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Rolling 20s under the sun

Written by Expy - Published on February 20, 2009
This is an update on a post from August 2008. I was suggesting that it is possible to go from level 1 to 30 in 10 days. Well, I still think it’s a great idea and I decided to make it happen.

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Below is the original article from August 2008:

Full time gaming

I stopped at Borders today to thumb through the new Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide – I haven’t received my copy yet – and I was thinking “I’ll need to retire if I want to use all the stuff in this book!”

In fact, there are a lot of great D&D and RPG books out there and it’s tough to find the time to read them and play – time is in high demand and short supply.

Who has the time to go from level 1 to 30?

Even if you play once a week it’s a long shot. People have school, jobs, they move, or they have kids, or they get bored.

But where there’s a will there’s a way so I decided to change my attitude…

How will I find the time to go from level 1 to 30?

Well, I’ll throw something out there:

If you and your D&D friends feel like taking some time off and come play D&D in Hawaii – I live on Kauai – I think I can get you from level 1 to level 30 in 10 days of intense gaming.

Mornings are for the beach. Afternoons and evenings are for gaming.

I’ll help you score cheap plane tickets. I’ll find you a place to stay for cheap. I’ll find some place to play. I’ll even be your Hawaii tour guide!

I know it sounds crazy but it would be a lot of fun, wouldn’t it?

Tell me what you think!

Leave a comment or shoot me an email (yax@dungeonmastering.com)

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44 Responses to “Rolling 20s under the sun”
  1. Yax says:

    Mai Tai – that’s the drink over here.

  2. Boyo says:

    You should do it annually and name it YaxCon!
    Hawaii > Indiana.

  3. Questing GM says:

    1-30 in 10 days……sounds like a reality show.


    Everyone there has been playing for 2 months and most of them are still at level 3…

  4. Gomez says:

    Guy, now I cannot come, but if you do this thing next year, count me on for sure!

    Really, I’m not kiddin’

    Obviously if you don’t mind an Italian guy in your party… (wondering about language barrier, nor racism issue ^_^)

    For me is ok any period of the year.

  5. Bartoneus says:

    I’m on my way!

    (I wish)

  6. Catdragon says:

    Man, I am so there! Just let me know when and where and I will be making reservations.

  7. Matt says:

    That would be awesome!!

  8. Ian Winterbottom says:

    Yax, I envy you; D&D and Hawaii too, what more could anyone ask? You need FANTASY when you live THERE?! Seriously, it sounds like a great offer, let’s face it after the drought I have had the last few years I would be happy with an invite to Blackpool, Lancs. for a game! (I live in Bolton!) For a game with a fascinating guy such as yourself I’d quite probably walk it! Unfortunately short of a real life Magic Carpet I doubt I can make it anytime soon! Gomez, don’t worry about the language, “An offer you can’t refuse” sounds just as good in Italian-flavoured Orcish, players can usually make sense of each other one way or another; I once played in “pidgin” German/English with my Grandsons, two of whom ARE German and were giggling with laughter when the Red Dragon spoke in “thunderous” and sulphur-smelling German – they were translating for the English two! There ARE no real swear words in German but it SOUNDS like you are cursing! And let’s face it, they make better beer…*nostalgic sigh*!

  9. FireRaven says:

    Yax I would LOVE to do that! (as would the rest of the Geeks in my group) sadly I lack the level of disposeable income for that amount of time off! *sniffle

  10. Chris says:

    A fortnight in Hawaii spent playing D&D? Oh what a glorious dream.
    Sadly it’s probably going to have to remain just that for me. The missus would go spare! 0_0

  11. Ermintrude says:

    What a great idea, but my wife and kids will never agree. Perhaps when I retire….

  12. JiveProfessor says:

    In my group we play once a week, and I just started the habit of letting everyone level at the end of each session. Keeps the game moving without me feeling like I need to tally up XP all the time and keeps my players’ interest because they come back to something new each week. Heck, even at that pace it takes somewhere in the 7-8 months range , assuming we meet every single week without fail. Works out great.

  13. Reverend Mike says:

    Fucking college…getting in the way of golden opportunities of draconic proportions since Socrates committed suicide…

  14. Yax says:

    @Questing DM: The people whoe hâve player for 2 months and are still level 3 probably don’t have a goal of going to 30 in less than 2 weeks!

    @Boyo: maybe I should make it official and make it YaxCon (or ExpyCon – which would be adequate because of all the XP being dished out)

  15. Neal says:

    YaxCon. I’m so down.

  16. Yax says:

    My mail server crashed last night. If you sent me an email I haven’t received it. Sorry

  17. Joey says:

    I would but I don’t have any money. But one day I will try

  18. Ian Winterbottom says:

    Chris, tell the missus she can play too if she wears a grass skirt! Aloha, *sigh*!

