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20 Random Bards
April 18, 2011, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Dungeons and Dragons, Tables

Here’s a table I use in my campaigns to determine what the entertainment is in the local Inn or Tavern. I use Bards quite a bit as local resources of knowledge so you can see that reflected in the table.

Roll d20:

1. A halfling who plays the lute. Can play any requests but is not very subtle about tips. Hates tobacco smoke.

2. Half-orc tribal dancer. Wears next to nothing other than skins and paing and takes him/her self and craft very seriously. Dislikes spell casters.

3. Dwarf story teller. Has lived his entire life in the area so he knows a lot about the surrounding locale and makes everything else up on the spot.

4. Halfling drummer. Likes women, hates dwarves. Plays for hours outside the door of the local Inn or tavern.

5. Human story teller. Penchant for political rabbit-trails and soap-boxing. Thinks that the rent is too damn high.

6. Obese human comedian. Racist but is friendly toward all children.

7. Half-elf dancer. Great dancer, extremely empty-headed. Useless for information, except about the wine selection.

8. Half-elf singer. Loves attention, from both sexes. Is afraid of outsiders with large weapons.

9. Gnome beat poet. Wears smoked-goggles and a black turtle neck sweater. Can’t be found before 9 PM.

10. Gnome who plays the penny whistle. Claims he can charm small rodents. Wears a vest with an expensive pocket-watch.

11. Dwarf bag piper. Accent so thick he can barely be understood. Likes ale and sausages.

12. Half-orc comedian. Terrible, except to half-orcs who find him hilarious. Loves pickled eggs, will attack hecklers.

13. Elf story teller/historian. Very boring if extremely knowledgable. Often reads by the fire.

14. Elf sitar player. Constantly high. Likes to use Mage Hand to steal drinks.

15. Human actor. Clown or a mime. Has a long record of minor offenses with the local constabulary.

16. Halfling dancer. Uses his flexibility and acrobatics to work as a cat burglar. Is a vegan and will talk at great lengths about it.

17. Dwarf actor. Every night takes on the character of a different historical Dwarf. Only drinks scotch older than he is.

18. Human female singer. Beautiful voice, a bit of a diva. In love with one of the bouncers, guards or bartenders.

19. Human circus freak, complete with piercings and tattoos. Can blow fire, swallow swords and juggle. Only talks in circus-slang.

20. A bard troupe! Roll 1d4 times on the table and keep rolling on additional 20’s.


What to do next.
April 11, 2011, 10:20 pm
Filed under: RPG's

So, I’ve been doing some thinking about what I want to do with my little corner of the internet. I started this blog for the same reason most people do; because I had a lot to say. But so far, it’s felt more like a burden or a chore looming over me than a treat. I still have ideas and information to share, I just have trouble finding the motivation or confidence to post it.

I was just reading an RPG blog (I was skimming my blog roll after a week without internet, I wish I had noted where it was) about what people want to see when they come to a tabletop RPG-themed blog. The author quite snarkily suggested that, in general, people want things they can use for their campaigns or things that spark their imagination not session re-hashes.

I suppose I agree. I do read session re-caps, when I have the time. But if my blogroll gets bloated from a weekend away, they’re the first thing I target with my Scorching Burst.

What are my strengths? What can I contribute?

I love tables. I use them quite a bit when I DM and for the most part, I make my own. I also create a lot of “named NPC’s”, humanoids with class levels, for use in my games. I’m going to start posting them, maybe someone else can get some use out of my legwork.

I’m no Jeff Rients, Chicago Wiz or Taichara but I think I can contribute.

I’m going to try very hard to keep to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule. This should be fun.

Where my travels have taken me (pt. 2)
April 11, 2011, 12:52 pm
Filed under: World of Warcraft | Tags: ,

I played World of Warcraft. A lot.

From March 2005 til May 2010, it was my constant. A lot of people throw around the word “addiction” when it comes to WoW. I guess they’re not that far off although I would say that for the majority of my WoW career, I kept a healthy perspective. Then one day, I quit.

Looking back, I knew it was coming. I played less and less. I spent a lot more time running around cities or gathering rather than playing my main characters. Some weeks I didn’t log in at all. I tried a couple of times to re-ignite that spark by starting alternate characters or playing other factions, but it never worked.

Now I’m 5 months out and I haven’t looked back. I still play computer games and console games, but nothing has come close to drawing me in like WoW did, for as long as WoW did.