In one of my last posts in 2016 I mentioned that I was enjoying playing Dungeons and Dragons and that I was possibly looking into running a game for some of my clan members. Well that is now fully underway with a pre generated campaign to kick things off, this was to allow everyone to get to know 5th edition (players and GM alike), but also to test the waters with regards to if players are ready to commit the time, before having the GM spend time and effort on building a unique campaign.
The player characters have been rolled up now and i’m quite looking forward to throwing mobs at them over the next month or so.
We have looked into using fantasy grounds to run role playing games in the past but found that understanding the software was sometimes trickier than working out THAC0. So this time around we are using Roll20, which given the feedback I have got so far seems to be going down a storm. We have run some test fights to help players understand how their attacks, saves and skills work, which I have to admit is such a pleasure to using with the 5th edition ruleset.
As we are running an off the shelf campaign I haven’t any plans to share it, publicly, however once we move into custom work I’m tempted to host the campaign information on Obsidian Portal, to help keep track of characters, events and documents.
Some members in one of the online communities that I am part of have been running a 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons role playing game via the online Roll20App. I’ve really enjoyed the mechanics and there is certainly alot less number crunching involved, although I think this mostly in part to the way Roll20 speeds up nearly all checks and actions so that the players can focus more on role playing and enjoying themselves.
I last played D&D since 1998 and that was AD&D 2nd Edition so it’s taken me a little time to get back into the swing of things but I’m happy to be back playing a game on a semi-regular basis. I’m exploring options to GM a game with some friends online in the new year.
This morning Littlest Troll undertook his first steps into the world of role playing with a title I picked up from DriveThruRPG called Hero Kids.
I was very pleased with how the game makes activities simple, making them easy to explain to a child yet the game still remained enjoyable for those playing. The small one doesn’t have a great attention span and can get bored easily, the first adventure felt just about right time wise, with a huge number of giant rats laying unconscious in some caves.
Since there is a Cyber Monday Sale on this weekend at DriveThruRPG I think I shall be picking up the complete bundle for this game Hero Kids – Complete Fantasy PDF Bundle [BUNDLE] which includes:
- Hero Kids – Fantasy RPG (Core Rules book)[discounted as I already own this].
- Fantasy Expansion – Pet Cards
- Fantasy Expansion – Monster Compendium
- Fantasy Expansion – Equipment Cards
- Fantasy Expansion – Hero Cards II
- Fantasy Expansion – Hero Cards III
- Fantasy Expansion – Hero Cards IV
- Fantasy Adventure – Curse of the Shadow Walkers
- Fantasy Adventure – Escape from the Ghost Pirates
- Fantasy Adventure – Fire in Rivenshore
- Fantasy Adventure – Glade of the Unicorn
- Fantasy Adventure – Mines of Martek
- Fantasy Adventure – The Lost Village
- Fantasy Adventure – Tomb of the Lost King
- Fantasy Adventure – Wizard’s Tower
- Fantasy Adventure – Yuletide Journey
- Fantasy Premium Adventure – Maze of the Minotaur
Hopefully we can get some role playing done over the Christmas period if the little troll hold still and If we discover that he enjoys the game and wants to play more I’m tempted to get the Flat Plastic miniatures https://arcknight.squarespace.com/shop/fpm-hero-kids.
In 2014 crowd funding continued with some epically failing to reach the starting line, while others silently gained momentum smashing their targets. It was also the year that early access seemed to be everywhere, maybe a little too much in some case as the public want to make sure they are buying into the thing they have confidence in.
So in 2014 I backed a number of Kickstarters of those the following have been Fate tokens by Campaign coins, Vye: The Card Game by Sand Hat Games and Elegy for a Dead World: A Game About Writing Fiction by Debojaan Games.
1) In December my Fate Coins arrived and I have to admit were rather awesome. The cost was more than I was originally going to back but I upped my amount and really like mixture of coins I received.
I’m planning to put them to good use this year by running some Fate role playing games.
2) I had a copy of Elegy for a Dead World delivered via Humble Bundle, and redeemable on Steam. I have a weak spot for Debojaan games but then I’m rarely disappointed. The game sees you visiting alien worlds and help you create a narrative about the people who inhabited these distant worlds.
Featuring writing prompts that aim to inspire you to detail a story the final days of a worlds population.You can share your stories with others and there is even a pay on print option with screenshots from the game.
3) Finally is Vye which was being run by some of the ex-City of Heroes staff. The game is very simple area of control game and quite fast paced, I’m rather keen to play it at home and at my work game evening.
Additionally the artwork on the cards is awesome and I have the print and play version available to test before the final version arrives sometime in June.