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Following Dungeons and Dragons for Fifteen Years and Counting
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I started playing table-top RPGs in 2000, with the release of 3rd edition D&D. Since then I've DM'ed in 3.5e Eberron and Forgotten Realms, played in multiple 4th Edition campaigns and am now back in the DM's chair for our group's first 5th Edition campaign every Saturday night.
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Friday, 30th October, 2015

  • 09:13 PM - El Mahdi mentioned Talmek in post Warlord Name Poll
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Friday, 14th August, 2015

  • 10:48 PM - Richards mentioned Talmek in post I Did Something I've Never Done Before in 38 Years of Gaming...
    Talmek - I'm thrilled to hear about your family's 5E game! I've had many pleasant years gaming with my two sons (I started them out with AD&D 2nd Edition when they were 10 and 8; now they're 31 and 29!), and I wish you many happy years of gaming with your family. Scrivener of Doom - Thanks for reading through the Story Hour, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. (And I agree with your "XP" selections - those were some of my favorite bits, too!) Nytmare - It started out with my co-worker Dan, his son Jacob, and my son Logan. A few months later, we added Dan's wife, Vicki. And about 6 years later, we added Jacob's little brother, Joey. Other than a few "guest appearance" sessions with my eldest son, Stuart, when he was home from college, it's been just them for the entire campaign. And thanks to everyone else for the congratulations. This has definitely been a highlight of my gaming career. And hopefully those of you with younger kids will get to DM for them when you feel the time is rig...

Thursday, 18th June, 2015

  • 07:48 PM - not-so-newguy mentioned Talmek in post My Session 0 notes. How do YOU handle it?
    @Mephistopheles I like the bullet points, especially the suggested amount of info for each point. For the record, I do plan to pass along setting info via email and use it as "a living document." The tempting thing is to just copy / paste a bunch of stuff, but I think a well edited document with just enough info is the key here. Too much info could be just as bad as not enough info. This is a big reason why I started this thread. ETA I'm working a little backwards here; figuring out what'll be discussed at the face-to-face session, then figuring out what I want in the Facebook discussion. @Talmek Yeah, this is how I handle it with my normal group (old friends and family). Some of us have played together for decades, though divorce has the group in hiatus. I hope temporarily, but these issues are obviously much bigger than the game and my desire to play it. That being said, I look forward to DMing a different group. It's good to get out of your comfort zone once in awhile. My session zero looks more like a group brainstorming session where I ask questions like - This is how I want the actual face-to-face session to go. The session can not be completed until I have input from the players, like any other session. Hopefully, they come to the table with a few ideas of their own. @iserith From the link Session Zero recognizes this truth and is a tool to get everyone on the same page prior to play. This pre-play session can take many forms. It can be some simple 10-minute page-setting by the DM before a 4-hour one-shot at a convention. Or it can be an in-depth, hours-lon...

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Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016

  • 11:10 PM - Awesome Adam quoted Talmek in post Here Comes The STRAHD DM SCREEN
    Actually, now that I think about it that's what it sounds like happened with the CoS Tarokka Deck - you need this item to play the adventure to the full extent, but there's no option to bundle and due to delays you'd have to wait a couple months until it's released. The COS book has rules for using a standard deck of cards as a Tarroka Deck, so you can play the adventure to the full extent. I've ordered a deck for myself, since they look cool, and I'll get some use out of it, but honestly it's $10 for a single draw of 5 cards. It wouldn't even take that much effort to just roll some dice for the same effect. The cards are a nice prop, but they aren't really neccesary. Yes, it would have been nice if they were avaiable at the same time as the book.

Sunday, 20th March, 2016

  • 09:27 PM - Valmarius quoted Talmek in post Here Comes The STRAHD DM SCREEN
    That's an interesting thought - see I would have photocopied the maps and hung them up on the screen and preferred to have the tables available (unless the tables are also in the book - I haven't received my copy yet so I'm relying on others for the information). All the info on the screen is in the book. It's designed more for the convenience of reducing page-flipping.
  • 04:52 PM - Maggan quoted Talmek in post Here Comes The STRAHD DM SCREEN
    The concept of having a map on the screen would be cool but shouldn't the same map be in the adventure path? The maps are indeed in the hardcover book. I like the thought of having them in front of me like this. The tables I can take or leave, the draw for me are the maps. /M

Sunday, 11th October, 2015

  • 05:48 PM - Mark CMG quoted Talmek in post Are players always entitled to see their own rolls?
    Nah, for me there's too many potentially negative outcomes that would outweigh any potential benefits of my players being in control of their own destiny. Players are in control of their actions which they bring to the table through voicing them. Sometimes those actions require dice rolls. Sometimes the players can be aware of the results of those dice rolls and sometimes they cannot. It is up to the GM to determine which dice rolls are ones the players can see and which they cannot. How those actions integrate with the setting, how the dice rolls are adjudicated, and what modifiers are at play are only wholly known by the GM. Sometimes the dice roll results are not meant to be apparent to the character or the player, but only to the GM.

