Search Results - Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG News

Search:

Type: Posts; User: Fauchard1520

Page 1 of 2 1 2

Search: Search took 0.01 seconds.

  1. Replies
    13
    Views
    551

    Best Vicious Mockery insults?

    I'm getting tired of hearing "you suck" and "yo mama." What are the truly memorable insults your group has invented?

    Comic for illustrative purposes.
  2. Replies
    21
    Views
    662

    Any links? This is intriguing.

    Any links? This is intriguing.
  3. Replies
    21
    Views
    662

    I bought 'em for that express purpose:...

    I bought 'em for that express purpose: https://www.amazon.com/Opaque-Polyhedral-White-Chessex-Dice/dp/B0011WJBEW
  4. Replies
    21
    Views
    662

    Help Reading Dice Pools

    The answer to this question might be, "Dude, just read your dice like a normal person." But I'm an Exalted player, and rolling 40d10 isn't that unusual. Combat is long enough without the hunting and...
  5. As a player, I often wonder how much is too much...

    As a player, I often wonder how much is too much in terms of prep. That doesn't mean sleeping, but self-buffs as well. As a 3.5 guy especially, it can begin to feel silly when you layer 7 protective...
  6. Camping outside the BBEG's door: yea or nay?

    I always found that napping outside the BBEG's chamber door strains my suspension of disbelief. If you're playing fast and loose with short rests times then OK. A two minute pause to catch your...
  7. Replies
    7
    Views
    480

    Words of wisdom right there.

    Words of wisdom right there.
  8. Replies
    7
    Views
    480

    Last Stand

    When I sit down to roll up a character, I like to think about that character's death. It sounds morbid, but I think that picturing a dramatic last stand is a good way to define a PC's heroism. I'm...
  9. Vigilante Storylines for a Megadungeon Campaign...?

    One of my players just took levels in vigilante. It's a good campaign for it: a single megadungeon location with a convenient nearby town to patrol. I find myself stumbling on story hooks though.
    ...
  10. Replies
    4
    Views
    576

    F's in the chat, man. May that construct's spirit...

    F's in the chat, man. May that construct's spirit ride the nuclear shock wave to the stars!
  11. Replies
    4
    Views
    576

    Impossible Choices

    What's the hardest choice one of your PCs has ever had to make?

    Comic for illustrative purposes.
  12. Replies
    18
    Views
    949

    It's all about the foreshadowing. Last session in...

    It's all about the foreshadowing. Last session in was doppelgangers. My players knew that shapeshifters were about, and so they were suspicious when an old lady lying atop the corpse pile claimed...
  13. Replies
    18
    Views
    949

    Monsters Disguised as Cute Things

    Have you ever been fooled by an evil thing disguised as a cute thing? The classic wolf-in-sheep's-clothing is the go-to example, but GMs seem to love mixing it up. I've seen dragons disguised as...
  14. Replies
    0
    Views
    285

    Weirdest Eidolon

    I've always been fascinated by the summoner's eidolon. I honestly can't think of any other mechanic that gives so much creative freedom to the player. It's all to do with this little line right here:...
  15. Replies
    1
    Views
    312

    Unconventional Party Compositions

    We've all had a chuckle at the idea of the "all bard" party. What are some weird class combinations and unconventional team-ups that work well together? Have you encountered any unconventional combos...
  16. Weird. I'll usually go the exact opposite. The...

    Weird. I'll usually go the exact opposite. The minion becomes my mouth piece in the party, but acts as a class feature once the dice come out.
  17. When it comes to mounts, familiars, and minions, who gets to control them at your table, the player or the GM?

    My table seems to be a mix. As a chain-lock, my imp familiar is more or less mine to command in battle. Out of combat, however, he seems to have a mind of his own. Some fun stories about the li'l guy...
  18. Serious, not-trying-to-be-glib question: has he...

    Serious, not-trying-to-be-glib question: has he read the book?

    For me, trying to pick up a new game by playing it only goes so far. If I ever want to wrap my head around mechanics fully, I've got...
  19. What is the worst "I don't know how my own abilities work" you've encountered in a game?

    In complex systems, rules confusions are bound to happen. Sometimes that's down to new player inexperience, sometimes it's laziness, and sometimes it's an honest mistake. In all cases, I generally...
  20. What ruined them for you?

