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RPG Superstar 7 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber. 3,678 posts (6,597 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 30 aliases.


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TACO CANNON!!!


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The nice thing about running a game for young players is that you can play all of the stereotypical tropes and/or obvious plot twists completely straight: They probably haven't encountered them yet!

38. A moustache-twirling villainous landlord (think Snidley Whiplash) is trying to evict an orphanage. Thieves have stolen the rent, and the kind-hearted operator of the orphanage needs the PCs to recover the stolen money and deliver it to the landlord before the rent is due. (The PCs learn that the landlord hired the thieves as a pretext to evict the orphans.)

39. Misguided fey are terrorizing a village with their practical jokes. The PCs learn that the fey don't actually mean any harm, and have to convince the fey that the villagers don't find the jokes funny and to find a more appropriate outlet for the fey's desire for fun.

40. Hunters are stalking a unicorn in the nearby woods, and the unicorn comes to the PCs for help.

41. The ghost of a man killed along the road beseeches the PCs to retrieve a special object from the bottom of a well to his still-living (and much older) beloved so he can move on to the afterlife. But his killer wants the past to stay buried, and will stop at nothing to prevent the PCs' success.


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Well, if you're the GM, then just say it exists! Feel free to make up whatever stats you need as appropriate.

If you're the player: talk to your GM and express your wishes. Perhaps your PC can do research on some kind of fabled lost magical musical instrument, and your GM can write a series of adventures to recover it.


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I ran a highly modified version of TPK Games' The Reaping Stone. The BBEG in the printed module is a priest of a goddess of undeath; I switched it to a priestess of Urgathoa. I redesigned the boss battle, stealing a page from Seven Days to the Grave, and had her turn into a Daughter of Urgathoa after the party though they'd defeated her.

I used this trope later in a follow-on adventure when the party was fighting an evil sorcerer and his minions. The PCs killed them, only to have intellect devourers crawl out of their mouths and press the attack!


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I have some house rules about the spell teleport.

1) You can use teleport to duplicate the effects of dimension door.

2) If you can see the destination by line-of-sight, there's no error. (I.e. Teleporting from the summit of a mountain to a plain below.)

3) You have to have a reasonable idea of both where you are and where you're going. If you don't know current location, the chance for error increases.

4) Scrying on a person usually does not provide enough information to teleport to that person's location. (I.e. "scry-and-fry" is not a valid tactic.)


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First, I figure out the character's background, personality, race/ethnicity, and culture where the character was from.

Then, I start thinking about names. I play human characters about 90% of the time, so I usually look to real-world cultures for inspiration. If the campaign world has some kind of naming guidelines (e.g. Inner Sea World Guide) I'll look to that for inspiration.

Examples...

I played a character who was a minor nobleman whose father had squandered the treasury. I figured that a barony would be the right size for such a region. I then decided that his family would have a name that could sound either heroic or menacing and came up with "Stryker." The culture was Germainc, and I wanted him to have a first name that was not from the real world, but had an edge to it. Thus: "Baron Drax von Stryker."

I'm playing a wizard who, by day, is a practicing physician, and by night is a hunter of the undead. I based the character on Dr. Abraham van Helsing from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. Hence, "Dr. Stefan von Herzog."

In my Dungeon World group, I'm playing a bard whose family ran out of money, causing her to have to drop out of music school, so she started writing songs praising the exploits of the criminal underworld. The concept was inspired by the real-world Mexican narco-baladeers. The game is set in Parsantium: City at the Crossroads, which is inspired by Byzantium. She plays the oud. I figured a Turkish-sounding name would best, so I went with "Zeharra."

In a Skull and Shackles game, my concept was a gnome sorceress who is spiritually connected to the sea. She's a sorcerer with the elemental (water) bloodline. I went with the typical gnomish naming conventions of havning a one-syllable first name, and a long surname evocative of her calling (water). Hence, "Del Burblesquall"


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The 4th Circuit Federal Court has ruled that Title IX allows trans students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

North Carolina is in the 4th Circuit, and is covered by this ruling.

If North Carolina attempts to encorce its "bathroom law" on any publicly-funded schools, it will forfeit $4.5 billion in Federal education funds.

