July 2015 Blog Carnival: Weapons of Legend

Weapons of Legend

They are unique, mythic, and transcend the mere ordinary, they are . . .

Weapons of Legend

and they are also the topic for this month’s RPG Blog Carnival.

When someone speaks of a legendary weapon most folks immediately go to those that have been called out in stories for centuries or popularized in the novels and movies of today. Some examples would include:

To most that’s all there is to it but there is another category that is just as interesting. These are the weapons that are legendary not because they have some mystical power, no they are legendary because of who used them or for what they were used for. Weapons that would fall into this category would be ones such as:

  • The rifle used to assassinate John F. Kennedy
  • The pistols used by Billy the Kid
  • La Tizona the sword of El Cid
  • The Mourning Sword worn by George Washington to funerals

rpgblogcarnivallogoSo for this month’s submission to the Blog Carnival please share a Weapon of Legend. Feel free to include one from either category (or both!), maybe share the story that created the legend, or a story of the weapon being used. There topic is pretty open and let’s face it, wielding one these weapons is something that many would dream about, after-all, who wouldn’t want to swing The Vorpal Sword at least once?

Be sure to include a link back to this post in your article, or stop by and add a comment with a link to your post.

Looking forward to seeing the arsenal that is assembled.

May your dice roll well!

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Carrying on the RPG Blog Alliance Tradition

RPG Blog AllianceAs many are aware, and as mentioned here, the existing RPG Blog Alliance is closing, in fact it is due to shut down in just a few days.

A number of members expressed a desire to have the RSS feeds placed in a file that they could then import into a newsreader of their own and after a bit of work the file folks are looking for is linked to at the end of this post.

While that was something I did to help the community out, and after giving it some thought, I’ve decided to help the community continue on, at least in the spirit I believe was intended by its founder.

So in addition to providing the RSS file for download I’m providing the following to the community as well.

The Google+ Community: RPG Blog Alliance

Available now on Google+ is the RPG Blog Alliance Community. The community itself is public but you do have to request to be a member of it, I’m doing that primarily to help gate potential spammers not to keep anyone out. Please, if you’re an RPG Blogger and on Google+ stop by and request to join.

RPG Blog Alliance Posts on Twitter

I know that many members enjoyed the twitter feed that was generated by the Alliance so I’m now pushing as many of the member posts as I can through the twitter feed of this site: https://twitter.com/ofdicendragons. To distinguish them from other tweets in the thread they will be tagged with the hashtag #rpgba.

I would like to thank Jeff once again for all his hard work in creating this Alliance and wish him well with his future endeavors.

Want the the RSS file? You can grab it here.

May your dice roll well!

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The Campaign Pitch

Sunrise over the MountainsWhen of Dice and Dragons turned nine last year I mentioned that one of my goals was to finally get a new campaign of the ground. There’s been a bit of interest but nothing that I would say that’s catching fire and getting things going and some of that is on me.

Let’s face it, you need to have the GM fired up over his campaign to get the players hyped up right?

So, I’ve decided that I need to create a campaign pitch. It’s something short and sweet that will cause the players to show some interest and generate the types of discussions that get you from “sounds interesting,” to “here’s the latest take on my character.”

Obviously you need something to build off of, a concept of sorts, a direction to take your players, even if you don’t have all the plot lines mapped out yet (or even started).

So I came up with a campaign setting to start with, say hello to The Osrin Empire (I’ve previously stated that I’m leaving my beloved Rylon behind). The name is just a starting point really, there’s no history sketched out yet, other than it’s been in existence for some time. I’ve also decided that the Empire itself isn’t really interested in expanding at the moment, things are comfortable and stable so the powers that be are following the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” model.

That’ doesn’t leave anything really interesting for a group of adventurers to do, unless your into pure urban or political adventurers, so I need somewhere for them to go as a jump off point for adventuring.

I will admit that the merchant’s caravan mechanic crossed my mind but I don’t want to force feed things here so I’m going to put a town on the edge of the Empire, a place where young fools, or adventurers, go based on the tales they’ve heard. This gives me the ability to craft locations, NPCs, and story lines but it also serves a purpose when it comes to generating characters.

Why did you travel there?
Who did you leave behind?

In addition it leaves open the ability to start characters above the initial level as they had to journey there. Since the town is at the edge of the Empire things will get more dangerous the further out you go so improvements in battle skills and arcane ability wouldn’t be out of the question.

Finally, no campaign can really exist for me unless it has a cool title as well. I’m also fond of titles that hint at things to come, or not.

So here’s what I came up with for my pitch, I’ll be circulating it to my potential players in the days to come as well.

In the Shadows of Giants

The Osrin Empire has become tame and there is little adventure to be had within its borders now. The great adventurers of old sit around the fire telling tales to those that will listen and fill their flagons with ale.

But there are those that still yearn to travel into unknown territories, delve into the depths in search of riches, and slay those creatures that were only whispered about in the scary tales told to keep them in bed as children. For those, they travel to the edge of the empire, to Ashbourne. A bustling and growing town that sits in the shadow of the Burning Slopes, the Giant Mountains of Osrin and is the base for many of their journeys.

So, will you pay for another round of ale or will you take to the road and travel to Ashbourne to make your mark?

Would you play based on this? Why not share in the comments.

May your dice roll well.

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Person, place or thing? What do you use to get started?

Volcano

Often the hardest thing to do when you get started on a new project, whether it’s a new campaign, story arc, or even a session, is to find inspiration.

So my question to all of you is what do you use for inspiration? Whether you go to your favorite novels, movies, or music, I think it all comes back to one of three things – a person, place or thing.

Person

Personally I tend to gravitate towards this one when I’m working up a session idea, who do I want the party to interact with? There are lot of stereotypes and cliches you can use here but the more memorable ones are those that have a particular quirk that the party can always recall later.

One such person I used in the past was a character by the name of Pix (my group I’m sure will remember him all these years later). Pix was an NPC that only the party could see, at least initially. He had a particular pattern of speech which would mimic and poke fun at the party members. This started out as an annoying trait but the party came to realize that it was just his way of speaking and eventually learned to look past it in order to understand what he was saying – often times a warning as he was a rather “old soul.”

If you need examples think of Yoda and his speech pattern, or Merlin the the film Excalibur who always spoke in a type of riddle format.

The important thing here is to stay away from the stereotypes – think outside of the box.

Place

Who doesn’t like traveling to some far off place in search of adventure? Having an iconic place to make as your group’s destination is always a good way to get the juices following. Picking a location as a destination typically brings out the need for a new map (something that I find always helps get me going) or maybe a written up description that you can share with the group. If you’re artistic, maybe there’s a drawing you can do or create a short video showing the location with some mood music.

Some of those might seem a bit of a stretch (a video?). The point is to get your creative juices going, something that will get you to have a vested interest in the development of those plot lines, and let’s face it, a video or written description you can use to “advertise” your new campaign to your group is a great offshoot.

Thing

I think this category is probably the most used of the three. At the center of many quests is an object that someone holds in high regard and that it appears only a hero can obtain. The point is to create something that only the party can obtain or is hired to obtain. A rare artifact, or a spell component, are both often used in fantasy settings, but you could just as easily select a weapon such as Excalibur, or, if you read Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara.

You can also flip it this and make it about getting rid of something, such as the One Ring in the Lord of The Rings. Let’s face it, it was all about the ring, but not obtaining it, rather destroying it (also note that it’s also about a place, Mount Doom).

So, what do you use to get your creativity flowing? A person, place or thing? Why not share in the comments below?

May your dice roll well.

 

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