    What ruined them for you?
  21. Why are tieflings so popular? How did they manage to outcompete all the other wacky races to win their place in mainstream D&D?

    My own theory is that it's got to do with the popularity of half-demon chicks in bikini mail.

    Visual aid

    Of course, the crazy customizability might have something to do with it too. The...
  22. Banshees are a good example. I made a "wail of...

    Banshees are a good example. I made a "wail of the banshee" trap at the end of a Tomb of Horrors style crawl. It was a hard save or die though, and actually kicked off a pretty fun resurrection...
  23. What's your opinion on "Save or Die" effects?

    Speaking as a DM, I find that I'm a bit torn on the subject of save-or-die effects.

    You see, I've been running my guys through a medusa cult, and the risk of oops-I'm-a-rock has added a solid...
  24. Replies
    9
    Views
    560

    I'd head about the trick of dropping darkness on...

    I'd head about the trick of dropping darkness on a tall enemy's head, but for some reason it hadn't occurred to me to do the same with damaging spells. Cheers!
  25. Replies
    9
    Views
    560

    Friendly Fire

    I enjoy big splashy spells. Fireball in my jam, and there's nothing more satisfying than dropping a dazing metamagic acid pit on the enemy. The problem is that my buddies oftentimes get in the way,...
  26. Replies
    16
    Views
    604

    Do you ever sell off unneeded magic items, or do...

    Do you ever sell off unneeded magic items, or do the bags of holding grow full with the "we might need it latter" stuff?
  27. Replies
    16
    Views
    604

    Could be interesting to combine the first two....

    Could be interesting to combine the first two. Maybe invent a simple in-game version of "let's dice for it" that the PCs play rather than the players.
  28. Replies
    16
    Views
    604

    Share and Share Alike

    How do you guys deal with loot distribution? Do your roll off? Sell items and divide the gold?

    Comic for illustrative how-not-to-do-it purposes.
  29. Replies
    22
    Views
    1,213

    I actually worked on a module that featured a...

    I actually worked on a module that featured a boatload of slime and "municipal slime herds" as waste management. Adventuring opportunities were frequent in that particular city.
  30. Replies
    22
    Views
    1,213

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Thanks for the heads up!
  31. Replies
    22
    Views
    1,213

    Creative Anachronisms

    Do any of you guys like to throw anachronisms into your fantasy settings? If you’ve ever heard of Saonuihun’s Speeding Sphere Game, then you’re already familiar with the principle. Take a modern...
  32. Replies
    75
    Views
    2,923

    I dunno, man. I think that might be any kender,...

    I dunno, man. I think that might be any kender, not just the fugly ones. :P
  33. Replies
    53
    Views
    2,523

    Hey, they can't all be winners. Glad you found...

    Hey, they can't all be winners. Glad you found one you liked though!

    The longer this comic runs, the more I realize it should be "funny comic first" rather than "illustrated blog first." That's...
  34. Replies
    75
    Views
    2,923

    Too weird for town....

    Suppose you've got a dangerous pet. Or that your character concept is "hideous monster." Or that you've chosen one of the races with an image problem, like drow or duergar. How do you deal with it...
  35. What qualifies as "vetted?" Do you mean that you,...

    What qualifies as "vetted?" Do you mean that you, as the GM, always want a chance to look it over? Or do you mean "it's from a reputable company" rather than "some guy on a forum"...?
  36. Replies
    53
    Views
    2,523

    That's about where I come down as well. You can...

    That's about where I come down as well. You can only riff off of straight die-rolls for so long. As a GM, or even as another player in the scene, it is so important to have a vivid mental image of...
  37. Do you allow third party material in your games?

    Do you allow third party material in your games? Why or why not? If you allow some into the game, how do you decide what makes the cut?

    comic for illustrative purposes
  38. Replies
    53
    Views
    2,523

    Role-Players vs. Actors

    I've got a comic over here that expands the question a bit, but I'm curious about the community's take on gamers who never speak in the 1st person. I'm talking about players who make a stirring...
  39. Replies
    23
    Views
    1,266

    That's my fear. I think this sort of technique is...

