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Player leaves, character dies?

I've had players leave my game (for various reasons) and a number of times, they've assumed that their character would be killed off after they left.

This belief mystifies me, to be honest. I usually have the departing player's character move away, or take on a quest or job that occupies them for the rest of the game (e.g., "I must help my family defend their kindom!"), but I've almost never seen a character get killed off just because a player left the game.

Does anyone know where this belief comes from? Admittedly, I got into gaming later than some, so I may be missing something. I've heard stories about it happening in a fit of pique, but again, I've almost never seen it happen in real life.

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5E and the adventures for it

So, it's now been a few months since 5E came out, and two since the last post on it. Anybody else tried it? Any comments?

Has anybody tried the official D&D Encounters series of adventures? Any thoughts on the Lost Mines of Phandelver and/or The Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Are you going to shift over to 5E? Or stay with your current version, be that 4E or Pathfinder or 3.5?
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Name: : Alex
Sex: : Bigender
Email: : olgathewarrior@gmail.com
Time Zone: : Pacific Standard ((am in the US))

What I am looking for in a RolePlay partner: I'm looking for someone who is going to be able to respond 3 times a day, or more. I understand that there will be days, maybe even weeks where you can't respond. Some people are busy. Life happens. -- I am not talking about those times. -- I want to have a partner who is active and creative. Someone that can blow my mind with a response would be nice.

I understand that you will have your own ideas. I dig this. I'd love to hear all of your ideas and we will more than likely give them a shot. I only have a few things that I will not do. I absolutely will not, for any reason what so ever, do potty play- vore/gore- or extreme blood play.

Formats of RolePlay I use: : I do Paragraph style only. As long as you can do 300+ words, we will be fine. I love description!~ If you can't take a response to at least 200 words, please do not send me a comment. I am not interested in small and extremely simple role play.

I use email for my plays. If you have a skype and hate using email, please let me know and we can arrange something.

WARNING : If you can not manage to use proper grammar or use some form of notification to block off your OOC, DO NOT SEND ME ANY MESSAGES. I hate that with a passion. Do your OOCs in () or // and at the top or bottom of the response.

Now to the fun stuff : I am furry and fandom RP friendly. I love Supernatural, Hobbit, Harry Potter, Lotr, and Original RolePlay as well.

Characters I'll play are listed below-

Supernatural- Dean, Sam, Castiel, Crowley, Garth, Bobby, Jodi, Kevin, Abaddon, Meg, Ruby, Gabriel, Balthazar, John, Mary

Hobbit- Bilbo, Gandalf, Smaug, Bomber, any of the goblins, Gollum/Smegul

Lord of the Rings- Frodo, Sam, Mary, Pippin, Gandalf, Bilbo, Aragorn, Arewin, Galadriel, Elrond, Saron, Wraiths, Urikai, Gimli, Legollas

Harry Potter- Harry, Draco, Hermione, Ron, Fred/George, Molly, Arthur, Kingsley, Dumbledore, Snape, Lily, James, Lupin, Tonks

Furry- We can discuss this when we link up. I play both male and female toons- species vary to each rp. I am able to do MxM FxM FxF

Friendly note : Just ask me about kinks or whatever. I used to hate M-Preg and now I'm actually okay with it. Don't knock it until you have someone help you with it :P

If you want to do anything that you think someone would stray from and run, just ask me. It takes a bit more than BDSM to scare this person away. Go ahead and send me an email or a comment <3

Thank you for your time.
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D&D 5th edition

In an attempt to spur some conversation in the community, what are people's thoughts on D&D 5th edition? Will it be enough of a game changer to dethrone the usurper regent Pathfinder? Will players from other games and editions flock to the new beacon? Am I making enough of tortured metaphors in these questions?
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An Article is Wanted... D&D Worlds

Hi everyone (a little quiet around here isn't it?)

The next issue of RPG Review is going to have the the main topic of "Different Worlds". One article I would like to see is something that gives a critical summary of the various D&D worlds that we've known and loved; Mystara is close to my heart for example, Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, SpellJammer, Dark Sun, Dragonlance, Ravenloft, Planescape, Eberron, and so forth.

I was going to put it together myself, but felt that I wasn't sufficiently experienced in some of the more popular settings (e.g., Forgotten Realms, Eberron). So is there anyone out there who would care to put finger to keyboard and put together a few (or several) pages on which D&D worlds they know, love, and hate?

But party hats are festive!

This weekend is Dungeon & Dragons' 40th anniversary. I actually have a D&D game this weekend, and told my players that although I didn't have any specific plans to celebrate, I could include a celebratory dragon in the dungeon they're about to enter.

They declined, even after I offered to put a party hat on it.

I dunno. I would think a dragon in a party hat would be pretty awesome.

Idea for a Gothic Horror / Call of Cthulhu Campaign

You know that line from A Christmas Carol- "There's more of gravy than of grave about you" ?  Yeah, I'm getting like that in my old age.  Eat too late: weird dreams. Eat something unusual, or in unusual combination: weird dreams.  Drink a little too much? You guessed it- I wake up way too early the next day when really I shouldn't.  And I have weird dreams.  This time it was the homemade gumbo to blame- but this time I actually got something I can use.  I'm sharing it here to ask what people think of the idea, and so I don't forget it later.

