Happy Little Minis

Geek and Sundry on Alpha has a new show all about mini painting. The last mini I painted was about a decade and a half ago. So my wife, my son and I painted some over the weekend.

The wizards and mini dragon by me, the archer by my wife and the knight by my son.


Organizing the Game, Part 2

For part 1 click here.

I have organized my disk bound system with 3 ring binder dividers with new holesDungeons and Dragons punched. I actually have tabs from two sets that don’t match so I may get new dividers at some point.

Red for the Rise of the Runelord Pathfinder campaign. Blue for Princes of the Apocalypse 5th edition campaign. Green for my homebrew setting. Small orange (not visible in the picture) is for the Time of Bamboo campaign in my homebrew setting. Black is empty and Clear has ideas in development.

The red, black and green tabs are tied for the most pages. After that the ideas in development takes up the most space. Depending on how things go I will definitely look at archiving some pages out on a regular basis as the campaign progresses. Notes and maps from earlier in the campaign can safely be placed in a second book that can be on the floor or in a bag for reference instead of open on the tables.Dungeons and Dragons

I find that rewriting a few pages about the adventure from the book/pdf is a good way to commit a written adventure to memory.

I am going to look at making a bunch of stuff for dungeon building but I have limited time before Saturday so we will see if it happens. Next time I will show what I keep in the binder.

Organizing the Game, Part 1

I have tried to make this a post but I think it needs to be multiple or I will never publish it. So here is the problem, and my next posts will be my current solution.

I have a problem, and one I have never had before. Too many games going and a real life. When I last played RPG’s regularly I was in college with just one game at a time and lots of disposable time. Now however I have infrequent groups that meet up for games, and for most of them I am the dungeon/game master. That is a lot of content to arrange and keep straight.

So I have been looking for a way to organize the papers, and it needed the following requirements.

  • Flexible use of papers (Graph, lined, dot grid, printed game aides etc)
  • re-orderable and removable pages for handouts
  • not bulky for use at the table
  • Archivable

Three ring binders or modern variants of trapper keepers, if you can find them, work with the first two requirements quite well.

But for the third I found a solution that has been called (paraphrased) “If a spiral bound notebook and three-ring binder had a baby it would be a disc bound system”Dungeons and Dragons

I ran into them being used by a co-worker several years ago, but didn’t see much of the point. Now however I see a decent use for them.

There are several brands; Tul, circo, arc etc.The Arc system was fairly inexpensive, but the hole punch was the biggest barrier to entry. I opted to purchase are more heavy-duty hole punch so I could punch out thick plastic covers, dividers etc. This way I could grab some three-ring binder tabs from the dollar store and punch holes in them for a quick divider system. I have a tab for each current campaign, and have purchased more rings for the archives. I will have two books, one for active and one for slightly older stuff that can be referenced but not permanently on the table.

Next time – how I have things organized.

After that – how well it worked this saturday’s 9 to 4 game day.


Notes for Campaigns

I am finding it hard to organize things for all the little games going on. There are more intermittant games than I have ever run before all with the possibility of picking up at random notice. I have been looking at a few tools and think I am going to try a disc bound notebook. All the benefits of a spiral bound animg_0890d 3 ring binder. Specifically I will start with two, current and archive. Since all the pages are movable and I can intermix lined paper, dot grid, graph etc. It should help with the sprawl of paper I am dealing with now.

The other thing that will help it to make some template of game session logs to organize my otherwise sprawling notes. It worked well when I was managing one player in a pathfinder game, I just need to adapt the concept for DM/GM tracking of info. Once I get that I will post it up here. Any things you use for campaign management?

Sometimes it is tricky

So my nephew and son wanted a game. They wanted to play a rouge an17158-thumb140.jpgd sorcerer in 5th edition. With almost no notice and prep time I felt it was messy to run something, however they seemed to enjoy it.

When dealing with two soft and sqishy characters, and when they really wanted to fight was tricky. Several moments of near death, a bit of dice fudging and monsters who decided to cut their losses instead of deal with the PC’s that much saved their lives. I should really have a couple short things prepared for when they want to play “right now.” I think I should prep B2 Keep on the Borderlands, It has been forever since I reviewed that adventure, but would work well I think.


Ladybug and Chat Noir

I find it helpful to have new players base their first character after one they like from fiction.

3994a65621c4aaa128281025f667ae42Legolas an example of being a common archetype, but many others are easily made into first level characters. Whole forum topics are dedicated to it.

Recently my kids and wife have begun playing and wanted characters based on Ladybug and Chat Noir. We are using two 5e homebrew archetypes.

Ladybug is a Warlock with a custom patron, the lady of luck. (written by /u/Polydeuces) Chat Noir an Acrobat Rouge archetype (written by Donald Stelling) Time will tell how balanced these end up being.

In another game my son is playing Lina Inverse from the sorceres of the anime Slayers. She is an Arcane bloodline sorcerer in pathfinder. He is enjoying the build.

Most magical girls are warlocks of a sort with an animal companion instead of an object  related to the pact, there is definately a lot that can be done there with altering the flavour of the eldritch blast to fit the character. Aqua Shine from Sailor Mercury, gun fire from Mami Tomoe or Yo-yo attacks by Ladybug could all be mechanically the same as Eldritch blast but provide a great image to the character.

Current Games

img_0890So I feel things are a bit scatterbrained with my campaigns at the moment. Here is what I am currently(ish) running.

As a Dungeon/Game Master

Rise of the Runelords (Pathfinder Published adventure): A Monthly 8 hour day. we are actually running family/friends  through this game and are running two tables concurrently at the same location.

Princes of the Apocalypse (5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons): Started with my wife and son each playing to characters. Our second session my son dropped to onw character and we added my Brother and his wife in. No real defined schedule.

Time of the Bellflower (Home world, 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons): Started with my wife, my son, two nephews and once a niece. Currently on Hold.

The Dragon Scepter (Home world, 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons): a campaign that went a couple months and put on hold for Christmas, it came to conclusion of the first arc and we need to evaluate if we continue or do a different game. I was running this every other week for a friend, his two sons and my son.

As a player:

Case of the Crystal Flappy Bird (Not a real title, homebrew, 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons): This campaign was started by my brother but stalled. He had a cow. Literally, he got a new country lot and bought a milk cow. It may never be revived but was fun.

Egil Fon (Pathfinder Society Character): Used on occasional con’s

As a Writer:

I have 3 adventures I want to get cohesive and put up online.

  • Spire on the Mountain Lake (Town/Sandbox)
  • The Colorless Pool (Elves and Dwarves have a mining dispute)
  • Garden of the Jeweled Tree