Multi Sided Plastic Peril.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 2 posts
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Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 17:24
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
The GM was new having put up an advertisement at the local game shop.

A big change from the twittered, facebooked, advertisement one typically saw.

The date for character creation was on the paper and the local collage had set aside a room for the people coming to game.

People started arriving some setting down backpacks, or book bags. The murmur of people meeting each other could be heard and the clatter of dice as people tested their tumblers.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 4 posts
 Evil Plotter
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 00:59
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
"Come on in, come on in. My name is Bill, I will be your master this evening, your Dungeon Master that is." he smiled and makes some finger gun motions.

"If your brand new to Dungeons I can help you get pale skin over here. In other words I can help you make awesome characters."
Greg Stone
 player, 2 posts
 Old school gamer
 Looking to learn new tric
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 05:08
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Greg walked into the room, feeling both at home an like an outsider,  with both in equal intensity.  He hadn't had a good game in over ten years,  and Greg wondered if it was a lost cause.  His wife,  though a nerd herself,  had long since outgrown dnd, and was even now playing World of Warcraft,  screaming "Horde Scum" periodically.   But Greg had resisted her invitation to join her.
Because while WOW looked like a fun game, THIS was real gaming to him

Taking a breathe to steady his nerves,  he hefted his green backpack onto a table.  The backpack, his "official gaming backpack" was something he'd used since college,  and it showed, with ragged edges and a zipper that no longer quite worked.  Some of his stuff dated to his high school days.
~Yeesh....I've got frickin dice older than some of the people in this room!~
His thoughts made him sigh a bit.
Stull, this was what gaming was all about, right?   To escape drab reality for a while, and be someone else?

He made his way over towards the DM.  As much as he hated ti admit it,  he was going to need help with this new edition.  He smiled ruefully.  Greg remembered starting with Basic DnD, when "elf" was a character class.  And he'd played them all up to 3rd edition.  After that,  though,  hestarted working nights,  and he could never find a good game.  He just wasn't motivated to learn yet another system.

Maybe Bill could change that
Dungeon Master
 GM, 8 posts
 Evil Plotter
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 12:39
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
"Hi there, my name is Bill. If you need help just take a seat right there near me." He points to a seat for Greg.

A startlingly attractive young woman walks over to Bill, "Hi Bill, I love to Cosplay and I have been in a vampire larp. This would be my first time with D&D though. I hear it's the in thing !" She added excitedly.



"Maybe you could give me a hand making a character, I am a total Noob."

Bill smiles wide, "Sure, I can help you out, just take a seat over there."
He points to the chair opposite Greg but close to a brand spanking new GM screen.

Bill then adds, "I didn't get either of your names ?"

The red head grins, "I'm Crystal."

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:43, Sun 20 Aug 2017.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 9 posts
 Evil Plotter
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 13:05
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
A few gents sat at the table.

One just said, "Name's Marv, I have my own Players Handbook, and dice. Nobody touches my dice that wants to keep their hands !" He is a chubby guy with a stretched AC/DC shirt and cargo shorts. He sets his dice bag down on the table.

Another guy that is all bear, nose and eyes sits down, "I'm gonna get in character, so everyone call me, Bragadash Killarven !" He sets a plastic helmet with horns on it upon his head. "I'll be maken a warrior."


Marv almost grimaces,"Dibbs on the Rogue !"
He pulls a sharp looking Players hand book out the leather special edition.

Crystal laughs a little, "Nice hat Bragadash."

The guy with the bear looks like he might correct her that it's a helmet, "Ah sweet lass, thank yeh for the compliment."

Crystal smiles, "Anytime, you keep me safe."

Bragadash nods, "That I will, dear lady."


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Dungeon Master
 GM, 10 posts
 Evil Plotter
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 14:04
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
A few others take their seats both men and women a total of twelve people sat down and turned their attention to Bill.

Crystal
Greg
Bragadash
Marv
Darwyn
Fredrick
Thomas
Peter
Laurel
Elizabeth
Max
Vince

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Dungeon Master
 GM, 11 posts
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Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 15:54
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Crystal handed out some pictures to people,"I want to be a Cosplay Girl, do you think I have a chance ?" The pictures were of her in various costumes all of which were very attractive.

Bill nods his head and the guys at the table linger on the pictures a while.

Bill smiles,"I know an editor for a Cosplay magazine. I can see about talking to him later."

Crystal smiled,"That would be great."
Dungeon Master
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Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 17:12
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Bill says, "Ok some of you have already chosen your races and classes. As long as you stick to the books, and the online resource Unearthed Arcana, we should be fine."

