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Hi everyone! It's nice to see that there are some people in RoH also interested in D&D! I have experience as a DM and player in several different campaigns, but unfortunately none of my groups are currently active. Does anyone know about any campaigns with openings, or would anyone be interested in starting a campaign for RoH members? 😋

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7 hours ago, witchbolts said:

would anyone be interested in starting a campaign for RoH members? 😋

I already DM a 4e group every now and then but we are full on members right now.

 

However, I'd love to play in another session. Can't ever get enough D&D!!

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@MeRB I agree! You can never get enough D&D! I mostly have experience with 5th edition and that is probably what I would prefer to play. Thank you for your response, and I saw that you posted a link to the audio files for your campaign! I'll have to check them out sometime! :D 

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2 hours ago, witchbolts said:

I mostly have experience with 5th edition and that is probably what I would prefer to play.

This is what I currently play and I love it.

 

However, as a DM I only have experience w/ 4th and the knowledge of those monsters and how to balance those encounters.

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Are you sure this is a board about D&D? I don't see anywhere near enough edition wars going on. 😛

 

On a more serious note, I'm glad to see interest in the hobby here in RoH.

I myself am currently (very slowly) working on a map for a homebrew setting-thing.

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@Four Personally, I've never really experienced the edition wars LOL (I've onl;y really heard about it secondhand). I feel like everyone should just enjoy the game the way they like playing it and stop hating on others for enjoying the versions they play. Also, that's super awesome that you're working on a map for your homebrew setting! :D Are you drawing it by hand or using computer software or a website? I use Inkarnate for my own homebrew setting maps and it works great (one you learn how their system works)!

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Good to see that there is an amount of people playing/interested in DnD. I have been a GM for about 6 or so years and mostly just run homebrewed games do to having some issues with mechanics in DnD (like grid based movement and overall balancing of official games). 

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I've always wanted to really get into a good game of D&D, but it's so much about finding the right group to fit your playstyle to make it enjoyable. Difficult task thus far. 

 

 

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On 1/16/2019 at 3:12 AM, Maeric said:

I've always wanted to really get into a good game of D&D, but it's so much about finding the right group to fit your playstyle to make it enjoyable. Difficult task thus far.

That's true. Fortunately for me I live near a FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store [a good place to find a group of people]) and most of my friends are nerdy.

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You might also try, if you can't find the right group in person, one of the online tabletop sites, like roll20 or fantasygrounds. A few years back I started with an in-person group, but after another member, then I, moved away, the DM transitioned us to roll20 and we've been having virtual sessions ever since (tabletop through roll20, voice through Discord). I've also heard that groups and individuals will advertise on those sites as well, so it might be worth a look.

 

Now if there's an RoH campaign in the works, definitely count me in.

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Hello,

im new to the topic and to the guild all together but was wanting to know if there was any online D&D sessions currently accepting new members id love to start playing again since my old group id gone

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I have never played before, but I have been listening to the Adventure Zone, and would be lying if it didn't pique my interest in playing some actual D&D. 

 

I would totally be interested in perhaps playing something online with guildies. 

 

@Maeric speaking about finding the right group...

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Hi!

 

I'm new and excited to be here. I was always interested in DnD, but didn't find a group to play with until I'd managed to corrupt my entire friend group with Critical Role and The Adventure Zone. I can see that some people here have mentioned a desire to get into an online game together- I'm playing/DMing in a few, so if anyone wants tips on companion programs or apps that make things easier, just let me know!

 

Unfortunately I can't run a game for y'all right now.... I'm already running multiple games and it has devoured my time. 

 

Hot Tip, but Roll20's voice and video chats are extremely unreliable, so its best purpose is as a way to share real-time map information during combat or extended travel. It has a built-in dice roller too, but nothing beats rolling physical dice, even if you have to use the honor system for it. It also has a- sort of quasi- music player in it, which allows the DM to put on a soundtrack that plays independently of the VC. While sharing music other ways is much easier, this is an efficient way to synchronize that keeps the number of apps you've got open down.

