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  1. It's Good To Be The King!

    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown"
    Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 2

    How do you feel about players who's character's background is the noble? It can be fun. Are the characters role played as entitled fools who must come to term with the reality of having to exist among the common people. It can be a great hook to center the character on. And I usually don't have a problem with this. I mean ... old school ... that was part of the game. A fighter reached a certain ...
  2. Can you lance this boil?

    So here is a page that I brought up from the old book "Chainmail" This is one of the Granddaddies of D&D. Published in 1971, it was created by Gary Gygax and Jeff Perren and was an early miniature game that contained a fantasy section. One of my favorite parts was the page on jousting. I use to use this in my campaigns that two of my players use to play in. I think how I will run this in Fantasy Grounds is call for the players to input their two choices of their aiming point and defensive ...
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  3. Clang!!! Clang!!! Swoosh!!!

    So I have a hard time imagining anyone on these forums that has never seen the film "A Kight's Tale." Starring Heath Ledger, it tells a Rock and Roll story of a professional jousting knight. Let's just say ... they weren't going for historical accuracy. Still one can draw inspiration for contests to add to your game. Today I offer you the Sword contest.

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    Below is an image for such an event along with pennant tokens. To make it ...

    Updated June 28th, 2017 at 20:02 by mhorgunn

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  4. The goblin that laid the platinum egg

    Ok so not my most sophisticated moments in the game as a dungeon master. Sometimes one needs to get a bit gritty a bit earthy. It is the game master's obligation to their player's to confront their players even in the smallest of details.

    For those who don't know my players are continuing their way through the introductory campaign, The Lost Mines of Phandelver. One of the tropes that seems to have their place in the firmament of D&D, is to take into the fold of the ...
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  5. Simplified Encumbrance Rule for 5E

    Like a lot of GMs, I like to tinker with house rules especially when they can replace a mechanic that I dont particularly care for. Ive been playing a lot of D&D 5E lately, and that has brought two of these failed mechanics into focus encumbrance and alignment. I think its safe to say these are two of the most ignored, unused and disliked sub-systems in the D&D universe, at least in my own experience. I have plans for alignment that I will share another day, but in this post I ...

    Updated December 25th, 2016 at 06:01 by Answulf

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