“With My D6”

To the tune of “Like a G6” by Far East Movement
Lyrics by Kevin A. Ranson

Patches down for Warcraft now, new from Blizzard,
Pen and paper while we wait, Mine’s a Wizard.
Table toppin’ D and D, a quick fix,
Lettin’ fireballs fly With My D6,
With My D6, With My D6,
Lettin’ lightning bolts fly With My D6.

(repeat until you’re sick of it)

Update: If you check the date of when I posted this originally, you may notice that I had been throwing this idea out since just past last Christmas.

Four months later, someone not only took up the idea but ran with it until they made something wonderful.

Awesome job, guys. Lemme know if you need any new ideas!

Cooperative Storytelling – “Spelljammer: Birthstone”

Spelljammer: BirthstoneI’ve been fielding a weekly (or so) gathering as a side project for the last couple of months. Rather than a LAN party playing World of Warcraft, some local friends and myself decided to cobble together an old-school role-playing campaign using classic 2nd Ed. AD&D tabletop rules (and decidedly offline.) We’re using the “Spelljammer” rules set, a fantasy setting where wooden ships can magically sail through the sky between worlds. It is a universe of mysticism and alchemy where humans live alongside elves and other fantastic creatures.

At this point, we’ve generated enough material to show off a little, posting the info on a website at http://spelljammer.wordpress.com. Here’s a taste:

Our story is about the last born of a doomed world setting out to find a new home. They carry a mystical vessel with them, the geode, that may be both the sentient will of their world’s deity and the physical remnants of all they knew. With an ancient prophecy as their only guide, the “Last Born” must choose theirs allies and enemies carefully if they hope to survive and succeed.

Stop by, check it out, leave a comment or two.

“We Who Are About to Die Salute You!”

If you’ve ever committed two to three weekend afternoons per month to gathering with friends, a fistful of dice, and a little cooperative storytelling, you also know how rarely it is seen to fruition. Long-term campaigns often fall apart due to other commitments, changing goals, moving away, changing jobs, or just real life generally intruding on the best laid plans.

Still, when you can manage to hold a continuing storyline together for nearly two years (say, for a class of up-and-coming high school-aged superheroes secretly training to better use their powers and ending up one of the world’s premiere super teams before actually graduating), it is a thing of beauty to behold. Later today, all the story lines converge into a single point, an epic final battle with a winner-take-all ending, and it’s likely not all of the characters will (or should) survive.

Through it all, there’s one person that deserves the lion’s share of the credit, the deity to whom the fabric of time and space bends their very will, and without whom there would be no opposition, no secret goals, nothing to struggle against. That person is the Game Master, and it’s been a hell of a ride, Chris. Salute!

Felicia Day (and The Guild) Want You… to Date Their Avatar

Never underestimate the power of a fun music video to call viral attention to yourself. Never mind the fact that you just created the fanfare theme for an entire generation of gamers… way to go, Jed Whedon! This is all advertising for The Guild, by the way, if you didn’t know.

The Twitter Post: Celebrity Roleplaying

Back in the days of old AOL, it was all the rave to have a screenname (aka handle) that sounded like a known celebrity. At the time, no one really thought anyone was who they said they were (Superman, Prince, Madonna) until actual celebrities started staking out their names and demanding legitimacy. I’ve always preferred using mythological creatures and character names myself (you can get into some copyright issues there, too, if you name your WoW character “Richard Rahl”).

But with the popularity of Twitter, the game of celebrity impersonation has been taken to a whole new level. While some celebrities have “verified” themselves and others have professional “tweeters” keeping fans happy, others haven’t started playing or have no intention of doing so. This makes them prime targets for impersonation, and some clever impersonators have gotten away with quite a bit: Celebrity Roleplaying.

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