Category: Role Playing

Episode 355 – Krunk Leader

In which we take a break from our recap of GW 90s games and instead join Mike and a plethora of dodgy sounding people to talk about the ongoing Dungeons and Dragons campaign that they are all playing in. So we are joined by Andy, Cathy, James, Chris and DM Joel as we get a catch up on how the campaign has gone over the last year and what the characters have been up to.

Mostly this seems to be Krunk (Mikes character) getting the party into near death situations and then getting them out of it with a well timed critical role on the d20. We do talk some about how our characters have developed over the year and touch on what roleplaying means to us but thats a pretty big subject and we do have a years worth of adventuring to get through.

IMG_3466Don’t worry we hear from each player individually over the next few weeks / months / years (you know how it goes with this show) enabling you to become a lot more familiar with whats going on. We might even be able to persuade Emily to come on the show, though as she thinks this podcasting lark is all a bit silly I’m not holding out hope – bloody teenagers.

Direct Link: http://www.foolsdaily.com/fools_355.mp3

Over Invested??

Got another DnD session tomorrow in Birmingham and as I sit here watching the cricket I’m thinking about how my character has developed over the past year and wondering if other folks do the same sort of thing.  I mean I know I tend to over invest in the story aspect of miniature games but surely RPGs are different and everyone has the same sort of story thoughts.

Krunk started off as a typical thick Half Orc Berserker running every which shouting monster.  The rest of the party would continually make jokes about child reins for him as he would get them into (and fortunately out of) bad situations but as we went on he was becoming more and more one dimensional to play, after all there is only so much you can do with that sort of character.  At this point I didn’t really have a lot of background for him beyond some character traits that had developed over the sessions but after we rescued a wizard I decided that I would use the offered reward to increase my intelligence – so Krunk wrote the following letter (which brought a collective smile to our DnD Whatsapp group)Screenshot 2019-03-03 21.28.38.png

This increased my intelligence to 10 and I decided that what had actually happened was that the wizard repaired some previous brain damage that Krunk had sustained and that he would start to remember where he came from and his back story.   Combining this with starting to take levels in fighter rather than barbarian as if some previous knowledge was returned.  Of course this all meant that I needed to come up with some more backstory and more importantly communicate this not only to my fellow party members but also our lovely DM Joel so that if he wanted he could incorporate threads of the story into the ongoing campaign narrative – this is the mark of a great DM, they let the players direct the story rather than imposing their vision on the players.

To this end I came up with a 10 things that you didn’t know about Krunk list that sketches out in broad strokes the tragic story of his life

  1. Krunk was leader of his tribe and was married to his childhood sweetheart Kayala
  2. His brother was jealous and murdered Kayala framing Krunk
  3. Krunk was stripped of leadership by the tribal moot and made into a slave
  4. His brother was not satisfied with this and continued to humiliate Krunk at all times.  
  5. Krunk tried to escape but was chased by the tribal warriors and went off a cliff into the sea, smashing his head into a rock.
  6. He was washed up the coast of another island with no memory and reverting to his primitive instincts
  7. Dwayne was washed up with him.  Was it the rock that caused the brain injury?
  8. Inadvertently the wizard has repaired the brain damage so his memories and original personality are returning
  9. Who knows what that personality is?
  10. Krunk is vegetarian because Kayala is (was?) and he would do anything for her

This list gives Joel plenty of story hooks, lets my fellow players know whats going on and also helps me to have consistency of roleplay with the character (something I struggle with sometimes)

It also helps me formulate my next few game play options e.g. I know what my next few levels are going to be spent on and what sort of gaming direction the character is going in – one of the interesting things about playing 5e vs. when I started is that the rules prescribe much more you character development.

So I guess the question is, how much do you know about your DnD character?

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Roll for Initiative

I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but last year was pretty poor from a gaming POV.  Oh I have mentioned it.  Well I suppose I might stop going on about it eventually 🙂

Still there was one bright spot in the sea of dismalness and that was the fact that I started to play Dungeons and Dragons again for the first time in 20 odd years.  What made it even better is that my daughters started to play it with me, a true family bonding experience.

I remember it like it was only yesterday

For me D&D started back in the early 80s when a friend of mine brought AD&D along on one of those activity week things that they make you do at school and one evening we played a very simple adventure – I was an Illusionist called Melkizadrek.  Needless to say I was hooked instantly and throughout the rest of my school life we played pretty regularly in a science lab over lunch time.  Of course being teenage boys these sessions were pretty low on actual roleplay and more about getting the most powerful magic items so you could decimate whatever fiendish beasts the DM would throw at us (Wand of Orcus!!!!!) but it was still great fun.

Forward-wind a few years and I got involved in another group (think this would have been 3rd edition) which would meet once a month in the DMs flat for an all day session.  Of course being older now this would involve the consumption of adult beverages and again the actual roleplaying content was probably pretty low, though we did at least try to be consistent with our motivations and how our characters acted – something that certainly didn’t happen in the teenage sessions (lawful good to chaotic evil in the space of a conversation was pretty common)

Of course life then got in the way – it has a nasty habit of doing that – and what with work, marriage, children and moving to another country D&D fell by the wayside for a long long time.

Then a few years ago a conversation with the ever so lovely Dave Bartley who introduced me to Fantasy Grounds and the possibility of playing over the internet lurched into view.  Fantastic, can play from the comfort of my own office and not actually have to meet anybody.  Of course what I didn’t realise that by its very nature, getting everyone together to play on x night was an almost impossible attempt to herd cats and these efforts quickly fell by the wayside (sorry Dave).  It did however respark the Role Playing bug in me and given that my eldest daughter had joined in one of the sessions a possible family activity was born.  Got to love it when your hobby and family activities collide.

At the same time Peter Sheppard, whom I had got to know through playing Malifaux was running a regular D&D night in London and whenever he tweeted about it I would post stalkerish messages about getting involved.  Well he is lovely!!!   Anyway,  he agreed to run a one off adventure at Wayland and this time I took both my daughters along (as well as Matts eldest) and a massively fun time was had by all.  It seemed we were all hooked and when the stars aligned that Joel said he wanted to DM a campaign we all jumped at the chance.

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Our first session

So now every month we drive over to the house of the wonderful Wintons in Birmingham play 6 or 7 hours of D&D (and lets be honest, 6 hours of that is the mighty Krunk saving the party from whatever troubles they have got themselves into) and then we come home to a massive singalong in the car.

I’ve also playing in a couple of one shots run by Bunty (called Bunty for reasons far to long to go into here) for various peoples Birthdays and I even dipped my toe into the DMing pool itself when my younger daughter asked for a D&D adventure for her birthday party.

Its been great and long may it continue.  Plus its really trendy to play D&D at the moment so this makes me practically a hipster.  Just need my coconut-milk organic latte now.

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Krunk the Mighty