April 13th, 2006


Well last summer me and some friends tried to start a gaming group, which is when I joined this forum. I hadn't DMed in about 8 or 10 years. I never played (it went that it was my idea to play so I should be the DM with my original group. And hey only two of them had ever played out of 9 so...)

Well one of the group never showed when we were going to try and play. It got to be a pain in the ass. We eventually gave up.

A few months ago I loan my first DragonLance book to the 13 year old next door. She is not a reader but she liked my short story with a kender I wrote in college. She is absolutely hooked on the DL book. Last night she comes over to borrow the third in the series and we started talking about gaming. I showed her all my stuff (I still had my old stuff and the newer books when we tried to play last year). She loved all my dice and is interested in trying to play. So Friday we are taking her to Bookery Fantasy (the local gaming place here) to let her look at dice, figures, books, etc. She'll be overwhelmed. She's extremely excited and so am I because I'll have someone else to bug my husband to play (he doesn't get into it a lot) and just play in general.

It's nice when you can get someone into this at a young age because they will recruit people they know and then a new generation of gamers is born.

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Spaceship Jason

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When ever my little brother's birthday rolls around, I always buy him something Dnd related. Same with christmas.

Here is my strategical buying list to get a kid hooked to the fantasy genre's crack.

For christmas I bought him the DnD Basic Set.
For his 13th birthday I gave him a player's handbook.
For the next christmas I gave him a monster manual and a DMG.
For his 14th birthday I gave him a DM screen, a module and atlas for kingdoms of Calamar (both free at the comic and game shop I used to work at. I actually scrounged the atlas out of the dumpster.) I also got him Complete Adventurer and three boxes of minis.

He is now geekier than me, though I know the rules better. I game with him in my uncle's campaign and its really fun that there's three of us; we all look alike have the same weird sense of humor. I bet its more than a little creepy for the other players.

dungeon suggestions

I'm creating a large dungeon for a 3rd level party in a custom campaign setting. The dungeon is the ex-lair of a Black Dragon (old, not sure which category, but old), which has been reinhabited by various dungeon denizen. The dungeon should be quite large, with at least 5000xp available -- this will likely take several gaming sessions to clear.

Does anyone have any good dungeon ideas that have been successful? I'm looking for interesting traps, encounter setups, loot, map pieces, anything really. I'm sure I can create such a dungeon, but I want to make it really interesting, so I thought I'd open it up and see what you guys suggest. Anything from EL 2 to EL 6 is good... maybe more if there's a smart way to defeat it at lower levels.