Your First Time GMing: Heading Behind the Screen

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Well, you may or may not know that I love writing mirror articles, and this week will demonstrate that fact. My last article was about becoming a player after being a GameMaster. This article will be about the opposite - becoming a GM when you've been a player. While I've never been in this situation - I pretty much started in the hobby as a GM - I've been asked for advice by many friends in this position. I hope to offer you some of my favorite best practices for running great games right … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: Beatdown’s Dad & The Mystery Book

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Welcome to the recap of the 29th session of my Eberron campaign, which took place on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010. When we last saw the party, they had saved Frank's kobolds from a spell bomb that was turning them undead. After the lightning rail stopped in Fairhaven, an older man boarded the train and was dragging his trunk into the sleeper car room next to the party's car. He threw open his arms the moment he saw the warforged Beatdown Machine and cried out his name.  It was Beatdown's creator, … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: Frank & The (Zombie) Kobolds

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Welcome to the recap of the 28th session of my Eberron campaign, which took place on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010. When we last saw the party, they had just defended the lightning rail and its passengers from a group of pirates. The next day, the party patrols the train, making sure any new passengers are not there with nefarious plans. Everything on the train looked to be fine. Brick decided to take the clothes from one of the dead pirates to the guards up by the engine car to see if they … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: Pirates On the Lightning Rail

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Welcome to the recap of the 27th session of my Eberron campaign, which took place on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010. When we last saw the party, they had accepted a job as bodyguards to the renowned opera singer Lady Tyasha d’Phiarlan as she traveled around the continent to lecture students at the Five Demesnes. The trip had nearly been delayed due to a strange sorceress named Beaf who was making it rain acid down on Wroat, closing the lightning rail station there. The PCs are en route to Korth, … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: Got A Beaf With This Weather

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Welcome to the recap of the 26th session of my Eberron campaign, which took place on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010. When we last saw the party, they had accepted a job as bodyguards to the renowned opera singer Lady Tyasha d'Phiarlan as she traveled around the continent to lecture students at the Five Demesnes. Two days before their departure, Kava Velderan calls the party to her office. There is some sort of weather phenomenon happening in Wroat which has closed the lightning rail station … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: A Traitor Turned In, A Nightmare Revisited

Welcome to the recap of the 25th session of my Eberron campaign, which took place on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010. When we last saw the party, they had captured Toven d'Cannith and killed the traitor Evan. After looting his corpse of valuable items (Cyd: "Evan would want it this way."), Beatdown carries the unconscious Toven to Lady Elaydren's townhouse. She balks at accepting him herself as it would reveal her lack of protection for the schemas to Merrix. All he knew was that she was hiring … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: It’s All Fun & Games Until Somebody Loses A Rogue

Welcome to the recap of the 24.5th session of my Eberron campaign, which took place on our Obsidian Portal forum on Monday, September 13th, 2010. When we last saw the party, they had been betrayed by Evan the rogue.  He'd taken up Toven d'Cannith's offer of more money to steal the schemas, fake his death, and then meet up with him in Sharn for fun and profit. Since this was a play-by-post, I'm going to show you the actual posts by the folks who wrote them.  If you get angered by lack of … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: Betrayed By One Of Their Own

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Last we saw the PCs, they had received word from one Lord Toven d'Cannith asking for them to come to his house to discuss the items they had retrieved for his house.  While Jelly and Ulvein were researching, they found a ritual that was able to calm the malevolent energies of Xulo. Jelly feels that the ritual should hold for about a week, at least long enough for a more powerful caster in House Cannith to take over responsibility for the schemas and creation pattern. The magic book continues to … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: A Few Days in Stormreach

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Upon their return to Stormreach, the PCs unload their stolen airship through some unsavory though profitable channels. They find the captain of the undersea ship, but he needs a few more days to finish up some business before he can return to Khorvaire. As the party walks around town, Beatdown sees a pretty awesome sight - the Rusty Nail, a bar that seems to cater to an almost exclusively warforged clientele. They serve all sorts of blended oils and alchemical fluids that are delicious to … [Read more...]

Virgin DM Monologues: Getting Caught Up With Updates

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D'oh. I'm a horrible DM. I got really behind with adventure logs and now they're so far in the past, I don't remember all the details. (Also, it's wayyyyy too too far back in my Twitter history to try to dig it up.) I am going to try and be diligent and keep them updated from now on. Our adventurers were hired by Lady Elaydren d'Cannith to retrieve a creation pattern and four schemas that belong to her house. They were stolen by agents of the Emerald Claw, which (conveniently) had stolen a … [Read more...]