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Troy E. Taylor
Works at Peoria Journal Star
Attended Putnam County High School
Lives in Granville, Illinois, USA
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Jon's talking up something I crafted. Enjoy.
 
First post in this community! I'm more of a reader than a poster - but I really wanted to share this. +Troy E. Taylor recently sent me a really nice note, cool photo, and printable for some paper-craft radness he did.

He created this to run an adventure in +Kobold Press' Prepared! collection, but it's good for wherever you might need an overturned wagon full of goblins - and let's face it, you always need that.

Sharing is rad.

Be kind, game on!

The first encounter in the Prepared! collection has the PCs standing off against a goblin fortress. In typical goblin fashion, the fortress aspires to greatness - but falls more than a little short. Journalist, gamer, contributor to gnomestew.com, and papercraft enthusiast Troy E. Taylor contacted me before his adventurers assaulted the Impregnable Fortress of Dib, and sent me a great photo of the wagon before its destruction. Furthe...
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Working on a DM's map for a High Forest-centric adventure, with the focus on three locations, the Dark Lady's Manor in Amphail, the grandmother tree Odessa Neverfalls and the cursed ruins of Karse. After doing a rough sketch, this is the pencil work on Bristol board. Following method prescribed by Jared Blando's book.
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Like the good host of a banquet party, whose table fare is filled with a variety of tasty treats, a game master should be giving the PCs plenty to sink their teeth into. So in building encounters, pick adversaries with the strengths of the player…
Like the good host of a banquet party, whose table fare is filled with a variety of tasty treats, a game master should be giving the PCs plenty to sink their teeth into. So in building encounters, …
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Want to challenge player characters of a particular type? Here are some suggestions on monsters that might be the perfect match.
Like the good host of a banquet party, whose table fare is filled with a variety of tasty treats, a game master should be giving the PCs plenty to sink their teeth into. So in building encounters, …
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Pandas Talking Games  - 
 
Just caught Talking Game 23: Hey +Phil Vecchione, Hey Senda!
> Music for cons. Something like Phil did with his swashbuckling game: Waaaaay back in day I did little 90-sec trailer/commercials on iMovie using photos I grabbed from who-knows-where larping site and steampunky-ragtime music to make a mini movie to promote/explain the Eberron game I was running at local con on its web site. Main goal was to have a full table, which I did. Probably a good thing that movie has been lost in the dust of lost websites, though.
> Two Steps From Hell is meat-and-potatoes background music for my games too.
> Make Senda sing something every episode.
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I TOLD YOU
PEOPLE EXPECT THIS
you just wait, Vecchione

Glad you enjoyed, Troy! iMovie is great for that kind of thing but I'm sad you've lost it and don't have it to share. 
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Roll high. Go first.
 
They are three magic words, as distinctive as the starter’s horn for sprinters and swimmers at the Olympic Games or the command to “Start your engines” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But for gamers, especially those who play Dungeons & Dragons,…
They are three magic words, as distinctive as the starter’s horn for sprinters and swimmers at the Olympic Games or the command to “Start your engines” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But for gamer…
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As my own SRD5.1 project gets closer to completion, I find myself longing for a staff and a budget to produce gorgeous books like WotC, Paizo, and Pellgrane (just to pick a few) make. That picture makes me drool.
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Working on a DM's map for a High Forest-centric adventure, with the focus on three locations, the Dark Lady's Manor in Amphail, the grandmother tree Odessa Neverfalls and the cursed ruins of Karse. After doing a rough sketch, this is the pencil work on Bristol board. Following method prescribed by Jared Blando's book.
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Question for +Shawn Merwin about Lost Halls Everforge from Book of Lairs. I will be DMing it this weekend. What are the four starting spots for the four patrols. Thanks!
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Yes sir. This was written long enough ago that I do not remember if I put the patrol tag on the map that I created for the cartographer. Probably not, because stupid brain. I am interest in hearing how it plays out.

During playtests I played the patrols as terribly skittish and ready to flee at a moment's notice, because they aren't all that happy being forced to stay in this old haunted dwarven hall.
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The Weight Loss Challenge  - 
 
Not yet in Justice League shape, but I lost two more pounds this week toward my goal of 230. More importantly, spent entire day with kids at Six Flags St. Louis, and the old man didn't have to once call timeout to keep up with the kids. Kicked up the yoga and walking this week.
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That's awesome, dude.
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The Weight Loss Challenge  - 
 
My Week 1 check in.
Target: 230
Gain/Loss: Lost 13 pounds.
Surprised by initial drastic loss. Cutting out soda and bad snacks; Added VERY light exercise (20 min walks daily, light yoga 3 times/week).

I know from here on shedding pounds will be MUCH more difficult to achieve: Will have to stick with it, not get discouraged! This week I add 5 min. to the light walking and yoga routines.

Got inspired, though, by seeing my brother in law this weekend. Last time I saw him at Easter he had just started his program. He's down 50 pounds! So I know it can be done.
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Thanks all for the encouragement!
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IN the event this got overlooked by olympics and Gen Con, here is my ode to going first in the initiative order.
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I'm rolling first.
 
They are three magic words, as distinctive as the starter’s horn for sprinters and swimmers at the Olympic Games or the command to “Start your engines” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But for gamers, especially those who play Dungeons & Dragons,…
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Copy editor, freelancer, tabletop rgp gamer, and master of my own kettle grill.
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I'm a central Illinois copy editor for a daily newspaper. I also blog for Gnome Stew and have contributed to Eureka Publishing.
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I don't live in my parents' basement -- but am in the process of owning it.
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  • Illinois Valley Community College
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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