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I killed my own character and I’m sad about it

Before the pandemic I joined a group of people from Tumblr in an online game of DnD. It was a fresh campaign and when I joined they were still looking for a DM. Eventually we had found one and we were going to be running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. I was stoked because this would be my first time PCing in almost 15 years (curse of the forever DM)

I rolled a bard named Taliesin (Tally) with the noble background and my catalyst for adventure was that he had fallen in love with a servant in the house, and in an attempt to preserve an arranged marriage his mother sent the girl away. Tally went to the girl’s family to look for her and run away but some guards came by cover of night and took her from the home. Tally spent the next 10 years looking for her and in that time discovered that she was sold to slavers by his Mother’s order.

I talked the DM and they loved the backstory and I had told her that I wanted to play against type and have a bard that is not the typical horny bard, but that he would act like he is as a front. Tally frequented brothels and places normally saved for debauchery because the people who worked there were often victims of being trafficked and there stood a chance of finding her there, and also these people talk to just about everyone, especially those with power when they are at their most vulnerable. Tally never desired to be with any of these people but genuinely cared for their wellbeing, he respected them more than any noble he’d ever met. He would always get a private room and ask if they had ever seen anyone matching the description of his lost love. He would also always ask if they were happy and there by choice and if they weren’t he would use his pull as a noble to help these people escape and start over. After he would always pay for the time and tip big.

I asked the DM if they were comfortable with these themes and content and if she wasn’t I’d be more than happy to do a re-write and just go the Batman route lol. She assured me that not only was she comfortable, she was excited to work with the back story to build off of. And a week later we started playing.

When the game began everything was great and fun. We played till like lvl 4 or 5 and were on the cusp of getting the deed to Trollskull Manor. During one session we were winding down and everyone was off doing things like shopping or hitting the temple and I decided I wanted to go to a brothel. This was the first time I had done so in game. The group had no knowledge of my backstory by that point and just assumed I was being the typical bard.

From the moment I arrived the DM started acting very weird. I asked again if she was ok with this setting and she assured me she was. But every person I tried to talk to was played as if they hated my guts. Super short answers, nobody wanting to give me the time of day. When I offered to get a private room the DM said “ugh fine, you get a room and we fade to black”. by this point I’m confused as all hell. I tell her I don’t want to sleep with them, I want to ask them questions. She goes well it’s too late you sleep with her and get thrown out for being creepy. I stay silent the rest of the session because I had my agency taken away and I felt forced into something I didn’t sign up for. Not only that, it was very clear I wouldn’t be able to pursue anything in my backstory at all, so why play.

After the game I stayed in discord with everyone except the DM and told them exactly what happened, my whole backstory, and the convos I had with the DM. They were just as shocked as me. I tell them that I’m sorry but this doesn’t look like the game for me and to find a new player. They all decided they would rather keep the group together and find a new DM because this whole thing left us feeling weird and gross. We sat down with the DM a few days later and tell them we are going in a different direction. We looked for a month and the only DMs we could find were professionals who wanted to be paid (which is totally cool for the DMs who can do that full time!) in the end it was either end the campaign or step up as DM, so that’s what I did.

I’ve never been a fan of DM-NPCs and decided to make Tally just an npc and he would stay back and run Trollskull Manor as an inn because it was the best way for him to get face time with as many people as possible, increasing his chances of finding his love. He also used the inn as a way to help anyone who wanted to escape a dangerous situation they were in.

When I took over I decided to homebrew the setting because for some reason I SUCK at running modules lol. It just feels like homework. I also love cartography and wanted to make a continental map. We played for a bit in Waterdeep, where there was a run in with the Shard Shunners, a group of wererat thugs. They rescued someone they had kidnapped and ransomed but left the city before tying up the loose ends. This becomes important later.

Edit: the rest of the story is in the comments

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2024/02/12
21:32 UTC

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I just made a Dragon Character using Council of Wyrms rules 🐉

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2024/02/12
21:26 UTC

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DnD illustration "Drow Paladin".

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2024/02/12
20:45 UTC

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Anastasia, Reborn Cleric of the Grave

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2024/02/12
20:39 UTC

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Anybody else seen this? Saw a FB ad for digital miniatures.

Digital miniatures. Looks pretty cool, but not sure I'm ready to retire my analog miniatures, lol!

https://comingsoon.co/products/doppel/

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2024/02/12
20:28 UTC

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Anybody else seen this? Saw a FB ad for digital miniatures.

Digital miniatures. Looks pretty cool, but not sure I'm ready to retire my analog miniatures, lol!

https://comingsoon.co/products/doppel/

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2024/02/12
20:28 UTC

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Becoming a full-time DM

I'm looking at ways and advice on becoming a full-time DM online as a job. I'm currently stuck at a job I hate and have been looking for other alternatives. About a month ago my uncle recommended I try making money DM. I strongly believe possess the necessary skills to change for my time.

