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3.) What was the first role playing book you ever owned?
The D&D 3rd Ed PHB.
5.) Which system did you grow up with?
This is a tough one. I only played AD&D sparingly growing up, but it was the only true tabletop I played until college. However I played a lot of Hero Quest, including modifying rules and adding content and difficulty, so I feel like that was my first “system.”
16.) Your most disappointing death.
I was playing a goblin rogue who kept buying wands of Disguise Self and generally talking his way out of everything. He even convinced an entire army of besieging lizardfolk to just leave the fort they had surrounded, outmanned and on the brink of starvation. And then he tried to sneak attack a vrock, failed miserably and was ripped in half.
18.) Something that went hilariously awry.
Our group was trying to help a village that was suffering from some kind of mind control, and we eventually wound up in the main room of a small temple with a glowing orb. The doors were sealed behind us and the orb began trying to take over our minds. Well, the rogue (somehow not me this time) panics and begins bashing the glowing artifact with his mace until it cracks, explodes in a massive magical discharge, obliterates us and leaves a smoking crater where the village used to be. And it killed our donkey! Poor donkey.
21.) Your favorite NPC and how the party reacted to him/her
Okay, this one is kind of weird because it had very little to do with the NPC himself, but in the great story that came out of it. One of the first Star Wars games I ran had a really great group. It was a dark times campaign, and the players wanted to play a small crew of resistance fighters knowing that they wouldn’t have the support of anything like the Alliance for a long time. So I crafted up an Imperial admiral to be their main nemesis for a long stretch of the campaign, and the players made one of the best groups of characters I’ve ever run for. There was a human force sensitive noble on the run from Vader and the Inquisitors, a Kel-Dor mercenary and his human co-pilot who were deep in debt for their ship, and a Zabrak scoundrel who was trying to work his way into Black Sun, a Hutt organization and the Zahn Consortium all at the same time.
After many narrow escapes and a lot of back an forth between the admiral’s forces and the party, their ship was finally captured and brought into the hangar of the admiral’s ship. The scoundrel manages to hide in the wall panels to avoid immediate capture, then goes about hacking the security systems of the ship and causing all of the troops to run all over the ship while he frees the rest of the party and they assault the bridge.
They manage to throw a stun grenade right at the admiral’s feet and take him down, along with his personal guard. The scoundrel sets right to work looting stormtroopers while the captain and the nascent Jedi argue over what to do with the Admiral. Without a word to group, the scoundrel pulls out his blaster and casually shoots him right in the head and goes right back to looting. Everyone at the table just sat in stunned silence for two or three minutes. It was great.
I have a new theory
David Wenham is the anti-Sean Bean.
Your dad sends you off in a hopeless battle against an overwhelming number of orcs?
Hugh Jackman drags you along to fight vampires in Transylvania?
Join a suicide mission to stop the Persian army for Sparta?
I”m not sure that guy can be killed.