Fabletop: Beast Encounters Of The Nerd Kind

We Don’t Have To Fight. Let’s Do, Though!

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Welcome to the very first level, young adventurers! To get you started, let’s pit you against a monster perfect for learning the basics: TIAMAT!

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Oh, it’s one of THOSE campaigns.

Because the first thing you need to learn is that you are all DOOMED!

…What do you mean this isn’t appropriate for your levels?

…Well, how would YOU suggest we plan this encounter, then?

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Fabletop: Electing To Campaign

And if they keep getting rejected by NPCs, it’s essentially a case of “You need experience to work, but you can’t work because you have no experience.”

It’s roleplaying game week on this blog, and so I am here with a simple guide on a topic helpful to most game masters: Planning adventures for roleplaying games. Or, in tabletop gamer terms, a campaign!

Kind of like the campaigns from Warcraft and StarCraft, only interactive and with crazy characters who never do what you want and hurtle headlong into disaster as you silently urge them to make the sensible choice.

No wait, EXACTLY like the campaigns from Warcraft and StarCraft.

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Fabletop Classes: Wizardly Applications

And unlike Pokemon, they get to SWITCH their moves at the start of each day.

Don your pointy hats and ostentatious robes, get your character sheets and start picking out your most useful and overpowered spells, folks! This post has arrived, neither early nor late, but precisely when I meant to show it!

Masters of magic. Sorcerers supreme. Wizards of Waverly Palace…! …Oh, sorcerers are actually a different thing? Oh, OK then. So yeah, what ARE wizards?

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Fabletop Classes: Ba Ba Ba Barbari-Ann

Incidentally, expect them to ignore shields in favour of two-handed, dual, or dual two-handed weapons.

It’s that time of the month, when I return to fables of the tabletop! And just who could be the cast member we’ll be focusing on this week? I’ll give you a hint:

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A staple of Dungeons & Dragons.

That’s right, folks, you guessed it! It’s…! …NO, it’s not the BARD! Are you CRAZY?! What in that picture would make you think BARD?

Such a mistaken answer makes me ANGRY. One might say I am even filled with RAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!

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Fabletop: Looking For Group Dynamics

“You know what? I abandon my holy order and defect to the enemy.”

Yep, it’s that time of the month where I talk about tabletop gaming! …Yes, it’s now a thing. I even announced it and everything!

Every game needs a player. And players need a goal. So the campaign is set, the story begins, and the actors in this production gather. Their myriad paths will cross and converge in an entire adventure, but there is a great obstacle in their way.

Their ability to cooperate.

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Fabletop: What Players Want

Don’t give up. Just pick yourselves up, work it out, laugh it off, and move onwards. Change the system, learn from your mistakes, try and try again. Rinse and repeat.

It’s weekly game night. A time when people with different tastes come together for a shared purpose. And you’re the one in charge.

You have to strike a delicate balance, of course. Sure, you pick things which seem good in general, things you’re sure everyone will like, and one or two things YOU love which you’re sure they’ll enjoy if they just tried it. But you have to remember: Some of these guys have specific needs or tastes. Special things that need to be catered to, whether it’s because they’re temperamental or because they have needs. So you adjust your offerings to fit.

Alright, now that we’re done picking the snacks and drinks, let’s talk about the game!

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Fabletop Classes: Paladins, O Holy Knights

Also, Homing Missile of Righteous Retribution sounds like an amazing magic item or spell.

‘Twas the week nearing Christmas, and all ‘cross the blog

Was stillness and silence like a dead driftwood log

And the writer did ponder on what he should say

In order to welcome this year’s Christmas day

When inspiration struck like a singing weevil

The zealot that bellows “Smite Evil!”

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