Thursday, July 28, 2011

Roll for improbable event

While probably not the first homebrew mechanic used in the campaign, it was certainly the one with the greatest impact.

Middle Earth was home to a great number of improbable events scaling from large to small which shaped the destinies of both the characters and the world ( is that there a ring of power I just stumbled upon in the dark?). Dungeons and dragons 3.5 sadly does not come fully equipped to handle that, except by dungeon master interference. That is sometimes hard to balance and keep impartial.

The solution?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Low Magic - weapons

This may be what started it, or it may be what intensified it, but ever since 'The Tolkien Campaign' I've had a fondness for low fantasy/ low magic settings. The reason for lowering the amount of magic present was due to the dwindling presence of elves, dwarves and assorted fantasy entities. While 3.5 scales well with the reduction of magic elements, there was still a considerable gap left in terms of gear. Without magic gear, the reward pool is greatly reduced, and players do love their rewards.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Character restrictions

The events of the campaign were unfolding rather late in Middle Earth's history, when elves and dwarves  weren't as numerous as they once were, and magic was all but gone. This had to be reflected in the player characters themselves. A full group of elves would have been highly unusual. The easiest way to do this

The Tolkien Campaign

Many moons ago, me and  my group played a sandbox campaign based on a modified version of the Middle Earth history. We came to refer to it later simply as 'The Tolkien Campaign'. I, as the dungeon master will now attempt to document loose bits of information gathered from memory, and any papers I may still have. That may be challenging, as I can't recall how many years ago it all happened. Suffice to say

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The White Ship - H. P. Lovecraft

I like stuff in the public domain, and so should you.

Hello world

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