Profile

Cover photo
Craig Stokes
Attended South Brookley Elementary School
Lives in Mobile, AL
2,069 followers|900,967 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube+1'sReviews

Stream

Craig Stokes

Shared publicly  - 
 
One can never have too many dice. I might have to get one of these!
9
Martin Ralya's profile photoJim McCloskey's profile photoCraig Stokes's profile photo
7 comments
 
I've never owned metal dice but I was thinking along those lines. Plus, I would cry if I dropped a $50 die off a table and a tentacle broke off!
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

DCC products & promotions  - 
 
It's a rainy Sunday afternoon and I have a decent sized PayPal balance burning a hole in my virtual pocket. What to do? Catch up on my DCC RPG zines, that's what!

I just ordered dead tree copies of the following: 

Crawl! #9 and #10
Crawling Under a Broken Moon #6-9
CrawlJammer: Weird-Worm Ways of Saturn

I'm caught up on all the Stormlord Publishing stuff and have a copy of Dungeon Lord #1 sitting here that I'm about to read. I also have all the Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad zines. 

Am I missing anything? 
13
Andy Action's profile photoCory Gahsman (DM Cojo)'s profile photoCraig Stokes's profile photo
14 comments
 
Yeah, I've heard great things about the that one. And that cover! Wow!
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

DCC products & promotions  - 
 
I'm finalizing prep for this afternoon's game at my FLGS. It's going to be a swell time filled with love, hugs, and adorable bunnies. I'm listening to Happy by Pharrell Williams while I print out these lovely motivational art pieces and game aids. Trying to get in the right mood, ya know! The players are in for quite a treat! I just hope I'm able to accurately convey the inspirational message and pure joy I experienced while reading this adventure.

#BlackSunDeathcrawl
#ThereIsNoHope

31
Asia Pickle's profile photoScott Dexter's profile photoJames MacGeorge's profile photoKen Austin's profile photo
4 comments
 
This was a wonderful one-shot. James, I love the Hope mechanic. I've always been a fan of the Sanity mechanic from Call of Cthulhu, and the gradual loss of hope throughout is a very neat implementation of that sort of thing for DCC, and so very much in the general spirit of the DCC game. Although no one reached 1 during our session, there was some hope stealing going on. Plus, the setting is very compelling. Nice work, +James MacGeorge . +Craig Stokes did a nice job of communicating the feel, and did your adventure justice.
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

Shared publicly  - 
 
I'm a fan of +Rafael Chandler's fiction and RPGs and now I'm a proud Kickstarter backer of Viewscream 2nd Edition. This is worth checking out!
 
The Kickstarter for ViewScream 2nd Edition is now live!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rafaelchandler/viewscream-2nd-edition
ViewScream is a live-action game designed for online play through video-chat software like Google Hangouts. In this larp, the player characters are crew members aboard a damaged starship. They’re menaced by cosmic anomalies, malevolent robots, and tentacled horrors from beyond time and space -- but the greatest danger comes from within.

Am I excited about this? Hah! I’m as happy as a xenomorph in a ventilation duct! Thanks for helping to get the word out, amigos!
Rafael Chandler is raising funds for ViewScream 2nd Edition on Kickstarter! An intense live-action role-playing game of horror in deep space. Designed for online play through video-chat software.
20 comments on original post
5
Rafael Chandler's profile photo
 
Thanks so much, Craig!
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

Shared publicly  - 
 
Happy birthday to +LD Williams, one of my first friends on Google+. I hope you are having a great day! :-)
4
Craig Stokes's profile photoLD Williams's profile photo
3 comments
 
Aye it is !
Not checked my local stream in a while now, wonder if you still show up there! :D
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

DCC products & promotions  - 
 
I've been putting this off for long enough. Premium hardcover ordered! I can't wait to dive into the Sunken City! 

