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  1. Stormonu

    General Being A Better DM

    I've been at this gig of running games for D&D (and other systems) for about 40 years now. Over the years, I have received numerous compliments for the games I have run, and have even been lucky enough to have an adventure of my own creation professionally published. I'm the sort of person who...
  2. Stormonu

    General What are your media sources of inspiration

    We've all seen the "Inspirational Reading" section of the DMGs, but what, specifically, are the books, movies and other media that influences how you play characters or run the game when it comes to D&D? Is there any media you try to specifically avoid? For me it has been: Dragonslayer...
  3. Stormonu

    5E Cure Wounds needs help or Healing Word needs a nerf...

    Most of my players are used to the older editions, and this is the first time I've run a cleric in 5E. To try something different, I went with Healing Word instead of Cure Wounds for my cleric. So far, only have played one session, but my experience sure makes me feel like 5E decided to beat...
  4. Stormonu

    5E RP Help - Dragonborn Paladin of Tiamat

    So, for my 3rd character for a certain campaign (Tomb of Annilihation), I'm running a slightly odd character - a dragonborn paladin of Tiamat (in an aspect as Queen of Undead Dragons). He's lawful good, and has been tasked to aid the current party in hunting down Acerak and stopping the lich's...
  5. Stormonu

    General Adventure Journal - Twenty days into adventure, still got 10 days rations

    So in the games you run or play in, how strictly does the group track various things - rations, arrows, bedrolls, night watch, encumbrance, spell components, miscellaneous gear in general and the like? In the early days of the game, I tried to be strict about tracking rations, ammunition and...
  6. Stormonu

    General Old Campaign Worlds - What Have You Used And Why?

    The other threads discussing the new Wildemon5e book have me wondering - what “official” campaigns have you played in, been influenced and/or run for D&D. My big ones have been Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, Dark Sun, and Spelljammer - for actually running games. Greyhawk has been the biggest...
  7. Stormonu

    Alien RPG - Chariot of the Gods first contact (Spoilers)

    About two weeks ago, I got my gaming group together for a one-off adventure using the new Alien RPG, and the scenario I got along with it - Chariot of the Gods. I want to forewarn folks, there will be plenty spoilers here, because I find it difficult to talk about the game without actually...
  8. Stormonu

    General Do your players map?

    Up until my last 2E campaign, besides having a "Caller" in the party who acted as leader/speaker for the character's actions, one of the players would normally get designated as the "Mapper" - the person in charge of mapping whatever dungeon the players had delved into, to keep them from getting...
  9. Stormonu

    5E Modifying/Expanding Ritual Casting

    I’m contemplating modifying ritual spells as follows in my D&D games, and wanted to share to see what others think. I’m only listing PHB spells in this first post, but may add spells from other sources as I work this out further. Wording of ritual spells would change thusly: Ritual Spells...
  10. Stormonu

    5E Magical Home Improvement

    I'm starting a new campaign (yay!) with Ghosts of Saltmarsh. As I was going over the characters for the game, I was hit by an odd thought. Could players use spells in place of carpentry and other skills to fix up an abandoned house (anyone DMing this campaign probably knows which house I'm...
  11. Stormonu

    Need Help Converting A City Map

    Many years ago, for my Friday night 3.5E D&D game, I created a whiteboard map of a city, called Scant. I'd forgotten about it until the recent kerfluffle with Photobucket. I've rescued the image, but it's a photo of a white board, at an angle at that. I'm not terribly good with...
  12. Stormonu

    5E After Phandalin

    It's looking like after the next session or two my group will be finishing the starter box adventure, Mines of Phandalin. Unfortunately, I haven't been keeping up with 5th edition products and was wondering if there are any follow-up premade adventures that would be good for continuing this...
  13. Stormonu

    [Worlds of Adventure] - Crimson Empire Campaign Setting

    Crimson Empire What is Crimson Empire? Set in a realm blasted to desert by a magical devastation, the quasi-Arabic Crimson Empire is but a shadow of its former glory. Splintered by wars and disasters, it is surrounded by enemies that have appeared and gathered in strength as the empire...
  14. Stormonu

    5E 5E Purchases

    So, I accidentally clicked on my EN World bookmark, thinking it was another forum. After browsing a couple of threads, I realized that I haven't kept up with the offerings for 5E beyond the core book (and the starter set). So I was curious about two things: 1) What's available for 5E these...
  15. Stormonu

    5E Why does the club do d4?

    Okay, this has been bugging me since 5E came out. Why did the designers change the club to a d4 weapon? I thought it might be some homage to something in OD&D, but nothing turns up (every weapon does d6, from what I remember of the Con game I played a few years back). I've been thinking of...
  16. Stormonu

    5E My first 5E Game

    ...Has the players begging to do more. My new group, consisting of my (71-year-old) father & mother, my wife and kids, was a complete success. We're using the PHB but I'm running the Mines of Phandelver from the Starter Set. We played for about 6 hours tonight (not including character...
  17. Stormonu

    Summon Monster for 5E

    So, one of the things I "need" for 5E is some sort of summon monster spell to convert/rebuild some PCs/NPCs for the game. I'd like to take the spell back towards its 1E/2E roots, with a random monster summoned list, but incorporate 3E's pick-n-choose methodology by making it possible to...
  18. Stormonu

    5E I think I'll leave out feats

    After the past couple of games I've had using the M&M 2E rules and looking at how well 5E seems to work without having feats in it, I think even in the future when feats come to 5E (via PHB), I'm just going to ignore them. Back in 3E, I thought they were the bee's knees. Great ways to...
  19. Stormonu

    You're Doing It Wrong - On Purpose

    So, what D&D rules do you purposely change, alter or ignore in your own games? Do you replace them with your own versions or just leave them out? What has been the response by most of your group to the changes - do they grin and bear it, simply accept it, embrace it or have some other reaction?
  20. Stormonu

    CoastCon Approaching

    (I'm not affiliated, just go every year I can) Coastcon 37 is coming again to the Mississippi Biloxi/Gulfport on March 7th-9th. Plenty of games - roleplaying, tabletop and others for the weekend. Last year, they had the Battletech Pods there - and it looks like they'll be back (AWESOME!!!!)...
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