  1. What can I expect for income at the beginning
  2. How I advertise myself
  3. Biggest challenge I may come across
  4. And any other tips you think could be helpful
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2024/02/12
20:11 UTC

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Trauma, my barbarian from my last campaign

It's a large size flesh golem designed to function as a guardian (homebrew race)

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2024/02/12
20:05 UTC

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Advent's Amazing Advice: Delivery Witches Apply Within a fully prepped One-on-One Studio Ghibli Themed One-Shot perfect for Valentine's Day

Welcome back to Advent's Amazing Advice! The series where I take popular One-Shots, Adventures, Campaigns, etc. and fully prep them for both New and Busy DMs. This prep includes music, ambiance, encounter sheets, handouts, battle maps, tweaks, and more so you can run the best sessions possible with the least stress possible!

Delivery Witches Apply Within is a level 3 One-Shot for 1-2 players. Inspired by Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki and Kiki's Delivery Service your player will meet a strange black cat who leads them to the Kat and Cake Bakery where they'll try to prove themselves worthy of the title Delivery Witch by delivering a set of packages. These aren't just any ordinary deliveries, throughout you'll run into a slew of interesting characters and events including a druid posing as a cat, a silver dragon, mists that try to teleport you elsewhere, and ghostly apparitions!

Brittney Hay has done an absolutely fantastic job creating this One-Shot. You really feel like you're in a magical lighthearted world. This One-Shot is a far cry from my usual preps, being for only 1-2 players you'll have the opportunity to really engage your players. The music is right from Kiki's Delivery Service and blends perfectly with your adventure! I couldn't be happier with how this one turned out!

This One-Shot is from an anthology of One-Shots inspired by Studio Ghibli; Eyes Unclouded, If you like this one I'm sure you'll find plenty more to fall in love with! Perhaps if this is popular enough I'll consider prepping even more of them!

*Average Sessions Length: 2-3hrs

Without further ado:

Included in The AAA Collection is:

  • A downloadable copy of all my notes, which includes links to music tracks for ambiance and fights
  • Special PDF for all encounters. This includes the enemy stat block organized neatly, along with an initiative tracker and a spot to mark HP
  • A Battle Map for the City

Index:

Other One Shots, Adventures, and Campaigns:

If you see something you think I can improve, add, change, etc. please let me know. I want this to be an amazing resource for all DMs and plan to keep it constantly updated! If you'd like to support me, shape future releases, and get content early feel free to check out my Patreon!

Cheers,
Advent

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2024/02/12
19:33 UTC

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World Building: Why would the Goddess of Love want Paladins?

I'm working on a campaign set in a steampunk magical Victorian setting with magical airships, floating islands, and all that fun stuff. But I got smacked in the face with the realization that my favorite character I like to play as a PC doesn't have a clear reason to exist in my current world that I made as a DM.

Specifically paladins who serve a deity and aren't just a knight errant vibing with a Fae Lord/revenge plan/whatever, have a special job they do for their gods. Primary jobs of all "holy" paladins is to protect the temples and the clerics if they have to travel through dangerous circumstances or have a specialized job pertaining to their deity's portfolio that might take them far and wide, i.e. God of sea/travel Paladins are basically the holy coast guard.

So what would the specialized job be for a paladin of the Goddess of Love? Guard over special weddings with high profile controversy, hunt down and eliminate spousal abusers, family counseling that requires a long lost relative to be found for reconciliation? I have some ideas, but I'd love everyone else's input. 😊💕

(Also, feel free to throw in other traveling holy paladins specialties. Like do death paladins seek out lost tombs for preservation?)

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2024/02/12
19:25 UTC

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Why is there CR5 monster in this intro level adventure?

I am a relatively inexperienced DM. I only run adventures for my kids and their friends and don’t have much experience playing myself. I am about to run the “Dungeon in a Box” campaign “Voyage of the Fallen Star”. The first adventure in the series is touted as an outing for 4-6 1st level players. However, one of first encounters ( involving a dragon skull hermit crab, the centerpiece miniature shipped with the box) has a cr of 5. Surely this thing will tpk my kids, no? It hits for 20 and is +7 to hit. Am I supposed to paint this thing up for them to run away from? Because they won’t! No amount of hints will scare a 10yo from fighting such a cool looking mini. Have we just not figured out combat enough to kill this thing? Its AC is 20, but it’s slow. Should they kite it to death? What’s going on here? Advice/clarification is appreciated.

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2024/02/12
19:10 UTC

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I'm looking for inspiration, anyone have any epic moments lately? Share a D&D Story.

I've been reminiscing with a player about some of the most epic moments in my D&D campaigns,
and I'd like to create more. So I'd love to hear about yours. Whether it was a critical hit at the perfect moment, a plot twist that left your party stunned, or a hilarious role-playing encounter.

What was the setup?

Who were the characters involved?

How did the rest of the party react?

May your dice be ever in your favor!

- GM

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2024/02/12
18:54 UTC

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[OC] [ART] Druid and Olwbear - Art by me.

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2024/02/12
18:48 UTC

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Party of 1 class

Does anyone have experience running a campaign with one class? Like, 5 players playing clerics, or bards, or wizards, etc.