Anyone run all of the adventures in this book? I'm curious about how long it will keep a group busy. 
11
Scott Dexter's profile photoCraig Stokes's profile photoJon Marr (Purple Sorcerer)'s profile photoJames August Walls's profile photo
10 comments
 
I write all over my adventures... I'm terrible ;)
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
2,069 people
Eloy Lasanta's profile photo
cush beni.ameri's profile photo
Cat Beach's profile photo
Spitfire Kickboxing Academy's profile photo
Christopher Ballard's profile photo
Dick Nielson's profile photo
Brandon Milam's profile photo
Tarun Gehlot's profile photo
Thom Miller's profile photo

Craig Stokes

DCC products & promotions  - 
 
Hold my calls for the next hour or so. I'm busy!
15
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

Session Reports  - 
 
Yesterday I ran +James MacGeorge's  Black Sun Deathcrawl at my FLGS.  A couple of folks were interested in hearing how it went so I’ll share some of my thoughts here. 
SPOILERS beyond this point. If you are planning to PLAY this adventure, don’t read any farther



I wanted to set the mood for the game as quickly as possible so I passed  around printouts of the adventure art and read The Cursed Creed aloud. I followed that by reading the flavor text at the beginning of  _The World_. From there we dove into Truths. I passed out blank character sheets and we quickly rolled level 1 Warriors. 

I continued reading aloud until we got to the Corruption page. Each player rolled on the Black Light Corruption table and then I explained how the Entropy Rolls work. Each 30 min of actual game play, players roll again on the Black Light Corruption table. This was a very popular mechanic with the players, especially when they gained new corruptions during a fight. 

I was a bit confused about the Entropy Rolls. Page 36 states that “each player rolls a cumulative 1d2…” and on the next page it says “During the Entropy Roll, if the die comes up 1, gain a level.” Since players are rolling an increasing number of 1d2s every 30 minutes (e.g. 1d2, 2d2, 3d2, etc.) there are a LOT of 1’s being rolled. The rules say “die’, not “roll” so I let characters level up during each Entropy Roll if they rolled a 1 on any of the d2s (I let them gain only one level per Entropy Roll though). I'm not sure If I interpreted this mechanic correctly but it worked well for us. The players enjoyed leveling up (I capped their max level at 6). I did have to tweak stats on some of the adversaries to make things a little more challenging. 

After dealing with the initial Black Light Corruption role, we briefly talked about the Hope mechanic and then finished up the rest of the Truths. PCs took advantage of opportunities to steal Hope from each other a few times. It was fun watching them plot against their comrades. 

The game play itself went smoothly and we had fun with it. I just couldn’t leave the appearance of Oblitus Omega to chance like suggested in the adventure so I inserted him in whenever I felt the time was right. The PCs killed him quickly the first time, before they even knew if he was friend or foe. It wasn’t until their third meeting that the PCs learned who he really was. 

The PCs lost a couple of limbs in Silverside during the Black Thoughts attack but that was taken in stride. They escaped into the cave system as the city fell. The encounter with the injured dwarven family provided a great opportunity to drive home the desperation of their situation as they were forced to make some difficult choices under duress. 

During the encounter with Stirner the players all chose scale mail armor and upgraded weapons. The fight with the Terrible Thought drug out a little longer than I wanted. I could have tightened that up a bit. I was rolling well so it was several rounds into that fight before the Terrible Thought missed an attack and punched a hole in the wall. When the players finally decided to use the hole as a means of escape I couldn’t think of a good reason to deny them from taking most of their gear with them. The book says they can’t take their gear through the hole but if the hole is big enough for a person it is big enough for a sword and some scale mail to be pushed through. The final scene provided a satisfying end to the adventure. 

The whole session took about 5 hours, including the rules discussion at the beginning. Everyone said they enjoyed the game. The combination of depressing setting, Hope, and the Black Light Corruption made for a unique and enjoyable experience.
20
Craig Stokes's profile photoAndy Action's profile photocush beni.ameri's profile photo
8 comments
 
you could x-men them to the past to the time before the black sun or maybe send them to the another universe BUT THEN BLACK SUN FOLLOWS THEM THERE!
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

DCC products & promotions  - 
 
I'm going to be running Black Sun Deathcrawl by +James MacGeorge  this Saturday at my FLGS. Has anyone else run it and have any advice or hints to ensure an awesome experience? I've read the adventure once and will be doing more prep tomorrow. 

NOTE TO MY PLAYERS - MOVE ALONG! Don't read this!
13
Doug Kovacs's profile photoDavid McKenzie's profile photoThomas Kinzer's profile photoCraig Stokes's profile photo
15 comments
 
+David McKenzie You're local! Awesome. Yeah man, come out if you can. Gamers N Geeks this Saturday at 4pm. 
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

DCC-specific Discussion  - 
 
I'm running a DCC at a game store this weekend and I have a old acquaintance asking if there are any videos online that show what it's all about. My guess is that he has no real concept of what a tabletop RPG is. He is thinking about playing but isn't sure it's something he would be interested in. 

