Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Timeline of Fantasy RPG

Our conversation on Sunday got me curious so I looked up some dates that might have been important to our gaming lives:

  • Dungeons and Dragons was published in 1974.
  • AD&D was published in 1977. (Monster Manual - 1977, Player's Handbook - 1978, Dungeon Master's Guide - 1979, Dieties & Demigods - 1980, Fiend Folio - 1981, Monster Manual II - 1983, Unearthed Arcana - 1985, Oriental Adventures - 1985, Dungeoneer's Survival Guide - 1986, Wilderness Survival Guide - 1986, Manual of the Planes - 1987, Dragonlance Adventures -1987, Greyhawk Adventures - 1988
  • AD&D 2nd edition was published in 1989.
  • Wizards of the Coast acquired TSR in 1997.
  • D&D 3.0 was published in 2000.
  • D&D 3.5 was published in 2003.
  • D&D 4th edition was published in 2008.
  • Pathfinder Beta was published in 2008.
  • Pathfinder RPG was published in 2009.
My first product was the D&D Basic set from 1979. I was able to pinpoint that because of the for the following I found on Wikipedia:

"For a period in 1979, TSR experienced a dice shortage. Basic sets published during this time frame came with two sheets of numbered cutout cardstock chits that functioned in lieu of dice, along with a coupon for ordering dice from TSR."

I followed shortly with the 3 core hardcovers. I remember that Dieties & Demigods was the new book when it came out. I have a 1st edition copy with the two unauthorized mythos.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Game this Sunday, 11/4/12

At this point we are scheduled to play Legacy of Fire on Sunday at 2:00 at Bruce's house. I will do my best to be there around 2:00 but I may be a little later.

I am expecting David, Jon, Bruce and Dave. Matt F is invited but I am not sure if he remembers or can make it or not.

Everyone should have a 2nd level character.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Reminder: Game next Sunday, 10/7/12

Just a reminder that we are scheduled to play Pathfinder next Sunday. I will be continuing the Legacy of Fire Adventure Path. I will try to be there by 2:00 but I might be a tad later than that.

Everyone should also bring a 2nd level version of their character. You will level up during the session. It will save time if you have the next version ready to go.

I show that you are playing the following:

Bruce is playing a Ifrit Bard.
Dave is playing a Tiefling Barbarian.
David is a Aasimar Cleric.
Jon is a Human Paladin.
Matt has to yet make a character.
See you Sunday.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Next session

Is everyone onboard for having our scheduled game on 10/7/12? I am prepared to continue Legacy of Fire.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Problem with 9/9/12 date

Well, it looks like we have a wrench in our plans for September. My family will be celebrating the birthdays of my Aunt Kathy and my niece, Quinn, on Sunday, 9/9/12. It is not really something I should miss. If we want to still get together on that date, it would have to be later say around 6:00 PM. Otherwise I expect we will have to cancel for September.

If we want to get together and continue the Legacy of Fire, I can make that work. If some do not want to come out and/or travel for a short session, the rest of us can still get together and do someting. We can always play a lower tier PFS scenario or a board game.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Reminder - Game this Sunday 7/8/12

Just a reminder, we are scheduled for our Sunday game this coming weekend on 7/8/12. I am scheduled to run Pathfinder.

As a side note, I have been a bit dissatisfied with the way the game has been playing out lately. I am not sure if it is the adventure or the high-level play. I figure that if I am not satisfied then the players may not be either.

I was looking for input from the players as to what you would like to do. Our current group of players is Bruce, Dave, David, Jon and Matt F.

We can stick it out with the current characters and adventure and hope my feelings change.

We could start a new high level adventure with the same characters and see how that goes.

I could start a new low level adventure with new characters. I could even start an adventure path (I have several) which would take the characters from 1st to 15th+ assuming that we stuck with it. It would provide several years of story based upon our frequency of play.

I know that we have tried PFS and I am not sure that it is everyone’s cup of tea. It fits the infrequent gaming schedule but most of us already play regularly on Tuesday nights.

We could try a different game system for a while. The questions there are which one and would everyone be ok with it? Pathfinder seems to be a nice common ground.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Upcoming Game Dates

We are scheduled to play next on Sunday, May 6th. So far as I know this date will work. I expect to to run Fane of the Fallen unless you want to try your hands at something different and/or lower level. I expect Matt F. to be joining us.

The first Sunday of June is the 3rd and the first Sunday of July is the 1st. I think the June date will work as long as Bruce does not end up working Sunday and Monday nights. The July date will not work for me. We will be celebrating the 4th of July that weekend as the actual holiday falls on a Wednesday. I expect I could make 7/8/12 work. Thoughts?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Updated information

I need to update the information on my Sunday game page. It is woefully out of date.

Please provide me with your character name, class(es), level(s) and the same for any sidekicks.

Everyone should currently be 14th level.

Matt Falk will be joining our game. It is not yet clear if he will be attending in April but he plans to attend in May.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Game this Sunday

We are on for our scheduled game session on Sunday. I expect Bruce, Dave, David, Jon and myself (not that other are not welcome). I sent a note to Matt F to see if he was interested in joining but I would not expect him this time.

Bruce will be running the Harrowing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Future of the game

Christian has informed me, for various reasons, he will be dropping out of the Sunday game.

That leaves us with 5 regulars; Bruce, Dave, Jon, David and myself. Brian is a sometimes participant and I suspect that Russ and Randy are now in the retired category (but still welcome mind you). I can remove you from the blog distribution if you like but again you are welcome to lurk.

I would like to have a discussion about the future of the game. Having fewer players is both bane and boon. On the good side, combats and storyline will move faster. On the bad side, absent players make it more likely for canceled sessions. We could also recruit a few new players. I know that Bruce has someone at work that is interested.

I have been running the Fane of the Fallen adventure as it is easy to prepare and is the appropriate level for the characters that everyone had. Of late, we have been playing sporadically and it seems that the storyline is being lost and there is a lack of energy to the game in general. I am willing to continue running this if everyone is onboard and having fun but I am also willing to try something else.

The something else would likely be another prepared Pathfinder adventure or adventure path starting with new guys and lower level. The reality of creating my own material, with the time I have available and the backlog of purchased adventures, seems slim. Changing systems would also likely become disruptive.

I am not sure that playing PFS is a solution as we already have trouble with getting the core Tuesday guys (where four of us play regularly) to the appropriate levels. Also the changes in the module rules make playing those for credit harder too.

I do not have the solutions but I am open to suggestions.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Game for this Sunday is Cancelled

Due to the fact that Bruce is out of town for work and I have been sick for the last week, we need to postpone the game scheduled for this Sunday. I am open to an alternate date this month or waiting until February.