Showing posts with label GMing. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Vina Manor

Vina Manor, Built in honor of the hero Vinadrun. She was the first Elf to be awarded honors besides the Matriarch herself. Fitting for someone of the Matriarch's bloodline to be the next honored Elf.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tales from the Yawning Portal | Dungeons & Dragons

SYNOPSIS

Dread tales told in the dead of night!

ITEM DETAILS

Price: $49.95 C$63.95
Release Date: 04 April, 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780786966097
When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Sword Coast spin tales and spread rumors of lost treasures. Some of yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by events in far-flung lands, or even other worlds across the Planes, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.

Within this tome are seven of the most compelling dungeons from the 40+ year history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others were some of the most popular adventures ever printed.

The seeds of these stories now rest in your hands. D&D’s most storied dungeons are now part of your modern repertoire of adventures. Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.

For use with the fifth edition Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide, this book provides fans with a treasure trove of adventures, all of which have been updated to the fifth edition rules. Explore seven deadly dungeons in this adventure supplement for the world’s greatest roleplaying game:

Against the Giants
Dead in Thay
Forge of Fury
Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
Sunless Citadel
Tomb of Horrors
White Plume Mountain
Tales from the Yawning Portal | Dungeons & Dragons

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dragon Magazine Article Index. World of Greyhawk