Can anyone recommend a good Actual Play or instructional video that I could pass his way? Thanks! 
4
Gaston Gosselin's profile photoNathan Roberts's profile photoKeith Haddad's profile photoCraig Stokes's profile photo
7 comments
 
I'll need to check that out when I'm not at work, Keith. Looks hardcore! :)
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

DCC products & promotions  - 
 
Tonight's reading material...

I just finished reading Black Sun Deathcrawl by +James MacGeorge. Wow! This is so depressingly awesome! I love it, yet I feel like I need a hug now. This will be the next one-shot I run at my FLGS.

Next up is The Sunken City Adventure Omnibus & Guide by +Jon Marr. I've heard so many great things about this. It's about time I dive in and experience the awesomeness first hand! 
23
James August Walls's profile photoJeremy “frothsof” Smith's profile photoCraig Stokes's profile photoJon Marr (Purple Sorcerer)'s profile photo
6 comments
 
Thanks Craig! I hope you can find things you can use in your campaign. :)
Add a comment...

Craig Stokes

DCC products & promotions  - 
 
Hey, Stormlord Publishing! When is the 2nd issue of Black Powder, Black Magic going to be available? Some of us are eager to start adventuring in Brimstone and we're ready to throw money at you. :-)

+Carl Bussler +Eric Hoffman


14
Scott Dexter's profile photoStephen Newton's profile photoDak Ultimak's profile photoDavid Bresson's profile photo
9 comments
 
Tasty
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
2,069 people
Eloy Lasanta's profile photo
cush beni.ameri's profile photo
Cat Beach's profile photo
Spitfire Kickboxing Academy's profile photo
Christopher Ballard's profile photo
Dick Nielson's profile photo
Brandon Milam's profile photo
Tarun Gehlot's profile photo
Thom Miller's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Computer Geekery
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Mobile, AL
Previously
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii - Rockland, MA
Story
Tagline
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Introduction

 

I'm interesting in the following topics:

  • Tabletop RPGs 
  • Geocaching (I’m one90proof on geocaching.com)
  • Geek culture
  • Books (I enjoy many different genres.)
  • Writing 
  • iPhotography: I'm amazed at the quality of photos that can be taken/edited on a mobile phone. 
  • Music (My tastes change regularly but my thirst for new music never dies.)
Education
  • South Brookley Elementary School
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Craig Stokes's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Google Photos – Android Apps on Google Play
market.android.com

Google Photos is the home for all your photos and videos, searchable and organized by the people, places, and things that matter. • VISUAL S

How to Succeed in RPGs or Die Trying: Review: Black Sun Deathcrawl
psychicmayhem.blogspot.com

This is the bleakest setting I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Black Sun Deathcrawl is a Dungeon Crawl Classics setting by James MacGeo

Perils of the Sunken City Part 1 - DCCRPG with the Norwin Game Knights
ilive4crits.blogspot.com

Yes that's my Gen Con badge. No I don't plan on taking it off. Invoking the Purple Sorcerer Every Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game f

MURDER HOBO
appendixm.blogspot.com

A Character Class for DCC Vagabonds and scoundrels, opportunists, thrill-seekers... They live by no code, driven by no higher-power, save th

Nuts & Bolts #30 - Fun(neling) with Tier Zero
inspstrikes.blogspot.com

Last week I wrote about my first experience with the Dungeon Crawl Classics funnel system. Granted it was Stormtroopers instead of sword and

Nuts & Bolts #29 - Fun(nel) with Stormtroopers
inspstrikes.blogspot.com

Image Source: http://phantomxlord.deviantart.com/art/Stormtrooper-303710186 Earlier this year I got my first exposure to Dungeon Crawl Class

CLICK HERE to support Con Man
www.indiegogo.com

A new comedy from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion produced by YOU! | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your

The Ninth World Guidebook: Your Book and Your Campaign!
www.montecookgames.com

After we finished with the Numenera Kickstarter, Shanna…

Curt Schilling Tracks Down Guys Harassing Daughter on Twitter, "There Ar...
www.usmagazine.com

Former baseball star Curt Schilling tracked down and shamed two Twitter trolls who were harassing his daughter via Twitter

Announcing the Winners of the Recursion Design Competition!
www.montecookgames.com

Back in January we announced the start of a recursion d…

Thoughts on a Sword of Air Sandbox Campaign (Swords & Wizardry)
www.tenkarstavern.com

I think I've mentioned before that I've been way behind on basic things like "reading email" and "reading Google + messages." I just realize

Emergent Play is the Only Way - Room 209 Gaming
room209gaming.com

What is emergent play, how is it different from directed play, and why is it the "only way" to play?

