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Michael Bolam
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Michael Bolam

Spells & Patrons  - 
 
Has anyone tried to make patrons from the wizards in +Harley Stroh's Fate's Fell Hand? My players took Erodiade's (red sorceress) bait, and retrieved the other tiles for her. She offered to spare the life of the thief who came to "rescue her" after getting her note from the rat, and gave him the option to argue for the lives of the rest of the party. She accepted his plea for their lives, figuring they might come of use in the future, even if it's only to keep the thief alive. She insisted that one of the wizard's patron bond with her, then bind the thief, giving him the proper incantations and components to perform the ritual.

Just seeing if anyone else is using any of the three as patrons before getting started on working on something with the player in question.
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No but the 7 Al hazreds across the multi verse have become a pretty big antagonist for the party. Each are different levels and the most powerful is supposed to be a patron but I haven't written any if it up yet.
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Weird dice acting extra weird today during my Road Crew Game at Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh. Should have come up with a weird mechanic for this on the fly, but was so confused it didn't happen. 
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I've had a D5 end up like that when using a dice tray for rolling in. If the die gets jammed up against the wall by another die. For that matter one of my gamescience d4 caltrops has done that too. 
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Is there a "public" character generator that outputs the 0-level characters for the Funnel Tournaments (with space for note/stamps)? I've see the sheets at GenCon and GaryCon, but I couldn't find anything on Purple Sorcerer. May have failed my Int check to spot it, though.
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Woot! Thank you, +Jon Marr . 
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You skipped mentioning the DCC game you ran at the hotel for our roommates!
   I've been traveling to the bowels of the Midwest for the past 4 (or is it 5?) years to meet up with my good friend +Matthias Weeks (and a cast of other obsessed gamer friends from across the country) for Gen Con. My feelin...
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You are right Bolam! I'll include it in part 2.
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+Crawljammer Zine displayed prominently at my FLGS, Phantom of the Attic Games in Pittsburgh. Putting it right in front of the Mindjammer RP& might not have been the best spot but people will figure it out. +Tim Callahan
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Yep. All the other DCC adventures and a core rulebook are just out of sight on the bottom left. 
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Hypercube of Myt in Pittsburgh for Free RPG Day! We've got the stamps. We're working on modifying the trophies. Saturday, June 20th at Phantom of the Attic Games! 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Stop by if you're in the area.
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Great, I'll keep my eyes open for them!
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This didn't really interest me much, but if I were to play it, I'd probably up the storytelling aspects. I think requiring players to "tell the tale" of how they came across interesting discoveries, could make it more fun. Something similar to the Baron Münchhausen RPG.
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When DCC came out, I finally had a reason to use those weird dice that I had already purchased from Game Science, strictly because they were weird!
I know that yesterday I posted a relatively contentious post about naming monsters, ending with the thought that I'd dive back into the topic soon. Well, now is not soon enough, since it's DCC Donnerstag and I've got some bad...
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Attention any Pittsburgh DCC Fans:

Tomorrow (August 23, 2014) at Phantom Games on Craig Street I'm going to be running a zero level Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game funnel as part of CMU's Freshman Orientation Craig Street Block Party.

Geoff (the store owner) will be out on the street with giveaways for students from 3-5 PM. In addition to the DCC game, there will be someone doing some board game demos. We'll be starting the games between 12:00 & 1:00 and running until at least 5:00.

The game events are definitely open to the public, so if you have any interest, try to stop by. Not sure what board games are up for demo, but the plan with the DCC game is to get a character and play until I kill that character, then the next person jumps in (inspired heavily by  Harley Stroh's GenCon DCC Tournament - "The Seven Pits of Sezrekan"). You can jump to the end of the line and grab a new character when a slot opens up. It's my first time trying something like this, so we'll see how it goes. No experience with DCC RPG or RPGs. We'll have the weird dice ready for you. You just need to show up.
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Any DCC fans in the Greater Toronto Area? I'm here (in Scarborough) until Friday for work. Curious if there are any game shops that I should hit. I'm also interested in board games (Euro and otherwise), war games (not minis). Don't really care about CCGs or Comics or other stuff that sometimes takes up space in game shops. 
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That is correct; I am in the GTA.  You can email me at ravencrowking at hotmail dot com if you like.
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Great job with the rules overview for this game. I'd seen a few other reviews/overviews that made the game sound significantly more confusing than it is. You nailed it, though. I just played LoV for the first time about a month ago, and ran to the game store right after the meetup to pick up my own copy (along with Up!). Just played my first game with the expansion this past Sunday. Four rookies, two people that had played once, and no one had played the expansion. Watching this video between my first play and the most recent definitely kept the rules fresh in my head. Thanks!
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I appreciate that Michael, thanks for the kind words! Glad it helped you out :)
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All set up and ready to run DCC RPG at Phantom of the Attic Games in Pittsburgh. 
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Yep. I got mine from Think Geek. Totally love it for quickly sketching rooms, runes and other weird markings. 
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