Saturday, 18 February 2012

Horde of Noobs

This Monday we are going to give a shot to a short dungeon crawl titled "A Portal Under the Stars". It's a great introductory module for new players and it's a part of Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG Adventure Starter (you can buy it here for $4.99. There is also another module inside for 5th level characters).
"A Portal Under the Stars" is designed for a horde of 0 level characters. 0 level? What is this? Actually a 0 level character, following "Dungeon Crawl Classics" rules, is an inexperienced person, a peasant, with very little opportunity for surviving even a low level dungeon. Today, two of my players rolled four 0 level characters each. Probably a third player will be added the next couple of days. We had a lot of fun rolling these "cannon fodders". The reason is easy to understand just by looking at them:

John, a cutpurse with a little dagger.
Simondel, an elven artisan.
Gloan, a dwarven herder with a mule(!).
Antuan, a caravan guard with a short sword (the "beater" of the party!).
Myriam, a confidence artist.
Joshua, a scribe holding a single dart.
Toran, a pitch digger with his shovel.
Vosgoth, a farmer with his lovely little duck.

Some highlights during character creation:
- Three of them have just 1 hit point!
- Three of them rolled "Seventh Son" on Luck Score table (this village has A LOT OF SONS!).
- Gloan is a dwarf of evil alignment!

I can't imagine how a party like that can survive through the dark portal.
Stay tuned for a funny (as it is supposed to be) session report!


Friday, 10 February 2012

GM Questionnaire

Zak, the guy behing the great blog "Playing D&D with Porn Stars", posted a questionnaire for Game Masters... so here are my answers!

1. If you had to pick a single invention in a game you were most proud of what would it be?
Probably my 3.5e prestige class "Dark Avenger".

2. When was the last time you GMed?
It was two months ago. My players were away during this time but... they are back again!

3. When was the last time you played?
Four months ago during our Dragon Age sessions.

4. Give us a one-sentence pitch for an adventure you haven't run but would like to.
You shall not pass! :-)

5. What do you do while you wait for players to do things?
Preparing stuff.

6. What, if anything, do you eat while you play?
Pizza or souvlaki... always!

7. Do you find GMing physically exhausting?
Of course not!

8. What was the last interesting (to you, anyway) thing you remember a PC you were running doing?
Our rogue tried to beat a huge guy alone... we bet against him and we won some money!

9. Do your players take your serious setting and make it unserious? Vice versa? Neither?
It depends.

10. What do you do with goblins?
I love those little greenskins... I use them even in Dark Sun!

11. What was the last non-RPG thing you saw that you converted into game material (background, setting, trap, etc.)?
Made an adventure out of "Conan the Barbarian" (the first movie) to test my homemade system of rules.

12. What's the funniest table moment you can remember right now?
Slaughtering an army of golbins... the last one started to cry!

13. What was the last game book you looked at--aside from things you referenced in a game--why were you looking at it?
"Lamentations of the Flame Princess" books... I fell in love with the sick artwork!

14. Who's your idea of the perfect RPG illustrator?
Yakinthos Rubus Sekeris... indomitable!

15. Does your game ever make your players genuinely afraid?
Sure... especially encounters with undead creatures of Cthulhu Mythos beings.

16. What was the best time you ever had running an adventure you didn't write? (If ever)
Playing the "Iriandel" module from Dungeon Magazine #83. Such a magnificent fairytale adventure!

17. What would be the ideal physical set up to run a game in?
Ahhh... a cold dungeon maybe?

18. If you had to think of the two most disparate games or game products that you like what would they be?
"Call of Cthulhu" and "Dragonlance" setting.

19. If you had to think of the most disparate influences overall on your game, what would they be?
Cthulhu Mythos and Middle Earth.

20. As a GM, what kind of player do you want at your table?
I prefer newcomers... I like the look of their faces after the first session!

21. What's a real life experience you've translated into game terms?
Sorry, it's private!

22. Is there an RPG product that you wish existed but doesn't?
I think no.

23. Is there anyone you know who you talk about RPGs with who doesn't play? How do those conversations go?
Most of the time I manage to "transform" them into... MY PLAYERS (muhahahaha)!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Random Table: Festivals

So, this is my first post offering gaming stuff... it's a simple random table of festivals. A party of heroes is arriving in a town. Give life to the exact moment by rolling just a d20...

Random Festivals Table (d20)
01. A religious festival to honor the gods.
02. Day of the dead.
03. Wedding day.
04. A feast for a heroic deed.
05. First/Last day of the summer.
06. First/Last day of the year.
07. A circus is in town.
08. Anniversary of the end of a war.
09. Athletic contests.
10. Agricultural fair.
11. Celebrating a victorious defence against invaders.
12. Trade festival.
13. The musical contest of bards.
14. Purification day.
15. Inauguration of the new town's Mayor/Leader/Chieftain.
16. Remembrance of a great hero's death.
17. Crowning of the new King (celebrating at each town of the kingdom).
18. Celebrating the erection of a major building.
19. Wine/Beer/Ale fair.
20. Flora and fauna day.