Rant - Podcast Pet Peeves or How to Get You Podcast Off of my Regular Li...
www.tenkarstavern.com

We don't care. Really. No matter how fucking cool and exciting your last gaming session was, if you can't turn that 7 and 1/2 minute meander

Cypher Chronicles, vol. 4-2015
www.montecookgames.com

Iadace and welcome to this week's edition of The Cypher…

Jen's Pro Gen Con - An Interview with my Gamer Wife
ilive4crits.blogspot.com

Transforming my Wife of Twelve Years into a Gamer I started dating Jen back in August of 1997. Those were some great years! I was a freshman

Missed a Day of Posting for the First Time in Over Two Years - Starting ...
www.tenkarstavern.com

Just got home a few minutes after midnite. The delay was not work related. Or maybe it was. Rach and I met a recently retire Detective at ou

Story Seed - Unexpected Find
inspstrikes.blogspot.com

Image Source: http://shadaan.deviantart.com/art/Imperial-Warren-Concept-502237299 Though the outpost had long since fallen into ruin there w

Nuts & Bolts #14 - Quattro con Carnage - Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG ...
inspstrikes.blogspot.com

This blog references the Quattro con Carnage experiment being run by +James Walls and specifically the third and fourth sessions featuring t

I purchased a used 2011 Hyundai Elantra from this place a few days ago. John Hinckle was a pleasure to work with. This was my first experience with Autonation Honda and I was extremely pleased with the whole car buying process. I would recommend John and Autonation to anyone looking to purchase a new (or used) vehicle. Pro Tip: They have free iced coffee and popcorn!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I dined at the restaurant a couple of times a few years back and we recently had Brick Pit BBQ brought in for lunch at work and it was fantastic. Best BBQ I've had in a long time. Pulled pork, ribs, beans, and potato salad. All of it was excellent.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Unfortunately, this place was closed last week. I'm sad to see it go. The locations in Pensacola, FL are still open.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
First visit. I had the Cheesesteak with sautéed onions & mushrooms and jalapeños as recommend by the owner. This is the best Cheesesteak I have had outside of Philidelphia. The owner is from Philly and has his bread and cheese shipped in from there. Super nice guy. I will most certainly go back. Next time I want to try a Gyro.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
7 reviews
Map
Map
Map
I took my Mom here for brunch today as I've been eager to try this place. I've been drooling over the menus on their website for a couple of weeks now. First things first...the service was excellent. Our server, Anna, was so sweet and very attentive to our needs. That girl "gets" customer service in a way that many her age in that line of work just don't. Anyway, about the food...cornbread muffins were brought to our table with a homemade maple syrup butter. The muffins were so light and tasty and the butter was fantastic. I ordered a bowl of Truffled Crab and Corn Bisque for an appetizer and was very impressed. It's not overly rich, as some crab bisques are, but it's chock full of flavors and I loved every spoonful. Mom ordered the Pecan Praline Belgium Waffle, served with praline sauce, candied pecans, whipped cream and powdered sugar. It's very sweet, too sweet for me in fact, but it is very tasty. Kids would love this dish and I bet it would be a great dessert shared with another person. Mom loved it though so that's what counts. I ordered the Shrimp & Grits (Gulf shrimp sautéed with leeks, andouille, and wild mushrooms, served over Anson Mills yellow corn grits). All I can say is WOW! This dish was amazing. I found myself slowly savoring each bite, with my eyes closed, not wanting it to come to an end. There are so many subtle flavors in each bite. Each spoonful was like a little piece of heaven. The bill came in just shy of $40. For the quality of food you are getting I feel that this is a bargain. The menu is fine dining but the atmosphere is casual. I will most certainly be going back. They have only been open a month. I hope the word gets out and they succeed because with one meal RBS Chicken Shack just made the short list of my favorite restaurants.
• • •
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Heroes is my favorite place for pub food in Mobile. I've eaten here many times over the years. The first time I had The Funky Philly...a very tasty sandwich. Every other time I've been here I've had The Club, which is delicious! The Spinach and Crawfish Dip, served with hot pita bread is outstanding. They have a pretty good beer selection and enough TVs to cover whatever sporting event you might want to watch.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Cobb Salad = AWESOME! The 5 cheese pizza is incredible too but just a little too greasy. But hey, some folks like that way.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago