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Topic: Flesh & Blood - A CyberPunk Game
Subject: Servants, the invisible observers

Are the custodians/maids a line of inquiry we should follow up on?  What is the best way to do so?

Posted on 2018-04-18 at 21:29:28.

Topic: LBW Blacktooth Ridge Q&A
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Posted on 2018-04-18 at 21:22:14.

Topic: LBW Blacktooth Ridge Q&A
Subject: LBW Blacktooth Ridge Q&A

**This is the gmae thread for the Little Big Wars Gaming Group**


I have the basic books and a couple of supplements.  If you want to do something beyond the Players Handbook for anything, please clear it with me first.  It may be possible, but no guarantees. 


Character Creation Basics:  We will be starting at second level – a low level starter campaign, but up one level to improve survivability. 


Stats:  You are welcome to simply roll up your character on your own.  I’ll trust your rolls.  Or I will be around the store all weekend and we can do the rolls then.  I want to give you some flexibility on the character you want.  Remember, race will modify these somewhat.  There are two options to get your stats:

  1. Roll 4d6 a total of 6 times.  For each, drop the low number.  You may put the results in whichever stat you want. 

  2. If your results are not to your liking you may also use the numbers offered in the PH: 15,14,13,12,10,8. 

Money:  You can have the max for your class – Plus an extra 50gp for being second level.  Not much, but a tiny bonus.

Hit points:  Take the max at first level, but then roll for second level.

Classes:  This adventure will have a little town stuff (possibly more long term if the game lasts) and lots of outdoor and dungeon stuff, so any class should work.  Feel free to talk to each other to make sure you have a variety of skill types.   


An Introduction to my GM style and the Blacktooth Ridge Campaign

GM Philosophy:  The GM/DM is god.  Blunt enough?  What I mean is that while I will certainly be using the rules and running things according to the dice rolls and preplanned game-plan, in the end what I say happens is what happens.  You are welcome to let me know how the rules play – I’m decent with 5E but certainly not an expert.  But ultimately, I want to keep things moving and make for a good game.  I also reserve the right to do things like change monsters, magic items and other such things.  You may think you know what an Ogre is like, but it is my ogre, so be careful.  Honestly, I don’t change that much.  But I might.  Baloth’s showed up in my last campaign.  This really just a long-winded way of saying rules-lawyers aren’t likely to get the judgement they want.  Not all the time anyway.  The goal is a good game.

               With that goal in mind I want to remind you that death is possible.  I’d rather the characters not die, but if you make foolish decisions (Or the dice gods truly hate you) you will suffer the consequences.  The Blacktooth Ridge is a dangerous place and there are things there that are much stronger than you when you start out.  Be careful.

               Dice rolls once the game begins:  After talking to several people who run games at the Red Dragon Inn site I have decided that it will be easiest if I handle the dice rolls.  You tell me what you want to do in your posts and I will tell you the results.  If people would rather do their own rolls we can make that work as well, but I don’t think there was a strong opinion on this and I believe it will make things easier. 

(For those who have not played D&D before, the Gm is the ‘Game Master’ or Dungeon Master’ – the one who guides the game for the players.  In this case, that is me.)


An Introduction to Assault on the Blacktooth Ridge

               This is a partially pre-fab campaign.  The rough outline and a bunch of basic locations are ready made.  However, a lot of the area is left blank.  A lot of the details are missing.  So, there is also a lot that will be my addition to this rough outline.  Below is some starting information that might be useful as you consider your character.

This campaign is set in the Blacktooth Ridge – a corner of the Forgotten Realms.

The town of Botkinburg lies far from the settled lands of the south and the fabled kingdom of Outremere.  It sits upon a bend in the Hruesen River in the shadows of the slopes of the rugged hills of the Blacktooth Ridge, in a land known as the Barren Wood.  However, it was not always referred to in such dour tones.  In happier days this land was a wild, forested country named the Hruesen.  The forest was of an exceedingly large expanse filled with many beasts as well as the settlements of man, halfling, and elf.  The great ridge offered hunting aplenty and was called by men the Highlands and by the elves the Avishean Ridge.  There was peace in the country and little troubled the folk who lived there.  But the world’s ages turned, and so with them the fortunes of those in that wondrous wood.