In other news of the backlash against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law; Bruce Springsteen, Boston (the band), Cirque de Soleil, and Pearl Jam have canceled all stops of their 2016 tours in the state.


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I'm cis and straight (mostly), but I play female PCs about half the time. I've played gay and lesbian PCs as well. In my gaming circles, in-game sexuality doesn't often come up.

The closest I've come to playing a trans character was a long time ago, in a GURPS Fantasy campaign. The character was inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley's character Lythande the Star-Browed from the late-'70s shared-world anthology Thieves' World. She was a lesbian who was pretending to be a man, and if her secret got out, would lose her magical power.

Honestly, back in the early 1990s when I played the character, I really didn't know much about trans people or issues, so playing the character as trans didn't really cross my mind.


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CG Female Human (Varisian) Witch (cartomancer)/VMC Cleric of Desna 4
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hp 22/22 | AC 16; touch 12; flat-foot 14 | Fort +2; Ref +3; Will +6 | Init +2 | Perception +2

A few years ago, my family was playing tourist in London. At the Tower of London, we'd taken the guided tour. Toward the end of the tour, the Beefeater who was leading the tour asked if there were any Americans in the group. All the Yanks raised their hands. He then smiled and said, "Just think: This could all have been yours too, if you'd just paid your taxes!"


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Male Human (last I checked) Techie 2 / Bureaucrat 5

Well, it might have been quite a bit longer before my next GM post... I almost got arrested today!

Bonehead move #1: I forgot that in DC, entering just about any public building requires a security screening. I normally carry a Swiss Army knife and a Leatherman, and did not think NOT to carry them as usual today.

Consequently, I couldn't get through security screening at the National Archives Museum. Both of these tools have sentimental value, so I didn't want them to be confiscated. I asked the security guard what I should do, thinking that they may have some kind of item check system.

Bonehead move #2: Failing to recognize that the guard's reply of, "Well, you could go outside and hide them in a planter or something, then come back in," was NOT good advice.

Let's just say that I'm glad that the DC Metro police officer who challenged me with "SIR!! What did you just put in that planter?!" merely took my name, gave me back my knives, and let me off with a "OK, I'm not going to arrest you, but get the hell out of here!"

I obliged.


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The situation reminds me of this.


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The thing that annoys me about made-up names in RPGs is when players decide to make jokes about them, and then use the joke-name at all times.

For the love of all that's holy, don't do this!:
In my original "Rise of the Runelords" game, my loveable knucklehead players came up with these...

Norgorber became "Nor-Burger, God of Food Poisoning"

Shalelu became "Sha-Na-Na"

Xanesha signed a letter to Aldern Foxglove as "Wanton of Nature's Pagan Forms." She became "Won Ton Soup."

Jakardos became "Jerkwad"

Ironbriar bacame "Iron-On"

Mokmourian became "Mork from Ork"

and Karzoug became "Gadzooks!"


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I always laugh because I want to say Norburger.

If you're ever at Blackfingers' Bar and Grill, I would advise against ordering the 'norburger.'


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So, do you play any tabletop RPGs other than Pathfinder these days?

Which ones have you played in the past?


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Not a fair comparison.

Whilst is a proper British English word. Boni is simply wrong.

My general recommendation is for Americans to avoid using British expressions and spelling. Frankly, such use of Britishisms by Americans is pretentious and makes one sound like a wazzock.


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Alas, no PaizoCon for me this year. My teenage daughter is returning home from a year abroad the following weekend, and I can't take time off for both.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:

Lemmy/Haladir:
Give me a call if you're ever in Phoenix. Or on Roll20.

Ooh, Parsantium. Cool!

Spoiler:
Damn! I was just in Phoenix a few weeks ago, and I would totally have gone out for a drink with you. I probably won't be back for a while, though.

In our Dungeon World game, we're using Parsantium as an outline, but we're heavily modifying it on-the-fly. Here's the GM's campaign log over on RPG.net. I'm playing Zehara the Bard.


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To be honest, the amount of moderation here at the Paizo boards is why it's my favorite gaming site to hang out on.

I really appreciate the strong effort to keep the boards civil-- even if that means locking threads and deleting posts.


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Paizo APs are designed for a 4-PC party using 15-point buy, for players of average ability.

