CANCELED Friday 1/28/2005

UPDATE: Disease has struck Dad down, so there will be no session tonight.

This is an open post about the upcoming Friday session. Let us know if you’re going to be late, want to mix up the food orders (or if the same Pizza mix will be good again this week).

This will be the last week of gaming at Chateau Martin– next week (February 4) we’ll try out the new digs.

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Shopping and paperwork

I remember that people were talking about getting some shopping done during the week, so we won’t have to take gametime to do it next Friday. I guess this thread is here for posting what you’re buying, asking about availability, and the like.

UPDATE: Ben asked how much gold we’ve made– an important question for shopping. We divied out 75 gp apiece last time, so most characters probably have 75-80 gp. If you saved money at character generation, you might have more.

Here’s a link to an online price list, etc. straight from the player’s handbook: Equipment

More on curing

Here are two more variations I’ve encountered while browsing the web this last week. The Cure Spells variation implements a semi-wound point system, since negative hit points become much more difficult to heal. [It also plays with the Caster/Recipient level distinction, which is interesting.]

The second variation encourages taking the heal skill.

[If there’s a topic you want to throw out for discussion during the week, tack it on this comment– or just email me. –Scott]

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Gameday 1/21/2005 (Friday)

Does anyone have a problem showing up this week? 6:30 is still the planned start time. Chime in if you’re going to have any problem making it, or even if you’re sure that you’ll be there.

Let’s discuss food. What do we want to eat– Pizza again sound good, or are you all craving something different?

Update: Good news– Zack will join us for Friday.
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Death and Hit Points

Before we get there, I thought I’d bring up the only random part of leveling up– hit points. There are a lot of campaigns out there, and they’ve each got a take on how to solve it. I think we’d all prefer not to have too many ones… especially for the first few levels when it really matters.

a) Three-quarters of max each level. This is the most generous guaranteed hit points that I’ve seen. [I have seen a few “just give max at each level”, but really, why make it a die type at that point?]

b) Use WOTC’s Monster design rules- average hit points per level (so 4.5 per d8 for example).

c) Roll the die. If it comes up a one, reroll it. Still pretty variable, but at least you’re not stuck with ones.

d) Roll two dice & keep the better one. While there’s still a chance of a low number (even a one), it’s pretty slim.

e) Roll three dice and keep the middle one. This cuts back on the extremes- both high and low are unlikely, so you’ll often have a mid range roll.

f) High minimum old school For the first ten levels, characters are guaranteed high hit points (reroll anything falling in the bottom half). From 10 on, the con bonus is eliminated, and it returns to +1,+2, or +3 per level, like old 2nd edition. (It’s an interesting tradeoff, but it doesn’t reflect 3e’s assumptions very well.)

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Gameday 01/14/2005 (Friday)

Does anyone have a problem showing up this week? Is there anything that we need to do before Friday? [Dad: What would you like for us to do? Is there any information you need us to bring or email before the session?]

I’m thinking another 6:30 start is the plan. Hopefully we’ll be ready to roll– I enjoyed last week and am already eager for another.

Bookmark this and check in each week to keep everyone informed. Thanks.

DnD ideas

Most of this I found on Monte Cook’s site, under his DMing advice. There’s some good thought– and the serendipity of his group being large (7 vs. our 6) made some of his articles very appropriate.

Dealing with large groups (his is a 7 person group)– it’s a three parter. Part One, Part Two, Part Three

50 magic items, detailed
. A short history and some game stats for each; should be cool. A free download on RPGNow.

Treasure Cards is an interesting idea. Instead of having equipment written on a sheet, keep index cards instead. It makes it easier to loan (just hand over the card), and other useful benefits. (Like it’s especially good for single use items that you otherwise forget.)
Damage reduction, a house rule to solve some problems he has with “boring plusses” and “golf-bag of weapons” issues.
An article on equipping NPCs w/ Magic Items. Mostly demonstrates the flexibility of the system, and how tinkering’s quite reasonable.

Hope they prove useful.