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Convention and Game Day » NTRPG Con XII (2020) » 3/05/2020 4:46 pm

achiriaco
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@IronRanger I'm back!!!!!

@ Ghul I'm gonna need to snag a seat for the Saturday game when a spot opens up!

@Chainsaw, do you plan on attending NTRPG 2020

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » 7/10/2019 10:41 am

achiriaco
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I listen for more details in the conversation

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » 7/08/2019 3:22 pm

achiriaco
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I try to listen to the voices, as they get louder, can I make something out?

Play-by-Post » The Scorched Sanctuary » 7/08/2019 3:15 pm

achiriaco
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Malak admires his new ring.
How does it feel on his finger?

Comic Books and Graphic Novels » CONAN back at Marvel » 7/08/2019 1:26 pm

achiriaco
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Both runs are ok (Savage and Conan)
Nothing like Dark Horse

Announcements » HYPERBOREA: Otherworldly Tales » 7/08/2019 1:16 pm

achiriaco
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Coming Soon? Today? Tomorrow?

Convention and Game Day » NTRPG Con XI (2019) » 6/10/2019 12:53 pm

achiriaco
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Chainsaw wrote:

Headed home! Thanks again to everyone who attended and helped make NTRPG Con fun. Really great seeing old friends, meeting new ones and putting faces and usernames together - socializing with folks is the best part for me. As for gaming, Steve (OD&D), EOTB (AD&D) and tetramorph (OD&D) all ran fantastic games, each imprinted with his own recognizable style and personality. Can't wait for next year!

Great meeting you Chainsaw.
Kaldron the Sword had his fill killing things!!!!
Hope to see you next time.

Adventures » Recommended order of adventures? » 6/03/2019 2:13 pm

achiriaco
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Chainsaw wrote:

Spellbinder wrote:

Do you guys have a recommended order of adventures?

We just kicked off our campaign last night with the intro adventure in the core rulebook, The Black Moss-Hag of Lug, and I am wondering what I will run next for them.

For anyone starting a new campaign and with players happy to roll through the published low- and mid-level modules, there are a ton of options and ways to link them together.

The Black-Moss Hag of Lug (level 1)
Rats in the Walls and Other Perils (levels 1-2)
The Anthropophagi of Xambaala (levels 1-3)
Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes (level 2-4)
Mystery at Port Greely (level 4-6)
Beasts of Kraggoth Manor (level 4-6)
Taken from Dunwich (level 4-6)
Charnel Crypt of the Sightless Serpent (level 4-7)

**** SPOILER ALERT ****

One. As for how to string them all together, you've already started in Swampgate, which is great. Assuming the PCs survive, a natural next move is to the big city of Khromarium to find trainers, better equipment and new adventures. On arrival, Rats in the Walls and Other Perils makes perfect sense - it's a collection of three shorter city-based adventures (a demon rat plagues a local innkeeper and his family; a merchant hires the PCs to steal a gem; a murderous cult has been kidnapping people). Rumors of any or all of these three situations could be uncovered in the tavern at Swampgate or in Khromarium. Plus, the module includes info on a nice ship that could help the the PCs travel elsewhere.

Two. You could then do either The Anthropophagi of Xambaala (cannibals, snake-men and more on the outskirts of a ruined desert port town) or Ghost Ship of the Desert Dunes (teaming with a wizard in search of green diamonds that turn out to be radioactive and guarded by a giant winged ape), depending on interest. It would be easy to link to either from

Adventures » Rats in The Walls (spoilers) » 5/21/2019 2:01 pm

achiriaco
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I ran Rats in the Walls in my ongoing campaign several years ago. I was able to drop it in easy in the port town the players were in. Perfect and the players loved it.

General Discussion » pc or pregen generator » 5/21/2019 1:52 pm

achiriaco
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Looks great. I am going to use it for my newest character
 

Announcements » The Lost Treasure of Atlantis » 5/15/2019 11:46 pm

achiriaco
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Iron Ranger wrote:

Iron Ranger wrote:

Chainsaw wrote:


Looking forward to running it for you in June, at NTRPG Con, man. I think this will be my 16th time, if you can believe it.

