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 on: November 29, 2016, 09:20:34 am 
Started by Boomstick - Last post by Anonymoose
You are my sunshine,
             my only sunshine.
You make me happy
             'cause I am gray.
You'll never know dear
             how much I love you,
so please don't take
             my cerebellum away.
Nom nom nom...

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:54:24 pm 
Started by Sammich! - Last post by TheLastOutlaw
D&D Advice for Starting DMs?

"The facts of life..." -Dr. Tyrell, Bladerunner

OK, first, if at all possible read up on the subject in the DM Guides. Plural.  Anything from 3.5 and up, as a matter of fact, has valuable insights on the how-tos.  If you could browse through the 3.5, 4 (yes, even 4) and 5 dungeon master''s guides, you'll get an evolving view of what works and what doesn't.

If you have no time, and need quick-n-dirty advice, here goes:
Map out a list of the powerful characters in your World:  the Kings, Dukes, Archmagi, Ancient Dragons, down to the mayors and crime lords in the towns you're likely to be running.  Name the organizations.  The Free Association of Fun and Frolic has a nice ring to it, even though it still might mean "Thieves' Guild"...or it could be the Guild of  Tavern Owners...or it could be both.  Or they could be separate and competing.  But you've got to record it somewhere, because it will become part of the story.

Make sure you note their motivations:  long term, short term and immediate.  "The All-Squirrel noted a 15% drop in nut production this year and is concerned by the predicted 20% population loss."

Come up with a list of secrets in your world.  The weird subtle ones.  The squirrels are all part of a hive-mind All-Squirrel.  The Dragons are slowly disappearing.  Magic is stronger around mountains and sources of certain metallic ores.  Running water disperses necromantic energies (a classic).  Clouds are sentient, telepathic, and love smoke plumes...and no one knows this.  The elves are preparing for a war next century, but don't know exactly who against.  The dwarven society has a thriving warlock community that dominates the public pantheons from behind the scenes...and they have a plan.

Who is chasing what and why will give you a ton of story...and side-stories...for years.


Also be prepared to shitcan all of that prepwork when the players do something completely unexpected to derail everything.

 on: November 28, 2016, 12:52:15 pm 
Started by Boomstick - Last post by TheLastOutlaw
Hopefully everyone had a good Thanksgiving, for those of who had applications sit unapproved the last week I apologize but I travelling quite extensively. 

 on: November 20, 2016, 10:21:45 pm 
Started by Boomstick - Last post by Anonymoose
I just noticed that I have s custom title. Thanx for that, I appreciate it. I didn't thank you before now because I really am Captain Oblivious sometimes.

 on: November 20, 2016, 10:15:11 pm 
Started by Boomstick - Last post by Anonymoose
This is true, on many a front, and so I shall concede to you this point. However, do not mistake my acceptence of this as an act of compliance. It is only because I am hotboxing my tool shed again that I do not argue the point out of pure contrariness. A bastard just like that I am.

 on: November 20, 2016, 08:45:45 pm 
Started by Log! - Last post by Stan
K wtf are you on about

PP: People thinking my caffeine and methylphenidate addiction are open to intervention

 on: November 20, 2016, 08:42:36 pm 
Started by Boomstick - Last post by Stan
Have a stop of the saywords please.

This forum may be dead, but there are rules.
And I will not have your political dribble destroy the last great place I have on this internet.

 on: November 20, 2016, 05:36:50 pm 
Started by Boomstick - Last post by Anonymoose
Am I the only one who longs for the good old days when liberals were just tree-humpers in the Land of the Plastic People who cried about shit then scurried back to their little holes? Nowadays you've got crybabies throwing a fit because a liar finally gets held accountable, only black lives matter, and you're pretty much a racist any time one of them hears something they don't like or don't get what they want or the world isn't handed to them. And if you point any of this out you are still a damn racist. I sometimes think that a zombie apocalypse would do this country. Can you think if a more effective way of deleting the whiny variables from the equation?

 on: November 19, 2016, 06:43:04 am 
Started by Jetraymongoose - Last post by DochSavage
Blue moons.
Super moons.
Days when I've seen people's pants fall down in public.

 on: November 19, 2016, 06:41:15 am 
Started by Log! - Last post by DochSavage
Good coffee in large quantities brings clarity...if only for a little while. 
Enjoy it while it lasts. 
Capture what you can.

Same for Life in high quality.

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