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My second entry. *Fanfare* 
16th-Apr-2003 11:15 pm
Yeah, I am the DM all the time. The last time I was a player, I was 8 years old, lol...

So yeah, DMing is basically a natural thing for me. All I need to weave an epic campaign is maybe a few details and a small outline, and I can carry a story flawlessly for months.

But, for the first time...I am actually gonna plan out an entirely new campaign. The last campaign we had, everyone was between the levels of 19-22, and they felt like retiring these charcters...but of course, I'm not gonna let them retire without giving them their last campaign of epic proportions. This will be the first time that I will DM an epic-level campaign under the 3rd edition rules, so I want to take advantage of everything the system throw at me. My friends have spent almost 2 years on these characters...they deserve to kill a demi-god, and maybe even become one...

Their campaign starts on the second sunday of July...and I've been planning this since February...wish me luck.

Oh yeah, I have a question. Does anyone put on any background music when they are in-play? Depending on the mood, I would play Yo-yo ma or some Accoustic Alchemy. I even wrote a few songs for my campaign (I'm a musician...yeah, hooray).

What do you play?

Also, what was the largest amount of people you've played with...back in high school, I had DMed a group of 12...every lunch time, we'd play, and were surrounded by a bunch of people, cause we'd act out our characters...especially when there were paladins and barbarians....the screaming...dear god...
16th-Apr-2003 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ya.. We play with background music a lot.... We recently enjoyed the soundtrack to LOTR while traversing across the land... Music makes it a little more fun at times... especially if you havce a bard who is intent on playing music while he "sings" to the group... :)
16th-Apr-2003 10:13 pm (UTC) - ...
Yeah, I play certain arias and chamber songs when the need arises. There was one point where one of my friends..his lover died trying to get a short sword that was buried deep inside a Baatezu's chest, and then the Death Throes kicked in...she exploded...and Claire De Lune was being played in the backgorund...everyone almost cried, lol.
16th-Apr-2003 10:02 pm (UTC) - *ahem*
I am horridly jealous! Where can I meet some D&D boys to play with during lunch? The kids at my HS play that magic card game... YUK!

*sigh* my D&D group dissolved.
16th-Apr-2003 10:10 pm (UTC) - ...
Yeah, it was funny, none of them liked D&D before I came. they all thought it was for dorks, lol.. but then I had them act out their characters...a football player playign a paladin....no...just...he was great. Picture Arnold Swartzenneger as a paladin, and you had him...he was a football player too.

Your group dissolved? Yeah, I was in four different groups, and now it's down to one...damn.
16th-Apr-2003 10:09 pm (UTC)
Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Dragon Magazine recommended it to me, and it's got O Fortuna! O-frickin'-Fortuna! Menacing as all hell.
16th-Apr-2003 10:16 pm (UTC)
i used some music from that Movie The Messenger with Milla by that guy who did the 5th element... there were mixed results.
16th-Apr-2003 10:20 pm (UTC) - ...
hrmmm...what type of campaign were you running? Sometimes people get mixed results when you put certain songs on. Back when Mystara was popular with my group, we used to play Vivaldi and a lot of Baroque...when it got dramatic, I would put on chamber music...
18th-Apr-2003 12:21 am (UTC)
my players are born to the bullet when it comes to imagination, which is a DM's dream group, this is what I discovered. They like to see the events of the game very specificly. LIke in combat for example, all i tell them is whether they scored the hit or not, then they picture it to the rest of the group. It makes my job easier and it increases the fun for everyone when each player is describing the play by play to each other.

All in all i think it had mixed results because each one of em were playing their own custom selected soundtracks in their heads already :)
16th-Apr-2003 11:38 pm (UTC)
I've tried but my friend and I just don't have enough musical tastes together to agree on one thing. Have Carmina Burana, someone didn't like Opra. Have stuff like the Final Fantasy 6 sound track, Castlevania and other stuff but I get yelled at for playing it. >_
17th-Apr-2003 04:44 am (UTC)
I use the "Last of the Mohicans" soundtrack , Nicholas Gun "The Sacred Fire", and Alice Gomez " Journeys of the Flute" for backgroud music. then throw in the "Gladiator" and "Braveheart" Soundtracks for Battles.

I run a 3rd Ed D&D game, but also toy around with Werewolf the Apocolypse.

Good gaming.
17th-Apr-2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
Music ahh....such a thread apperared on the WOTC boards. Here's my input from way back then

Any of the music of Gustav Holtz's composition of 'The planets'

sountrack of Escaflowne music was written by Yoko Kano

Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer soundtrack.

Any good hard thrash and evil music for BBEG. Something with unintelegible lyrics or even in another language.
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