Tuesday, February 26, 2013

1st Blog!

I'm no stranger to bloggin, I've done it off and on over the last few years, I think I may still have a live journal account (remember that!).  The purpose of this blog is basically a place where I can write about D&D.

Recently I grabbed my old books and started re-reading them (I have a little collection compared to some)....

Forgotten Realms & Menzoberranzan Campaign Settings
PHB & Dungeon Masters Guide 2nd Edition
A few adventures I purchase over the years
the monstrous manual

The standard stuff basically.

I think much like most gamers I spent a lot of my child hood playing.  As the years passed unfortunately I got away from it, but with my recent discovery of my books and basicfantasy.org I've started creating adventures again, and charcters and monsters, and well the list goes on and on.

Then I discovered the OSR community on google plus, and man am I sooooooo hooked on that.  Tons of great people with awesome ideas!

 I decided to run a quick hack and slash with my wife a few weeks ago, just to get some of these ideas out of my system, basically a bunch of Kobolds ran sacked a merchant and she had to go and get his shipment back.  After the adventure I made her go back to a town called "debinshire", of course that just popped into my head.


thankfully I ran across a few adventure modules at basicfantasy.org , the most important one is called "Tales from the Laughing Dragon" the setting is basically perfect for the Old School stuff I have planned.  I've spent the last few weeks re-working it to include Debinshire, and instead of The Laughing Dragon Inn I've replaced it with the "The 3 Toadstools"... hence the name.

The other module I downloaded was Morgansfort, which I may also work into the campaign as time goes on.   You can find both downloads right here http://basicfantasy.org/downloads.html

As I was going thru the modules I was making notes on the monsters and settings, what I was going to change etc.  Ran into a little bump, apparently basic fantasy is based on D&D 3rd edition I believe, so a lot of the monsters have a AC of 17 etc, I'm sitting there going, "She's going to slaughter these bastards".  So after a few revisions from the monstrous manual, I'm good to go for the next game.   I've also decided to not flesh out the map for the campaign, I used to always do that, create this whole world and start setting adventures in it.  But this time I decided to just leave it basically open, I have the town, the woods and the lake from the Laughing Dragon module, and that's it.  I've changed the names, and parts of the setting etc.  gotta love the OGL! (open game license).

Another thing I'd really like to incorporate into the setting is Port Blacksand, from the Advanced fighting fantasy books, here's a link to the map of the city  http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4eK0bH0i6ak/TLC0LikLlkI/AAAAAAAAAeQ/tGES33ikLuE/s1600/BlacksandMap.jpg 
I'll detail more about the adventure setting and things I've come up with as time goes on.

Side note

Whilst checking out the OSR community I've stumbled onto some really cool things and people! A few little notes.

Retro Clones - these seem to be all the rage and extremely nifty! It seems that we are all collecting these games and modules, just for the sake of having them? I'm sure we are getting a few ideas etc.

I found Labyrinth Lord and fell in love with it! and the new "dungeon crawl classics" which I talked to my local RPG shop about, I"m hoping they find a copy for me.

One post I was reading really struck a chord with me, "I didn't realize this until now, but we were basically playing regular basic D&D but with the 2nd Edition Books"... I've also realized that is what I was doing.  I've lately been considering picking up the Gygax books, I know there's a bunch kicking around the city, just getting back to the real old school! I love that.