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Miguel de Luis
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My first Beyond the Wall game

On my first BtW game I acted as a Gamemaster for a group of novice role-players: 4 middle schoolers and two of their fathers, one a physics professor and another a chemistry high school teacher. So, not your run of the mill game group :)

Anyway, I went for a simple sandbox campaign centered on a citadel simply known as "The Citadel" that guarded the "Savage Lands". These Savage Lands are a wide area that became deserted in the last war of "The Human Empire" against the orks and their kinds and it's supposed to be mostly inhabited by animals. So it's mostly forests, hills, rivers, wolves, deer, bear and all that sort.

However an honest trader in slave children (though he's not allowed to trade that in "The Citadel" is OK in the Empire) and other wares loses one of his caravans to goblin raiders. The PCs are then asked to recover the lost goods for a share. Having nothing better to do, they agreed.

The adventure takes you, through some clues, to a ride on the Savage Lands and then discovering a cave complex that serves as base for our lovely greenskins. 

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I chose to write the Character Sheet using pen and paper, instead of printing the whole thing because I wanted to show the kids they were perfectly able to do this by themselves. I restrained myself in another ways and did not bring a whole load of tables from other sources, as I usually do (just the Mythic Game Master Emulator) and in general went for a simple game.

I made use of the scenario pack on goblins, though, but that was transparent to them.

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As for the kids they picked up the rules fast enough even though if they were a bit restrained at the first scenes (I suspect that's due to the Parent Effect :) ) but then went on happily and just loved the dungeon, which was simple, but magic to them.

Speaking of magic, they made very creative use of Cantrips, specially of illusions. I was a bit soft on allowing the same illusions having the same effect on the same monsters, but heck it was their first game. I did increase the difficulty of the dice roll as they kept doing the same trick, yet one had a very high INT stat and had a very good dice day so...

They also loved the character creation process and how they ended up being friends to each other and the stories that were developed in the process. 

All in all a great first game that would be warmly remembered.
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Complete newbie reporting. I have been able to compile a few very simple Haskell scripts, and while I love the philosophy of the language (heck it puts a smile on my face as I struggle to learn anything), there is a small little thing I miss from Python: variables of the imperative language kind, your comfortable boxes where you put values and then change and change again to your every whim.

I can understand how recursion and functions do not require for those (imperative language style variables), but in Haskell, how would you keep the score of a player or the hit points in a role-playing game? Would you use a file to keep those pesky stats which are constantly changing depending on the actions of the user? That could work, but it seems clanky at best.
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BTW, that's the way programmers of old always thought about problems, because it's the only reasonable way to optimize things in paper, something very important when compilers weren't so smart.

And it's still important nowadays, it's just that the world has grown tolerant to bad programming...
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Last week, I GM my first game with Beyond the Wall. My group was peculiar 4 middle schoolers with two of their fathers.

Boy, I'm happy I chose this game. Easy enough to explain, fun, rules that makes sense and a world that creates itself as we played. I loved it and I have added six new recruits to the hobby :)

Thanks to the designers for a work well done!
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OK, I'll add a report to my todo list
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Hoy Yolanda se despertó del todo y le ha dado por comer como un pajarito: a todas horas y sin parar. Lo cual no nos ha hecho mucha gracia a ninguno, la verdad, porque si sigue así los demás nos vamos a quedar sin comer; pero teniendo en cuenta lo que ha pasado, la hemos dejado en paz...
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Would it be kosher to write a Beyond the Wall game-book? And by game-book I mean the like of Fighting Fantasy or Lone Wolf
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Our rules are openly licensed through the OGL; we'd be delighted to see them used in new ways. If you need (or want) to use the Beyond the Wall name, shoot us an email, and we'll see what we can arrange.

I'd be delighted to see a solo adventure that could capture the relationships developed in character creation.
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