161 – How to Quickly Prep a DnD Campaign

Bit of a weird ep this time. Daniel had less than a week’s notice to run a game for some youngsters, half of whom hadn’t really played an RPG before. 

Daniel decided to make this a challenge run: create a new campaign and new vanilla D&D 5e setting from scratch in just a few nights. The materials and tools he used to do that are all down in the Links section. 

However, since we were recording offsite, we ran into some technical difficulties, resulting in only the first bit of the session’s being recorded (and its sounding like we’re in a cave). Daniel supplies the rest of the ep in commentary.

Daniel will likely run this campaign again, and, to that end, will revise the materials you’ll find linked below, replacing randomly generated results with bespoke items, replacing random internet images with hand drawn ones, etc. 

Patrons will get this revised material; but, with a little thought, you can probably run a game tonight by printing out the alpha material and hanging loose.

Links

How to Print the Booklets

You’re likely going to have to fiddle a lot. You definitely, under page setup, want to select “booklet print” so that it knows how to arrange the pages. Beyond that, and you’re best off googling your particular issue.

How to Run the Game from This Stuff

If you download everything in the Google Drive folder, you should be good to go if you:

  1. Print all the maps
  2. Print the booklets appropriately (see above)
  3. Pull up my Chartopia Collection for the campaign on your phone
  4. Check the links section above just in case

You’ll have to improvise some things, but it’s certainly enough for Daniel to get several sessions out of, even without cleanup and revision.

How Daniel Made the Booklets

Once you get a hang of it, it’s not difficult to paste your notes into booklet form.

  • Used Word
  • SHIFT + CTRL + 8(*) to turn on formatting visbility (e.g., page breaks)
  • CTRL + ENTER to force a page break
  • Pages in multiples of 4
  • Reserve page 1 & 2 for cover and inside front cover, next-to-last & last for inside back cover and back cover.

Daniel tried doing it in Google Docs for max portability, but it seems to lack some of the essential ease of use features that Word has.

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160 – re:play Clerics in the Vineyard 1

Daniel finally gets to run Dogs in the Vineyard, adapted to a familiar D&D setting. It’s teenage pseudomormon gunslingers, but with St. Cuthbert instead of Mormonism.

Tim and John have rolled up 5e clerics, and Daniel explains the few changes necessary to make D. Vincent Baker’s game of hard ethical judgments with potentially explosive consequences work when adapted to **the world’s most popular roleplaying game**. In this episode, we get through both initiation conflicts; when we pick back up, the clerics will hit their first town.

Links

You can’t buy this game anymore. Apparently, Vincent considers the setting 🚨 t o o 🚑 p r o b l e m a t i c 🚨 (although you can still buy Poison’d and Kill Puppies for Satan 🤔🤔🤔, and we’d definitely recommend Poison’d).

(We could be wrong about the reason for its discontinuation; we could find relevant quotes but no still-functional original source.)

All the more reason to tune in next time to see more fully how DitV works when adapted to an in-print game. The game itself may be dead, but its spirit lives on.

After we play through the town, we’ll publish the town with Daniel’s conversion rules.

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159 – How to Improvise Traps and Be Productive

Daniel gives a preview of a patron-only 4-in-1 page dungeon that we’ll be releasing soon, describing its method for making traps beforehand or at runtime.

And, speaking of traps, there’s DM perfectionism. You want everything in your setting to be up to your standards; so you end up producing less than you need. This induces a nasty cycle. Daniel says how he’s broken it with the help of old school fundamentalism.

Check out DunGen, a great node-based dungeon generator by Ed Allen: http://meta-studios.com/dg/dungen.html

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157 – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

We discuss FROM SOFTWARE’s new ninja action game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. We compare it to the previous Soulsborne games, rank it among our favorites, and muse about tabletop applications of its systems. Mild spoilers. 

Links

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Intro music is “Sekiro (The One-Armed Wolf)” by Yuka Kitamura

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156 – Mothership – Finale of Dead Planet

We finish our run of our first proper sci-fi game, Mothership. Spoilers for the official module Dead Planet follow. Listen as it is revealed that Daniel still doesn’t know how space works and knows one and only one metric system equivalence. Does the party escape the dead planet or spectacularly TPK? Do we get the rules half right? Just click, nay, SMASH that play button and find out, dear listener.

Note that we did Stress totally wrong. The default Stress gained is 1, not 1d10. Not sure where Daniel got that …

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155 – ggnore:update and Bonus Interview

Daniel gives an update on the podcast and tells you what to expect in future episodes. We’d like to hear your feedback on this one; so ping us in the comments or @ggnorecast on twitter. At the end, Daniel interviews his wife, who hates playing RPGs, and they talk about why people might feel that way and measures you can take to ease folks into the hobby.

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154 – Mothership – Dead Planet

We play our first proper sci-fi game, Mothership. Spoilers for the official module Dead Planet follow. Hear Daniel try to figure out how space works! Thrill to tactical decompression! Feel the kachunk of mag boot engagement!

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