Fifth time’s the charm…?

high_elf_queen_by_kcsummerz-d7mu46aI do believe I mentioned that I was waiting eagerly for the D&D Next playtest to complete and for 5th edition to be ‘official’. Well that happened last fall, and around Christmas-time yours truly received her Dungeon Master’s guide finally. 🙂 I waffled back and forth for a long time over Forgotten Realms – easily my favorite pre-designed campaign setting vs. my own home-brew setting “Yevindor”. (more…)

The Roleplay Bug

I’ve been feeling the roleplay itch again lately. My old standby is D&D, and I have no problem running that or any system really. I can tell my story with any proper set of tools. The only concern I have with running the current incarnation (4th ed) of D&D is that Wizards of the Coast is on the verge of releasing an entirely new edition and that would leave myself and my players having to learn a new set of rules sometime this year. (more…)

Premade Games, and How We Feel About Them

Hello everyone, haven’t posted in a few weeks, really haven’t been having much in the way of inspiration of late.  Well as I sat down here at my computer after work, I thought of how I am running a pre-made campaign, Rise of the Runelords, and the flaws and benefits of this.  So today I wanted to talk about two premades I have participated in and how I felt about them, whether I was running them, or was a player. (more…)

Killing Characters

Thats right, you read that correctly, today I am going to talk about killing characters in tabletop games.  In my case this is in pathfinder as that is the primary system I have played, but regardless it applies everywhere.  Today will mostly be about characters I have killed while DMing various campaigns.

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On Dogs and Alignment

I find it interesting that for a dog, the ultimate compliment, the ultimate praise, the pinnacle of achievement is the phrase, “Good dog.” What, your dog just fetched a ball? Good dog. He sat on command? Good dog. He saved a baby from a burning building? Good dog. Ok, extreme example, but you get my point: Whether an invaluable service animal or a family pet, the best thing you can say to your dog is that he is good.

We know, if we take the 3.5 PHB as canon, that most humans are, naturally, neutral good. If given the choice, average-guy-on-the-street will choose to do good, even if it means breaking a law to do so. We see examples of this general societal mindset when we’re outraged because a hero is punished for a life-saving action that violated a law or a company policy. Like this lifeguard, who was fired for saving a drowning man outside his “zone.” The lifeguarding company has offered the guy his job back, but think about it. If this guy had been LG, he would have let the guy drown, or at least alerted someone who could have saved him without violating his company policy. NG, save the guy without thinking about it. CG, I dunno, save the guy and then sue the company? The point is, put on the spot in a life-or-death situation, Average Person acted NG. Just like the PHB says he should.
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