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by Just Jeff
Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: The Crusades
Topic: A quicky for newbies
Replies: 2
Views: 4185

Re: A quicky for newbies

I'm happy to report that after the above Christmas session, the two newbies returned home and set up their own gaming group, with one of them GMing. Sadly, they're playing D&D, but hey, hobby expanded. Round two, Thanksgiving. The youngest half-orc lost his soul in a game of chance. Mom fetched it b...
by Just Jeff
Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: The Crusades
Topic: A quicky for newbies
Replies: 2
Views: 4185

A quicky for newbies

We had a couple of guests this week, both board gamers and video gamers, but they'd never played a pen-n-paper RPG and wanted to give it a try. In order for me to have some time to plan the adventure, they and my wife discussed via Skype what kind of characters they wanted to play. It quickly got si...
by Just Jeff
Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What boardgame(s) are you playing?
Replies: 410
Views: 212672

Re: What boardgame(s) are you playing?

We got in some board games every day the week of Thanksgiving. Carcassonne Bazaar Bohnanza Ticket to Ride Elfenland, Resistance (new to me) Dixit (new to everyone) Runebound There's a problem with Dixit that I had anticipated but found more annoying than I'd expected. Bystanders were so enthralled b...
by Just Jeff
Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: gettng swallowed by the Purple Worm pretty much guarantee's
Replies: 34
Views: 2073

Re: gettng swallowed by the Purple Worm pretty much guarante

I'm disappointed with this thread. I thought body of the OP would open with "hilarity will ensue."
by Just Jeff
Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Sinking Ships
Replies: 17
Views: 1716

Re: Sinking Ships

In an AD&D game I once used a passwall spell to put a big hole in a ship's hull. Cleverly, the DM had me sucked into a ship. A high level cleric on the ship then used a lower water followed by a warp wood (I think) to fix the problem, leaving me trapped. Had to dimension door out of there to avoid g...
by Just Jeff
Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Illutionist spell : Silent image
Replies: 44
Views: 5539

Re: Illutionist spell : Silent image

I made the mistake of including an NPC illusionist in the game I'm currently running, and I'm still getting a feel for how to handle illusions. I do have a problem with Silent Image causing damage via illusionary sword or fire or what have you. Even when giving illusions the power to cause real dam...
by Just Jeff
Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Illutionist spell : Silent image
Replies: 44
Views: 5539

Re: Illutionist spell : Silent image

I made the mistake of including an NPC illusionist in the game I'm currently running, and I'm still getting a feel for how to handle illusions. I do have a problem with Silent Image causing damage via illusionary sword or fire or what have you. Even when giving illusions the power to cause real dama...
by Just Jeff
Thu May 16, 2013 4:03 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: classless C&C?
Replies: 6
Views: 919

Re: classless C&C?

Our old D&D game devolved into a pseudo-classless system without levels, and a similar approach might work for C&C. Basically, as their characters' levels got higher, some of the players got frustrated with the long wait for a new level and then--poof!--everything goes up. So they broke down level a...
by Just Jeff
Tue May 14, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: How is advancement handled in your campaign?
Replies: 36
Views: 2040

Re: How is advancement handled in your campaign?

Which reminds me, in an old D&D game, instead of XP for treasure, it was XP for money spent on training. That 1,000 GP in your extra-dimensional pocket didn't make you more experienced, but handing it over to a master swordsman for some lessons would. We stayed pretty poor in that game. ;) I've nev...
by Just Jeff
Mon May 06, 2013 4:08 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: How is advancement handled in your campaign?
Replies: 36
Views: 2040

Re: How is advancement handled in your campaign?

With my C&C Conan, which was very episodic and wealth came and went like water Which reminds me, in an old D&D game, instead of XP for treasure, it was XP for money spent on training. That 1,000 GP in your extra-dimensional pocket didn't make you more experienced, but handing it over to a master sw...
by Just Jeff
Sun May 05, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: How is advancement handled in your campaign?
Replies: 36
Views: 2040

Re: How is advancement handled in your campaign?

I hand out a nice round number of XP at the end of a session based on, well, everything at that happened and the pace that's needed to keep the characters progressing for what I have in mind down the road. I use the one week/level for training to advance, which may or may not require seeking out an ...
by Just Jeff
Thu May 02, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I'll never have carpeted flooring again.
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: I'll never have carpeted flooring again.

As long as you're clean, bare floors can help a lot with air quality. On the con side, they don't go well with gravel. We bought a house with cherry wood floors. There was a gravel 10' from the front door (plus our dogs and a cat). Despite our shoes-off-at-the-door policy, we had to refinish the flo...
by Just Jeff
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Failure isn't interesting?
Replies: 10
Views: 1543

Re: Failure isn't interesting?

