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Nerd Watching: There is No News Tonight. Now go get your red dragon shoes!

Written by Nicholas - Published on June 28, 2009

Nicholas is the columnist in charge of Nerd Watching and part-time Expy wrangler. He also works as the community manager, so keep an eye out for him on RPG blogs and forums.

No News

On Good Friday 1930, a BBC reporter signed onto the radio broadcast for the evening news. He announced to the listeners “There is no news tonight” and the rest of the broadcast was filled by piano music. On that day in 1930 there was simply not enough worth talking about to warrant the short evening news report. Today, there are several 24-hour news stations releasing content around the clock. In the last 80 years we have either started producing vastly more news worthy content or the standard of what is worth talking about has dropped significantly. I’m going to say mostly the latter.

Expy the dragon’s hot link of the week:

My favorite thing about adventurers is when you burn them and there’s nothing left but smoking boots. You’d better make sure you have some cool shoes to be remembered by. Design your own D&D shoes and you could win a little horde of your own! Insider tip: the winning design will have red dragons on it!

Well, Maybe a Little News

I mention this for two reasons. Firstly, because I like cool bits of trivia like that and wanted to share it with you. Secondly, very little happened this week in the world of D&D and blogging that I want to share. The kind and lovely e had her birthday, but we’ve already talked about that. There have been a few peeks at some Divine Power content. I’m excited for the book but the sample have simply been the status quo quality for 4e, nothing that wowed me yet. The Dungeon Mastering WoW guild, “The Legions of Expy” is going on the Kul Tiras server and steadily picking up readers, but I don’t want to pester those with no interest in WoW by talking about it all the time.

I have three objectives in Nerd Watching, to inform, entertain and start a discussion. The first one is done already and the second is a never ending goal. I guess I had better start some good discussions if I want to keep my job (and I do!). I intend to do just that with a new feature to Nerd Watching:

Make it Happen!

Make it happen is inspired by Trevor Kidd over at WotC. On his twitter the other day he put out a call for ways to replace a PC’s missing arm. He got back suggestions like the self forged path and symbiotic armor from Eberron, undead grafts from Open Graves and plangents from Forgotten Realms. I thought it would make for an interesting game. I’ll give you guys a concept, you tell me how to represent in mechanically in D&D. The way to do it should be possible with a loose interptation of the RAW, things can be reflavored or optional rules could be can be used. You should not be writing new rules for this, the idea is to use the character creation tools creatively. You can use any book or magazine stuff you want. You don’t need to fully stat out a character, just outline the relevant parts.

This week’s concept: A sneaky character who steals the life essence from his foes.

There you go guys, make it happen.

Coming to a Town Near You?

On a personal note, as so many notes around here are, this nerd watcher is packing up and moving. In fact, I am writing this week’s article early from the only chair not yet on the truck. I’m trading in the poor-road-having, coffee-flavor-milk-drinking, littlest-state-being Rhode Island and heading down to Florida. Of course this means that I’m going to need a new gaming group! If you’re in the Fort Myers area and would like to game with me and my girlfriend, leave a comment. We’re  both ready and able dungeon masters!

Submit some comments with your idea for “Make it Happen”! I also want to hear from some Florida gamers!

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Written by Nicholas

Nick DiPetrillo is the original author behind the games Arete and Zombie Murder Mystery available at http://games.dungeonmastering.com

Nick is no longer active with DungeonMastering.com, however he is an accomplished writer and published his first game in 2009.

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Nicholas is the columnist in charge of Nerd Watching and part-time Expy wrangler. He also works as the community manager, so keep an eye out for him on RPG blogs and forums.

 

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6 Responses to “Nerd Watching: There is No News Tonight. Now go get your red dragon shoes!”
  1. GroovyTaxi says:

    My concept : an intelligent undead, such as a wight, with rogue class levels? It always hurt more to get your life sucked out when an undead is doing it. I’m only playing with 3.5, by the way.

  2. Yareb says:

    The first, and most simple, thing that comes to my mind is a life-stealer paragon path infernal pact warlock. Throw a few feats into multiclass rogue if you really want the sneaky part.

  3. Nicholas says:

    @GroovyTaxi: Oh yeah, I’d like to get the players of all editions in on this.

    By the way, I just arrive at the new place and Florida and got the internet hooked up. Still looking for gamers.

  4. Rosie says:

    The easiest way to do the sneaky, life-essence-stealing character in 4E is to make a warlock with the Life-Stealer paragon path. Shadow Walk gives concealment (it’s not the total concealment necessary for initiating Stealth, but it’s enough to maintain your Stealth.) You could pick up Sneak of Shadows (rogue multiclass feat) and Acolyte Power to get a sneaky rogue utility power like Hide in Plain Sight, which is even more useful to a ranged attacker than it is to a rogue.

  5. Rosie says:

    Sorry, Yareb–I missed reading your post somehow.

  6. Mark says:

    3.5 player/Dm

    What about a ranger/druid for this one? Hear me out: find/invent a druid spell for your villain to use and drop hints that people are dying and at the same time the local flora and fauna has never been healthier. With a level or 2 in Ranger he’s got the stealth skills and with a few levels of Druid he’s got spells/skills for prolonged stealth like hiding his tracks, whispering winds and animal messengers.

    It presents a good dilemma for the players; the villain’s actions are clearly evil but the countryside had been suffering a blight and now the crops might just pull through. If sacrificing a few virgins to the Hand of Nature’s Wrath ensures life flourishes for the rest of the kingdom, how terrible could it be?

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