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Simplifying D&D style role playing rules for use without dice

So for "reasons", I have recently become interested in the idea of simplifying D&D rules that would be optimizing the available resources for play in your average jail. Which is to say, paper and pen, playing card deck, like maybe one of these things, a couple odd Scrabble tiles, and nothing else. Would want to retain a D&D style of playing the odds, so trying to avoid anything like pure storytelling rulesets. Squashing a lot of stuff out like constitution checks, etc since each session could typically only be about 90 minutes tops.
posted by mediocre on Jul 31, 2014 - 19 answers

Tips to help out a new DM/GM trying to run D&D Next Encounters Season.

Help a new Dungeon Master/Game Master run her first games with tips & tricks you wish you'd known when you first started out. Add to that the difficulty level of learning a new system, D&D Next at the same time. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Jul 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Whole-disk imaging under Windows

What is the best open-source method for imaging an entire external hard drive, and then mounting the resulting image as a read-only drive under Windows? The drive in question is an external USB FAT32 hard drive with two partitions. Is there a robust Win32 dd alternative? It would also be nice to be able to open the image under VMWare.
posted by anemone of the state on Feb 8, 2014 - 5 answers

If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this

I will be DMing a D&D campaign for the first time ever and I'm looking for some help/guidance on making this as enjoyable as possible for my players, mostly in terms of creating scenarios and encounters that are best resolved without combat. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jan 7, 2014 - 40 answers

Elves. In. Spaaace.

My D&D 3.5 campaign is going to space! Help it get there. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Mordernkainen's Eleven

My D&D 3.5 campaign is going to have a heist coming up and I'm in a bit over my head. If anyone has good reference materials, interesting mechanics and just anything else to make this be both fun and workable, it would help a lot. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 14, 2013 - 15 answers

What do I need to get my son started playing Dungeons and Dragons?

My son (11) has expressed an interest in playing Dungeons and Dragons. I would like to help him but I know nothing about the game and Amazon reviews of the basic starter set confuse things even further. What exactly does he need in order to start playing? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 27, 2013 - 20 answers

I'd like to buy a nerd, please

How can I find a nerd for hire who would run a D&D game for a group of friends? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Jul 10, 2013 - 18 answers

New DM needs help running his first one-shot D&D/Pathfinder session.

Calling all Dungeon Masters! Help a clueless new DM run a one-shot Pathfinder session. I have a series of questions inside about basic story-pacing, motivating player action, and game creation. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on Jun 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Good D&D/Pathfinder module for an all-dwarven party?

Can someone suggest a module or series of modules that is designed for, or could be adapted to, an all-dwarf party? (Other than An Unexpected Journey! But that sort of party, yes.) 3.5/Pathfinder preferred but can adapt. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jan 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Tips on tabletop RP mastering.

Game masters, dungeon masters, et. al. - lend me your wisdom and experience in constructing a cohesive and dynamic campaign storyline. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me be a great DM!

Help a somewhat disorganized dude be the best D&D 3.5 GM he can (hella long inside.) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Rune priest ability tracker?

Nerd alert: I'm playing a new rune priest in D&D. The class has tons of active and passive area effects to keep track of, which makes it both fun and challenging. Does anyone know of a worksheet I can use to make this easier? Something that I could glance at quickly to see what effects are active. I can certainly write one myself, but I'd like to save time if possible. Thanks!
posted by Aanidaani on Aug 17, 2012 - 3 answers

+5 to saving throws against hunger.

Help me come up with D&D-themed food ideas that I can make/bake/buy for our marathon gaming session tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Jan 14, 2012 - 21 answers

Bikini shopping?

Where can I find a stylish bikini that would work for me? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Disk cloning basics using dd in Linux

Backing up a possibly-about-to-die hard drive and putting it on a new drive, using dd in Linux - a few questions regarding how the cloning works. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jan 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Making DND Maps

Help me (low/no Photoshop skill) make maps for my online DND campaign. [more inside]
posted by marcin_zissou on Nov 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Geek Part III: The Homebrew

Help on building an investigation-based, long-form D&D Homebrew campaign. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Nov 8, 2011 - 24 answers

Online way to play D&D ?

Need suggestions for online way to play D&D with a mapping tool - [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Sep 26, 2011 - 4 answers

I rolled a 20, you have to be my friend

How do I role-play a high Charisma score? [more inside]
posted by Pastor of Muppets on Jun 6, 2011 - 15 answers

I need a crash course in Dungeons and Dragons!

I got invited to play D&D with a couple folks I really like. Help me not embarrass myself! [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 17, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me play Gamma World!

Have you played the new Gamma World? How was it? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

I need an easy campaign for total D&D n00bs.

I'm being asked to DM a D&D game for a bunch of completely new players. These are people who aren't even really into gaming. This could be fun! But we have 2 roadblocks: One, I haven't DMed in like 10 years. Two, I need a pretty set campaign to run. Is there a resource somewhere for easy to run, complete scenarious/campaigns for total n00bs?
posted by GilloD on Feb 24, 2011 - 17 answers

Tabletop for my mom

I am looking for short easy Table-top system for a one shot game. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Feb 15, 2011 - 9 answers

It shouldn't be this hard to find d6s.