The people who complain about APs being "too easy" are usually by GMs who have 5-6 PCs in the party, and/or allowed 20- or 25-point buy, and/or have very experienced players, and who didn't make any changes to what was written.

If you want a challenging play experience, keep the PCs to a 4-person team, and have them build with a 10-point buy. For extra challenge, restrict allowed books to Core Rulebook plus Character Traits Web Enhancement.


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I believe that I spoke to this very question about three-and-a-half years ago...


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CG Female Human (Varisian) Witch (cartomancer)/VMC Cleric of Desna 4
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hp 22/22 | AC 16; touch 12; flat-foot 14 | Fort +2; Ref +3; Will +6 | Init +2 | Perception +2

I'm kind of kickstartered out right now. I just backed Sandy Petersen's Cthulhu Mythos for Pathfinder book, and I'm still waiting for Robert Brookes' Aethra Campaign Setting and Richard Pett's The Lost Lands: The Blight.


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*Urk.... *Cough!* *Cough!*

**BLEARRRCH!!!**

*s p l a t t e r*

Spoiler:
Apologies to Vomit Guy.


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Congrats, Kalindlara!

I'm a KS backer of Aethera: I'm really looking forward to this when it ships!

I haven't met Robert Brookes in person, but I met him online when we were both playing in a PbP on the Paizo boards, GMed by Mike Kimmel (an RPGSS finalist the same year as Robert.) He also lives a stone's throw from where I grew up!


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Either Desna or Sarenrae...


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I would imagine that progressive-leaning businesses that have single-seat bathrooms could simply switch the "Men" and "Women" signs to unisex signs.

I know that many businesses in my (liberal, northeast) town have done just that.


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I bolded the things in the poem that might be creatures of some sort...

Jabberwocky
by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsy were the borogroves
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that scratch!
Beware the Jub-Jub Bird and shun
The furmious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand,
Long time the manxome foe he sought.
Then rested he by the Tum-Tum Tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tugley wood
And burbled as it came!

One! Two! One! Two! And trough! And Through!
The vorpal blade went 'snicker-snack!'
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Oh, frabjous day! Callou! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsy were the borogroves
And the mome raths outgrabe.

(Recited from memory... I may have gotten a bit of that wrong.)

BTW, this poem is the original source of the term "vorpal sword."

Gary Gygax was a big fan of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, hence the inclusion of the vorpal sword magic item in the original D&D game.

(Also see the AD&D modules EX1: Dungeonland and EX2: The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror.)


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I just canceled our planned summer vacation to the Outer Banks. When I canceled, I let the hotel and Air B&B owners know that we're canceling because of this brutal and clearly Unconstitutional legislation, and to let their representatives know exactly how much money they've lost.

We're going to Cape Cod instead.


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One thing that my players changed that I didn't like was the ubiquitous use of insulting funny nicknames for many NPCs. It really broke the seriousness and darkness I was going for, and was REALLY hard to stamp out.

I was still using the 3.5 version of Skinsaw Murders, and in that Xanesha signed her letter to Aldern as, "Wanton of Nature's Pagan Forms." She was forever referred to as "Won Ton Soup." (The Anniversary Edition changed that to "Mistress of the Seven," which was a big improvement in my opinion.)

Likewise Justice Ironbriar was "Iron-On," Mokmourian was "Mork from Ork," Jakardros was "Jerkface," and Karzoug was "Gadzooks!"

Yes, it was funny, but I found the constant joking to be very frustrating.


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The concept of truenames goes back a while in real-world traditions of hermetic magic. And by "a while," I mean "millennia." This includes the legends of "knowing a demon's true name gives one some amount of power over it" and also "speaking a demon's name aloud can draw its attention and/or summon it."

However, IIRC, the concept was brought into the D&D family of games in the '80s with a spell called truename from the original Unearthed Arcana written by Gary Gygax. I believe Gygax was primarily influenced by the concept of truenames in Ursula LeGuin's Wizard of Earthsea trilogy, where the whole system of magic is predicated upon the manipulation of truenames.

Honestly, it felt like a bolted-on concept and the spell didn't make it to AD&D 2nd. Ed.


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*SNORT!!*


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I think this might better be discussed on the "Rules" forum...


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Called it!


