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Nov. 22nd, 2008



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Hi, all! I'm 32, and have been playing D&D for 25 years. I've played every edition of the game, except 4th, and numerous other RPGs as well. I've read 4th edition, but never plan on running or playing it. I live in the Dallas area. I'm married to a non-gamer. We have 5 children, ranging from 11 years to 10 months (twins) old. My oldest 3 are all interested in RPGs. I've made a few attempts to run games for them and one of their friends, but my work schedule (nights and weekends) and my oldest's performance at school (D&D is a privelidge, not a right) have caused a lot of road-blocks. Hopefully, I'll be starting a new game with them soon.

To that end, I've been thinking a lot about miniatures of late. As anyone with a family knows, working extras like this into a budget can be a challenge, especially if you're a single-income family. Even the mass-packaged pre-painted plastic minis are expensive, and you never know if you'll get what you need in the package. In addition, if the party is fighting a horde of goblins, but the minis manufacturer only used two or three different molds for goblins, it can become frustrating trying to remember which one Goblin 1, or Goblin 2, or Goblin 13 is. I'm working on an extremely low-cost alternative, which I'll share with this community when I've completed it.

Sep. 23rd, 2008



Teaching Kids to Roleplay is Only Natural

Thought this was just too good not to share :) Collapse )



Sep. 12th, 2008

shadow dragon


Gaming with Toys

I was recently looking at Mike Rayhawk's website and ran across this...

"...I was hanging around in Barnes and Noble and I spotted the latest issue of Dragon magazine on the rack. On a lark, I picked it up and flipped it open, to check on the state of the world of Dungeons and Dragons. And on the very first page I open to, what do I see but an article about my Knights Kingdom sets, profiled as the most D&D-friendly Lego line of all time! I was dumbfounded. After so many years of trying to combine Lego and gaming, and this is how I finally break into Dragon."

So I had a look at his concept art for Knights' Kingdom (which is very cool) and began to wonder how many D&D parents already have this stuff all over the house? (At my house, it's Playmobil knights, but no matter which toy product-line you prefer, the idea is very similar...) So, you already have these toys lying around, why not use them for gaming? It's a very child-friendly introduction to miniature gaming. Kids are already familiar and comfortable with their toys and you can broaden their expectations by using the toys in a new or more-sophisticated way by applying new rules to them. Like miniatures, toys can also provide a concrete explanation for otherwise abstract game situations-- like "you were standing next to the chest when it exploded, that's why you took damage."

Do you already use toys in your game sessions? How? Share your tips and tricks.

Aug. 19th, 2008



The Big list of RPG Plots

This is a great resource for picking a "reason" for your adventures if you want to start
developing your own.


A nice PDF of the list is here:

One of the ones I particullary like is:

No One Has Soiled The Bridge

The PCs are assigned to guard a single vital spot (anything from a mountain pass to a solar system) from impending or possible attack. They must plan their defensive strategy, set up watches, set traps, and so on, and then deal with the enemy when it arrives.
    Common Twists & Themes: The intelligence the PCs was given turns out to be faulty, but acting on the new information could result in greater danger - but so could not acting on it, and the PCs must choose or create a compromise. The PCs learn that the enemy has good and sympathetic reason for wanting to destroy the protected spot.

Aug. 12th, 2008



Monster Hunter

Created a new character class (sort of) for my ten-year-old niece who loves to game but somtimes gets bored with the battle aspect of the game; I made her a "Monster Hunter".

She's a cleric of a very obscure order that are charged with cataloging all the Monsters in the world. She was given the holy tome of her order and told to go out and discover new creatures.

In reality, I've given her a copy of The Monster Manual so she can look up the beasties that we're fighting and read the flavor text to our party. It's REALLY made her get very interested in encounters, as well as finding out effective strategies to help the party vanquish our foes.

And the fact that it lets her exercise her reading skills (her weakest ones according to her teacher), well that's just an added bonus :)

Jul. 30th, 2008



Hello! I'm 25 and I've had about 5 years experience as a player and about 1 year as a DM.

I've tried getting some kids into D&D before but 3.5 turned out to be too complicated and it turned them off. However, I've found some new kids that I often babysit for that have a budding interest in the monsters. I've also have 4e now which I hope will be easier for them to ease into.

Any tips for keeping them interested? The last session I had with kids turned into a brawl fest that started when one player attacked another. It went downhill from there.

Jul. 26th, 2008

Critical Hit


More nifty 4th Ed. Resources

Players Pre-4th Edition Handbook  This is a collection of a bunch of preview material for D&D Fourth Edition from a ton of different sources. My Favorite feature being the Players Guide to 4E Quick Play Rules.doc  I plan to print up a couple of these and have them laminated for Quick Rules References during games. You will also find pre-created characters, two adventures and just TONS of info.

also has an amazing amount of info, on any Edition you may be playing as well as useful tools like dice generators and various DM resources.

Jul. 24th, 2008




Well, while chatting w/ my friends in dnd_women, I came up with the idea of this community. Now, while I'm not going to go over all the nitty gritty that is covered in the Profile, I DO want to introduce Myself and take this opportunity to welcome you to our little neck of the 'net :)

I'm a 30-something Mom with a 9 year old FABULOUS son. My favorite Mother's Day memory is his very first game, last year. My champ went for a 9+ hour session and begged for more :) * beams * so proud, LOL!  My "Upgrade" [sorry, I have been corrected :P] Vorpal-husband, who has more D&D experience than I do, and I are looking forward to nurturing our own little Gamer Geek :)  Most of my experience is in White Wolf Games and play testing some original concept games, but my personal faves are Cyberpunk and AD&D Dark Sun <3 Yes, I know, I'm a freak.

I KNOW that gaming brought a lot to the table for me including problem solving skills, imagination and an increased ability to "think outside the box" in general. I am very much looking forward to sharing that with my kiddo.

Oh, do to the family nature of these posts, with exception to policy posts, I would like to keep posts to the "Members" Security Level. Thanks!

Any who, I think this is going to be fun :)