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29th-Oct-2004 12:59 am
Zelda
Heya, I just joined the community and have been playing Dungeons & Dragons for a little over a month now with my boyfriend and two of his friends from where he works. We play in the Forgoten Realms campaign setting, and though I'm new to D&D, I collect the Monster Manuals/Compendiums.

My characters:

Name: Night Eyes
Gender: Female
Race: Drow
Age: 120
Alignment: Lawful Good
Level/Class: Level 10 Monk
Deity: Eilistraee
Unique feature(s): Slate grey skin and aquamarine blue eyes. Plus, she emerged in Kara-Tur, lived there for thirty years and thus has an Oriental accent when she speaks Common.

Name: Xulia Aseph Sane
Gender: Female
Race: Tiefling (Baatezu blood)
Age: 21
Alignment: Neutral Good
Level/Class: Level 5 Sorcerer/ Level 2 Devil Deciple
Deity: Mystra
Tiefling traits: Yellow-orange eyes, pointed teeth, a pair of horns, and a tail. Recently, she began undergoing a slow and painful transformation into a half-fiend.

Devil/Demon Deciple is my DM's custom made prestige class for Tiefling characters using a powered-down half-fiend template with an alignment choice in later levels of Lawful or Evil.

Name: Halcyon (Character in a separate Forgotten Realms D&D game.)
Gender: Female
Race: Halfling
Age: 21
Alignment: Neutral Good
Level/Class: Level 2 Rogue
Deity: Yondalla
Misc. Note: Halcyon keeps her identity hidden behind a hood/cloth scarf.

X-posted to dnd3e and dnd_women.
Comments 
29th-Oct-2004 12:16 am (UTC)
Do you actually play two different characters in the same campaign? Isn't that a bit confusing - especially since you've been playing for only a little more than a month?

And I understand the urge to buy all the Monster Manuals out there - my impressive AD&D2E library can attest to that. But now I've come to the conclusion that "Less is More" - when I DM, I usually stick to the Core Rules.

Sure, using monsters from lots of different books might make sure that there is variety in the opponents of your party. But it might also turn your campaign into a "Monster of the Week" game. The trick here, I think, is not to use new monsters all the time - but to use the "standard" ones in new and different ways - at different Hit Dice, in different environments, and, if sapient, with different character classes, equipment, organziation and culture.

This way, the PCs will encounter "familiar" monsters over and over again - but the monsters themselves are varied enough that the PCs will never be certain about what to expect. This is not only realistic, but will also help them to think of their opponents as more as mere stat blocks.

Templates are great for that, too - see my earlier post about the "half-fiendish wyrmling green dragon"...


Do you plan to DM at some point, or do you only read the Monster Manuals for pleasure?
29th-Oct-2004 02:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, Night Eyes and Xulia are in the same campign adventure. Even though I've not played D&D for long, I have played multiple characters in other role-playing games and am used to it.

I saw your post and think it's a great idea, especially since Halloween is right around the corner.

As for collecting the monster manuals, I don't plan to DM, and I read them when I have nothing better to do. I'm quite facinated by monsters and always have been ever since I was little.
29th-Oct-2004 03:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, Night Eyes and Xulia are in the same campign adventure. Even though I've not played D&D for long, I have played multiple characters in other role-playing games and am used to it.

Which games, if I may ask?

Two of my old favorites are GURPS and Shadowrun...

And I've never played more than one character at the same time. Perhaps because I've always had at least three other players in the group...

As for collecting the monster manuals, I don't plan to DM, and I read them when I have nothing better to do. I'm quite facinated by monsters and always have been ever since I was little.

If that's the case, then I can recommend GURPS Creatures of the Night, which has some really creepy critters. The author has said that most of them spring from his personal nightmares, and it shows...
29th-Oct-2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
Just an online text-based MUCK that's Pokemon themed, but I don't Role-Play anymore there, I just talk to my friends.

Is that sold in stores? If not, I could alays try and download it. Thanks for suggesting it. :)
29th-Oct-2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
Is that sold in stores?

Depends on whether the game store in question carries GURPS books. But you can always purchase it directly from their website http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/CreaturesNight/">here...

And speaking of monsters, the ones in Call of Cthulhu (available in both d20 and non-d20 versions) and the one in the Creature Companion (by Chaosium and not d20, but it should be available in any game store that carries Call of Cthulhu) are both very good...
30th-Oct-2004 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info, I'll look into them when I get some free time.
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