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  • hairylarry
    hairylarry commented on ZDL's status
    One of the interesting things that has been brought up is "aulde skoole" gaming and its fond veneration in some memories. It's my opinion (as someone who started in 1977 with the "blue book" edition) that a lot of people are using seriously pink-tinted lenses when thinking back to those early days.

    Which sounds to me like a new kind of blog entry: a historical deep dive.

    Stay tuned!
    One of the interesting things that has been brought up is "aulde skoole" gaming and its fond veneration in some memories. It's my opinion (as someone who started in 1977 with the "blue book" edition) that a lot of people are using seriously pink-tinted lenses when thinking back to those early days.<...See more
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    hairylarry
    Jun 21
    Sounds interesting
    ZDL
    Jun 21
    Well, I started writing it and then computers did computers and I lost an hour's work.

    I'll try again later.

    I hate these things.
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    Gamer+ News June 21, 2021
    Join us tonight on Inspired Unreality open game chat. The opening topic is Mixed Parties, that is parties where the PCs are at different levels. This ...
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    Mixed parties.

    D&D games today tend to have parties where all the PCs are at the same level. Often the whole party takes an evening to level up.

    In earlier times parties were often mixed. Leveling up was done per person based on XP and XP was doled out by the DM at the end of the evening based on PC performance. Players took notes to remind the DM, I killed that troll or I cast that spell trying to maximize XP earned. Also different classes leveled up at different XP so there was almost never an entire party leveling up at the same time. This took a lot of bookkeeping but that's the kind of geeks we were.

    Also when a PC was killed the player would roll a new character at level 1. So a party of four could have a level 3 thief, a level 4 fighter, a level 2 wizard, and a level 1 cleric. (Who used to be the best fighter until he died.)

    I like this. It adds a certain grittiness to the game and it certainly affects battle tactics. But when I wrote Just Quest as a minimal rules OSR I wrote, "The characters level up on successful completion of a quest". A simple rule for a game designed to be easy to play.

    Where do you stand on this? Do you enjoy playing in mixed parties? If you're a DM do you try to keep your parties at about the same level or do you embrace the idea of mixed parties?

    We may discuss this on Inspired Unreality Monday night or we may just drink some tea with the Milyagon witch and see what happens next.
    Mixed parties.

    D&D games today tend to have parties where all the PCs are at the same level. Often the whole party takes an evening to level up.

    In earlier times parties were often mixed. Leveling up was done per person based on XP and XP was doled out by the DM at the ...See more
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    CarlHeyl
    Jun 20
    I'd like to add that in the oldest of old school most of your XP came from earning treasure not killing monsters. Which means two things 1. You don't have to fight that big bad monster if there was a way around it to get the treasure behind it. and 2. Your lower level character would level very rapidly because of the amount of gold the higher level party was able to procure.

    I appreciate the comments about mixed level parties being difficult to adjudicate for. But one thing that is different for old school (unless I am mistaken they changed this in later editions) is that any magic user could use any scroll. Even if they are not high enough level to cast that spell. So if you have a low level wizard among your 5th level parties dropping a few scrolls changes the whole dynamic.
    I'd like to add that in the oldest of old school most of your XP came from earning treasure not killing monsters. Which means two things 1. You don't have to fight that big bad monster if there was a ...See more
    hairylarry
    Jun 20
    I didn't know that. When I mentioned scrolls I was thinking of more spells per day not stronger spells. Also when I was first playing D&D we got almost all our hit points from killing monsters just because the game wasn't treasure oriented. Generally speaking group XP is always the lion's share and will help low level characters level up fast.I didn't know that. When I mentioned scrolls I was thinking of more spells per day not stronger spells. Also when I was first playing D&D we got almost all our hit points from killing monsters jus...See more
    ZDL
    Jun 21
    You may level up quicker sure.

    Provided you don't get instakilled by the first creature larger than a kitten that takes a swipe at you.

    Provided you don't get BORED being relegated to the sideline for multiple grueling hours of watching OTHER PEOPLE have fun.

    I mean my calculus is simple: I play games for fun. If I'm not having fun, I don't go to that game anymore. I don't plan fun on spec. It's fun out the door or I move on.

    The non-combat things that hairylarry mentioned can ameliorate this, but in my experience those tended to be few and far between in most campaigns. You'd have a short time in the village talking to the villagers and then it's the next fifteen sessions in the dungeon.