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Terquem wrote:
Haladir wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
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Pathos wrote:

Or... having failed to answer the age old question of "Sex and D&D", he is now collaborating with Phil Foglio to bring the Adventure's of Phil and Dixie to Golarion in a whole new "What's New" AP... Growf?!?

(I hope I didn't date myself to much there...)

You did, but I think you're in good company here. :)
Yeah, I... crap. It has been a while.
Trying to make a SnarfQuest joke, but nothing's coming to me...
Oh my God! Did you used to write SnarfQuest?

*Sigh.* Okay, you got me. I'm really Larry Elmore.

Spoiler:
Actually, no. No, I'm not.


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I found that the downloads ran much faster before 6:00 AM Eastern Time, and that was well before the bundle offer ended.

I now have received all of the Bundle PDFs that I didn't alredy own. Honestly, the $25 pricetag was worth it solely for all of the PFS Season 6 scenarios, none of which I already had. (While I'm not a PFS player/GM, I regularly adapt scenarios as adventures in my Golarion homebrew campaign.) And I'm getting a Beginner Box as an added bonus!

Thanks to the Tech Team! As an IT professional myself, I totally understand what it's like for a site to have a significantly heavier load than expected, even after a respectable amount of use-case modeling and market research. Sometimes, you just don't know how popular an offer will be!


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Ah, a way to build Cardinal Richelieu! Excellent!


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FrugalToast wrote:
Basillicum wrote:

Anyone used ambience like that successfully in Foxglove Manor? So far, I've not found anything fitting. There are some dungeon sounds in Baldur's Gate that would work well, I think, but I'm bad at looping and don't have the files anyway.

Ambient Mixer might be what you're looking for. You can set a sound to loop continuously, or to randomly play x times per minute/10 minutes/hour. They also have a mobile app that can be convenient if you have speakers but no computer.

The sound library is huge, and you can even add your own.

Another option would be to use Syrinscape, which has specific sound packs designed for Rise of the Runelords, such as The Skinsaw Murders.


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zainale wrote:
with how intensely the game is focused on rolling and how everyone else is not very focused on roleplaying. i used to be the kind of guy that was always approached by young adventurous npcs seeking quests while in the bars. now to liven things up a little i've become the more active roleplayer.

Again, this sounds like a clash of preferred play styles. You prefer more RP and less dice, while your GM seems to really like running challenging tactical combat.

Are the other players enjoying the game? If so, then this group might not be for you. If they are likewise bored/frustrated, then you should talk with the GM to see if he's willing to change how he runs things.

Or, maybe you should take over the GM duties.

Remember: Pathfinder is a game and its purpose is to have fun.

Bottom line: If you're not having fun, why keep playing?


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Sissyl wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Pathos wrote:

Or... having failed to answer the age old question of "Sex and D&D", he is now collaborating with Phil Foglio to bring the Adventure's of Phil and Dixie to Golarion in a whole new "What's New" AP... Growf?!?

(I hope I didn't date myself to much there...)

You did, but I think you're in good company here. :)
Yeah, I... crap. It has been a while.

Trying to make a SnarfQuest joke, but nothing's coming to me...


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It's a holdover from 3.x. The flavor of necromancy in OGL-based games is "Powers of death and unlife."

With the switch from AD&D 2e to the OGL, WOTC changed all/most fear effect spells to necromancy, mainly to help balance out the school IIRC. PF kept them that way for back-compatibility (which was very important back in '09.)

Fear effects are flavored as "fear of death" or "dread from the grave." Or maybe you can say the magic stimulates the physical, primitive areas of the victims' brains to elicit a "fight or flight" response.

If you're the GM and it makes more sense for fear effects to be in the enchantment school, then change it!

And the necromancy school isn't evil in PF...only the actual creation of undead (and a small number of other, specific spells). I've got a good-aligned magical hunter of the dead character who's modeled on Dr. Van Helsing from the novel Dracula. I built him as a necromancer, but one who hates the undead and wants to destroy them all.

As for why healing is Conjuration? Mainly to pull it out of necromancy, when the flavor was changed from "powers of life and death" to "powers of death and unlife." Within that framework, healing doesn't make sense for necromancy. Conjuration is a poor fit, but it's the best one remaining.


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Despite the complaints, these puns don't phase me. I don't think they're a disruptor at all.