How did that turn out?

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2024/02/12
18:43 UTC

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[OC] [Art] He's a noble, and a vulture, I feel like this is thematic...

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2024/02/12
18:23 UTC

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Keni - "Shall we play water fight?"

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2024/02/12
17:37 UTC

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Legendary Item: Sign of the Roaring Titan │An amulet infused with the essence of a Kaiju, inspired by u/23BLUENINJA‘s Incarnate class!

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2024/02/12
17:16 UTC

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I'm here to do my party trick. What's your favorite monster?

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2024/02/12
17:06 UTC

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New GM plis help

Got asked to play dnd, had heard of the game but know next to nothing about it exsept its a board game where you use your imagination a lot. Everyone else is equaly green.

Anyways apparently am the game master and i have til next weekend to prepare. Got any video's or youtubers to recomend me? Figured id just borrow a beginners campain from the web somwhere and try to learn the basic rules, but dont know where to start, any advice?

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2024/02/12
16:31 UTC

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Need help with a 5e Urban Thieve's Guild campaign mechanic

I'm thinking of running an urban campaign where the party starts as part of a low-level street gang. They are given a street as their territory to protect. In my head, I have something akin to Steven Brust's Taltos book series.

Depending on how they plan on running it, they will conflict with the members of their own gang, other gangs, etc.

As they progress through levels, they'll focus less on the streets and more on city politics, with gang leaders, guards, noble houses, cults, etc.

I want to use or set up a background mechanic for their territories. This is not something I want to become mired in, by either me or the party. It's meant to provide background, occasional mini-plots, etc.

Pre-game:

Territories are held street by street, so I need to determine what's on a street. How many businesses & residences are on a street. Donjon has a wonderful city demographics generator, which I will likely start with. Types of businesses will be based on the area (slums are, where they will be starting), and randomly selected from those available businesses. A very basic NPC generation of the business owner needs to happen. The business owner's alignment will determine if the business permits illegal activities there. An average income from each business type on the street will determine the territory's weekly income.

Ongoing:

Passive weekly income from all the streets in the territory needs to be generated quickly. I'm wondering if some random variable should determine if the territory is having a good, bad or average week, and the income is adjusted by that. Should the party's group Persuasion or Intimidation roll affect the outcome? Should the previous week's outcome affect the current roll?

Mini-plot opportunities:

Things that could pop up based on the weekly outcome:

Bad weeks - businesses shut down, businesses don't pay, businesses need help (rats in the basement quest!), lower-level level gang members quit.

Good weeks - New businesses open up. Neighboring gangs start causing issues. Lower-level NPCs ask to join the gang. Other streets approach the party for protection.

Thoughts and assistance on this would be greatly appreciated.

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2024/02/12
16:20 UTC

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[ART] Corrupted character art I did

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2024/02/12
16:08 UTC

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Skill challenge for massive battle

Hi DMs of the world ! I want to run a skill challenge for a mass combat that will end the current story arc, but have a couple question to submit to you.

But first let me describe my idea fof a bit of context : the 4 PCs are level five, having stayed at kaer maga, a big city, for about 2 weeks they have been investigating a strange illness progressing at first slowly then faster in the neighbouring regions and in the city itself. They discovered that mezeus, the lord of the city, is the cause of all this, because he is corrupted by the god of decay and corruption (surprise surprise) During all this, they have heard of two vampires, silas and delilah, that are very important citizens close to mezeus.

Anyway fast forward to now, mezeus has gone to fight and take over another city, while giving the control of kaer maga to the two evil spawn, silas and delilah. Their goal, of course, is to make this city into the first vampire city of all the realm, turning the useful figures amongst the people into vampires, and killing or otherwise enslaving the rest. One of the PC is a vampire hunter and they all have made friends with a vampire fighting guild.

Last session ended on the intel that the vampires would raid the whole city in a few hours, they have to warn all their allies and the townfolks that will join them for the battle, and then the fight will begin

I want to run that as a skill challenge, letting the players intervene where they think will matter the most

However I don't really know how to prepare for that, as I want it to feel like a strategic battle. How do I do to present to my players a few different scenes for them to have their skill challenge rounds in ? What do you think the vampires will want to attack to win a strategic advantage ?

Thanks in advance for your help folks !

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2024/02/12
15:50 UTC

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Halfling Sorcerer by me

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2024/02/12
15:40 UTC

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[OC] [Art] I just found out one of my clients is also an NPC herself at ren fairs! Have you already been to one?

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2024/02/12
14:49 UTC

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Does a Critical Hit double ALL damage dice or just weapon dice.

Say you were to score a critical hit with Zephyr Strike active, would the extra D8 turn into 2D8?

further more, would the Rogue’s sneak attack double as well?

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2024/02/12
13:31 UTC

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[OC] [ART] Reyes Starshell, Tortle Monk and Sorcerer – by Catilus

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2024/02/12
13:17 UTC

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Haunted Fen City (Part 1 of 4!) [25x35]

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2024/02/12
12:01 UTC

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