Dungeons and Dragons: The Wild World of Homebrew

As our venture into the world of table-top role-playing progresses, I and my friends are now beginning to expand beyond the basic rules of Fifth Edition and experiment with more drastic homebrews.

The official logo for Dungeons and Dragons, fifth editionFor instance, for our most recent session our DM led us in an experimental one-shot using the setting of ReBoot.

I have to say I very deeply admire the effort our DM went to for this. He not only had to design entirely new mechanics for the ReBoot setting, be he also had to create the mechanics for the Games we entered into over the course of the adventure. At one point we wound up playing a tabletop version of Mario Kart. It was… different.

It’s a bit of a double-edged sword because it did lead to a lot of the session simply being learning new rules, but still, the sheer creativity has to be admired.

The Reboot setting also allowed for some interesting role-play. I of course chose to be a Guardian, but I played him as a hardboiled, loose cannon cop who plays by his own rules. Meanwhile the show was stolen by one of my friends, who made her character an over-the-top cutesy anime JRPG heroine. We were a motley bunch.

For my part, in a turn of events probably everyone saw coming, I have begun working on some homebrew to adapt 5E to the setting of the Secret World. I started out just creating passives for the various factions — I decided that choice of faction replaces racial choices — but it got a bit out of hand, and the document is now 5,000 words.

My Templar tanking a lair boss in The Secret WorldThat being said, I still consider it a rather basic framework. It mostly still uses the same mechanics of 5E. I’ve not touched classes or monsters at all, aside from disallowing a few classes that didn’t fit the setting. I may expand it to include those things at some point, but I’m not sure.

It is very much a vanity project. I’m the only person in my friend group who ever played TSW, so I don’t foresee a lot of interest in this from my friends, and I’m not sure my game design “expertise” is at a level that any strangers would be interested in what I’ve come up with. If nothing else, it amused me.

I do wish to share one thing from the homebrew, just because I’m rather proud of it. I came up with a number of custom backgrounds to fit the modern setting, and while most are somewhat bland, the Conspiracy Theorist background is a bit more fun:

You were right all along! The Illuminati are real! The people in the YouTube comments said you were mad, but who’s mad now?!? You have proficiency in Hacking, Insight, and History, and you are also proficient with a Hacker’s Kit and Thieves’ Tools. You are much less likely to suffer consequences for revealing the secrets of the Secret World to the public, because no one takes you seriously. Your maximum sanity is lowered by 1.

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IntPiPoMo: The Stable, Part One

For the first time, I am choosing to participate in the blogging event known as International Picture Posting Month, generously organized by Chestnut of Gamer Girl Confessions. I’d like to say this decision is motivated by an upswell of community spirit, but in truth it’s mostly because I heard there were prizes.

You may accuse me of many things, but you can’t say I’m not honest.

Posting 50 new screenshots in a month is not much of a challenge for me. My picture folder on my computer has over 10,000 files, and the large marjority of those are video game screenshots.

Still, my usual posting schedule might not have allowed me to reach the goal, so I figured a special picture post or two might help. Ever the virtual narcissist, I immediately thought of posting some portraits of my many MMO characters… and then it occurred to me I have so many alts across so many games I could probably hit the 50 goal just by posting one of each. Let’s find out, and as always, remember to click the images to see them full size.

And so, without further ado, I present you… ALTS! ON! PARADE!

1: Human rogue, World of Warcraft

My human rogue in World of Warcraft2: Blood Elf warlock, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf warlock in World of Warcraft3: Night Elf monk, World of Warcraft

My Night Elf monk in World of Warcraft4: Human paladin, World of Warcraft

My human paladin in World of Warcraft5: Blood Elf mage, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf mage in World of Warcraft6: Blood Elf demon hunter, World of Warcraft

My Blood Elf demon hunter in World of Warcraft7: Orc shaman, World of Warcraft

My Orc shaman in World of Warcraft8: Dwarf warrior, World of Warcraft

My Dwarf warrior in World of Warcraft9: Worgen druid, World of Warcraft

My Worgen druid in World of Warcraft10: Tauren death knight, World of Warcraft

My Tauren death knight in World of Warcraft11: Nightborne hunter, World of Warcraft

My Nightborne hunter in World of Warcraft12: Blood Elf priest, World of Warcraft

My priest claims Xal'atath, Blade of the Black Empire in World of Warcraft 13: Chiss agent, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Chiss Imperial agent in Star Wars: The Old Republic14: Mirialan consular, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Mirialan Jedi consular in Star Wars: The Old Republic15: Sith Pureblood warrior, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith warrior in Star Wars: The Old Republic16: Sith Pureblood inquisitor, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith inquisitor in Star Wars: The Old Republic17: Sith Pureblood smuggler, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Sith Pureblood smuggler in Star Wars: The Old Republic18: Cyborg bounty hunter, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Cyborg bounty hunter in Star Wars: The Old Republic19: Miraluka knight, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Miraluka Jedi knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic20: Zabrak trooper, Star Wars: The Old Republic

My Zabrak trooper in Star Wars: The Old Republic21: Dragon #1, The Secret World

My Dragon in The Secret World22: Templar, The Secret World

My Templar in The Secret World23: Illuminati, The Secret World

My Illuminati in The Secret World24: Dragon #2, The Secret World

My Dragon alt in The Secret World25: Dragon #3, The Secret World

My third Dragon character in The Secret WorldTo prevent this post becoming too bloated, I think I’ll stop there and bring you the rest later…