               Long ago, beyond the memory of most in the Barren Wood, a power arose in the north and the whole part of the world fell under the rueful eye of a great evil, the Horned One.  He turned his armies loose on the lands of the Hruesen.  A great many orcs and goblins issued forth from the foul pits of Aufstrang and laid waste to the lands - driving the inhabitants south into the sea, enslaving them and scattering wide the free peoples that had been living there.  His evil emptied the forests and laid waste to the towns and cities.  For centuries the region lay under the Horned Ones evil shadow.  The ridge now stood forth from the wasteland as a black scar, as the orcs occupied it and made it a fortress of sorts. They tunneled beneath it and built squat towers upon it.  The ridge was renamed the Blacktooth Ridge, as it devoured all who entered it, and the lands about were renamed the Barren Wood. 

               After centuries the fortunes of those lands finally changed with the passing of the great evil in Aufstrang.  The Horned Ones armies scattered and the region around the Hruesen River was given a respite, although for many years it remained barren and empty.  In time, people began to move back into the region and found both the lands and the river fertile.  But so too arrived remnants of the horned Ones armies; for the Blacktooth Ridge lies in the shadow of Aufstrang and the fell pits of that place are a never-ending source of foul creatures.  The ridge itself, riddled with caves and ruins, is a wild land filled with evil creatures.  In it’s shadow along the river and in the woods civilization has begun to take root.

               The town of Botkinburg is one of the settlements that has been built along the river.  Over the last 50 years it has grown into a community of several hundred and boasts a keep built by Lord Clement Botkin.  Recently something seems to have stirred up the creatures of the Ridge and they have experienced a series of goblin raids.  Messages have been sent out seeking adventurers willing to search the ridge and discover the source of these new raids and put an end to them.  You have arrived in Botkinburg in response to this summons and now find yourself at the town’s tavern:  The Bent Hook, known locally as Ortolf’s House of Sludge. 


Character involvement in Botkinburg:

You may decide for yourself what specifically brought you to Botkinburg.  Where did you first hear of the problem?  Are you from near or far?  Perhaps you are simply a treasure hunter, for legends of the ridge speak not just of dangers but of rewards.   Did you know the other members of the group before arriving in town, or do you all meet at Ortolf’s?  You can make a detailed or simple background - I’m happy to provide more information as needed. 

Posted on 2018-04-18 at 21:21:39.

Topic: LBW Blacktooth Ridge
Subject: LBW Blacktooth Ridge

**Nothing to see here yet - we should be starting up shortly**

Posted on 2018-04-18 at 21:16:16.

Topic: Ghostwood Groves
Subject: A gnome by any other name

Bory looked around the bakery’s cellar.  It was a pretty plain cellar – just what you would expect in a bakery.  His eyes also took in the group of people apparently summoned by Lys and couldn’t prevent the thought that this was NOT what you would expect in the cellar of a bakery.  An elf blade.  A human rogue.  A half-orc gladiator.  An agent of the Arcaren!  And, of course, a gnome druid.  He shook his head slightly at the mystery of it all. 

The rogue, a human named Karos he had met upstairs.  He seemed like a good young man with an interesting and impactful background.  Bory saw hope for a true friend there.  Whatever his origins on the streets, it was not hard to see how he had ended up here.   The others he simply didn’t know yet.  And the agent?  That was weird.  He was here to help, but how much would he be able to do so if he was unable to use his magic?  He was not registered.  Yet Lys knew who he was and had chosen this stranger.  Why?  Mysteries . . .

But it was a mystery that that would not be answered right away.  When Girta’a encouraged them to introduce themselves, he decided there was no reason to delay.  He moved to the table and jumped up on one of the chairs and turned towards the others.  “I’m guessing we are all here for the same reason.  Our lovely young hostess urged us to introduce ourselves, so let me begin.  I am Borborybodboddynock.”   He paused, enjoying the reaction his name always created.  He loved his name.  “I will leave it short and spare you the rest of it for now.”  At least a couple of eyebrows were raised and he laughed.  “But you can call me Bory.” 

