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Big Hat, Gun, Cowboy
trachalio


Two years ago this shelf was practically empty. A handful of 2nd edition modules and basic guides that an ex left behind; an old 1st edition rulebook an uncle gave me when I was 10.

4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons was my gateway drug into the world of RPGs.

4e is how I met my gaming group: brennildandd yanked me out of my comfort zone and got me hooked on Don't Rest Your Head, Gaald had us giggling like little kids in games of OG, Certis took us across the ocean to the city of Ptolus.

4e has led me to amazing blogs like The Mighty Atom, Newbie DM, and Neo Grognard.

I love all that 4e has brought me, but unfortunately we've stopped playing 4e. Our gaming group is small: 4 people. When one of us DMs, that leaves 3 people to run the party and 4e really likes you to have 5. We've tried, with a decent amount of success, to have two people run two characters, but those that do end up feeling burned out. I really miss it though, so I've decided to try my hand at DMing.

I'd thought about doing it last year and had this huge adventure planned. I had a big plot and grand ideas. I even bought dungeon tiles and props! But the more I read of the Dungeon Master's Guide, the more I realized I was started way too big. So I picked up Dungeon Delve with thoughts of starting small. Try my hand at a few encounters and grow from there.

Then I got distracted and I never finished reading the DMG. But for some reason summer gets me in the RPG mood all over again, so I'm re-reading the it. I like what I see, but there's also a lot of work ahead too. Like I said before, 4e really is built for parties of 5 people and you have to do a bunch of tweaking to get it to work with 3. So while I'm trying to figure that out I might try DMing something else: Dragon Age.

I picked up Set 1 on Friday on a whim and I like what I see so far. It's built for parties of 2 players or more, it's not too rule heavy, and only uses 3d6! Can't get much simpler than that! Everyone in my gaming group loved the CRPG so I think this'll be an easy sell for them.

I just need to finish the GM guide first. Here's hoping nothing shiny distracts me this time!

Currently Playing: Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA), Demon's Souls (PS3)
Currently Reading: Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
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Dude, if we lived close enough to each other, I'd be all over joining your group. I've always wanted to have a group of friends to RPG together, but growing up in the military and always moving around that never happened for me. :(

I know how you feel. I grew up in rural Manitoba and didn't have anyone to play with.

If you were closer you'd totally be welcome to join us my friend :) Maybe if I like DMing we can start up a group over Skype or something :)

That'd be cool - but I have no materials anymore... I either tossed them, gave them away, or they were stolen. (It was so many years ago I can't remember! LOL)

No worries though. There are LOTS of free tools out there for dice rolling and for setting up campaigns online and such :)

One thing that we did in our 4th Edition campaign was to make Splug, the little runt from the starter campaign, be part of our group. We ran with 4 people, 1 DMming and 3 playing, and we had Splug be a rotating character that we took turns playing. It was actually a lot of fun, and none of us got too bored playing Splug when it was our turn. Unconventional, perhaps, but it was pretty interesting and added a fun flavor to the gameplay.

One thing that we did in our 4th Edition campaign was to make Splug, the little runt kobold or something from the starter campaign, be part of our group. We ran with 4 people, 1 DMming and 3 playing, and we had Splug be a rotating character that we took turns playing. It was actually a lot of fun, and none of us got too bored playing Splug when it was our turn. Unconventional, perhaps, but it was pretty interesting and added a fun flavor to the gameplay.

That sounds like a good idea. Everyone gets to share one character so no one person feels bogged down all the time. Might have to try that out! Thanks! :D

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