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These puns are stun-ingly bad. We should all get sent to Rikers for them.


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Kalindlara wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Tweaked thread title.

Yay for grammar!

I think Liz was gunning for a spelling correction.


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Rysky wrote:
GM_Beernorg wrote:
I feel very disinclined to order any "Rovagug Roti", given his portfolio, I think I would rather my stomach not be destroyed, and I am trying to watch my oblivion intake.
It just destroys your bowels, not your stomach.

I'm not sure that's a plus.


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In my Runelords game from a few years ago, the party barbarian had been shagging Shayliss Vindler. Pretty much everyone in town had seen him go into a rage in combat, plus he was Ulfen, and "everyone knows that Ulfen are all berserkers!"

So, I decided that it would be Shayliss that Banny Harker had also been courting... and that since the barbarian was in a dangerous profession, she was going to choose someone who could buy her nice stuff...

I had her break up with the barbarian in public at the Hagfish two days before the first of the Skinsaw Murders. The barbarian was the obvious suspect in their murder: he had motive, means, and a reputation of a raging temper!

So the barbarian spent two nights in jail on suspicion of murder until the other PCs could find enough evidence that it was probably a ghoul that did the deed... and then another murder happened while the barbarian was in jail.

Another thing that came into play was an earlier wandering monster encounter in Nettlewood with a pack of wolves. The barbarian had been tripped and mauled by the wolves before the PCs drove them off. For a while, the player was wondering if he had been turned into a werewolf and had actually committed the murders himself! That was one of those awesome things that I would have run with if there was any way to build it in, but instead, I just ran it as an elaborate red herring.


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Corathonv2 wrote:
J-Bone wrote:


Screw Tomb of Horrors! Screw Gary Gygax!

RIP Gerry the Paladin

Not a dungeon for 9-year-olds.

Not a dungeon for anyone.

Tomb of Horrors is, simply, terrible game design. It's written just to take players down a notch or two. There's no rhyme or reason to the deathtraps, no logic to them, and no satisfaction in avoiding them. And if, somehow, you manage to survive to the end (fat chance!), all the treasure is cursed.

The whole dungeon is a giant "F--k you!" from a jaded GM. No one should ever play it.

And, regarding tearing up character sheets, Gygax himself was notorious for doing that in bring-your-own-character tournament play... Even going so far as to call a player's home GM to say "Jardov the Fighter died. Don't let your player Joe bring a copy of Jardov to your game any more."

IIRC, the original edition of Tomb of Horrors instructed DMs to tear up the character sheets of anyone who died.


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Hama wrote:

Oh we had a smelly one too.

I remember it like it was yesterday...terrible terrible yesterday.
Anyway it was a D&D game day, back when 3.5 was still king. I was a DM, and we had an empty seat at my table.

And then this guy enters.

And he REEKS. He reeks so bad that our eyes start watering. And one guy who wasn't at our table actually rushes to the WC to vomit.
He tries to sit at our table, but I stop him and tell him that if he wants to play he'll go home, shower several dozen times and get a clean change of clothes.

He starts screaming at me, tossing things around and spitting everywhere. So a friend, I and the store owner toss him out, and then scrub our hands for several minutes to get the stench out.
The store smelled for the duration of the day.

Yeah... I had one of those.

This is another from my college days in the late '80s/early '90s. The college RPG club met in an academic building at 7:00 on Friday nights, and we played in various classrooms. I usually ran an open table AD&D game in my homebrew campaign setting. It was the start of the year, and it had been a pretty hot day for early September. One of my regular players from the previous year shows up, and his clothes are soiled with what looks like dried mud... and he totally reeks of sweat and concentrated cow manure. I then remember that he's an animal science major.

"Stinky" Al: (shows up about 25 minutes late, which is normally fine.) "Hi, guys! Sorry I'm late: I just got out of a late class. Anyone want to go in on a pizza?"

[Everyone notices how bad he reeks, and people start moving their chairs away from him.]

Me: Um... let me guess... AnSci practical at the cattle barn, right?

Al: Yup. That class gets out at 7:00, so I came right here. Who's in for pizza?

[Everyone looks at me with a pleading look in their eyes: It's obvious no one has any appetite any more.]

