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Priceless in game quotes.

Posted by paradisio on May 13, 2009

Greetings again to the Internet, it is I VonKrause and I bring forth more silly nonsense at the request of Paradisio. I like my friend Paradisio have DM’ed before and have a number of things that I have said I was sorry for. Again sorry Chris for my horrible DMing.

That aside I have kept a running quote list inside of my personal 3.5 players handbook, some of which are quite entertaining. And I assure you they are all legit, every last one of them was said by a player or a DM in a session. So with no more stalling here goes.

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Being a frugal nerd in tough economic times – Part 2

Posted by paradisio on May 12, 2009

Not really the next full segment, this is more of a slight continuation of the previous, once again talking about consumer electronics and entertainment. This time the focus on portable music and personal computing.

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4e Monster Manual Personal 1 Errata – Beetles, Drakes and Rotters

Posted by paradisio on May 12, 2009

Well, I recently ran the first session of a new campaign and did some demos as well, and I came to some conclusions, some monsters from the core monster manual, especially on the low end are just broken in 4e. So, considering that Wizards have yet to address the complaints I found online regarding these three cretins, I thought I would take it upon myself to revise them.

The creatures are:
-the humble Fire Beetle, whose area attack is far too much in groups
-Zombie Rotters, the worst minion in the game
-Needlefang Drake Swarm, the low level TPK machine.

You’re free not to use these homebrew variants, but you should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses before throwing them into a regular encounter without any changes. New stats after the jump.

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Tales of Tubby

Posted by paradisio on May 4, 2009

Well, I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do to have a regular article on here, and I’ve decided that writing a little bit about my experiences playing the MMO World of Warcraft would make for some decent writing material.

My main character is Enigmaran, a feral druid in the guild Dusk on the Laughing Skull server. It is a late night raiding guild so I am able to keep up my normal schedule in the day and use being awake due to insomnia to play WoW. As a feral druid I function in both roles as a tank and a dps.

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Being a frugal nerd in tough economic times – Part 1

Posted by paradisio on May 2, 2009

Money tight but don’t want to be left in the proverbial dust? In this multi-part segment I’m going to show how you can get some cool stuff at some bargain prices. In this first segment I talk about televisions, accessories, and video games.

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Homebrew DND4.0 Game – Preliminary Ideas

Posted by paradisio on April 20, 2009

Below is an e-mail I sent to the group with some of my first ideas about my upcoming (very work in progress) homebrew game with some prelimiary ideas, mostly focused on the pantheon. Any input or ideas? Trying to come up with something original and interesting, don’t know If I’m quit there yet. Appreciate any input, thanks.

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CCC – Maid: The RPG

Posted by paradisio on April 19, 2009

Well, it’s been awhile, but it’s finally time to get back on track. Today’s CCC (or Create a Character Challenge) is for Maid The Role Playing Game. Yea, yea, seems odd, but bare with me for a moment, the game is actually quite fun. Obviously the game is very anime inspired by the cover/theme and doesn’t take itself real seriously. Honestly the game was originally a Japanese title that was translated, but don’t let that deter you too much, the translation is very well done. The game is pretty simple and easy to learn and character creation is quick and fun, and in general it makes for a system that is great for not-so-serious one shot games. So if you enjoy RPGs that are a bit silly and rules-lite, this is a great choice.

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Prinny “Can I realy be the hero?” In review

Posted by paradisio on April 19, 2009

In short yes, in reality no. This is going to be a pretty short review seeing as I didn’t beat this game. Unlike the previous instalments of the Disgaea series this is a side scrolling action game. Now don’t get me wrong while reading this it was fun for a short while but as the game wore on it quickly turned sour. You see it suffers from the same problem that Super Ghouls and Ghosts (SNES) had. When you jump you go at a 45- angle forward or backward and then straight up. The problem is once you jump you are stuck at that angle without the ability to change direction once you are in the air. The only exception to this rule is if you ground pound but that can lead to death just as easy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Starting a homebrew D&D 4.0 game

Posted by paradisio on April 18, 2009

Well, with my upcoming Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition game staring in a few weeks-month, I surveyeed my player base for some general details and to a bit of my surprise they said they would prefer a homebrew setting over well, a published one (the only ‘official’ option being Forgotten Realms currently). This has stirred up some old feelings, and I myself have vastly preferred homebrew settings in the past over official ones, and in general they hold my interest much better and let me feel like I have a further reach in creativity while staying true to the original premise.

Regardless, I prodded the group for a few details about this supposed setting and they give me a couple of things to work with so far:
-Use Eberron as a guideline for how far to stretch the ‘feel’ of the game
-Related to the first point, some seemed interested in Steampunk ideas, something which my typical players abhor
-The group wanted the game mostly to be based around a single region where they could develop relationships and learn the lay of the land
-Group doesn’t want resource management to be a big issue (IE they don’t want to fight for their daily break or have bone weapons like darksun)
-Game should accomodate standard stuff for the most part (no low/no magic game)
-They are okay with custom races/classes/etc.
-Can change cosmology
-Want a mix of adventure types, not a ton of dungeon crawling/room to room stuff.

Additionally, one player was interested in have some sort of benefit/hindrance system for roleplaying. I’m really not sure how to implement such a thing and not have it come out rediculously overpowered like the 3.5 variant (take a pointless negative for a free feat).

Mostly I’m looking for the RPG communities input on where to start or any specific ideas. I’ve done homebrew settings before, but they were pretty much 100% off the cuff, and I would like to do something a bit more… well, inspiring and well thought out this time. Have any great ideas, guides, etc that would help me out? Post ’em! I would really appreciate it. I’ll keep posting as I develop.

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Character Creation Challenge and More

Posted by paradisio on April 14, 2009

Well, with the relaunch of the site, things have finally settled down now. I’ve gotten my site hooked up with everything again, so it’s time to pump out the content. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of time recently to catastrophic car failure, but I’m really trying here, and I would like some of my readers help on some upcoming stuff.

First, I like the Create a Character stuff I’ve been doing, and I’m going to continue to do that, but I’m beginning to run low on books. Here is my current list of games I own. I’ve marked off the ones I’ve already covered in past character creation walkthroughs.

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