The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 10

The one time my party almost died to squirrels.

Its April the 1st and it was about time our campaign took a break from the serious story we where running. Apart from changing critical fails to critical successes (and vice versa) on all throws I also had to bring something crazy to the table.

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Craziest In-Game Experience Monster

The party was on the way back to the capital after retrieving a macguffin. As they where sleeping the party’s ranger on guard duty heard something in the distance. Looking at his wooden cup of water he could see the water rippling every few seconds.

Suddenly behind him he heard a tree break and above the treeline a Godzilla sized squirrel  appeared.

The party rushed to attack it. It was a hard fight and when they thought they defeated it, the squirrel exploded into multiple tiny squirrel swarms. The PC’s were almost killed and eaten by squirrels.

In the end tho they all woke up, wiping the sweat of their head they realized it was just a bad dream. Or was it?

Squirrel stat block:

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The D&D 30 day Challenge: Day 9

Five the barbarian ranger.

I think most DM’s have characters prepared they maybe one day want to play. I certainly do. For more than a year I have a character sitting on the shelf waiting to be played. Five.

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Favorite PC you’d like to play

Five is an orc who’s parents deemed unfitting and to weak to be part of there family. Instead of giving him a name the just called him five because he was their fifth child. The shunned him from the tribe keeping him in their tent to do small and unimportant tasks like washing their clothes.

When he got to old and big and they had to provide food for their failure of a son they abandoned Five in the woods and said to never come back.

Now 20 years of being mainly by himself and surviving in the wilds he has found a civilized land where he can life. He is now looking to prove his worth to the world and maybe find some a parent figure or mentor to hone his skill as a ranger/barbarian.

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 7

I have watched a lot of 2e edition, played 5e for about 2 years now and have some 4e experience. I liked all of them but 5e is the one I love and adore.

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My Favorite Edition

As I said 5e is my favorite edition. I learned the game from watching 2e and to be honest I ever completely grasp those rules so I was a bit intimidated to start playing.

Those streams I watched also started playing 5e and after multiple sources saying how easy it was I had no choose but to also jump upon the bandwagon.

Dungeons and Dragons 5e was my first ever RPG so it will forever have a special place in my hearth and memories. My best and my worst stories come from that game and every week with every game we play new stories make me love it even more.

As a DM it’s also just very easy to homebrew. Don’t like the rules for long rest, exp or combat encounters? Just change them!

There is something to learn from every edition and RPG game and 5th edition makes its super easy to add or change the rules. That’s why 5e is my favorite edition!

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 6

Cerberus, the god of awesome.

I have not used many gods of the forgotten realms in my games, that’s why my favorite deity is one of my own.dd-30-day-challenge

Favorite Deity

In my setting there is a god for death and the unknown. A three-headed dog named Cerberus guards the gates of heaven and hell. And his spectral death dogs bring the souls of the deceased to him. Once brought before him his three heads go into discussion and lay down justice.

I just like to put pieces of our own mythology and put them in my games, be it with a changed lore. In my game he appeared once and it was a very memorable moment.

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The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 5

A post about dice.

This is in my opinion one of the more stupid questions of this challenge so do not expect to find a serious answer below.

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Favorite Die or Dice

Let’s just start with saying I do not really have a favorite die. I do have a lot of them (according to some of my players even a bit too much).

Most of my dice are very simple with not much decoration on them, I don’t need them to be pretty I need them to be functional and quick to read.

Some of my players have these heavily decorated dice and I admit they look nice but it has happened to much I ask them to roll they say I have a 7 + mods, they succeed their roll and when I’m halfway explaining what happens they suddenly realize they rolled a 1.

There is not a die I prefer rolling. The d20 is obviously my most used tool but all the ones except for the standard d6 I like to use. When you pick those up you are not playing monopoly anymore, you are playing an RPG.

If I do have to choose a favorite die it would be the d4. To me that’s the most strange one that I had to figure out how to read. And you have 2 different kinds of them, one with the number on top and one on the bottom.