Friday, 25th September, 2015

  • 03:59 AM - Mock26 quoted Talmek in post Would You Get A D&D Tattoo?
    My original quote was really centered on the permanence of tattoos and to ensure that whoever gets one should do a good bit of thinking before putting something that (used to be) was going to be there forever. I spent two years deciding whether or not I wanted a tattoo. And once I made that decision it was another 3 years before I settled on a design. Granted, I did not search every day, but a couple times a month I would go through art books, search online, visit tattoo shops, but it is not like I would go months without searching. I have no regrets, over getting it or the design.
  • 12:38 AM - Zak S quoted Talmek in post Would You Get A D&D Tattoo?
    My original quote was really centered on the permanence of tattoos and to ensure that whoever gets one should do a good bit of thinking before putting something that (used to be) was going to be there forever. People worry too much. If you get one you don't like, you can always just get more.

Thursday, 24th September, 2015

  • 05:47 PM - AriochQ quoted Talmek in post Would You Get A D&D Tattoo?
    The best advice I ever received regarding tattoos - "Make sure it will not only mean something to you now, but 50 years from now." Well I have been playing D&D for 38 years so far, so 12 more and I should go get inked? lol :confused: :lol:
  • 04:54 AM - Mark CMG quoted Talmek in post Would You Get A D&D Tattoo?
    The best advice I ever received regarding tattoos - "Make sure it will not only mean something to you now, but 50 years from now." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gswV782nVc

Monday, 31st August, 2015


Sunday, 23rd August, 2015

  • 07:03 PM - pming quoted Talmek in post How to Break 5E
    Hiya! Here's how that plays out in my game... My group is in this camp as well. When my group of players starts looking for a way to take a short/long rest we play the justification game... PCs: "Can we take a short/long rest right now? That last encounter had me use up X resources and I'm not sure we can get through another one..." Me/DM: "Uh, why are you asking me? I'm just the DM. You're the players...you tell me if you want to rest for an hour or so". PC's: "Hmmmm....er....we're down a bit, sure. We'll push one of the tables in front of the door and settle down for a bit". Me/DM: "Right then... [rolls some dice]... Not 10 minutes into your rest you hear something trying to push the door open. When it's stopped by the table, you hear a couple of muffled 'voices' talking in a language none of you can make out." PC's: "Dang it. Why do we try and rest in the same room of a fight we just finished? It almost never works! This is...our fault, yeah...*sigh*...Ok. Here's the plan...". Tha...
  • 06:24 PM - Mephista quoted Talmek in post How to Break 5E
    Um....because most times the players don't have a choice between 6-8 encounters? 90% of the time the activities in the game world dictate how many encounters the players run into. Sometimes it is only one or two, other times up to a dozen. The game world doesn't go on pause every time the players want to rest up. My group is in this camp as well. When my group of players starts looking for a way to take a short/long rest we play the justification game... Well, I think that CapnZapp might have been refering to the fact that some gamers just find the idea of 6-8 encounters every adventuring day to be a stretch. You go out, hunt down bandits, then the rest of the time, you are involved with the logistics of breaking up the camp, returning what was stolen, taking survivors to civilization where they will be put on trial. Stuff like that. Its more of a question of 6-8 encounters feels like we're just trying to fill in a fight-quota instead of something organic. Some of us enjoy game se...