Just can't believe I've missed it that many times!

At least this Launch Delay will keep me from getting my grubby, prying eyes on it before then!

Looking forward to that game!!!!

Rules Discussion » A quick question about monster Hit Dice » 5/15/2019 8:32 pm

achiriaco
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Jimm.Iblis wrote:

achiriaco wrote:

I roll for every monster encounter

I started doing this too, admittedly using a virtual die roller to get quick, lined up results. It's probably OCD of me, but it does make me think about monsters as having existence outside of the the few minutes they are "on-screen" encountering your players.
For example, I had an encounter with four stirges my last game. Two had nearly max hit points—5 and 7, decided thus they were sated on something they attacked earlier—while the other two were unlucky in that they had 1 and 2 hit points—runts of the flock who didn't get in on that sweet giant rat action earlier.
This made the two starving stirges a little more desperate and reckless, while the other two... not so much. The two starving stirges were quickly dispatched, an the two fatties worked out that they'd best find desert somewhere else.
In another encounter I had a bunch of skeletons who wound up with 1s and 2s in hit points, so I decided they were turned and damaged by an NPC group elsewhere on the level.

TLDR rolling hit points stimulates my brain's verisimilitude ideator. 

I like your style!
Back it with imagination which I think is lacking in the newer versions.

Rules Discussion » A quick question about monster Hit Dice » 5/15/2019 8:30 pm

achiriaco
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Iron Ranger wrote:

Caveman wrote:

In Theory

Roll or not roll the dice as suits.

Either maximize a Boss' hp or average them to a higher number that the footsoldiers…

Allow for weaker monsters, but place some more powerful (high hp) monsters in a group to give PCs something to think about (describing them as fitter and more aggressive than their companions, so they get the idea).


The varied hp could cause some inner conflict between monster in...  for example some tribal dispute:

So, it would be unusual (but not impossible) if a hill giant jarl had less hit points than one of his subordinates and was jealous of his rise to fame and threaten his position, so that half-way through a fight, the giants start fighting each other to end the rivalry while PC watch then in confuse and part contentment. They could assist one or the other and gain a partial ally or at least a rogues alliance for a short time.

Of all the murky rules in Dungeons & Dragons, this is not one of them. The AD&D Monster Manual is quite clear on this subject:

pg 5.  "Hit Dice indicates the parameters of the number of hit points a creature can withstand before being killed. Unless stated otherwise, hit dice are 8-sided (1-8 hit points). The indicated number of dice are rolled, and the numbers shown on each are added together to arrive at a total number of hit points...."

and an example given in the same paragraph: "HIT DICE 4 + 4 (which equals 4-32 hit points + 4 hit points, or 8-36 hit points)."

Hyperborea doesn't quite spell it out this plainly but it seems the idea is identical.


 

Wow! Garys Way

Rules Discussion » Shield in combat » 5/13/2019 7:30 pm

achiriaco
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Encumbrance check!

Rules Discussion » Imported skill system? » 5/13/2019 7:29 pm

achiriaco
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No need for a skill system. I keep it simple. If I need something that calls for something outta the norm I just use a d20 or 3d6 under a related ability score. If I want to add difficulty I add d6s. 4d6, 5d6 etc.
If you added a skill system to this game it (for me) just would complicate the simplicity.
Why do I need a fire building skill when I can just say: roll 3d6 under your wisdom, dex or int? And if it is windy..... Hey do it in 4d6? 

Rules Discussion » A quick question about monster Hit Dice » 5/13/2019 7:25 pm

achiriaco
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I roll for every monster encounter

Announcements » The Lost Treasure of Atlantis » 4/30/2019 7:24 pm

achiriaco
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Chainsaw wrote:

Iron Ranger wrote:

My long wait is almost over!

Looking forward to running it for you in June, at NTRPG Con, man. I think this will be my 16th time, if you can believe it.

Also looking forward to it!!!

General Discussion » Character Gen app » 4/30/2019 7:21 pm

achiriaco
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What are you writing this in?

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