Sunday, September 7, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

D&D: Hoard of the Dragon Queen Character Creation

I'm...really blogging about my next campaign, a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. It's been about a decade since I ran D&D in any incarnation, and longer since I've done it with any enthusiasm...but I am genuinely looking forward to Saturday and giving this a go.

Warning...some spoilers below.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 31: Favorite RPG of All Time

There's a reason my blog tends to be called a "Savage Worlds blog". I created a Savage Worlds Facebook group. I have worked for multiple Savage Worlds licensees (Daring Entertainment, Savage Mojo, Gun Metal Games and Third Eye Games). I have ran Necessary Evil, two Deadlands Reloaded campaigns, horror one shots, a fantasy homebrew one shot, a Savage Midnight conversion and Solomon Kane, and all in the last five years or so.

Savage Worlds has flipped the way I look at RPGs, making it harder for me to enjoy games I once thought were great. 

It, in my play experience, is fast, furious and fun...and while I will run other games (preparing a D&D 5th edition game now), if it ever comes down to an either/or, it will always be Savage Worlds.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 30: Rarest RPG I Own

I'm going with Marvel SAGA, in part because I own the entire line, including the four promo cards.

The only thing that would compete, as far as I'm aware, is the complete Star Wars Saga Edition set, including Starships of the Galaxy and the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide.

Friday, August 29, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 29: Most Memorable Encounter

So it was Marvel SAGA, right? The Sideliners had made their way to Castle Doom to confront Stryfe, who had deposed Doom and imprisoned him in Limbo, where he was battling waves of demons sent by Sym and N'astirh. Stryfe deployed his new henchmen, the Mojoverse Death Sponsors (Cancellator, Deadair, Sweepzweak, Timeslot and Lead-In), who were soundly thrashing the Sideliners.

As the team got beaten down, one of the PCs (an angel, Sophitia, who had been infected with a technorganic virus) was mystically contacted by Doom, who had been imprisoned in Limbo via the Space Gem, which Stryfe was using in the catacombs of Doom's castle. The angel used her infection to send a tendril under the castle to meddle with the Space Gem fueled portal holding Doom. Meanwhile, the physically weakest member of the team, Mindstorm, was the only one left standing against the Death Sponsors and he pushed, blowing out his Electrical Control powers, trumping repeatedly until he hit an insane action score that LEVELED Doom's castle and wiped out the Death Sponsors.

As he slumped to the ground, the rubble of the castle parted and Stryfe emerged...suddenly, the robotic BOTS recovered and charged Stryfe while flying, knocking him backwards...and into the waiting sword of the now-freed Doom.

And no, I was not on drugs when I put all those villains together, it was all part of a huge, multivillain conspiracy involving Mojo, Stryfe, The Hellfire Club, Sym and N'astirh.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 28: Scariest RPG I've Ever Played

Not from Deadlands, but you get the point.

Going off of player comments, I will have to go with Deadlands, specifically the one time I used an animated hand, which totally creeped one of my longtime players out. He had dealt with all kinds of crap over the years, but this severed hand running around and attacking him just give him the willies.

Tommy's Take on Hoard of the Dragon Queen

So almost immediately after getting the D&D Fifth Edition Player's Handbook, I zipped back to my FLGS and picked up Hoard of the Dragon Queen, the first part of the first 5th edition campaign, Tyranny of Dragons.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 27: Game I'd Like To See A New/Improved Edition Of...

Me and one of my buddies even have a draft we've been working on, on and off, and I have loose commitments from artist friends that make this financially doable for me...I even had a name for it, once, but I found out there was another RPG by that name....but I have just launched my own creative imprint (Empyreal Creative), through which I have a series of comics lined up that I could release alongside never say never...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 26: Coolest Character Sheet

The Deadlands character journal (Twisted Tales) is the only character journal that I remember actually spending real money on...that's how much I loved Deadlands. It was worth dropping $5 or whatever for a book that could not only hold your character sheet, but your backstory, powers and so on, at least for a game as cool as Deadlands.

A Reloaded update of this, even in PDF form, would be very welcome.

Monday, August 25, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 25: Favorite RPG That No One Else Will Play

Allegedly, nothing. My current group says "If you run it, we will play" I'm currently holding them to that. Nothing - presumably - is off limits.