Saturday, 22nd August, 2015

  • 05:36 AM - Scrivener of Doom quoted Talmek in post The Ultimate Tabletop RPG Room Wish List
    (snip) Scrivener of Doom - Would you consider overhead fluorescent lighting to be acceptable (although not fitting for the setting, it does provide LOTS of light)? I'm very pragmatic/utilitarian: if it works then I wouldn't really care what it looks like! :)
  • 04:35 AM - aramis erak quoted Talmek in post The Ultimate Tabletop RPG Room Wish List
    aramis erak - With your group do you typically let your players go through books during the session? My group and I all agreed to keep the books available but not to actively look up rulings unless it was life/death circumstances. I do owe my players more comfortable chairs, but they have actually started bringing their own to leave at my place (which is also a win - saving money!) Scrivener of Doom - Would you consider overhead fluorescent lighting to be acceptable (although not fitting for the setting, it does provide LOTS of light)? The problem isn't the books for the current game, it's the roughly 2000 book library with 200 other games.

Wednesday, 19th August, 2015

  • 08:43 PM - Jer quoted Talmek in post Help! Any 5e adventures I can hand to kids?
    Hi Jer, I would recommend "The Fey Sisters' Fate" by Goodman Games. Thanks! That also looks like a good one - I've stuck into my list. Have you played the 1st "Fifth Edition Fantasy" adventure from Goodman - Glitterdoom? I'd like to find some slightly higher level (2-4) adventures for the kids to run for themselves because they're already at level 2 and I want to encourage them to keep going on their own and maybe grow a few more DMs :) I may buy them both and see what I think - Goodman has a decent track record with me already and I can't believe I didn't think to look at their offerings first.

Sunday, 16th August, 2015

  • 06:00 AM - pukunui quoted Talmek in post doing more with inspiration
    Granted, if you already have a bard in the party it might feel like it's treading on his/her toes...Yeah, that's my concern. There will be a bard in the party for this new campaign. I was also considering using the Hero Points since my players' dice are notoriously uncooperative, but that too seems like it would step on the bard's toes too much. I give uses from hero points from pathfinder. Like cheating death, have an action when it's not your turn, do something that you could normally not (using a standard DC instead of the super high DC the action should have), ask for an advise to the DM. Or anything the player can come up and if it's reasonable.That sounds more like it. I'll have to check those out. Thanks! I was in the same camp with you about inspiration, and then I started giving away Reese's cups for my group to keep track of them. They haven't had one complaint about it since!I've been using gold d20s. Seriously, that's how we came up with keeping track of inspiration. I...

Sunday, 9th August, 2015


Wednesday, 22nd July, 2015

  • 02:11 AM - Scrivener of Doom quoted Talmek in post Hasbro Sells Game Manufacturing Plants; Focuses On "Global Brand Experiences"
    Could someone please explain what " global brand experiences" means in the real world? What does one DO with a global brand experience? I play games, I play with and read game books. I honestly have no idea why I would buy, or what the hell I would do, with a global brand experience. How does one enjoy a global brand experience? This isn't making a lot of sense. This exactly. You don't. "Global brand experience" and similar phrases from the lexicon of corporate wank-speak are not aimed at the consumer. The consumer is largely irrelevant. Wank-speak is aimed at wank-speakers: the economy-destroying 3-year olds who can cause share prices to move up.

Tuesday, 14th July, 2015

  • 07:14 PM - Umbran quoted Talmek in post Gay Rights
    However, we are talking about two different topics - constitutional rights vs. a respectful request for decency and mutual respect. A whole lot of censorship has occurred in the name of "decency". People try to ban books from schools on the basis of "decency". Requests of the form, "Please *never* do that perfectly legal thing, because I *might* see it," may be phrased respectfully, but are, at their core, not reasonable. Making unreasonable requests falls somewhat short of respectful, in my book.
  • 05:00 PM - Mallus quoted Talmek in post Gay Rights
    Not...exactly one event a year. Based upon a quick google search (http://www.gaypridecalendar.com if you're interested) I found quite a list of events, some with entire months of the year. Well, if you charter a bus and drive from one Pride celebration to another across the United States for several months, it will probably look like there's a lot of Pride celebration going on. In the liberal East Coast city I live in, it's one day out of the year. However, we are talking about two different topics - constitutional rights vs. a respectful request for decency and mutual respect. It's hard to argue with requests for decency and mutual respect - so I'll try not to. But I will say this: public gay pride celebrations come out of a specific historic context. It wasn't too long ago when being gay in the US was criminalized. Forgot nationwide marriage rights, a gay couple could be arrested for walking down the street holding hands; for existing. Law-enforcement agencies around the country woul...
  • 03:20 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Talmek in post Gay Rights
    I'm also a fan of Twain, and in sharing this will leave this conversation with this thought: "All you need is ignorance and arrogance, and your success will be assured." Ruh-roh! 69256


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