Thursday, April 11, 2013

Now, what did I do before becoming an adventurer?

     Character backgrounds! I first saw them used in 4E D&D, then later in Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque (linked to the pdf, the backgrounds start on page 25). In both instances there is an in game benefit and a bit of an explanation of each.  The TotGaD backgrounds have some interaction with the "leading question", an example being the alienist's leading question "The mad gibber unspeakable things; what was the strangest thing a patient ever said in your presence?" This can easily be used as a story/adventure hook.

     Character do not need to to be spelled out, as seen in the first edition AD&D DMG, Gygax included a secondary skill table to indicate what your character may have been doing before taking up the adventurer's mantle. More recently, over at the Roll For Initiative web site, we have an  article with something similar to Gary's secondary skill table except this expands it with separate tables for the different classes. The thought being what is a reasonable background for this class (ie. only a fighter will have access to the armorer background)

     So, are there any generic fantasy backgrounds floating around? A cross between Gygax's secondary skill table and what's in TotGaD? If you have any ideas, let me know.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Please Help the Breitensteins!

     Hello again, it has been a while. I have been wondering if I should continue this, at least until recently. On March 24th, Todd Breitenstein passed away. I was disheartened, I have recently lost some dear friends. Here was one more person I would no longer see at conventions, one less amazing creator. Todd and Kerry (his wife) ran Twilight Creations where they made lots of amazing games, most notable being Zombies!. If you would like to help, you can do so here and Pinnacle is offering to give 100% of the proceeds from Zombie Run to help the family out. Losing someone is difficult enough without the addition of medicals bills and funeral costs. You may also make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Todd's name.

     As always, I welcome comments. It helps me to know what you guys are thinking and keeps me motivated. Thanks and take care.