Posted on 2018-04-17 at 19:08:54.

Topic: Trilogy War Q/A
Subject: Hope your feeling better soon Tann . .

Thanks for the update.  

Posted on 2018-04-15 at 21:17:15.

Topic: Advice for a new RDI GM
Subject: Advice for a new RDI GM

It seems that I am going to get a chance to DM my first game here at the Inn.  Most Friday evenings I wander down to my local game shop to do a Magic the Gathering draft.  In the words of a friend, the place has become my very own Cheers Bar.  Minus the beer, I suppose.  Now I am hoping to get that group to branch out and I am going to run a D&D game for a bunch of those folks here at the Inn.  It should be fun and has the added bonus of bringing another half dozen or so avid gamers to the Inn.  Who knows, I first arrived here with a group looking for a site to host a game and have stuck around.  

Anyway, I have never GM'd a game in a format like this and was wondering if those of you who have had any suggestions.  What do I need to be sure to do or not do? 

There are a few questions I know I am wondering about, but am open to any advice you might have.

1.  What is the best way to handle dice rolls?  I have been in games that handled this in a variety of ways.  What would you recommend?  Why?

2.  I've seen people having trouble posting pictures.  But I also think this got updated recently.  Is there anything I need to know about this?

3.  How many threads can you have for one game?  Most seem to have a game thread, a Q&A thread, and frequently a recruitment thread that later goes dormant for obvious reasons.  Is it easiest to just post character sheets at the top of the Q&A thread?  

4.  I've seen many GMs reserve the top 10 or so slots of the Q&A thread.  Are there specific things you do with these or are they 'just in case' slots?  

Thanks in advance for any advice you might have.  

Posted on 2018-04-14 at 12:23:05.

Topic: Supernatural Q&A thread
Subject: Assumptions

I assumed Castle had Wifi, hope that is ok.  I just can't imagine that he wouldn't.  

Likewise - his family home was part of the orginal writeup and since it is a family home on the oldest street in town it seems like a couple spare bedrooms would be a given. Let me know if I'm wrong.  

Posted on 2018-04-12 at 20:59:41.

Topic: Hunter the Vigil, A supernatural Game
Subject: Name, rank and serial number

Castle nodded at the others at the table. 

"Alex Castlebrandt.  I treach medieval studies at the U."  He gave out his address.  They were welcome and he assumed that either his place or Preston's church would be the best place.  "And yes, I do have WiFi.  You are welcome."  He looked at the kid.  It was pretty clear the kid was running and homeless.  It also was becoming more clear just what he was running from.  Castle didn't think this was your normal runaway. Heck, he wasn't even sure there were any parents left to runaway from.  If what the kid said was true, he had reason to run.  But that didn't make a dumpster any better of a location to sleep or find food.  "Haze, as the Pastor said, if you want to run, I get it.  But back alleys don't offer much shelter or food.  Or protection.  I'd encourage you take the Pastor Preston's offer.   Or, if you want, I do have a spare room at my place.  You are welcome to spend the night.  It seems we are going to look into this thing, but you don't have to be part of it if you don't want to.  We might have some questions for you, but you wouldn't be forced to do anything you don't want to or stay any longer than you desire."

He glanced at the adults as people prepared to leave.  "I do have a couple spare beds and a couch for those who need it.  I'm not quite sure what this 'hunt' is going to require."  He didn't know, but he did have suspicions.  Somehow he had a feeling that he would be seeing a lot of these guys for the next while . . . however long that was.  He'd tell them about the phone when they got to his place.  If they were in, then they were in.   Glancing at Haze he wondered if the kid would be part of the group or not.  He might.  Or he might bolt at any moment.  He wondered what he should do about him.  How old was he?  Was he underage?  He looked like he probably was.  Did he need to call the authorities?  Was he putting a kid in danger?  That didn't seem like a requirement, nor did it seem likely to be helpful.  Still, a pastor might know about these things.  He'd need to ask.  The biker was a bit more of a mystery.  He wondered what a Google search would produce on him.  