Dragon Magazine Article Index. World of Greyhawk

GREYHAWK Campaign Setting:
  Adri Forest    "Campaign Journal"     Carl Sargent  208(48)  D&D2
  Almor, Prelacy of: News of  "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  65(12)  D&D1
  Artifacts    "All Oerth's Artifacts"     Grohe & Mona  299(101) D&D3
      "Artifacts of Oerth"     Grohe & Mona  294(92)  D&D3
  Bandit Kingdoms: News of  "Protection Circles and the Like..."   Gary Gygax  56(18)  D&D1
  Barrier Peaks: Monsters of  "Invaders of the Barrier Peaks"    James Jacobs  280(90)  D&D3
  Bigby: Armed forces   "Greyhawk: The Shape Of the World"   Gary Gygax  37(11)  D&D1
  Blackmoor: Halflings   "Guardians of the Docrae"    Ari Marmell  315(84)  D&D3
  Blood Golems of Hextor  "Blood Golems of Hextor"    Sean K. Reynolds 292(96)  D&D3
  Boxed set    "'Grey' Areas Were Made That Way"   Lawrence Schick  46(50)  D&D1
  Castles of    "Places of Mystery: Spinecastle and Veralos"  Gary Holian  293(88)  D&D3
  Character background   "Adding Depth To the Flanaess"    Lakofka & Gygax  52(18)  D&D1
  Clothing and Dress   "More 'Meat' For Greyhawk"    Gary Gygax  55(17)  D&D1
  Company of Seven: Magic items of "Treasures of Greyhawk: Magic of the Company of Seven" Holian & Miller  359(70)  D&D3
  Creation of    "Founding Greyhawk"     Gary Gygax  An2(96)  --
  Death Knights of   "Death Knights of Oerth, Part One, The"   Gary Holian  290(100) D&D3
      "Death Knights of Oerth, Part Two, The"   Gary Holian  291(90)  D&D3
  Dragonshead Barrows   "Places of Mystery: Gateways to Adventure"  Gary Holian  304(88)  D&D3
  Equipment    "Bazaar of the Bizarre: Falcon's Bazaar"  Noel Graham  An3(96)  D&D2
  Feats, regional   "Greyhawk Feats"     Erik Mona  319(56)  D&D3
      "Regional Feats of Oerth"    Erik Mona  315(50)  D&D3
  Frost Barbarians: News of  "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Futuristic version of   "Greyhawk 2000"      Philip Athans  277(48)  D&D3
  Geography: Beyond the Flanaess "Beyond the Flanaess"     Skip Williams  An1(72)  D&D2
  Gods of    
    Human    "Beings of Power: Four Gods of Greyhawk"  David Noonan  294(26)  D&D3
      "Deities & Demigods of the World of Greyhawk, The" Gary Gygax  67(23)  D&D1
      "Deities & Demigods of the World of Greyhawk, The" Gary Gygax  68(63)  D&D1
      "Deities & Demigods of the World of Greyhawk, The" Gary Gygax  69(27)  D&D1
      "Deities & Demigods of the World of Greyhawk, The" Gary Gygax  70(20)  D&D1
      "Deities & Demigods of the World of Greyhawk, The" Gary Gygax  71(52)  D&D1
      Boccob    "Boccob"      Sean K Reynolds  338(38)  D&D3
      Heironeous   "Heironeous"      Sean K Reynolds  354(18)  D&D3
      Hextor    "Hextor"      Sean K Reynolds  356(36)  D&D3
      Oeridian pantheon   "Oeridian Lesser Gods, Part I, The"   Andy Miller  263(44)  D&D2
      "Oeridian Lesser Gods, Part II, The"   Andy Miller  264(46)  D&D2
      "Oeridian Lesser Gods, Part III, The"   Andy Miller  265(56)  D&D2
      Olidammara   "Olidammara"      Sean K Reynolds  342(32)  D&D3
      Pelor    "Pelor       Sean K Reynolds  346(20)  D&D3
      Quasi-deities   "Greyhawk's World"     Gary Gygax  71(19)  D&D1
      Saint Cuthbert   "Saint Cuthbert"     Sean K Reynolds  358(24)  D&D3
      Suel pantheon   "Gods of the Suel Pantheon"    Len Lakofka  87(23)  D&D1
      "Gods of the Suel Pantheon"    Len Lakofka  88(8)  D&D1
      "Gods of the Suel Pantheon"    Len Lakofka  89(20)  D&D1
      "Gods of the Suel Pantheon"    Len Lakofka  90(24)  D&D1
      "Gods of the Suel Pantheon"    Len Lakofka  92(22)  D&D1
      "Presenting the Suel Pantheon"    Len Lakofka  86(30)  D&D1
      Vecna    "Vecna"       Reynolds & Weiss 348(18)  D&D3
      Wee Jas    "Wee Jas"      Sean K Reynolds  350(18)  D&D3
    Nonhuman    "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Gary Gygax  64(13)  D&D1
      Iuz
        Minions of   "Dragon's Bestiary: Minions of Iuz"   James Jacobs  270(72)  D&D2
        News of    "Protection Circles and the Like..."   Gary Gygax  56(18)  D&D1
  Great Kingdom:
    Magic of    "Fiend Knights and Dark Artifacts"   Carl Sargent  206(42)  D&D2
    News of    "Campaign Journal"     Carl Sargent  204(52)  D&D2
      "Great Kingdom and the Knights of Doom, The"  Rob Kuntz  59(24)  D&D1
  Greyhawk, City of: Beggars' Union "Greyhawk's Beggar's Union"    Erik Mona  301(88)  D&D3
  Holidays    "Campaign Holidays"     Andy Miller  An4(19)  D&D2
  Hool Beacon    "Places of Mystery: Gateways to Adventure"  Gary Holian  304(88)  D&D3
  Horned Society: News of  "Protection Circles and the Like..."   Gary Gygax  56(18)  D&D1
  Human racial types   "More 'Meat' For Greyhawk"    Gary Gygax  55(17)  D&D1