To add to their awesomeness you can throw them on the ground as caltrops when you need to make a quick escape.

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The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 4

My favorite setting, Collabris.

We all know Dungeons and Dragons is a great game. You know what can make your game even better? An awesome fantasy world to play in. The worlds I have played in are Ravenloft, Forgotten Realms, my own homebrew and Collabris (with a lot of my own stuff in it).

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Favorite Game World

For me it was a hard choice between Ravenloft and Collabris. Ravenloft has this great feeling of dread and horror which I really enjoyed when I was DM’ing it. But the first place will go to Collabris.

Collabris is a world created by Matt Colville and his community. There runs a big mountain range right through the continent dividing the world in two sides.

There are multiple countries, and places that all create some great tension. Almost all places are detailed but only in a few sentences so it’s so easy to adapt and do your own things with it. Combined with the PC’s background stories we are having an awesome time playing this world.

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The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 3

My favorite class is Paladin and it should be yours too!

After talking about favorite race it was inevitable that favorite class had to be discussed. Enjoy!

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I find it really hard to choose a favorite class I honestly enjoy them all. Often if I need to roll up a character I just roll a d12 to decide what to play. But there is one class I really love.

Paladin

Knights in shining armor, devoted to do the right thing. In my eyes this class comes the closest to being a real hero and for me Dungeons and Dragons is all about being hero’s.

They will stand against evil and against all odds they will succeed and make the world a better place, they are just freaking awesome.

If feel a lot of people think that to play a paladin you need to be Mr. Lawful Good, never do anything wrong or fun. That is just plainly wrong, there is so much room for nuance. In early editions you had to be LG but 5E has thrown that out of the window, for the better I think. Look at any superhero movie (or awesome anime like boku no hero) they all want to do the right thing but all have different reasons and motivations.

Paladins are great and we should all play them a bit more often!

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The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 2

What is my favorite D&D race?

Day 2 of the Dungeons and Dragons 30 day challenge. This one will be a short one.

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Favorite Player Character Race

Spoiler alert, its human. But why? It’s because I’m a human and in my experience we can be rather great sometimes.

For me playing a human comes easiest. I don’t know what it feels like to be a Dragonborn, a Tiefling or Dwarf. But with humans I at least have part of an idea how they are supposed to feel and live.

An other reason is that there are less prejudices with humans. Dwarfs need to be sturdy and drink beer. Elves are fancy and sophisticated. Humans are just everything, we have the potential to be the worst or the best and that is why I love to play them!

Cheers!

The D&D 30 Day Challenge: Day 1

Day 1 of the D&D challenge. How I started the hobby.

I have decided that during September I’ll be doing the D&D 30 day challenge. These will be small post about me and the game, enjoy.

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How you got started

Watching the game

On January 28 a YouTube channel called Node uploaded a video. D&D 5th Ed – Call of the Wild Ep.1 – Beast Within. In Belgium D&D doesn’t have a big following but I’ve heard of it via tv-shows. So the episode peeked my interest and I started watching my first RPG game.

I was hooked! Immediately after I wanted more. I searched on Youtube and eventually I found Rollplay. They had more then 100 episodes of playing D&D and for a few months that was all the D&D I got.

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Finally playing

After a few months of watching (and sometimes binging) I decided it was to to finally play the game myself. I went to reddit/r/lfg and made a post requesting a game. I did’t take long until I found someone who would be my DM. A guy from the Netherlands who wanted to run a 1 on 1 campaign. Happy I could play I agreed to it.

I had a fun session but two days later he messaged me saying he didn’t want to be a dungeon master anymore and that I should do it.

The next week we started playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen with me as the DM. Since that moment I haven’t stopped DM’ing. That campaign only lasted a few sessions since the guy who made me run the game was a rather toxic player and I had to look for a new group.

But that’s the small story of how I started D&D (and DM’ing)

 

 

Updates and stuff

What I’ve been up to and plans for the future.

