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    Using Music in D&D

    In the background only. I find Elder Scroll soundtracks work well, as well as trans music.
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    Experiencing the fiction in RPG play

    I agree with both of you. I guess the GM is the storyteller no matter how you define it. Which makes the game a storytelling game. They alone have the ability to know what is coming up next; be it a trap, a random encounter, or a meeting with an angry bartender. They know the plot, or at least...
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    Experiencing the fiction in RPG play

    I ran our high school's D&D club for four years before moving. Had a great mix of age, economic, race, etc. They all had fun. I watched them play while grading papers. The three tables had fun, but in no way shape or form, would I ever run a campaign like they did. It was the DM's story, and the...
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    Experiencing the fiction in RPG play

    Oh my god, that is incredible! Best of luck, and thanks for the inspiration (that I, one day, will run a campaign that long). ;)
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    Experiencing the fiction in RPG play

    I'm always a little skeptical of analogies, so please pardon if I'm reading this wrong. But a GM that is employing a large story arc, along with character arcs, can't just really lay ice down and let the players choose their way. There must be something a little more than neutral in my humble...
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    Constructive Criticism for Your GM

    If the DM is a friend and I know him (meaning not a convention or something), I generally ask what the idea or thought was behind the piece that I found off. I should be clear, I've never had one do something crazy. Most of the times it's more like, seeing the other players frustrated and the...
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    What Would Be Your "Iconic D&D Campaign?"

    Great insight here. I've only had it happen once, and it was great! Never reached past 8th level, as everyone else was heading to twenty. Just made a new character. It was natural, and fit the storyline very well. (The character found his children that were kidnapped. Stopped adventuring the...
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    Drowning in (Character Sheet) Details

    It is an RPG. No alignment or bonds, etc. But, as adventurers make choices, they sometimes receive cards (It's a card based RPG). These cards are experience cards and help reflect the character's choices. For example, someone who helps the halfling town when it's in trouble, now has a boon when...
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    Paladin just committed murder - what should happen next?

    It's not about being classy, because I'm not trying to win an argument. The OP asked what WE would do in his situation. I proposed world building, ret-con or having the paladin choose a different path. If that is too limiting to a group of roleplayers, then we should choose a different game...
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    Paladin just committed murder - what should happen next?

    I would be absolutely fine with it from a story perspective as long as the DM set it up correctly. Having a bully dragon that our group can't defeat constantly use as a target when we acquire new items would be fine. Again, it's part of the story. (And if you read my post I clearly stated I, as...
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    Paladin just committed murder - what should happen next?

    If it was truly miscommunication, then ret-con the entire scenario. It was a dream...
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    Paladin just committed murder - what should happen next?

    There is a huge difference between meta-game player knowledge and character knowledge here. How is that not obvious? People play D&D to tell a collective story. This is something that is simply part of the story. If a player (not character) is so hurt by the paladin/power circumstances, then I...
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    Intelligent Beings

    Yes, this is exactly how I used to rationalize it. The ecosystem methodology served me well for twenty years. It's only lately that I've had the new thoughts. Still not even close to a deal breaker, especially when the DM handles it well. But I like that thought of them being remote, like the...
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    Drowning in (Character Sheet) Details

    This is what I use for my game. It works for my game. It's placemat sized, magnetic (for use with inventory pieces), plays fast and uses cards. One thing it doesn't do is allow room for those players that are real note takers. Haven't figured that part out yet. But, overall, all the essentials...
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    Intelligent Beings

    I can get past dragons (and flumphs) because they are so limited and a world like FR has an enormous portion that's still remote and unexplored. There are also planes of existence for other creatures to live on, that could rarely come into contact with the Material plane. My thought is maybe I...
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    Paladin just committed murder - what should happen next?

    PS - Could also be a really fun world building activity for the other players. Watching him go from temple to temple, solving the temple's problems, finding certain herbs to burn, talking to ghostly paladins that try to uplift the player out of the place he's in.
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    Paladin just committed murder - what should happen next?

    If he's LG, part of his power comes from his deity. If the dragon sews the seeds of cowardice, and it spreads where everyone knows what he did, including his god - the god withholds his spells until he redeems himself. There is not a deity around that's going to spare their power just to have it...
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    Intelligent Beings

    Out of curiosity, in your D&D campaigns (or any fantasy where the world is somewhat contained inside a few continents), how many intelligent creatures do you have? I ask because for some reason I have a hard time reconciling the fact that in say, Forgotten Realms, has hundreds of intelligent...
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    Drowning in (Character Sheet) Details

    I believe the character sheet is the most overlooked design of almost all RPG's. It affects how you play, (what you do) especially for new players. It affects the timing of the game. It even affects your player's outlook on scenes.
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    Worlds of Design: Chaotic Neutral is the Worst

    Everyone keeps throwing Sparrow's name as CN. I have to disagree. He constantly shows pangs of guilt. His actions, while often selfish, are directed often by others. He tries to play a clever game which suits him, but doesn't when too many of his companions come to harm. If CN is entirely self...
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