    That's my fear. I think this sort of technique is great for a one-shot or a single specialty session in a longer campaign. If it becomes the whole game though.... Like you said, I could imagine that...
  40. Replies
    23
    Views
    1,266

    Video Game Dungeons

    Have you ever seen a DM steal from a video game when designing a dungeon? I'm of mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it's usually worth a laugh to have to jump lava pits and dodge falling block...
  41. You monster! :P

    You monster! :P
  42. Accidentally Attacking "Good" Monsters

    Comic for illustrative purposes.

    Have you guys ever attacked a goodly monster by mistake? What did you do when you realized your error?
  43. Replies
    28
    Views
    1,275

    Oh I dunno. I've seen at least one group of...

    Oh I dunno. I've seen at least one group of world-builders do OK at it: https://www.wetanz.com/shop/prop-replicas/the-contract-of-bilbo-baggins
  44. Replies
    28
    Views
    1,275

    Making a Formal Party Charter

    Have you guys ever used a formal party charter? I'm talking about the kind of in-game document that dictates how you portion out loot, handle resurrection funds, and deal with...
  45. Using Minor Magic Items for Major Impact

    What are some minor magic items that you’ve used in interesting ways? What conventionally unimpressive items have been put to extraordinary use? Give us your best unconventional tactics!

    Comic...
  46. My empathy to your archmage! I just had a big...

    My empathy to your archmage! I just had a big bruiser get blinded in a Mutants & Masterminds game yesterday. I did not have teleport available, and so had to wait out the combat swinging and missing....
  47. DMs! Have you ever had a “boss encounter” turn into a cakewalk? What happened?

    I've got my story of the world's least impressive lich fight over here. What about the rest of you guys though? Have you ever put a load of time an effort into making a scary encounter, only to have...
  48. Me too, actually! It was my first-ever PC kill,...

    Me too, actually! It was my first-ever PC kill, and was super proud of the way it went down.

    The paladin had gotten sucked up into a vacuum tube, and the rest of the party was futzing around with...
  49. Have you ever used the "Evil Twins" trope?

    What it says in the title: Have you ever seen the "Evil Twins" trope in a game? Have you ever used it yourself as a GM? And more importantly, is there any way to use such melodramatic shenanigans...
  50. Good on you guys for talking it out during the...

    Good on you guys for talking it out during the break. It's awfully easy to let the appearance of negativity become the real thing, and taking the time to tap the brakes and make sure everyone is on...
  51. Have you ever let your ego creep into your character? Did it turn ugly, or did you manage to check yourself?

    I've got a slightly longer write-up on the subject over here, but I've got to admit I run into this a lot during one-shots. The easiest way to build character and set up conflicts is to decide you...
  52. My groups just had one in our last Starfinder...

    My groups just had one in our last Starfinder session. Facing an undead solarian who is building up energy and preparing to unleash a supernova AoE attack.

    "Hey guys... I've still got this fire...
  53. Searching Your Inventory: Finding that Silver Bullet

    There is nothing I love more than facing an impossible situation, frantically searching through my character's half-forgotten inventory, and pulling a "silver bullet" item or ability out of my bag of...
  54. Replies
    8
    Views
    514

    What's your setup like? I'm moving from an...

    What's your setup like? I'm moving from an apartment to a proper house this year, and considering what kind of setup I want for my next table.
  55. Replies
    8
    Views
    514

    Blind to Blindness

    Whenever I'm playing human or dragonborn, I tend to have trouble remembering my lack of darkvision (comic for illustrative purposes). Same deal when I'm DMing: it always seems to slip my mind, and I...
  56. Replies
    78
    Views
    2,828

    Yeesh. Coming back to this thread a few days...

    Yeesh. Coming back to this thread a few days later, it seems like we've halfway written a "geek's guide to drinking" recipe book. Actually...

    ...

    OK. There isn't a book that officially has that...
  57. Replies
    78
    Views
    2,828

    That's intriguing. A more structured game worked...

    That's intriguing. A more structured game worked better with drink. Any theories on why that might be?
  58. Replies
    78
    Views
    2,828

    Drinking Problem

    What's your policy for alcohol at the table? Has an excess of booze ever become a problem for your group?

    (comic for illustrative purposes)
  59. Replies
    26
    Views
    987

    For my part, I've actually invented a "you...