This sort of runs counter to my experience. While it may be true that the drama-driven gamer is more likely to embrace failure, it seems it usually has to be a failure of their own design and not outside agency or complaints of destroying their carefully plotted character arc arise. Among those I k...
by Just Jeff
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Combat Dominance
Replies: 43
Views: 4198

Re: Combat Dominance

Thats precisely why I have plane travel come into play at higher levels, when the monsters simply aren't tough enough to challenge the PC's anymore. I never liked extra-planar adventures, although we had several with that group. Too weird for my taste. But it wasn't necessary for monsters to be abl...
by Just Jeff
Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Failure isn't interesting?
Replies: 10
Views: 1543

Re: Failure isn't interesting?

I've played a couple of dice less games and I've played way more regular rpg's. So,I don't know why you'd asngle out dice less games as the sessions I ran wasn't a whole lot of difference. Because all of the gamers I've known who said failure is the most interesting part of a game were advocates of...
by Just Jeff
Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:26 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Combat Dominance
Replies: 43
Views: 4198

Re: Combat Dominance

Yes that is the sign of an incompetent GM. Inability to create an even somewhat believable setting. Incompetence is a funny thing. I had a GM who was brilliant at bringing NPCs and monsters to life. I've never seen his equal. (I'll never forget the battle against three trolls, but I wish I had vide...
by Just Jeff
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Combat Dominance
Replies: 43
Views: 4198

Re: Combat Dominance

I've been rewatching some of the old Troll Lord vidoes. This one has always been my favorite due to the gaming stories (and also put Monsters & Treasure of Aihrde at the top of my to-be-acquired list): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ZEEtUno7A The fun, which relates to higher-level characters fight...
by Just Jeff
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Failure isn't interesting?
Replies: 10
Views: 1543

Re: Failure isn't interesting?

I am actually chatting with that blogs author. His point was really that failure is uninteresting because of people not coming up with good descriptions for those failures. That was my guess, given his use of "you fail." But to your response, I don't find success in a game interesting without failu...
by Just Jeff
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: New Release: A11 is now available
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: New Release: A11 is now available

A 75 mile causeway through a swamp? So Davis has driven from Blackduck to International Falls?
by Just Jeff
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:41 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: 1 arrow per round: is there nonetheless a penalty?
Replies: 40
Views: 6598

Re: 1 arrow per round: is there nonetheless a penalty?

If the archer is shooting four arrows a round for two rounds, does the penalty cycle start over at the beginning of the second round, or is she pegged at -8 until she takes a breather?
by Just Jeff
Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:25 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Combat Dominance
Replies: 43
Views: 4198

Re: Combat Dominance

Lord Dynel wrote:(being able to mow down many low-level foes...that again, you never encountered after the first few levels).
I have a hard time immersing in game worlds where the population is a function of PC levels. Consequently, I don't have a problem with rules like Combat Dominance.
by Just Jeff
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Is there a specific mug/glass for your favourite beverage?
Replies: 13
Views: 3370

Re: Is there a specific mug/glass for your favourite beverag

We use mason jars for our non-hot beverages, and one is squared off with a handle.
by Just Jeff
Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Finally took pictures of my bookshelves
Replies: 17
Views: 9888

Re: Finally took pictures of my bookshelves

I've gone the other route, selling off all my physical copies. My CK screens are all the remain.
by Just Jeff
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Is there a specific mug/glass for your favourite beverage?
Replies: 13
Views: 3370

Re: Do you have a specific mug that you use for coffee/tea?

No coffee, and only chai latte unless I'm drinking tea for caffeine purposes. I use any one of a number of chipped mugs from our wedding stoneware. Their 10 oz size keeps me from imbibing too much chai latte in a day while "only having one."
by Just Jeff
Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Dice Bag
Replies: 8
Views: 1486

Re: Dice Bag

There's a small zipped pocket my gaming notebook / shoulder bag thingy that holds all my dice. My original d20 and d12 went to our dorm cat in college. She loved to clatter them along the baseboards. A player in one of my old gaming groups gave us all Crown Royal bags for Christmas. He'd spent all y...
by Just Jeff
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Some definitions of "Railroading"...
Replies: 19
Views: 5274

Re: Some definitions of "Railroading"...

Thinking about it this morning, perhaps the GM in question should show his players what railroading really is. ;)
by Just Jeff
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Some definitions of "Railroading"...
Replies: 19
Views: 5274

Re: Some definitions of "Railroading"...

I know railroading, and Treebore, that's no railroading.

There's a classic example I was looking for but couldn't find. The PCs talk to the townfolk, who complain about a dragon. "That's too tough for us." But no matter which direction they travel when leaving town, they run into the dragon.
by Just Jeff
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What to Do About Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 3320

Re: What to Do About Magic

Treebore wrote:I also actually use the 1E applications for lead, etc... to foil certain spells. Non spell casters need to be able to protect themselves as well.
I always excepted that one in theory, but balked when it came time to smear lead in my character's home. He had a toddler. :wink:
by Just Jeff
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: What to Do About Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 3320

Re: What to Do About Magic

People who genuinely want to keep someone dead, must go out of their way to counter the possibility of resurrection. Using strong magics to destroy the body/prevent the body from being found in time/etc. Head shot and you're done, no? I recall Vlad was just getting attached to one of his minions wh...