Running an Impromptu Game

In an earlier post, I made a comment that “Even without any books or materials, I probably could have managed an impromptu game with just some six-sided dice, pencils and paper”. That may sound like just so much noise, but I firmly believe that you can run a simplified game without any materials whatsoever, other than: d6’s, paper, and pencils.

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Do You Tell People That You Play D&D?

This 4th of July, I went to a family reunion where I overheard a few relatives talking about games. A few mentioned that they would like to play D&D sometime. I had the impression that none of them had ever played before, nor knew anyone who did. It was a perfect opportunity to offer to DM a game. Even without any books or materials, I probably could have managed an impromptu game with just some six-sided dice, pencils and paper. Instead, I said nothing and let the moment pass.

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Donjon – RPG Utilities Website

I recently lost my favorites list and have been working on recreating it. Fortunately, I had most of these sites listed in my Links section. But I was horrified to discover that one of my favorite sites wasn’t listed there and I was racking my brain trying to remember the address. I got lucky and found that it really was in my links section after all. It was just buried away under utilities, instead of where I expected it to be.

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Weapon Cards

This isn’t a new idea. You’ve probably seen these yourself either online or at gaming stores. But, if you are like most people, you probably never considered just making them yourself. I want to say that they are easy and fun to make, and once you start you’ll never want to stop.

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5e Starter Set

The 5e Starter Set is an introductory level, boxed set containing everything a group needs to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons. The MSRP is $19.99. Currently, it is listed on Amazon for $12.99, which I believe is what I paid a year ago.

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Scalable Spells

I think this is a fantastic idea! In fact, if I’m allowed to toot my own horn a bit, this is something that I came up with myself quite some time ago. I’m very pleased to see that WotC designers came up with something so close to what I use in my own game.

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Differences Between 1st and 2nd Edition AD&D

I was looking something up for another article and somehow got routed to a wiki page on the history of D&D editions. I had seen it before, but in scrolling through it I got caught up in their list of the differences between 1e and 2e D&D.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

5e took some great ideas, implemented them well, and came up with a wonderful game. They had some other ideas that weren’t implemented so well, that imo fell flat on their face. Then there were other ideas that made me wonder “What were they thinking?”.

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5e Classes

I’ve told you all how pleased I am with 5e. Now it’s time to start picking on the things I don’t care for so much. The top of the list for me is definitely Classes.

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Advantage / Disadvantage

Once again I’m quite late to the party, but I wanted to say how impressed I am with 5e’s new Advantage / Disadvantage mechanism. With all my tinkering over the years, I’m a bit surprised that nothing like it ever occurred to me.

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