Di(c)eFilter. I need help finding old dice! [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Feb 14, 2011 - 20 answers

What is "roll for initiative" and should I do it?

I have never played D&D before, but last week's Community looked super fun and interesting (not to mention, what a great episode) I've hit up some friends who used to play and there's some interest about getting a game going. But I literally know nothing, and don't know if I'm going to like it. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Cool storylines involving Eberron's industries/politics/economic disparities?

Eberron veterans! Help a DM (new to Eberron, not to DMing) out. I'm looking for intriguing plot hooks that specifically exploit two of the setting's distinctive characteristics: the treatment of magic as everyday technology, and the huge rich/poor gap (i.e., the extent to which the dragonmarked houses dominate). Share your stories, unused campaign hooks, or idle musings. Our preferred focus is role-playing, not roll-playing. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus on Feb 3, 2011 - 5 answers

OMG I can't believe they shoved this on me now.

Bachelor party in Edmonton, help! [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Oct 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I salvage this data?

Is there a way to salvage data from a stupid dd mistake? [Ubuntu] [more inside]
posted by Acari on Oct 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Suggest some D&D, Pathfinder, & roleplaying websites

After a 10 year hiatus, I've started roleplaying again. What are some good community sites? [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jun 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Making D&D happen when Party A is in Canada and Party B is in Texas

My husband says: "I am looking for a virtual game table or some way to play D&D 4e online. There seem to be a multitude of software (both free and not) and I was wondering which were the best (free or not) in people's experience." [more inside]
posted by Neofelis on Apr 15, 2010 - 5 answers

It turns out I had unexplored realms of geekiness.

I'm going to be running my first RPG and I need tips. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Share your favorite Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

What was your best D&D experience? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Apr 8, 2010 - 35 answers

Should I run a one-off D&D game for a party with (adult) non-players?

Any suggestions for one-off D&D game for newbies? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Dec 3, 2009 - 16 answers

One-Night Dungeon

I need a good idea for a one-night D&D game! [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 18, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I extensively, safely mod D&D?

I am attempting to create a new D&D-based RPG, using a lot of non-standard races and rules. Help? [more inside]
posted by neewom on Jul 18, 2009 - 18 answers

I wanna be the coolest GM in the HISTORY OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD. Need rules.

Help me put together a D&D game for an awesome bunch of 7-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jul 5, 2009 - 19 answers

D&D via VOIP?

Tips for D&D via Skype (especially audio tips?) [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire on Jun 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Baby shower gift for D&D player?

Help! Clueless dorks need to come up with a baby shower gift for our Dungeon Master. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on May 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Pimp My Beholder

Alright, nerds: Help me mod my upcoming D&D campaign. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

NerdFilter: Should I buy the 4th Edition D&D Rules Books?

NerdFilter: Should I buy the 4th Edition D&D Rules Books? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Nov 3, 2008 - 29 answers

Extracting phantom files from old CDRW

I have a legacy CDRW which shows up empty when mounted in either Linux or Windows. Extracting an iso image under linux via dd yields greppable strings which indicate files are hiding inside. How do I extract the files without knowing what format or filesystem they are in? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Oct 1, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I keep my D&D game organized?

I'm launching a tabletop D&D game later this month, and it's my first time DMing what I'm hoping will be a long campaign. How can I keep things organized? [more inside]
posted by daveqat on Sep 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Where can I find good D&D podcasts?

I need a good D&D-themed podcast. The only one I've found that's still updating is a recording of a game group's actual sessions, but that's not what I want. Ideally, it'll be about running a good game, creating campaigns, &c. Any links for me? [more inside]
posted by daveqat on Jun 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for an online D&D client.

I'm looking for a program that will simulate the experience of playing pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons, but allow online play. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Dec 16, 2007 - 22 answers

I need help finding a really nice set of dice for playing D&D

D&DFilter: I want to buy my girlfriend a very nice set of dice for her to use when she plays D&D. But I don't know what kinds of dice she needs, nor do I know what separates nice dice from very nice dice. [more inside]
posted by paulus andronicus on Nov 26, 2007 - 31 answers

Killer D&D campaign

How can I, as a first-time D&D 3.5 DM, make my campaign completely kick ass? [more inside]
posted by baphomet on Sep 3, 2007 - 19 answers

Are there any really interesting web sites that discuss the video game Neverwinter Nights?

Are there any really interesting web sites that discuss the video game Neverwinter Nights? (Ideally, Neverwinter Nights 2.) [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Aug 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me find tools to organize and run an online pnp RPG game.

I am interested in setting up a D&D game with old friends using the magic of the internet, what tools do I need? [more inside]
posted by absalom on Aug 26, 2007 - 7 answers

Immortal-Level D&D Adventures?

Can you recommend any epic-level D&D-style adventures that might still be available? I'm looking for what used to be called "Immortal Level" adventures, stories including flight, multiple continents, other dimensions, astral realms and travel, wars directed over whole realms, floating cities, ancient beings, gods, that kind of stuff. [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Aug 11, 2007 - 9 answers

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