Me: Well... you must be really tired from that class, especially because it was so hot today. If you want to head back to the dorm and freshen up a bit, we'll wait for you. I brought my Lost Worlds set, and we could play that while we wait for you.

[Everyone vigorously nods in agreement.]

Al: Nah, I'm fine. [Puts his gaming bag on the table, also soiled with "mud", and also reeks. Starts taking out books.] Let's get going!

Me: No, really, I'm sure you'd be much more comfortable if you went back to your place, took a shower, and changed into fresh clothes. We'll wait!

Al: Nah, I'm fine. So, no one want to go in for pizza? I guess I'll just order a sub...

[Everyone continues to look at me pleadingly.]

Me: *sigh* Al, I was trying to be polite, and was hoping you'd take the hint, but you're just not getting it. Man, you stink. You really stink. Like concentrated B.O. and cow$#it. We really want you to go home, take a shower, and put on fresh clothes. We'll wait. Really.

Al: Aw, c'mon! It's not that bad!

Everyone else: YES, IT IS!!!

Thankfully, he only grumbles a bit, leaves, and comes back 45 minutes later, fresh as a daisy. We do go in on pizza with him. He wasn't a bad guy... only a little clueless sometimes.


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Adam Daigle wrote:

Unless...

• You're a collector.
• You enjoy the other material in the books.
• You plan to run it again for another group.
• You enjoy reading the adventures even if you don't run them.

(I'm not trying to be contrary, but I know that Haladir has been a subscriber for a while and there's no way he's been able to run every AP that's come out since he's been subscribing. I was a full-on subscriber before I became an employee and the reasons I listed above were reasons I never considered adventures I didn't get to run "dead books".)

Yeah... I started subscribing with "Skull and Shackles" and have all AP volumes since. And I've also picked up Runelords (both versions), Crimson Throne, Second Darkness, Legacy of Fire, Carrion Crown, and Jade Regent.

The only AP I've run in this time has been "Rise of the Runelords."

I've already collected more adventures than I'll ever be able to run, but I still collecting! I have pressed many bits and pieces of APs into service for my homebrew games. I pretty much never need to draw a map from scratch any more!


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I want it too, but I can certainly wait until it's done right.

I never run an AP until all six volumes are out anyway...


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Hama, all I can say is that I wish guns were illegal in this one...

This wasn't personal experience, but a friend of mine told me this one that happened about 25 years ago at a game he was playing in shortly after he'd moved to a new town. He didn't know the other gamers well, but they seemed pretty cool/nice. It was the third session of the game and they were playing D&D at the GM's house. Anyway, one of the players gets into an argument with the GM over a gray-area rules interpretation. During the argument, the player casually pulls out a real-world, actual .38 revolver and just starts grinning while he argues, gesticulating casually with the gun as if it were a pen. He won't put the gun away after several of them asked him to. The GM backs down, and the game ends shortly thereafter. After the gun-toter had left, the GM calls the cops to report this guy had threatened them with a firearm. My friend stuck around long enough to give a statement to the cops, and then decided he needed to find a different group to join.


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By far the worst thing that happened at my gaming table was back in 1991, when I was a senior in college.

It was the start of my senior year. It was evening, and the members of my gaming group that hadn't yet graduated were in my apartment just getting ready to start up our AD&D campaingn. My phone rang. It was a former member of our gaming group who had graduated two years earlier and gone on to grad school at UC-Berkeley. She was really, really upset.

Two of our other former players (a married couple) had just graduated over the summer, and had themselves been accepted to grad school at UC-Berkeley. They had been planning to move in with the friend who'd called, and we knew that they had been driving cross-country to save money on moving expenses.

Through her sobs, our friend on the phone said that both of our friends had been shot and killed at a rest stop in Yuma Arizona in what seemed to have been a robbery gone bad. The police had called her because her name, address, phone number, and a map to her house were taped to the dashboard of their car.

Recent article on the case.

It turned out that the assailants got $38 in cash and two credit cards. They spent the cash on beer and shots at a local bar. They were apprehended the next day when they attempted to use one of the stolen credit cards at a Wal-Mart: the cashier noticed that the signatures didn't match, and called security.

So, the worst gaming experience of my life was learning that two of my best friends from college were murdered for $19 each.

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