 

Discord, Teamspeak, or Skype are best for the actual gameplay. I prefer Discord because it makes private side conversations really easy through DMs, and sharing images (like spell descriptions pulled from a wiki somewhere) fast, but that utility can also be found in group texts.

 

D&D Beyond is great for sharing and tracking character sheet information, but requires a GREAT DEAL (several hundred dollars) of cash to unlock all the expansion races and subclasses. Unfortunately they don't really have a system in place for unlocking information online that you've owned in a hardcover for two years. But! If a single person in your campaign owns content online, they can set that content to "share" with the campaign, and it becomes available to all other characters and the DM. You can also look up anything from any official 5e book there, regardless of what you have unlocked for sheet integration. This makes it the most reliably "canon" wiki, though their tagging system leaves a few things to be desired.

 

I primarily work in 5e (because my groups are fairly RP-focused and bad at math), but please know that if you prefer the more-math-more-details feel of 3.5, there are a LOT of resources fans have made over the years for 3.5, and many of the pathfinder tools are also fairly compatible with that version. 

 

Kid-friendly versions of 3.5 and 5e also exist! Check out the Dungeon Master's Guild sometime. It's a great website where DMs can share their homebrewed content for free or for money as they desire, and it's a great system for playtesting feedback. Wizards of the Coast works with that website, too, so they're chill with DMs getting a dollar or two there. People generally put up stuff for "pay what you can" or a few bucks, because it's a very "everyone should be able to play" kind of community. DnD Beyond is working on integrating the more popular homebrew content that they come in contact with, but I'm not sure how the money flows from that angle.

 

Another interesting place to visit- check out the Order of the Stick forums. It's a webcomic about D&D that's been going for years, and the most active community forum I've found that dissects min-max builds and debates multiclassing strategies. Reddit does a lot of that, too, but it's way easier to find things in a forum with a search function. Also, the OotS community is a smidge less likely to be rude. 

 

That was a lot of information that nobody asked for. Can you tell I'm DMing a lot.

 

Hope it helped someone, and hello again! ✨

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@RaVem @Maeric If you guys are still interested in trying to start a D&D group, count me in as well! Let's make it happen! I've been craving some good tabletop gaming for a while now. Preferably 5th edition, but it looks like most here already use it anyways

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On 3/14/2019 at 6:37 PM, Silver said:

@RaVem @Maeric If you guys are still interested in trying to start a D&D group, count me in as well! Let's make it happen! I've been craving some good tabletop gaming for a while now. Preferably 5th edition, but it looks like most here already use it anyways

I have never actually played DnD, any edition. I have recently started playing pathfinder, and it is... overwhelming, to say the least lol.

 

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9 hours ago, RaVem said:

I have never actually played DnD, any edition. I have recently started playing pathfinder, and it is... overwhelming, to say the least lol.

 

Overwhelming is the name of the game with Pathfinder!

 

That's because 3rd and 3.5th editions of DnD were very popular, and "open source" legally- they allowed anyone to make homebrew content, put "credit to wizards of the coast DnD" on the first page, and sell it or distribute at will! When DnD moved on to 4e and up, a lot of people out there with extensive libraries of content were pretty mad/sad/ gamer smad to see it go.

 

Pathfinder is the result of that feeling, a setting and even more crunchy detail-oriented spinoff of DnD 3.5e. It's fully compatible with that rulebook, actually. 

 

It probably seems very crunchy and particular compared to TAZ Balance, since they were doing a rules-light version of 5e, which is already focused on simplification and rp. 

 

If you ever needed to get into a DnD 3.5 game, you already know the rules from Pathfinder! And if you ever need to learn 5e, it will be so much easier. You've basically started on an elementalist as your first class, if that makes sense.

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5 hours ago, Flannel said:

If you ever needed to get into a DnD 3.5 game, you already know the rules from Pathfinder! And if you ever need to learn 5e, it will be so much easier. You've basically started on an elementalist as your first class, if that makes sense.

That totally does!

 

Thanks @Flannel

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