This was the night before last, so I'm already forgetting details.  But the general gist of the dream- and my reaction upon waking- are something like this:

The dream played out like a TV show, with distinct but related scenes in different locations and with different characters in each scene.  The dream involved a demon who had taken the form of a small, stooped, wrinkled, but well-dressed man.  The demon had a name- a really cool quasi-Biblical-sounding name- but unfortunately that was one detail I've since forgotten.  Anyway, he was looking for a certain blonde-haired girl about 12 or 13 years old, because she had inherited some kind of ancient magical thing (some kind of an orb made of jade, I think).  She had no idea what it was or why it was important- in fact, she didn't even know she had it. From what I could piece together, her guardian was her wealthy great-aunt Matilda who lived in a large country estate outside of San Francisco. The girl's name was something like Polly Ann (Paula Ann?), and she had come from New Orleans with her manservant, Roget (pronounced roe-ZHAY).  Roget looked a lot like young, somewhat slimmer version of James Avery.  Polly Ann's parents had died in a mysterious fire which she escaped, but no details were provided of how.  She had another servant who also had a cool name which I forget: he looked like an older, shorter version of Snoop Dog.  While Roget seemed fully trustworthy and upstanding, the other guy seemed to be untrustworthy and up to something for reasons I can't explain.  The great aunt seemed to be okay, though: kind and motherly enough, but kind of flightly and goofy.  I didn't get the impression that she would be any good in a crisis situation.  The opening scene with the demon occurred in a dark, heavily-paneled old-fashioned drawing room, but the other scenes happened at the estate in California.  The house was a huge, typically Victorian Gothic 'gingerbread' house, surrounded by perfectly-manicured lawns and further out oak trees everywhere, and there were mountains far in the background.  The inside of the house was furnished like one would expect an old house owned by an old spinster to be furnished: lace on everything, all the furniture was very expensive-looking and very old- like touring a fully-furnished living history museum.  Judging by how everyone was dressed, the dream was set in the early 1900s.

That's all I really remember, but I thought up some filler after I woke up to explain some things:

~ the girl's parents were archaeologists, and they recovered the orb in some old dig site or maybe in a backstreet curio shop.  Since the orb is made of jade, I thought maybe it was Aztec in origin, and they brought it from Mexico.

~ the fire was started during an attempt by evil cultists to retrieve the orb for their own nefarious ends.  Maybe the parents had no idea what the orb was for, or maybe they were part of a BPRD-style secret society and were trying to hide the artifact or get it to somewhere it could be contained or destroyed

~ the Snoop Dog servant is actually an agent of the aforementioned cult.  He thinks the orb is still in Polly Ann's possession, but he is not sure where it is since Polly Ann isn't even aware of its existence and has not even attempted to go through the things salvaged after the fire in her grief. I haven't yet decided if the cult is working for the demon or not; my thoughts right now are that the demon and his minions are a separate faction.  I think it would be fun to present the cultists as the real threat, then after their defeat reveal that the demon is really the main antagonist.

~ I haven't decided what the orb does or why it is important.  My first thought was it can summon and control other supernatural things (demons, undead, dark young of Shub-Niggurath, whatever), and it tends to attract such creatures.  And that is where this dream becomes a campaign: the PCs are somehow associated with Matilda and Polly Anne's family, or maybe they are locals from San Francisco, and somehow they end up embroiled in this hunt for the orb.  Maybe the orb, even when passive, summons or attracts supernatural creatures, and the locals in the nearby town and countryside experience supernatural creatures and occurrences, most of which are very malevolent and very dangerous, with increasing frequency, while the PCs try to figure out what the Hell is going on and why everything seems to point to something sinister at the totally normal-seeming estate?

I think this might make a good future product for my RPG line.  I was planning on releasing a bunch of such sourcebook material for various genres anyway, including sample scenarios and freestanding adventures, and I think this might be great for a Gothic horror campaign.  But what do my fellow gamers think?  Does everything make sense between what I dreamed and what I made up later? Anything that you would change? Does it sound like something you would like to play?

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4th Edition D&D Adventures for 12-yr-old GM?

So our nephew has proved that the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree: he's running a D&D game with his friends.

His mother (my sister) says he would really love to have some more scenarios to run.

I've found a couple of things on Amazon, but I'm wondering which modules you think would be the best for a novice GM who's in middle school. He's bright, reads really well, is a Tolkien fanatic ... but still, just 12 years old.

(WOTC's site is less than useful. You can't even do a query for 4th Edition + adventures (or scenarios, or modules).)

Also: GM/DM screeens: useful, or not? I never used such a thing back when I was running my own games, but some of our more recent GMs like them.

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Character Templates, by Genre

One of the Kickstarter stretch goals I'm working on right now are character templates.  Since Sin Nombre has no classes, these templates will just serve to help people who do not want to go off the grid to build certain common, iconic characters.  You know, kind of a , "Want to build a (character class)? Then look at these skills!" sort of thing.   I intend to provide basic fantasy-medieval templates in the Core Rulebook, so the other stuff will be a stretch goal goodie.

I was brainstorming these classes the other night, and this is what I have so far.

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It seems like a good start to me, but I'm sure I am overlooking something basic somewhere.  Does anyone have any suggestions?