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Game System Resources / How To Be A Great Game Master
« Last post by Indigo on July 12, 2018, 02:53:41 PM »
So I stumbled on this video series and I found it to be really good and very informative for DM's both novice and veterans! It really dives into great tips to step up the game and really make it enjoyable for everyone including the GM!  Check it out if you get a chance.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Bon3zmann
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Hi! I'd have about 2 years of experience with tabletop RPGs. I'd like to play in a low-fatasy/pseudo-historical 3.5e campaign either in the viking age or any period of the middle ages, Legend of the 5 rings, or the Great Pendragon Campaign.
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Game System Resources / Re: Buy Monsters, Fight Monsters
« Last post by Otter on June 26, 2018, 03:20:53 PM »
As someone who has many loved ones in my life who struggle with depression, I'd like to add;

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Game System Resources / Buy Monsters, Fight Monsters
« Last post by nathanw13 on June 26, 2018, 01:41:02 PM »
Hi.

I have depression.

I fight with it, live with it, struggle with it, snuggle with it, overcome it, embrace it, come to terms with it.

All of the above. I've gotten pretty good at dealing with it. I'd say mine is pretty mild all things considered; some relatively tame meds and personally managed therapy (read: having a drink or two, having quiet time to myself, enjoying a stogie, etc..) and I'm good.


Not everybody can manage it as well, and lots of people have more severe circumstances to deal with - making it harder to get out. Some take the 'easy way out'.

There seems to be a trend of it lately in celebrity - fame catches up with people and they just can't handle it, or maybe they were unstable in the first place and the pressures of fame made it worse. I don't know.

Either way, it's a fight. Which brings me back to why I'm telling you all this. A year ago today, depression took a life that I'm sure most of you have never heard of. I know I hadn't until today. He wasn't famous. Just another name on the book. But he was a brother. His brother spent the next year digging into the disease, and also pouring himself into the hobby that his brother introduced him to - D&D. He is working with a company called Limitless Adventures. They're a great resource for 3rd party material, and I've seen them help out budding GMs on reddit many times.

He has released a resource book called 'No Assembly Required'. This contains 10 monsters, rich with lore, their own richly developed motivations, and fully developed stat blocks. It also includes a new spell and 2 new magic items that will add depth to your campaign world.

He/they are offering this resource as a downloadable PDF for $5.00 currently, and all proceeds from its sale will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - an A rated charity on charitywatch.org.

I've already downloaded it - it comes in both full color and a print friendly format - and I'm blown away by the amount of story that went into each of these creatures, and the added notes that go into the developers thought process.

You can read more about Michael (the author) and the development of this resource: https://theiddm.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/one-way-im-saving-vs-grief/

Buy/download the module here:
https://limitless-adventures.com/no-assembly-required.html

If you'd like to donate but aren't interested in the (awesome) monsters, you can do so here:
https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=1602796

And lastly, you can check out The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here:
https://afsp.org/

Thanks for checking this out. If you are struggling with depression, feel free to hit me up in chat anytime I'm here. I'd love to talk. If you're not ready to talk to me; please, talk to someone. You're worth talking to.

Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255
OR
Text 741741 for the Crisis Prevention Textline
 
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Announcements / Calling all GMs!
« Last post by nathanw13 on June 25, 2018, 07:48:21 AM »
Hi guys and girls!

I’d like to address our budding GMs for a minute. We seem to have a rare issue on The Irate Pirate at the moment – we have more GMs than we have players. IMHO, that’s generally an awesome problem to have – unless you’re an aspiring Gm just itching to unleash your story to a group of starry-eyed players.

You may have noted that we’ve been promoting on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit; we’ve been increasing those efforts recently in a real push to drive traffic to the site. But we’re limited in how frequently we can post to certain social media – especially Reddit.
That’s where we’d like to ask for your help, dear GMs. If you’re game, make a Reddit account and go to https://www.reddit.com/r/lfg/ - that’s the ‘Looking for game’ subreddit. It’s for all game systems. You can start a new thread there talking about your game here on the site, and provide a link back to The Pirate. They have some rules on how you should format a post – I’ll help you here, but if you have questions once you get to the subreddit they’ll be glad to help you out. Or you can message me or Otter to help you out!