  Ice Barbarians: News of  "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Idee: News of    "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Illustrations    "Window On the World"     Sam Wood  290(106) --
  Introduction    "Greyhawk: The Shape Of the World"   Gary Gygax  37(10)  D&D1
  Irongate:
    Adventures in   "Irongate: City of Stairs"    Holian & Tetreault 351(42)  D&D3
    News of    "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Iron League: Agents: Jade Mask "Masks of Iron: Agents of the Iron League"  Looby & Broadhurst 302(98)  D&D3
  Iuz: News of    "Protection Circles and the Like..."   Gary Gygax  56(18)  D&D1
  Knights of Doom   "Great Kingdom and the Knights of Doom, The"  Rob Kuntz  59(24)  D&D1
  LIVING GREYHAWK GAZETTEER: Index "Living Greyhawk Gazetteer Index"   Zavoda & Mona  296(88)  D&D3
  Medegia, See of: News of  "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  63(16)  D&D1
  Monsters of    "Monstrous Denizens of Oerth"    Sean K. Reynolds 295(92)  D&D3
  Mordenkainen: Armed forces  "Greyhawk: The Shape Of the World"   Gary Gygax  37(11)  D&D1
  Mysteries of    "Unsolved Mysteries of D&D"    Paizo staff  359(28)  --
  News of    "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
      "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  63(14)  D&D1
      "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  65(11)  D&D1
      "Great Kingdom and the Knights of Doom, The"  Rob Kuntz  59(24)  D&D1
      "Protection Circles and the Like..."   Gary Gygax  56(18)  D&D1
  North Province: News of  "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  63(14)  D&D1
  Nyrond, Kingdom of: News of  "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  65(12)  D&D1
  Onnwal:
    Glaives of Azharadian  "Splintered Sun, A"     Stuart Kerrigan  293(92)  D&D3
    Heroes of    "Playing Pieces: Heroes of Onnwal"   Stuart Kerrigan, et al 299(98)  D&D3
    News of    "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Paladins    "Paladins of Greyhawk"     Gary Holian  306(96)  D&D3
  Pomarj region    "See the Pomarj -- and Die!"    Joseph Bloch  167(10)  D&D2
    Monsters of    "Beasts of the Pomarj"     James Jacobs  274(100) D&D3
  Prestige classes:
    Knights of the Chase  "Champions of Vengeance"    Creighton Broadhurst 297(92)  D&D3
    Ranger Knight of Furyondy  "Ranger Knight of Furyondy, The"   Charles Dunwoody 317(68)  D&D3
  Quasi-deities    "Greyhawk's World"     Gary Gygax  71(19)  D&D1
  Races: Player character  "Legacies of the Suel Imperium"    Roger Moore  241(38)  D&D2
  Racial types    "More 'Meat' For Greyhawk"    Gary Gygax  55(17)  D&D1
  Ratik: News of   "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Relaunch: 1993   "Campaign Journal"     Carl Sargent  191(64)  D&D2
      "Campaign Journal"     Carl Sargent  195(94)  D&D2
  Rinloru: Relations with Winetha "Campaign Journal"     Carl Sargent  204(52)  D&D2
  Robilar: Armed forces   "Greyhawk: The Shape Of the World"   Gary Gygax  37(11)  D&D1
  Rovers of the Barrens: News of "Protection Circles and the Like..."   Gary Gygax  56(18)  D&D1
  Scarlet Brotherhood: Rebels  "Splintered Mind, The"     Jesse Decker, et al 281(38)  D&D3
  Sea Barons: News of   "Campaign Journal"     Carl Sargent  206(34)  D&D2
      "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  63(14)  D&D1
  Secret societies   "Hidden Agendas"     Andy Miller  256(44)  D&D2
  Snow Barbarians: News of  "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Solnor Ocean: News of   "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  63(16)  D&D1
  South Province: News of  "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Spindrift Isles: News of  "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  65(11)  D&D1
  Spindrift Sound: News of  "Events Of the Eastern and Southern Flanaess"  Rob Kuntz  65(11)  D&D1
  Spinecastle    "Places of Mystery: Spinecastle and Veralos"  Gary Holian  293(88)  D&D3
  Stonefist, Hold of: News of  "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Sunndi: News of   "Developments From Stonefist To South Province"  Gary Gygax  57(13)  D&D1
  Tenh, Duchy of: News of  "Protection Circles and the Like..."   Gary Gygax  56(18)  D&D1
  Tenser: Armed forces   "Greyhawk: The Shape Of the World"   Gary Gygax  37(11)  D&D1
  Veralos    "Places of Mystery: Spinecastle and Veralos"  Gary Holian  293(88)  D&D3
  Weapon masters   "Weaponmasters of the Flanaess"    Lloyd Brown III  An3(18)  D&D2
  Weather    "Weather In the World of Greyhawk"   David Axler  68(42)  D&D1
  Winetha: Relations with Rinloru "Campaign Journal"     Carl Sargent  204(52)  D&D2
  Wormcrawl Fissure: Creatures of "Denizens of the Wormcrawl Fissure"   James Jacobs  276(84)  D&D3

