Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Long story short, I was running a Call of Cthulhu campaign. I have never ran or actually played the game before. Duh! Not sure what I was thinking. To my players, I apologize.
What I didn't realize is that a CoC group needs a commonality and a reason to stay together. Without which it's like "Herding Cats".
In D&D an adventuring group has different roles to fill, and everyone knows not to split the party.
Next time I will strand everyone on an island. Yeah, pre-gens, maybe a farm girl, a movie star, and an older wealthy couple.
I wanted to kill off a pregnant Nun with her own Cthulhu baby (who doesn't), but alas it was not to be. Maybe next time. Does anyone know of a CoC investigation I can join?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tonight I spent several hours searching for some cool ass D&D background Music. What I finally downloaded surprised me. Not because I shelled out precious gaming Moola on what is essentially Musak, but that the Tunes came from Video Game Soundtracks. Here is what I bought.
- The Age of Conan-in my opinion this is cooler than the Movie Soundtracks.
- Viking: Battle for Asgard-this album has 29 really excellent tracks.
- Kiss: God of Thunder-I bought this one to kick off a Boss fight of Legendary proportions. Probably won't use it when DM'ing for middle schooler's.
I already own two very good Midnight Syndicate albums, this should put me over the top. I would love to hear what other gamers use or don't use.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
- One person, who is supposed to be neutral, controls the action and decides who gets the treasure.
- Each involves a significant amount of cursing.
- Each involves sitting around a large table for endless hours with the hygienically challenged waiting for something to happen.
- The participants of each activity have an endless supply of stories about something "interesting" that happened 3 years ago that makes no sense to anyone unless they happened to be sitting around that same table 3 years ago.
Those are just a few, feel free to add your own.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I was bidding on a Gelatinous Cube mini on Ebay when a thought occured to me. Why not make my own. The duece you say. Actually it takes about 5 minutes, and the results are excellent. What you need:
Unflavored gelatin (Knox is the best)
Mold (Large Chessex dice cube for me)
Pam or Vegetable Oil
Coat the inside of the mold with a tiny amount of Pam or vegetable oil.
Disovle 1 pack of gelatin in 1 cup of hot or boiling water.
Wisk until comepletely disolved.
Pour into mold with the unfortunate victim, or without.
Refrigerate for 3 hours.
Hint: you will need to gently or ungently shake the mold to get the cube out.
The cube will not last forever, and will need to be refrigerated while not in use.
Unflavored gelatin tastes like crap.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Here comes the but....
They do have some very valid uses for a Dungeon Master. Especially if you are DM'ing outside your home.
I am a D&D Insider subscriber so having instaneous access to the character and monster builder is a huge plus.
I play background music during my sessions, which is stored in my iTunes library.
But I recently found something that put me over the top. It's called the Dungeon Master's Battlescreen.
For the first 11 months of DM'ing 4th Ed. I was overwhelmed with all the bookkeeping. Hit Points, Ongoing Effects and Initiative not to mention all of the Monster and PC stats. In short I wasn't having a whole lot of fun.
DM's Battle Screen does all the dirty work for you.
Seriously, I could go on and on, but you need to see it for yourself. The program is Freeware and not an official WOTC program. You can however import files from the Monster and Character Builders. Take a look.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Do you have a candle on your hat?
Do you hide things in your beard?
Have you ever used a battleaxe to open a can of Ravioli?
If you answered yes to these questions you may have a problem.
No, not a real problem, but an imaginary problem.
I play only Dwarves and I don't know why. And, I don't really care.
But is that so bad?