"I don't want to go through home made, or online resources. As this is going to be a brand new game to some. I will give a rundown of the races and classes that are in the base book, and I advise people to stick to those if they are new."

"Ok Races, Human of course, should be no real need to explain them, I hope." He smirks.

"Dwarves, if you have ever watched Lord of the Rings there you go. They are stocky, hardy and resistant to poisons. They tend to be among the martial classes. There are to subraces of Dwarf. Mountain which are more martial and warrior driven, and hill which are more spiritual and slightly more hardy then their mountain brethren. Hill dwarves tend to be clerics, druids and similarly spiritual based classes."

"Dwarves heck yeah." says Bragadash.

Crystal says,"What's a cleric ?"

Marv rolls his eyes, "Holy Rollers who bug everyone."

Bill says, "Maybe that is your personal view Marv, Crystal I will get to them when I go over classes. I don't know any parties that would complain too much about having a cleric on their team."

Bill then continues,"Elves, once again we can look to the Lord of the Ring movies for this. Tall, slender, long lived beings who are steeped in magic or very accustomed to living in the wilderness and natural world. There is also the Drow who are viewed by many as evil, probably because as a race they tend to worship the Queen of the Demon Webpits, Lolth. Like the Dwarves there are subraces of elves. High tend to be the most civilized and haughty with both a history of martial and arcane magic, and likewise some of the first bards came from their number. Wood are more at home blending with and living in harmony with the natural world. They make great rangers and druids. Lastly the Drow which are at home underground and in darkness. They are good at most classes but suffer vision problems in daylight."

"Half Elves, are a mix of human and elven parentage. They are often not treated the best by either of the races that make up their lineage, but they make up for it in charisma and diversity. They have some benefits of each of their parent races."

Marv nods, "Excellent stat mods, and bonus skills for the win."

"Since were getting into halves, there is also the half orc, whose parentage is made up of an orc and human parent. They have some of the looks, strength and mannerisms of their orc parentage, with the drive, intellect and diversity of their human parent. They usually work out well as barbarians, Fighters and similar warriors."

"Haflings are next which are Dungeon and Dragons, Hobbits. Small but good folk who are liked by most. They resemble small humans. They have subraces as well, the lightfoot who have some elven ancestry, and the stout with dwarven ancestry. The lightfeet are amazing at hiding and avoiding notice, and the stout more broad, muscular and like dwarves are resistant to poisons. Stouts tend to be more fit for warriors, while the Lightfeet are good at being Rogues."

Bill takes a moment for all that he has said so far to sink in.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 13 posts
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Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 17:41
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
"Then there are the less common races like the Dragonborn, who look like wingless humanoid dragons. They are resistant to the elements that they can also breathe. They sort of have subraces depending on the dragons their line descended from."

Bragadash tugs lightly on his beard.

"Dragonborn make good warriors, as well as sorcerers as the blood of dragons already flows through them. They are strong and hardy. Some of them go the route of Clerics or Paladins."

Crystal looked like she was about to ask something but bit her tongue.

Marv just said,"Worse, holy rollers."

Bill then moved on,"Gnomes, who are even smaller the haflings and more in touch with their fey heritage then elves. They come in two varieties also "

Marv growls, "Annoying and More Annoying."

Frederick laughs, "So your saying I should play one Marv ?"

Bill says,"Come on guys, reign it in. Gnomes do like pranks so I do suppose I can see your point. There are Tinker Gnomes or Mountain Gnomes as they are also known that are great craftsman and builders. They usually toy with small devices. Then there are the forest Gnomes which can speak with small forest creatures and make for good druids."

"Gnomes have a legacy of illusion, so some easily become wizards with a specialization in Illusion."

"Lastly in the base book the Tieflings, who look like demons or devils have some connection to such beings. They don't necessarily have a demon or devil in their bloodline which they could, but the most numerous hail from a now fallen empire that made pacts with devils to help build their empires power and grandeur. They are mistrusted due to their looks, but are devilishly charming and intelligent. They are good Bards, Sorcerers and the earliest ones Warlocks due to pacts."