  19. Nathaniel Daffinee says:

    That has got to be extensive gaming. If you go by the average of 10 encounters per level (I am calculating this as a maximum here), and each encounter for most of the games I have ever played in averages at 1 hour and 30 minutes, you are looking at 1.5 hours times 29 levels. This is 435 hours, or 18.125 days of nothing but encounters. That’s not even taking into account the necessary slimmed down story line. What are you going to do, throw them against double their level per encounter?

    P.S. – If I could get away with it, I would still want to give it a try.

  20. Yax says:

    Yeah. There’s no way the 10 encounters per level happens on 30 levels in 10 days.

    I’m always torn between handing out XP and handing out levels. I don’t give XP anymore because it’s a hassle to calculate everything. I also think it’s nice to level up when it makes sense in the story.

    Someone suggested by email (Donzito I believe) that players have to use all their powers at least once between levels and I like that.

  21. Yax says:

    Oh and encounters can’t all last 90 minutes. Under 30 minutes should be the norm. I’m pretty sure I can nail that as a DM, especially playing with the same players 10 days in a row. By the end of the week encounters will just fly.

  22. Nathaniel Daffinee says:

    Okay, averaging 30 minutes per encounter, that means you only need to spend 14 hours and 30 minutes a day for all ten days on encounters, plus the random story element. Add in the fact that you would level the players when it makes sense to, I will concede that you could indeed accomplish this mighty undertaking. Good luck!

  23. That sounds great, Yax! Count me in!! ExpyCon 2009!!

  24. HK dextrousfatguy says:

    just how cheap are we talking here? I’ve got the time and the inclination. If the price is right, i’ll make it there somehow (living in ireland and my passport has expired but i’ll find a way even if i have to fold up in my wife’s luggage!)

  25. Yax says:

    I think I’ll need to come up with some tentative dates and break down the actual cost of accomodations, food, etc. then people can look up plane ticket prices from where they live and the “project” can move forward.

    I got a lot of replies about this and I still think it’d a kickass project. More on this soon…

  26. Forgefly says:

    Can we make it during the Northern Hemisphere Winter? I’d have a lot better luck convincing the wife and kids to spend the time and money to go to Hawaii when there is snow on the ground

  27. Penlo says:

    Hi, im new on d&d, but i love it…
    im also the dm of mi friends (they havent play more than the first game in mi campaing) and we all wish to be there (in hawai) but we are yust finishing higschool and we cant go… but dud, your idea its the heaven, wish i was there…

  28. Jonathan says:

    Remember that not all encounters need to be combat!

  29. Faz says:

    Hey dudes Im still real keen for this – Count me in for a defo (thats one!) anyone else to raise the count?


  30. MageMirin says:

    My wife and I are actually MOVING to Kauai this december-ish because of her work. We found this page because we were woriedly checking to make sure there were going to be gamers there. We are *SO* there!

  31. Yax says:

    I’m still thinking about this. Usually when a project sticks around for a few months it means it will become reality at some point.

  32. Gull2112 says:

    Yax rox! This would be so cool. I am sure I could even get my wife to come along and do her own thing. The devil is in the details, so I’ll be watching for those.

  33. Cyclone says:

    I so wanted to do something crazy like this with my friends as a high school graduation thing. Sadly, unless the plane tickets are insanely cheap, this thing isn’t even a possibility. I know tickets can get like $50 cheap for domestic flights within the east coast, but approximately how low can you find tickets for (from say NY) ?

  34. Yax says:

    Right now the plane tickets from NYC to Kauai are $700, round-trip, taxes and fees included (seen on orbitz.com)

  35. Labareda says:

    If the time is right I may find my way there. Depends on the timeframe.

  36. MageMirin says:

    So how much does it cost to participate in this epic D&D vacation if one already lives on the island? :)

  37. LadyMarisa says:

    One of my friends just sent me the link. A lot mf my gaming groups loves this idea and it would be a perfect vacation for us. We can’t do it this year but if this turns out to be a yearly thing or so, you’ll probably be seeing us :P

  38. AlgaeHydra says:

    I’m so down for this.

  39. Kaldric says:

    This would be awesome. Unfortunately, my wife doesn’t game, she doesn’t want to take a vacation where we don’t spend at least most of the time together, and there’s no way she’d let me go to Hawaii without her. Otherwise, I would so be there.

  40. gull2112 says:

    I’m with Kaldric, sorry Yax, thought I might get this passed, nut no.

  41. phycoshane says:

    man im saveing now serriouly please dont let this be one of them things that just dies out me and my 3 mates will go for shure once im 18 sign three years to go.BUT YAX I WILL BE THEIR WITH THREE MORE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE!YEAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!HAWAII!!!i live in ireland the seasons;summer;rain winter;extreme rain whats the other two called again?rain? really do this though make a business of it!


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