    For my part, I've actually invented a "you teleport out of the dungeon" plot device for my megadungeon campaign. I'll have to pay it off at some point (what the heck is doing this to us?), but tying...
  60. Replies
    26
    Views
    987

    Running a Stand-in PC

    The worst possible thing has happened: One of the PCs has a scheduling conflict, and has to miss the session. How do you guys handle it when you have to run a stand-in PC? Do you just handwave that...
  61. Replies
    2
    Views
    357

    Gatekeeper

    Did you ever run into a “gatekeeper” type when you were first starting out in the hobby? What was the encounter like?

    Comic/anecodte for illustrative purposes.
  62. Replies
    10
    Views
    640

    Nice. Seems like a useful study in contrasts....

    Nice. Seems like a useful study in contrasts. Same deal with the wizard that has mental block about flying spells or the thief who only steals from other thieves. Phobias are explicitly irrational,...
  63. Replies
    10
    Views
    640

    Phobias and Flaws

    Characters with Phobias. They can be challenging to pull off well. Case in point.

    Have you ever seen a character that managed to make such a drawback interesting without getting flanderized by...
  64. The more you use them, the more the GM sees them...

    The more you use them, the more the GM sees them as viable targets. I've actually heard GMs say, "If it doesn't act in combat, I won't target it in combat."
  65. DISCUSSION: What makes a good familiar or animal companion?

    I think we've all done it. You're booking passage on a ship or saving from fireball damage and forget to include all of your party members. Somehow, the existence of your raven or loyal wolf has...
  66. I think these are the saddest. So much potential...

    I think these are the saddest. So much potential lost due to ambivalence rather than malice.
  67. DISCUSSION: Have you ever had to boot somebody from a game?

    Have you ever had to boot somebody from a game or a group? What caused it? How did you go about disinviting the person? How did they react?

    Comic for illustrative purposes.
  68. Replies
    69
    Views
    2,718

    Continuum is an odd word here. It implies an...

    Continuum is an odd word here. It implies an either/or, where I think it's more of a matter of degree. You want structure and your want meaningful choice in EVERY game. The proportions are a matter...
  69. Replies
    69
    Views
    2,718

    That's an awesome term. There are toys in...

    That's an awesome term. There are toys in sandbox. You get to decide when and if you want to play with them.
  70. Replies
    69
    Views
    2,718

    The Sandbox and the Railroad

    Game designer and DM to the stars Chris Perkins once described railroading as a style of GMing that “denies [players] any opportunity to affect change through their actions or decisions.” Contrast...
  71. It does. I know from experience. The downside is...

    It does. I know from experience. The downside is that you're breaking immersion when you do this. That's the tradeoff. If you've got a player that is so far on the "game" side of things that they're...
  72. Have you ever had players who just refused to get...

    Have you ever had players who just refused to get the message?
  73. FAMOUS LAST WORDS: "It wouldn't be here if we weren't supposed to fight it."

    You guys ever hear of Gygaxian Naturalism? Hit the link for the full story, but here's what's got me curious: Do you ever put overpowered monsters in the party's path? For example, is it ever...
  74. Replies
    28
    Views
    2,029

    Now see, this is the approach that I personally...

    Now see, this is the approach that I personally find interesting. One of my favorite parts of gaming lies in attaching setting information to mechanics. It's weird to think of a character's gender as...
  75. Replies
    28
    Views
    2,029

    Gender and Sexuality in Golarion

    I've always thought that Paizo does an exceptionally good job at representation. Between their diverse cast of iconics and the general attitude of equality between the sexes in the setting, Golarion...
  76. Replies
    7
    Views
    533

    Spoiling Secrets

    Once, long ago, I was a precocious goblin cabin boy. I've got the full story below the comic over here, but the TLDR is that I spoiled my werewolf buddy's secret affliction in Session 1. Concealing...
  77. Replies
    9
    Views
    631

    Ouch. My DM reminded me last night in our Out of...

    Ouch. My DM reminded me last night in our Out of the Abyss game that I had Inspiration after the roll-to-not-plummet-to-your-death save. He allowed me to use it as a reroll rather than advantage. Not...
  78. Replies
    9
    Views
    631

    I tried to institute that rule. Then my players...

    I tried to institute that rule. Then my players called me on it in turn. I no longer institute that rule. :P
  79. Replies
    9
    Views
    631

    Forgotten Rules Remembered Too Late

    There's a comic to go with this write-up, but here by my tale. Ahem:

    Have any of you guys ever come close to losing a character? Or even better, have you ever come close to a TPK? If so, then you...
  80. Replies
    74
    Views
    4,607

    I have no choice but to view this sort of thing...