Hi all,

I’m writing this post as a small update to what I’ve been doing and what’s going to happen in the coming weeks. Recently I took a trip to Amsterdam to play and DM DnD for a whole day, I also got a chance to play test my first adventure (it went great). I’m also going to use this opportunity to talk about the Campaign Diary and Encounter Compendium.

So lets start with the beginning the trip to Amsterdam. We did two one-shots, one by one of my players who wanted to try DM’ing for the first time and the play test game by me.

One-shot

The one-shot was a lot of fun. We played a low-level adventure about wolves who suddenly were a lot smarter, and could even talk. They were terrorizing a local town and we had to save them.

I played a giant fat sad violinist who had a big interest in magic, food and exploration (he was going to be the main NPC in my one-shot later that day).

The adventure itself was straight forward. Save some shepherds, find out whats up, more wolves and a boss fight. I did think the encounters itself were a bit to strong for our party. In one of the earlier encounters my character died. Because the DM felt guilty and wanted me to be able to play the final of the adventure he said he that after combat I regained consciousness. He should not have done that in my opinion, I would have been perfectly fine watching the last part. Now dying in the game had no more meaning (I might write a post about this in the future).

The boss fight was heavy. We failed our stealth when we were scouting the wolves den and so we had to fight the encounter in front of the den and the boss fight at once. To add to our misery one of the wolves could breath fire. In the end half the party died again, this time for good. The two survivors made a deal with the wolves to leave them alone if they stop killing sheep and that was how the adventure ended. It was fun and our first time DM did a good job.

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Play test

After a pizza break it was my turn to shine. As some as you guys might now, I’m in the progress of making my first DnD adventure for the DM’s guild so it was a perfect opportunity to do a play test.

The summary of the adventure is the following: A fat wizard has shrunken some creatures and put them in his body to help him with some of his physical problems. After a few months he becomes weaker everyday, with his stomach feels stingy, he gets constant migraine attacks, and does sudden strange jerky movements with his arms. He also just feels a lot weaker than he should. To solve this he called upon the hero’s. He shrinks them as well and they have to kill the stuff inside his body that’s tormenting him.

I’m not going to reveal to much of the adventure today but it is a silly adventure. The wizard is in a hurry and if the players don’t stop him to ask questions they get shrunken and have no clue what to do inside of his body.

There are three encounters to solve. Not all can be solved with combat. And afterwards they find out they need to escape the wizards body to get back to normal size.

The adventure itself was a lot of fun, and honestly one of the more amusing sessions I’ve ever ran. For my group tho it fell a bit short, only 2,5 hours. I might need to put some extra stuff in before the next play test. But I guess if you put this into an ongoing campaign it can take a bit longer. It’s a one-shot for a party of level 8 so if ran with newer player it will probably also take a bit longer.

I don’t feel like adding stuff for the sake of it so perhaps I just keep it the way it is.

Current series on my blog

So for the small duration of my blog I’ve been posting focusing on two types of post. Campaign Diary and Encounter Compendium. I must admit I’m starting to have doubts about the formula of the diary. I don’t think it has a lot of value to outsiders so in the future the formula will change a bit. It will take 3-4 more post to catch up on the campaign and after that I want to change to focus more to lessons I learned running the game. So you’ll still have a story but DM’s might as well get some nice advice from it.

The Encounter compendium I really enjoy writing and it had been received well in the small community that I’m building. They take some research and time to write but more will follow soon. I might use social media to decide what monsters follow next.

So whats next?

For the coming two weeks focus will be on school. Reexamination are here and they take priority during that time. So I expect I won’t be able to make a lot of post. During this time there won’t be a new Encounter Compendium. I am going to try to finish a Campaign Diary post.

After that post will be back to regular schedule. Monday a campaign Diary, every other Friday an Encounter Compendium. I’ll also try to post some opinion/advice/reviews in the future on random days or in weeks without an encounter post.

The goal of my DM’s guild adventure is to have a finished product by the end of September. It will be named “The Inside Job”

So now you are up to date with the Backfip Dungeon.

Have a nice day

DrBackflip