133 – Interview with a Level 1 Player

In our first ever gg no re interview, we talk to Montrail, a player new to tabletop RPGs whom we randomly met at Dragon Con. We learn about how he came to find out about D&D and RPGs in general, what his experience of organized play was like, and muse about what this might mean for the hobby more broadly.

Links

Momocon: https://www.momocon.com
Dragon Con: http://www.dragoncon.org/
D&D Adventurers League: http://dnd.wizards.com/playevents/organized-play

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132 – Dragon Con 2018

We talk about our experience at Dragon Con 2018: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the sublime.

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131 – re:view Pathfinder 2 Playtest

We review the Pathfinder 2 playtest.

Check below for a ready-to-run version of the first playtest adventure, with annotations that make it mostly a system neutral one page dungeon.

Here’s an affiliate link to Beyond the Wall, the vv interesting OSR game discussed in the episode.

Things We Liked

The daily/long rest thing. No more resting in dungeons. When you take a sleep, you get to prepare your daily spells and such, and you get back some hp based on level. After a really long rest, like a week, you do a reset.

Magic weapons do extra damage dice. Pretty magical.

Action economy. It’s aesthetically pleasing and less confusing to explain to newbies than 5e’s economy.

Things We Didn’t

Well, pretty much everything else, but here are a couple zingers.

Rules for walking and talking at the same time:

Insane rules written by and for robots from another dimension:

Printer Friendly One Page Dungeon Version of The Adventure

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130 – re:play Pathfinder 2 Playtest

We actually play Mathfinder. After all the trash talk, we finally see what it’s really all about. You’ll see the new 2e playtest mechanics in action (at least the ones that Daniel can remember), and hear us wail in acute existential despair! Review coming next ep.

Check below for a ready-to-run version of the first playtest adventure, with annotations that make it mostly a system neutral one page dungeon.

Things We Liked

The daily/long rest thing. No more resting in dungeons. When you take a sleep, you get to prepare your daily spells and such, and you get back some hp based on level. After a really long rest, like a week, you do a reset.

Magic weapons do extra damage dice. Pretty magical.

Action economy. It’s aesthetically pleasing and less confusing to explain to newbies than 5e’s economy.

Things We Didn’t

Well, pretty much everything else, but here are a couple zingers.

Rules for walking and talking at the same time:

Insane rules written by and for robots from another dimension:

Printer Friendly One Page Dungeon Version of The Adventure

You’re welcome.

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129 – re:play Making a PC for Pathfinder 2

Apologies in advance, but this episode is us helping Tim create a Pathfinder 2e character and complaining about it with amused detachment.

In the process, you’ll hear how a quick first-time generation goes, where someone has read a little bit and has a lot of help.

You’ll also hear about some of the differences between Pathfinder 2 and the past and present versions of D&D: proficiency, leveling, the action economy, etc.

We do actually like some of the changes, but, of course, detest most of them. Join us in the suffering.

Check below for a ready-to-run version of the first playtest adventure, with annotations that make it mostly a system neutral one page dungeon.

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128 – re:cap City of the Crepuscular Queen 6

Another episode in which we use shortish clips of actual play to illustrate topics of general RPG interest. This time, the examples are a bit longer and interspersed with memes. Daniel talks about:

  • using common thematic elements across multiple campaigns
  • how taking time up front to develop lore behind your setting will enrich your game
  • how to use Pinterest to populate your adventure locations
  • when to draw maps for players
  • and how bards can be tolerable (it’s to supply high quality rumors)

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

Episode image: public domain

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127 – re:cap City of the Crepuscular Queen 5

Something a bit different this time. Daniel recaps the session with voiceover, cutting in clips of the actual play, and commenting on particular mechanico-structural elements. Let us know what you think.

Here’s the link to the post I wrote showing you what a pathcrawl is and how to run one and why you might want to: https://detectmagic.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/pathcrawl/.

And my Chartopia collection of the 1981 Moldvay Basic D&D Treasure Types: https://chartopia.d12dev.com/en/collection/112/.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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126 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 4

This ep is another example of a full mythic play-cycle: suffering in the world of humanity caused by evils within and/or without, leading to a journey to the underworld and mortal combat with its denizens, which are inimical to human interests and values, followed by the liberation of its secrets and wealth, with the protags returning to the world of humanity bearing sorrow, experience, boons, and, perhaps, an adumbration of the eschaton.

In other words, town problem > dungeon > town resolution.

This episode is also heavily choreographed in the fight(s). The game doesn’t have to play out this way, but I think everyone was into it. I know I like an intense and gorily choreographed monster fight, and that’s what you get.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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125 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 3/

A recap of last episode, and then the party engages Batman-mode when the cleric hears a terrible accusation against the local priest. Tragic backstory, magical investigations, barrow mounds, communing with darkness, and unexpected inquisition: THIS WEEK ON GG NO RE.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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124 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 2/

We return to our actual play of Daniel’s homebrew setting-system. The party decides to track down the monster they fought from last time. Hijinx ensue. You get a good look at how combat can flow, magical catastrophes, and the drama-injection mechanics.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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