107 – Xanathar’s Guide to Everything

We say why the new WotC splatbook is meh.

Make a Search Check

patreon: https://patreon.com/ggnore
g+: gg no re
twitter: https://twitter.com/ggnorecast
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ggnorecast
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ggnorecast

Advertisements

106 (ggnoRE:PLAY) – Anti-LotFP Homebrew Oneshot

John takes the GM reins for the first time and runs a session north of Alabamia.

Daniel cut in a bunch of memes in post. There’s an example of a pathcrawl being run in there too.

And we actually have an ending that wraps everything up.

Pics of John’s notes and player handout after the jump.

the player map

John apparently ran the whole thing from this

Make a Search Check

patreon: https://patreon.com/ggnore
g+: gg no re
twitter: https://twitter.com/ggnorecast
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ggnorecast
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ggnorecast

Handbook for RQ1: Night of the Walking Dead

If you’re wanting to run something spooky this weekend, Daniel’s written up his notes for running a one-shot of RQ1: Night of the Walking Dead. It’s a 2e Ravenloft adventure. As written, it’s a railroad, but, with a few tweaks, you can mod it for player agency.

(Our patrons got this doc last week.)

You will need to read the adventure once through before running. It’s short, and you can skim it. You’ll have to excuse 2 things:

  • The very informal style (this is what Daniel wrote for himself)
  • The flavor text of the module itself (we ctrl+c > ctrl+v; we don’t judge)

Monster stats are on the last page, on the annotated map.

Click the image to grab the handbook:

Capture

Religious Conflict Flowchart for T1

Here’s a flowchart I made for making the simmering religious conflict that Gary talks about in T1: The Village of Hommlet come alive. And, by “alive,” I mean “escalate until one side is dead.”

You can think of this like an encounter that happens every time the players return from adventure; or you can think of it like a Front from Apocalypse World.

The point of using this procedure is to make the game world more compelling. It is independent of the players. They can choose to ignore the conflict as they wish; you, as the DM, will ensure they witness what’s going on by having these events occur in their presence.

If the players intervene, you may have to modify the events. Many or most might not happen, or different NPCs may need to be involved (say, if the players kill Jaroo, Calmert, or Terjon).

Similarly, you could use this for any generic religious conflict, not just for the one Uncle Gary gave us. Something happens, and one side esca-retaliates, and then the otherside does the same until there’s nothing like to retaliate on. That is, unless the players intervene and change the course of fictional history-in-the-making.

105 – Worldbuilding

Daniel provides a framework for creating (or enhancing) a world for your game. These techniques will help you create a world that’s engineered for actual play, not infodumps, in which the players will be more successful the more they invest in your world.

You incentivize your players to care about your lore by making knowledge of it a key to success in your game. As players know more about the lore of your world, they can play more effectively.

Here are my notes for this episode. They’re elaborated upon in the audio; but, afterward, you might find them useful.

Most worldbuilding advice is terrible:

  • It’s too general
  • It’s not suited to games
  • It’s not suited to old school games in particular

Why do we care about worldbuilding?

  • We want to feel immersed
  • We want to feel that things are connected
  • We want to feel like the ref has coherent basis for rulings and content creation

There are two problems:

  • How to make the stuff up
  • How to present the stuff

Here’s how to make the stuff up:

First, your prep:

  • Bathe in images, get an idea for the feel you’re after
  • Write down a list of images and objects
  • This is your seed content

Then the model: The Bible and the Soulsborne games:

  • There’s a big problem with the world
    • Bible: death
    • Bloodborne: beasts are roaming the streets
    • Dark Souls: the fire is fading
  • Someone tried to fix it and instead messed everything up
  • Other people came later, tried to fix it in other ways, or embraced the problem
  • In every case, these are distinct personalities, who created distinct events, and they left evidence of themselves and their works: symbols, religions, cities, idioms, buildings, languages, weapons, armor, items
    • These things should be visible
    • Personalities should have a few identifiable attributes: this king is always holding an orb in his left hand and a spear in his right
  • Depending on your level of nihilism, there may be a way to ultimately fix the big problem.
    • What is it?
    • Who is going to do it?
    • What are the prophecies concerned?
    • What about the false messiahs and false prophecies?
    • Remember: everything leaves evidence.

Now, how to present this information:

  • Look at the Soulsborne games for guidance
  • Factions that adhere to previous or prophesied philosophies
  • Parts of the world that exist in their current state due to previous epic events
  • Puzzles that require you to know some evidence of the lore
  • Monsters that resulted from failed salvations
  • Treasures and artifacts that are themselves evidences or the property of famous actors in your lore

Make a Search Check

patreon: https://patreon.com/ggnore
g+: gg no re
twitter: https://twitter.com/ggnorecast
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ggnorecast
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ggnorecast

104 – Pathcrawl

Daniel explains what a pathcrawl is, how to run one, why you might want to run one, and how they’ve worked out in his campaign.

Example Pathcrawl: Thomas Pit Woods

Here’s the actual document Daniel has used in the Alabamia campaign. Good luck trying to decipher the runes here. It’s annotated, but, for convenience:

  • Normal lines are roads
  • Squiggly lines are trails or game paths
  • Waves are sound paths
  • Dotted lines are sight paths

working example of a pathcrawl from Alabamia

And the link to the original blogpost is here.

Make a Search Check

patreon: https://patreon.com/ggnore
g+: gg no re
twitter: https://twitter.com/ggnorecast
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ggnorecast
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ggnorecast

103 – A D&D Manifesto

It’s Daniel’s birthday, and Jim interviews him on what Daniel’s ideal D&D campaign would be. Dropping fundamental knowledge. Learn why clerics are objectively the best class. Learn the lowest common denominator of D&D characters as such. Hear our players express many different perspectives re: expectations of game, genre, etc. Discover the O B J E C T O F T H E G A M E. Opinions expressed are solely the opinion of Daniel but nevertheless should be recognized universally.

Make a Search Check

patreon: https://patreon.com/ggnore
g+: gg no re
twitter: https://twitter.com/ggnorecast
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ggnorecast
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ggnorecast

102 – DragonCon 2017

Talkin bout that DragonCon. You get a free DM tip that Daniel stole from Zak S. RPG panels: not great, and we discuss how they might be better. And, to round it out, we recount mildly amusing stories from our time this year.

 

Make a Search Check

patreon: https://patreon.com/ggnore
g+: gg no re
twitter: https://twitter.com/ggnorecast
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ggnorecast
instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ggnorecast