barmaids Dante from character building tips dante aneurism roleplay rpgbloggers Vanir 2 Responses leave one MichaelS permalink May 14 2008 This is EXACTLY how I love to roleplay find something that is a

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  • Is True Dungeon LARPing? My answer: no, but close! | StupidRanger.com
    definition requires some aspect of roleplaying Hopefully those of you that have been through True Dungeon can back me up on this point there is little to no actual roleplaying taking place within the Marriott Ballroom walls by the players The non player staff does a pretty good job of roleplaying but due to time constraints roleplaying is usually a luxury that dies the moment the sounding carillon chimes to usher you down to the Pits of Doom Do you get to act out character roles Yes but there is a distinct difference between this and actual roleplaying Actual roleplaying would dictate that you have given your assigned character a background personality and motivation none of this exists in the incarnations of True Dungeon that I have played The closest you get to any real personality for the players is when the bard of the group is forced to sing in order to maintain their bardsong effects and strains of off key sorry SR Row Row Row Your Boat doesn t qualify in the range of effective roleplay Why I classified this a Grey Market When you buy your True Dungeon ticket you are purchasing a dungeon crawling experience The tavern that they make available and the in character staff that serves drinks provides orientation and adds flavor is very adept at evoking the feeling of Greyhawk and in some cases are very good at playing the roles that they have been assigned or created I don t know how that works This makes it a very realistic D D style experience and honestly its why I love True Dungeon I love the look and feel of actually being within a game as if I am a life sized miniature with stats please withhold jokes there guys It s like

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  • A frank discussion about LARPing… | StupidRanger.com
    as are self satisfied dissertation on one s fictional origins Ending a sentence with a smug Nyaah Is a surefire way to invite me to punch someone in the face However I m all for an entertaining Elevator pitch style i e less than 10 seconds description of what is so cool in said character you may even get me to ask questions Your G rinning M asochist permalink April 14 2008 The problem I have with LARPing is that it is too limiting I can t really play an insanely dexterous rogue or a buff and powerful fighter or even a wizard when you get right down to it I can imagine Hal the Nimble Night thief flipping past an Orc but I can t do it myself so I can t act it out Therefore the idea of trying to LARP just fills me with dread and seems like it s voluntarily giving up a huge number of character ideas because I can t really play them Who wants to do that Trask permalink April 14 2008 I just posted on this issue As Chatty said it is a public relations disaster These are the mutants that always make the local paper when the media shows up Bad for the hobby and just boring to participate in IMHO If they want to do this sort of thing join the drama club Trask the Last Tyromancer Dave The Game permalink April 15 2008 Wow I m honestly surprised at these comments I bet there are plenty who look down on us tabletop roleplayers in the same way Yes there are people who take it too far but that s the individuals fault and not the style of game and I know plenty who take it too far at the tabletop as well I don t LARP anymore but I certainly don t look down my nose at them and tell myself that D D is somehow better long time listener first time caller permalink April 16 2008 http www youtube com watch v KZ04mfAY2BU Anonymous permalink April 18 2008 I ve known about LARPing but thought it odd and never really looked into it I figured it was a further spin off of SCA I have friends that enjoy Civil War board games and miniatures Their passion has resulted in joining re enactment groups where they invest a lot of time and money in developing historical characters and re enacting battles I respect their dedication and enjoy watching them Is LARPing really that much different Thanks to the above poster for the youtube link I went and found others I now have a more respectful view of LARPing Lots of nice chain mail and a stone golem Not something you d find at your local Wallmart http www youtube com watch v G3TEG9KbHSU I still think it a bit odd but haven t we as RPG fans been on society s short list for that title as well If

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  • dante aneurism | StupidRanger.com
    08 Why must this always happen 0 12 21 07 Site outages last night 0 10 3 07 The Power of Zero Newer Entries Welcome to StupidRanger com We re here to provide our unique perspective on roleplaying games dungeon

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