The scene is familiar: the DM begins describing the adventure, and your characters come together. Maybe you decide your characters have been traveling together for a long time, or you are thrown together by the events of the story, but for whatever reason, you have a group of heroes – and most groups are going to need a name…
Think about the groups of heroes you like on TV and in movies, and in novels and comics: The Avengers. The Justice League. The Fellowship of the Ring. Dumbledore’s Army. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The Impossible Missions Force. The Magnificent Seven (I’m not sure they were ever called that in the movie, but I’m still counting it).
Many of these groups get their names from the context of how the group came together, what their mission is, or who their members are.
If you’re looking for inspiration, I’ve put together a list of possible group names, which can help jump-start your own imagination:
Continue reading Why I Game – List of Adventuring Company Sample Names
This year is the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons. So, in celebration of that, and in light of the fact that D&D is releasing a new edition this year, I’m posting some stories I have of playing Dungeons and Dragons and other role-playing games.
(Via Wizards of the Coast)
On Tuesday, Wizards of the Coast kicked off their months-long roll-out of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition with the release of the Starter Set. Now that it’s out, I’m sure there will be lots of people looking to put together a game for the first time. I’ve written previously about how to recruit players, but what if you just want to send somebody a link and give them everything they need to know about the game in one fell swoop? Wouldn’t that be easier?
Fortunately, when I first started recruiting players in Los Angeles, that’s exactly what I did – I would talk to somebody about the game and my experiences with it, and then if they expressed any interest I would send an email all about the game and how it worked in broad strokes. What follows is an expanded version of that original email – meant to target new players. If you have anybody you’d like to recruit to D&D, feel free to just copy-paste the text below (or just forward the link) and drop it into an email:
Continue reading Why I Game – Dungeons and Dragons: A Primer for Beginners
This year is the 40th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons. So, in celebration of that, and in light of the fact that D&D is releasing a new edition this summer, I’m posting some stories I have of playing Dungeons and Dragons and other role-playing games.
Last time, I discussed a few of the systems my group has run campaigns in, namely “Necessary Evil” and “Warhammer 40K.” This week, I’m going to focus on the setting we spent all of 2013 in: “Unknown Armies.”
Continue reading Why I Game – Playing In Other Systems (Part Two)