#RPGaDay Day 24: Share a PWYW Publisher who should be charging more

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Day 24: Share a PWYW Publisher who
should be charging more…

I’m a big fan of the map work found at Dyson’s Dodecahedron . You can find Dyson’s art on DriveThruRPG or by simply doing a google image search, but the blog is a worthwhile starting point and generally everything’s a gift to gamers.

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I like Dyson’s style and whenever I’m in a pinch for a map when I get called upon to DM an impromptu game, that’s my go to source.

 

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Nine Crowns

Nine Crowns of Willen

Welcome

Some preliminary world-building on our next campaign world, slated for a January 2017 launch which should coincide with the 4 year anniversary of out reunion game.

It’s a little more Martin than Tolkien at the onset as I’m looking to make things, particularly magical things, have a bit more value, be a bit more wondrous and awe-inducing.

D&D, and Pathfinder, by and large, have been huge, high fantasy, super-hero romps and I think it’s high time for our group to get a little dirty. I want to see more wheeling and dealing. I want consequences for their actions. I want to smell the market and feel the sting of the sword cut…

Here’s to hoping we can pull it off.

Addendum: Someone asked about “the Great Ice Shield”, wondering if it was akin to “The Wall” in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice & Fire.

The answer is ‘no’. The Great Ice Shield refers to two things. 1.) the “wall” of cold that grips the north making habitability a dicey proposition; and 2.) the shield wall of the northern barbarians who have carved out an existence in that brutal landscape.

Roll20 ’em if ya got ’em

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Roleplaying has certainly evolved over the years and, of course, online play has taken the hobby even further. I was slow to appreciating sites like roll20 and fantasy grounds, and to be honest, my preference will always be an in-person tabletop experience, but I am coming around.

The biggest advantage is being able to play with friends that are not hometown adjacent. We’ve two Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club members who live out of State: Mike in Louisiana and Steve in Illinois.

Steve makes it to our monthly game sessions at the Odd Fellows Lodge, but I acknowledge that it’s a hardship for him. Mike comes up a couple of times a year, for which we are all grateful.

Roll20 is a fantastic alternative to gathering around the table. It affords these far-flung friends a place in the game, but it also adds those Club members who live upwards of thirty minutes away a chance to relax in the comfort of their homes and slay beasties in their pajamas.

A close second in the advantage stakes is maps and minis. I’m something of a Photoshop and Cartography  junkie, so being able to build custom maps and tokens and upload them to our roll20 gallery opens up a whole new arsenal to our game sessions.

Also, not lugging multiple crates to and from our Lodge is a major plus. It’s all there on my laptop, ready to go.

Roll20 also has built in player record sheets, journals, and a wealth of pre-gen tokens and encounter maps, all which can be accessed on the fly.

Add to that Modiphius’ announcement that roll20 will be supporting Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of and you can readily see why I’m finally coming to terms with our roll20 adventures.

Besides, I still get to satisfy my need for table play. Connor, my 12 year old son, is DMing for me on Wednesdays and on Fridays I DM an OHD&DC: Next Generation game with Connor, Brent’s son Kasey (13) and Brent’s nephew Jaden (11).

I will forever prefer being gathered around a table with my friends, but roll20 is a fantastic alternative that I am not only coming to terms with, but I am finally embracing.