Post format – Your post will have to have a title with a brief explanation of what type of game it is. All of our games are online and Play by Post, so your format will look more or less like this:
[Online][PBP][Game System][Looking for players]
All you really need to do most of the time is plug in the system name and you’re good for the title – 5E, 4E, Sprawl, Fate…

The text of your thread there should be similar to your recruiting post here, but can be abbreviated. Include a link to your ‘Looking for players’ thread on Pirate (This is important! Link to your recruitment thread, not to the Pirate homepage. Linking to our homepage could be viewed as promotion, and might run afoul of their rules.) and they’ll be able to join the site and your game!

We’re working to put more eyes on the site, and appreciate your help in doing the same!


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Looking For Players / Re: [D&D4e] The World Below [1/5|3]
« Last post by rjbprime on June 24, 2018, 03:25:42 AM »
Versatile Expertise is a feat. To add it as a DM awarded bonus feat, go into the feat tab, look at the bottom panel that shows you which ones you have selected, there should be a very small house icon.

That will give you a free feat selection. Make sure you have selected the blank feat in that panel. Then, just above that house icon, in the search bar, search for Versatile Expertise, and add it.

Then, go back to your Class tab, and it should show you have the selection to make. For wizard, I'd choose wizard implements, and maybe quarterstaff, depending if you have to choose each implement type individually.

For rituals, instead of clicking the buy button, there should be an add button. Click that one.

Any other questions, feel free to ask. If you know anyone else who'd play, send them an invite. I don't mind, just no evil nor chaotic evil characters. I've seen (and played in) too many games with evil characters, and they didn't end well for the group.

Other then that, send me both the PDF and the *.dnd4e file to here. If you have an image, send that across as well.
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Looking For Players / Re: [D&D4e] The World Below [1/5|3]
« Last post by Yurisei on June 23, 2018, 07:29:15 PM »
I've already done all that and made a character, actually! I just don't know several things: First, what "Versatile Expertise" is and how I add it, and second, what I should do about Ritual Spells (I'm a Wizard). I believe I get 3 Rituals free due to wizardness, but that would leave me with the majority of my 200 gold unspent which doesn't feel right.
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Looking For Players / Re: [D&D4e] The World Below [1/5|3]
« Last post by rjbprime on June 23, 2018, 07:17:15 PM »
@Yurisei: Do you have a Windows PC (not a Surface tab) to run the Offline Character Builder? It can be installed on a Windows 10 PC, as long as you don't install it in either "Program Files" folders. As that is the easiest way to build a character, and the version linked in the campaign guide has the instructions on how to install it.

Anything available in the character builder after you have read the install guide and added the CBloader files, is fair game.

Other than that, the only specific requirements is reading of the campaign guide.
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Looking For Players / Re: [D&D4e] The World Below [1/5|3]
« Last post by Yurisei on June 23, 2018, 07:21:48 AM »
Time reversed itself and my message got deleted so I'll restate it:

I know nothing about 4e, but this sounds interesting and I would like to join!
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Game System Resources / Re: D&D Resources
« Last post by nathanw13 on June 21, 2018, 11:16:50 AM »
Quick heads-up...if you're not following https://www.humblebundle.com/ you really should be. Right now they've got an amazing resource pack up for grabs - if you're not familiar with the site, it's tier-based, and you can usually pay as little as a buck for a bundle, and I think the highest tiers are $15, although you can donate more.

The current DnD related bundle (https://www.humblebundle.com/books/5e-dungeons-hordes-horrors?hmb_source=humble_home&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=mosaic_section_1_layout_index_1_layout_type_threes_tile_index_3) boasts 40 titles at the $15 tier, including the jaw-dropping 890 page campaign book 'The Blight' - which includes new races, sub-races, and creatures galore.

The current bundle is mostly 5E compatible, with most/all of the content coming from Kobold Press and Frog God Games. Some of it looks like it is system agnostic, and there is a 300+ page 'Tome of Adventure Design' in the current pack, which looks like a great resource for creating and planning your own campaign.

If you've got a few extra bucks, there's probably something in here for you! Check it out!

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