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Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
I started way back when with the Holmes box set of D&D, then Advanced D&D. Left gaming for many years and came back when 3.5 was not yet bloated. Now I play and run Pathfinder. Out of curiosity, what does everyone else play? how many non tactical gamers use DF?
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#41620
Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
The reason I ask is that about a year ago I ran a Castles and Crusades game and the players blazed through it. It wasn't that the encounters were easy, it was the lack of tactical play that really sped it up. So, do folks that play 3.5 / Pathfinder prepare smaller layouts on game day vs. those that play 1st or 2nd edition (or even OD&D)? Just wondering.
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Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
I'm currently playing Pathfinder, but I've also used my DF with D&D 3.5, 4.0, and Warhammer Fantasy RP 2.

DF is very helpful for tactical games, but the layouts add a nice visual element even when tactical play isn't required.
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#41622
Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
AD&D all the way. I had no need to move to D&D 3, 3.5 and now 4.
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Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
We're currently playing a very toned down D&D variation (no high magic) that's based on the Pathfinder rules. Since there are almost no mass damage or instant death spells every enemy must be dealt with directly in hand to hand combat. This leads to a very tactical and thought out combat situations. Dwarven Forge is perfect for tactical combat because you can simulate so may different situations and circumstances.


So, do folks that play 3.5 / Pathfinder prepare smaller layouts on game day vs. those that play 1st or 2nd edition (or even OD&D)?
I like smaller encounters but I love big ones. But without the ability to kill 20 enemies with one spell, these encounters can be very exhausting. We take small breaks every few hours and tactical breaks every few rounds.
One of the most drastic changes I needed for my game was a different approach towards the healing and "bring back the dead" spells. I hate it when the flow of play is interrupted and a character-death can do that to you. To change that I changed the healing system.
Through a ability given by a rare and valuable mystic symbol that is connected with the soul of it's bearer every character can heal himself or another bearer of this symbol. The rest (=most) of the world must live through the pain of their injuries and have absolutely no chance of healing faster or coming back from the dead.
Within this variation every cure spell can bring back a dead if the bearer of the symbol is healed within a few rounds after his death. This costs the previously dead character a lot of experience points (touching the veil of death leaves a mark on the soul) but keeps the game running and the encounters interesting.

And for the most important part it makes really big encounters challenging but fun and reduces the need for new characters after each encounter.
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Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
We mostly play D&D v4.0 using the DF but I also use it for Savage Worlds, i.e any roleplaying game that involves the use of figures that we are playing.

I also use it for warhammer games, particularly for buildings or ruins as you can put figures in the buildings.

Can't curently afford to get the roofs that (Tom I think?) can be bought from France but if I could, they would be really good for the warhammer experience methinks.

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#41627
Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
D&D 3.5 & slowly moving to Pathfinder (once our LONG running Ptolus game finishes)

Kronos - sounds like the Healing Surge feature from D&D 4e...
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Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
Kronos - sounds like the Healing Surge feature from D&D 4e...
I've never read anything from 4e but cool if they have something similar now in the new edition! :)
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#41632
Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
I run a kind of 3.5/Pathfinder hybrid. I know, sounds a little strange.
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#41633
Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
2nd edition.
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#41634
Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
I use it for D&D 3.5 when our old college group gets together for gaming/tourist reunions (once per year usually at different places around the world).

Had largely gathered dust inbetween, but I've ordered an old copy of Warhammer Quest off ebay based on some old forum posts here, and plan to use that in some very simple games with my four-year old daughter.

Will also try to use for some Warhammer as someone else mentioned here, but haven't yet.
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#41638
Re:Which game do you use for your Dwarven Forge? 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
Kronos, I am so stealing your healing amulet idea! I have been using a rest mechanic from the Trailblazer rules but I like the idea of tying it to a physical item. I don't know why I never thought of that....

BigTeacher, that is not strange at all. My Pathfinder game uses elements from 3.5, Trailblazer, and 1st edition, plus a bit of Conan rpg.

Harneloot, which aspect of Ptolus are you guys running? So many ways to go with that huge book. The Banewarrens, The Spire, urban sewers......practically endless possibilities.

Smilesby, my four year old now enjoys playing "fights" with some of my minis. I have to give her a handful to occupy her when I set up for my game. We are teaching the next generation of rpg players!

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