    I have no choice but to view this sort of thing as an opportunity for worldbuilding. Case in point.
  81. Replies
    74
    Views
    4,607

    What's your technique for telegraphing the...

    What's your technique for telegraphing the "ticking clock" to your players?
  82. Replies
    74
    Views
    4,607

    Your Suspension of Disbelief: SHATTERED!

    Discussion Question: Have you ever been in a game that broke your suspension of disbelief? What did it?

    Relevant comic for reference. Speaking for myself, I love me some genre mashups, but not...
  83. Just had a run-in with some exceptionally...

    Just had a run-in with some exceptionally enticing loot last night. 5e Out of the Abyss game. During the second half of the AP there's a maguffin with the personality of the One Ring. It looks like a...
  84. What kind of bait tends to get you?

    What kind of bait tends to get you?
  85. Fishermen, Fish, and Bait (read: "GMs, Players, and Gold")

    You see the loot. You want the loot. You know it's a bad idea. Like Indie and the golden idol, however, you can't resist the siren call of treasure.

    I'm looking for tales from the table here....
  86. It's been interesting in my Out of the Abyss...

    It's been interesting in my Out of the Abyss game. I've actually had my GM in that one hand the book across and let us study map layouts. It's a bit meta, but it does help to get the layout of an...
  87. How do you like to handle dungeon mapping?

    Dungeon mapping can be a challenge (relevant comic for reference). I've taken to handing players cut up bits of map as they go, allowing them to piece it back together with tape. It has the added...
  88. Here's a copy + paste from the Facebook page my...

    Here's a copy + paste from the Facebook page my every-other-week megadungeon uses. There are seven players, but I'll game with as few as two.

    When it comes to the vote, the first tiebreaker goes...
  89. Scheduling Conflicts: How do you solve 'em?

    Game night is coming. Two of your five players have cancelled. What do you do?

    Relevant comic for reference.
  90. Replies
    17
    Views
    1,096

    What about natural allies though? I'm thinking...

    What about natural allies though? I'm thinking friendly NPCs like that intelligent gelatinous cube from Out of the Abyss.
  91. Replies
    17
    Views
    1,096

    I would like to feel self-conscious about my...

    I would like to feel self-conscious about my behir bro as a bonus action. :(
  92. Replies
    17
    Views
    1,096

    Capturing and Training Monsters

    Do any of you guys capture and train monsters to serve as your allies? Gelatinous cubes as garbage disposals? Fire elementals for central heating? How does that tend to work out at the table?
    ...
  93. Replies
    37
    Views
    2,059

    That is exactly the tradeoff I'm worried about....

    That is exactly the tradeoff I'm worried about. You've got things like 5e's bless and bardic inspiration to provide different styles of bonus to a roll, but the system can feel a bit cramped at...
  94. Replies
    37
    Views
    2,059

    Disadvantages of Advantage

    I've got a short post over here running a compare / contrast on the 5e D&D advantage / disadvantage system versus the more granular modifiers found in older editions like Pathfinder. It seems to me...
  95. Replies
    21
    Views
    1,029

    The perils of converting from 3.X. Cheers!

    The perils of converting from 3.X. Cheers!
  96. Replies
    21
    Views
    1,029

    There's a question of volume though, you know?...

    There's a question of volume though, you know? When you find a cash of a half dozen vials, it begins to feel a lot less like treasure when you've got to blow a 100 gp pearl with every casting.
  97. Replies
    21
    Views
    1,029

    Unlabeled Poison

    Do you guys ever run into trouble identifying potions and poisons? Is there a better method of identification that the extremely risky taste test?

    Comic for illustrative purposes.
  98. That is, in my humble opinion, freaking weird.

    That is, in my humble opinion, freaking weird.
  99. Awesome summary, Saelorn! That is indeed where...

    Awesome summary, Saelorn! That is indeed where I'm coming from. I've got to wonder though: Does the intent of watching good things suffer counteract the Good influence of the spell? In other words,...
  100. That's the weirdness I'm getting at! Apparently...

    That's the weirdness I'm getting at! Apparently that is a capital-G Good act!
Results 1 to 100 of 187
Page 1 of 2 1 2