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#6907
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 12 Months ago  
My latest module, all mapped out:

I give you WGH4 Tombs of the Howling Hills
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#6908
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 12 Months ago  
Great! I like the mix of diagonal walls and curved walls on that one room in the bottom left of the pic. Can we get a closer pic of that one?

And what's hiding in the Ogre's den?

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#6909
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 12 Months ago  
Great! I like the mix of diagonal walls and curved walls on that one room in the bottom left of the pic. Can we get a closer pic of that one?

And what's hiding in the Ogre's den?

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Dead orcs are down in the ogre's den. Here comes a photo of the diamond shaped room.

EDIT: I would like to point out that yes, you can see divots where bowtie connectors aren't. Now I'm actually an advocate for Bowtie connectors; I just started setting up and it was 2:30 AM before I was done so I sort of said "screw it", but I won't do that again.
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#6910
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 12 Months ago  
That's amazing! Impossible to believe, in fact. I am still not sure this could possibly be true...

...You guys have a female gamer in your group?!? :lol:
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#6911
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 12 Months ago  
That's amazing! Impossible to believe, in fact. I am still not sure this could possibly be true...

...You guys have a female gamer in your group?!? :lol:


We had two. The first game I ran had two. One was at the second (would've been two but something came up).
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#6912
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 12 Months ago  
We Seem to have about 4 to 1 Ratio of Male to Female Gamers in Most Any Group I have been in... (Currently my Wife is the Only Female in the Group), Very Rarely more than One in a Single Game... EXCEPT at Cons Where I Suppose the Concentration of Gamers is Higher, and it Seems to Be Closer to 3 to 1... Or Better :)
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#6913
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I often have a 3:2 Ratio of Women:Men in my games....

Must be my animal magnatism... hehehe


Seriously though... I often have equal numbers of female gamers in my groups. Even though, the groups I play in, Not DM, they are all male....


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#6914
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
My wife has been playing about 9 years now and there are 4 of our 17 members are women. One of four seems to be about the ratio we have although the women have a lower attendence it seems.

As to the setup, very nice. I especially like the plastic and metal exterior towers. Seriously though, it looks as if people are having fun!
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#6915
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Seriously though, it looks as if people are having fun!

Yeah, surprise surprise there were no threats against my life or a general armed insurrection due to the game being 1e AD&D.
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#6916
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Not real surprised. We are going to have one game every two weeks as a 2E game ourselves. I think the group might rebel if it were only 1E or 2E, but occasionally does add variety.
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#6917
Feast Your Eyes! 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I'm asking this out of pure curiosity (no offense meant, I promise.)

What's the draw of still playing 1E and 2E? Once THACO went away, I never looked back, and I've been playing since 1E. Is it nostalgia, or something else?
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#6918
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I'm asking this out of pure curiosity (no offense meant, I promise.)

What's the draw of still playing 1E and 2E? Once THACO went away, I never looked back, and I've been playing since 1E. Is it nostalgia, or something else?


A desire for a simpler, tighter yet less restrictive rule-system. Where the player has their head in the game and eyes on the table rather than their character sheet alone. A game where the balance between DM and player is a bit more even, and the DM isn't reduced to running combat for the NPCs. A game where players understand that heroes are made, not born, and where they willingly accept the challenge of climbing the ladder. Where death comes swiftly to the unwary, where the good guys don't always win and the rules reflect this. The greatest example of this last paradigm shift is the whole issue of undead and level draining: it doesn't happen in d20 fantasy. Just doesn't. It wasn't considered "fair", so it was removed. Same with the decay of Drow armor and weapons. It wasn't thought of as "fair" so they don't do it any more. Also gone is the notion of balance. "Anyone can be an anything," is how I decry d20 fantasy. Thanks, but I prefer to not have half-orc paladin/assassin/dire wizard metamagic feat using fiend template cambions in my game. And I would rather there be no door for it, either.

3e is a game of quick power up superheroism, of EQ-like "level dinging", and on and on. If it's your cuppa, more power to you though. I keep hearing about these DMs who "play 3e old school" yet I have yet to encounter one (with no offense intended to you).

The "Challenge Rating" is a set of fetters clapped onto the hands of otherwise enterprising DMs. At the recent con I was at, a player (in a very accusatory tone) asked a DM at a table near mine "Hey, wait a second. What's the CR on that?!" Pfft. CR=Creativity Removed from where I'm standing. And don't even get me started on "templates".

The retort I get is, typically, "Yes, but as the DM, you can remove this or that or the other!"

Well, here's the thing: by the time I'm done removing the things I don't like (skills, powers, feats, no class restrictions) and adding back in things I do like (assassin PCs, variating XP charts, lower=better AC system, more granular saves, unified magic-user class) I've got...1st edition, again. And since I already own a perfectly workable set of those rules, there's no reason for me to go out and buy the rest.

Do I use each and every 1e rule? Certainly not. I've followed some sound advice from Misters Gygax and Kuntz and ditched "armor types versus weapons" and the clunky unarmed combat rules. Psionics are also out at my table (monsters that rely upon psionics I simply rewrite has having spell-like powers that apply solely to them; f'rex, the Succubus' innate domination ability is now a power available to her and her alone, and is saved against as a spell...).

Just as a side note, "THAC0" was never really "canon" in 1e until long after Gary left. It was a convenient manner by which you kept hand the number needed to hit AC 0, period. It's listed in the renumeration of monsters table of the Dungeon Master's Guide as an aide for the DM when he's handling monsters - not for players. THAC0 breaks down because it fails to take in to account repeating 20's at higher levels. If you need a 20 to hit AC0, and you need a 20 to hit AC -1, that means you hit AC 0 and -1 with a roll of 19 if you have a +1 weapon, right? Wrong. Repeating 20's indicate a requirement for a natural 20, any magic or stat bonuses notwithstanding.

D&D used to be about striding in to dark and deadly places, killing monsters, overcoming fiendish deathtraps and maybe, just maybe making it out the other side with your hide intact and clutching an assload of treasure. Now it's about the whiney narrative, making sure everything is always fair to everyone at every moment, tweaking powers and skills, "nerfing" "front-loading" "PrCs" "templates" "feats" "metamagic" and a truckload of other bad ideas that were best left as Ryan Dancey's house rules.

Do I think TSR was doing a good job with D&D when they were purchased by WotC? No. No, I don't. But for three years I fought and bitched and screamed about how (ugh, I hate using this term)...broken 3e was. Then it ocurred to me that WotC wasn't trying to market to old-schoolers. They never were. 3e has a lot more in common with late 2e than with 1e. The lie of "Greyhawk is the default setting.", for example, was revealed when less than a year after d20 fantasy was released, WotC proudly announced that the RPGA and the "Living Greyhawk" society (e.g., a bunch of nobodys with no resources to do anything) would be "handling" Greyhawk. They threw it over for the sake of their horrible little "steampunk" setting Ebberon. That's proof positive that there's nothing in d20 fantasy for someone who prefers anything from older versions of D&D, period. Elves with mohawks, "tinker gnomes" and a myriad of bad ideas should not a game-world make. And yet here we are: that's all that WotC has to offer.
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