    There are a great many things to praise in the old school. The way mixed-level parties worked was not one of them. Some GMs could figure it out. Most couldn't, leaving the low-levelled character's player bored and/or frustrated and, very likely, absent next week.
    You may level up quicker sure.

    Provided you don't get instakilled by the first creature larger than a kitten that takes a swipe at you.

    Provided you don't get BORED being...See more
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  • hairylarry
    "Worldbuilding Magazine is proud to present our June 2021 issue: Cosmology. We’ve taken a step back from our usual in-depth look at the details of worldbuilding and this time we’re talking about the cosmos. For some projects, designing the deities, creation story, or the position of the stars can be massively important. In this issue you can find:

    Five new articles discussing creation stories, celestial beings, and more! Plus, a new short story by Ike Riva.

    An interview with Artifexian, the host of the YouTube channel of the same name.

    Plus, your questions answered in our Ask Us Anything column!"

    https://www.worldbuildingmagazine.com/2021/6/cosmology/

    "Worldbuilding Magazine is proud to present our June 2021 issue: Cosmology. We’ve taken a step back from our usual in-depth look at the details of worldbuilding and this time we’re talking about the cosmos. For some projects, designing the deities, creation story, or the position of the stars can be...See more
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    Setting Up A Twitch Studio - Posting
    My stream schedule has been changed. Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 PM Central. Sunday at 5:00 PM Central. Some Sundays my band, Bebop Beatniks, will be...
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  • hairylarry
    I am moving my twitch stream to the porch Sunday evening at 5:00 Central, featuring my band, Bebop Beatniks. I have been blogging about twitch streams and this setup will be described in a future article about running a twitch stream on battery power.

    Family game tonight and it looks like it's going to be a big fight. Every player will also be running an NPC doubling our fire power. No worries. It's 5e.
    I am moving my twitch stream to the porch Sunday evening at 5:00 Central, featuring my band, Bebop Beatniks. I have been blogging about twitch streams and this setup will be described in a future article about running a twitch stream on battery power.

    Family game tonight and it looks ...See more
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    Gamer+ News June 13, 2021
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    Tonight! On Inspired Unreality Ari and the Milyagon witch continue researching the potion book that Ari's cat Tu...
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  • hairylarry
    hairylarry commented on their blog post
    Chicken Scratch Notes
    I've been working on the chicken scratch for Ari's book of teas and potions.

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    v = v
    t = +
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    r = \
    d = /o = ou = uw = w
    other ...
    Jun 11
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    hairylarry
    Jun 11
    I checked on Discord. The ingredients for the second tea blend are lavender, rose hips, rose buds, and mint. Maybe it's a mood elevator and maybe it's a love potion.
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    Setting Up A Twitch Studio - Workflow
    Everyone wants to buy equipment but nobody wants to think about workflow. Yet, without a well defined idea about anticipated workflow it's difficult t...
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MixRemix - My Free Culture/Creative Commons Blog

  • Imagination is great. But to get stuff that’s truly weird we have to look to history. According to the Public Domain Review: The Zuni Pueblo is one of several pueblos in Arizona and New Mexico whose inhabitants are descendants of prosperous and sometimes cliff-dwelling settlements that flourished for millennia,While its exact origin date remains uncertain,...
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  • [NCVM] No Copyright Vlog Music #typebeat​ #freetypebeat​ #ncvm​ Download Free and Copyright Safe [Free] Type Beat 2021 like: Hyperpop, Kid laroi, Gunna, Iann dior & many more Type Beat Music for video and music content creators on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitch without any sort of copyright issues. (NCVM)
    Apr 29
  • Use these Spooky Sounds from the Underwater Ambience album in your spooky project. These sounds were recorded underwater by Libby & Marcel (the Free to Use Sounds duo). Underwater Ambience! The Hidden Sounds by freetousesounds They are licensed CC-BY
    Feb 10
  • Gerard Nolst Trenité – The Chaos (1922) Dearest creature in creation Studying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse. I will keep you, Susy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy; Tear in eye, your dress you’ll tear; Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer. Pray,...
    Feb 6
  • Here’s an article from the Public Domain Review. https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/sea-shanties Sea Shanties are currently experiencing a hug revival. I mean, what’s not to like? Here’s a link to the book. https://archive.org/details/musicofwaterscol00smituoft/mode/2up The article lists many other books as well.
    Feb 3

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