"Ok those are the races from the Base book."
Dungeon Master
 GM, 14 posts
 Evil Plotter
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 17:58
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Bill turns his attention to helping Crystal, Greg and other people who need help.
Greg Stone
 player, 6 posts
 Old school gamer
 Looking to learn new tric
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 22:02
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Greg already felt a bit overwhelmed,  among all these strangers,  especially the beautiful cosplay girl.   He almost said something to her, but now he just felt like he'd be just another pervy guy chatting up the hot girl.
Sighing to himself,  he tried to concentrate on the game,  wondering if he'd made a huge mistake coming here.
Marv was exactly the kind of player Greg hated.  Pompous, antisocial windbags who think they're the authority on "the right way to game ".
Granted, perhaps that wasn't fair, and it was just Greg's bad previous experiences with similar people talking.
And perhaps it was a bit hypocritical,  too, since he was hoping to talk about his own long experience with games.   Still, though,  to talk crap about classes and things you didn't like to new players was just lame.  They should be able to make up their own minds.
(It probably didn't help that Marv had ragged on clerics and elves, two of Greg's favorites)

He looked at Bill.
"I'm familiar with 3rd edition,  but not 5th,  so I might need so  help.  And what Pantheon do you use for this game?"
That would help him decide is he wanted to be a cleric.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 00:16
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Bill gave Greg a grin,"Hey now thats a good question and I can answer you and let Crystal know what a cleric is at the same time. Alright Crystal, Clerics are like priests. They worship pantheons or specific Gods or Godesses and they are granted magic by the gods. In earlier editions they were the best and only healers in the game. In this edition they can still heal but they also have special magic or abilities. Like a cleric of Thor would have lightning and thunder powers, Loki's clerics would have special magic and abilities with Trickery. Now Greg A lot of the Adventure paths so far are set on Faerun so I might default to those or I could work with you on something. Did you have anything in minb ?"
Crystal
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 00:57
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
"Priests with real power, thats scary. If our world had that they would probably hurl curses at eachother."
Greg Stone
 player, 7 posts
 Old school gamer
 Looking to learn new tric
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 01:07
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
In reply to Dungeon Master (msg # 12):

Greg nodded,  both to Bill and to Crystal, favoring the latter with what he hoped was a friendly,  not creepy,  smile.
"I've always been a fan of clerics.  They can fight,  but also heal.  It's a great combination.   And the special powers they can get. depending on their patron diety,  can be a lot of fun. "
He rambled on,  hoping he didn't sound like an idiot.
"You're not wrong, Crystal,  but that's probably not different than what they do now, getting their followers all riled up to attack each other.
And, remember,  BOTH sides have 'curses', so it's a lot more even.

As farnas favorites,  I'm a big fan of Fharlanghn,  God of Travel,  because his clerics can fly at mid level. Well... At least in 3rd edition. "

He paused, distrac, realizing that he might be in for a let down, if 5th edition nerfed clerics (though Bill seemed to indicate otherwise)
He shrugged.
"But I loved the Forgotten Realms novels, and the game world,  and they have some very cool gods and goddesses,  too.  They have a travel god, Shaundukal, or something like that,  and Waukeen, goddess of merchants,  can he fun for a business oriented cleric,  and I had an fun idea for a priestess of Finder Wyvernspur...."
He pau again, this time blushing a bit, realizing that he'd just admitted his intention to play a female character.
Granted,  it wasn't as big a deal as it was when he was a kid, but hopefully no one made a big deal about it.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 16 posts
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Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 01:17
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Bill nodded listening.

"Do you have a hmmn sphere of influence your thinking of Greg ? Healing is its own sphere and I can tell you if you want to be a healer a big time healer thats the way to go."

Crystal smiles back,"I guess your right. Hnnm can anyone else heal ?"

Bill says,"Bards and Druids can. Druids work with nature much luke Clerics work with gods and Godesses. Bards are tail tellers and minstrils."

Crystal looked to Greg,"Is it ok if I try a bard ?"
Greg Stone
 player, 8 posts
 Old school gamer
 Looking to learn new tric
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 01:44
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Greg smiled ruefully at Bill.
'Yeah, I always get very indecisive about that. Movement powers are my favorite,  but healing specialty can be very useful,  too."
He looked at Crystal,  faking confidence as best he could.

Trying to smile in Nashville reassuring way as possible,  he nodded.
"Please, help yourself.   Bards can be a lot of fun.  I've played them a few times , even in  Real Life"
He reali he was in danger of looking stupid with his last little confession.   But despite not wanting to pick up Crystal,  he still found he wanted to impress her.
Dungeon Master
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Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 01:55
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Crystal nodded,"I just didnt want to step on your toes as a healer. I could be an Aasimar with a harp. I kind of like that."

Bill chuckles,"That would be great and trust me. No one is going to complain about to many healers. As Greg said bards can be a lot of fun."
Greg Stone
 player, 9 posts
 Old school gamer
 Looking to learn new tric
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 02:05
Multi Sided Plastic Peril
Greg smiled.  He'd had some doubts before, but Bill and Crystal seemed pretty fun so far.
"Exactly,  Crystal.   It's not bad to have more than one healer. That's just more for everyone.
And the Heavenly Bard has a nice ring to it, after all."
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