Posted on 2018-04-12 at 20:57:39.

Topic: Crisis in Chandar
Subject: Teamwork

Kheric looked up from his meal at Asoel.  “Go ahead and scout.  Very shortly I will also go out – and I believe our friend here already indicated his intent to do so as well.   Let us see what we find.”

Only a little bit later he and Iaka followed Wynna into the cellar.  He was a bit surprised at their accommodations, especially after the high quality of their meal.  Still, a bed was a bed and it was free and appeared clean.  It would work.  When Wynna turned to leave, Kheric spoke to forestall her.  “M’Lady.  These accommodations may pale in comparison to your fantastic cooking, but they will suffice.  You do a service to your town.”  The woman seemed very interested in dealing with this drug problem, more than just a passing interest.  “Clearly the danger in this plague is something you recognize – and something that it has taken less than a day to be impressed upon us.  Have you had previous experience with this problem?  Has the drug ever made its way into your tavern?  I don’t mean to pry, but the town and the drug are new to all of us.”

After hearing the woman’s reply, Kheric turned to Iaka.  The Ratman was interested in going out and seemed to prefer alone.  “Hmmm . . .  Yes, safety in numbers but perhaps more information together.  I think, perhaps we are better off going to the same tavern, but maybe not as a group.  Or maybe two together and one solo, but in the same place.  Essentially, we could keep an eye out for each other without appearing to do so.  I’m not sure if anyone will approach a stranger on the first night anyway.  What do you think?”

Posted on 2018-04-12 at 20:35:53.

Topic: Ghostwood Groves Q&A
Subject: Ahh, shucks. . .



I was hoping for maybe good.  Or great.  Maybe an incredible.  But fantastic?!  



But in all seriousness, post as you wish and just PM others if you have questions.  PM also works for discussing possible character actions as well for when the Lady starts throwing deadlies at us in Ghostwood.  

Posted on 2018-04-10 at 20:25:52.

Topic: Supernatural Q&A thread
Subject: Dice rolls

It is up to you entirely.  Go ahead and do the rolls if you want.

Posted on 2018-04-10 at 20:15:49.

Topic: Hunter the Vigil, A supernatural Game
Subject: Home is where the books are

Castle listened to Pastor Preston and nodded.  He wasn't sure what he thought of the two men giving all sorts of credit to God.  It seemed to him that if God was going to get credit for the good people, that perhaps there was some responsibility for those like the teacher that lost it and Haze's parents.  But he didn't say anything.  He didn't have anything against faith, he just wasn't sure where he stood on it all.  But one thing he did know - there was more to this world than met the eye.  And some of it was bent on hurting people.  He was more than willing to work with these people even if he wasn't quite yet ready to share a pew with them. 

He was probably even willing to open his doors to them.  So when Preston asked about a place to go he spoke up.  "I have a house in Oshawa.  We can go there if you want.  It would be more private.  I'd like to start doing some research on this electircal stuff.  My university library might have some materials as well.  And, if not, I have rights with other university libraries in the area, so I can expand the search a bit."


Posted on 2018-04-09 at 21:07:53.

Topic: Supernatural Q&A thread
Subject: Research

Yes, Castle's PhD is essentially medieval studies.  I can give you the title again if you want.    (Wow!  That is a lot more emoji then we had available a few weeks ago!)

Lets make that role for the old friend who worked for the electric company - how do you want to handle the rolls?


*Also - On my last post I assumed that since Castle is an associate professor at Durham College that he probably had rights at all of the local university libraries - like the Univeristy of Toronto.  In my experience most colleges have such regional agreements, but I can obviously change that assumption if it proves incorrect in Canada.  

Posted on 2018-04-09 at 20:48:19.
Edited on 2018-04-09 at 21:09:53 by Nomad D2


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