Greyhawk, City of: Beggars' Union "Greyhawk's Beggar's Union"    Erik Mona  301(88)  D&D3

Griffon: Ecology of   "Ecology of the Griffon, The"    Christopher Kederich 161(90)  D&D2

Grimlock: Ecology of   "Ecology of the Grimlock, The"    Mark A. Hart  327(58)  D&D3

Grippli: As character race  "Grippli"      Joshua Cole  324(84)  D&D3

Saturday, October 15, 2016

AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide - APPENDIX N

Words from Gary Gygax From Appendix N

APPENDIX N: INSPIRATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL READING
Inspiration for all the fantasy work I have done stems directly from the love my father showed when I was a tad, for he spent many hours telling me stories he made up as he went along, tales of cloaked old men who could grant wishes, of magic rings and enchanted swords, or wicked sorcerors [sic] and dauntless swordsmen.
Then too, countless hundreds of comic books went down, and the long-gone EC ones certainly had their effect. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies were a big influence. In fact, all of us tend to get ample helpings of fantasy when we are very young from fairy tales such as those written by the Brothers Grimm and Andrew Lang. This often leads to reading books of mythology, paging through bestiaries, and consultation of compilations of the myths of various lands and peoples.
Upon such a base I built my interest in fantasy, being an avid reader of all science fiction and fantasy literature since 1950.
The following authors were of particular inspiration to me. In some cases I cite specific works, in others, I simply recommend all of their fantasy writing to you. From such sources, as well as any other imaginative writing or screenplay, you will be able to pluck kernels from which will grow the fruits of exciting campaigns. Good reading!
Anderson, Poul: THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS; THE HIGH CRUSADE; THE BROKEN SWORD
Bellairs, John: THE FACE IN THE FROST
Brackett, Leigh
Brown, Frederic
Burroughs, Edgar Rice: "Pellucidar" series; Mars series; Venus series
Carter, Lin: "World's End" series
de Camp, L. Sprague: LEST DARKNESS FALL; THE FALLIBLE FIEND; et al
de Camp & Pratt: "Harold Shea" series; THE CARNELIAN CUBE
Derleth, August
Dunsany, Lord
Farmer, P. J.: "The World of the Tiers" series; et al
Fox, Gardner: "Kothar" series; "Kyrik" series; et al
Howard, R. E.: "Conan" series
Lanier, Sterling: HIERO'S JOURNEY
Leiber, Fritz: "Fafhrd & Gray Mouser" series; et al
Lovecraft, H. P.
Merritt, A.: CREEP, SHADOW, CREEP; MOON POOL; DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE; et al
Moorcock, Michael: STORMBRINGER; STEALER OF SOULS; "Hawkmoon" series (esp. the first three books)
Norton, Andre
Offutt, Andrew J.: editor of SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS III
Pratt, Fletcher: BLUE STAR; et al
Saberhagen, Fred: CHANGELING EARTH; et al
St. Clair, Margaret: THE SHADOW PEOPLE; SIGN OF THE LABRYS
Tolkien, J. R. R.: THE HOBBIT; "Ring trilogy"
Vance, Jack: THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD; THE DYING EARTH; et al
Weinbaum, Stanley
Wellman, Manley Wade
Williamson, Jack
Zelazny, Roger: JACK OF SHADOWS; "Amber" series; et al
The most immediate influences upon AD&D were probably de Camp & Pratt, R. E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, H. P. Lovecraft, and A. Merritt; but all of the above authors, as well as many not listed, certainly helped to shape the form of the game. For this reason, and for the hours of reading enjoyment, I heartily recommend the works of these fine authors to you.
- E. Gary Gygax, 1979, AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide, p. 224

Volo’s Guide to Monsters | Dungeons & Dragons



Volo’s Guide to Monsters | Dungeons & Dragons

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Game Mastering thoughts.

What do Game Masters really want? They want a group of good size but not to small nor to large. They want people to roleplay but to move the adventure along and not bog down. They want a group tohave some internal conflict but not to lose it cohesion They would like thier adventures to be deadly but not to be a killer DM they want thier players to have power but not to much that they have a cake walk They want to have prep time but love to fly by the seat of thier pants.

As a Game master I found that the best way to handle this is to concentrate on just having fun when you game. give everyone a chance and just concentrate on fun factor. Relaxing and just giving the PC's enough to do but not to over load them make sure they take notes to help remind them of the tasks they are working on and important NPC's and information. I alwaysed look at running a gane like a movie very few movies are over two to three hours so gaming sessions should be set toio have a break at a good plot time for food and restroom breaks.

If usiong minis allow them to help set the scene our group played at a small table so it was decided to forgo the mini and leave the snakes in the middle. It requiredthat I develop a mire verbal GM style for combat and give it a more even flow. We also movevd to 10 secound per round six rounds per combat turnwith intative added largest roll going first with a NASA style countdown to one and then a restart on the next round. the PC's could then occupy themselves with otherthings until their action was needed.


Things have been very chaotic with my illness raising up it ugly head and an increase in my pain medication to help me get back to normal. we hope to be having a Pathfinder campaign get started shortly. But hopefully I can get back to updating my blogs and harrassing people on Facebook.


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