October 11th

It is a cool and rather wet day outside of my apartment. One of those days that really tells you to just stay inside and enjoy life. My wife who had to go to work this morning came back inside and confirmed my suspicions, “I am going to avoid going outside”, when she placed her -20 hands on my back.

The way that my day is looking is that I am going to work on my World of Darkness campaign for the show Stranger Things. Right now I am working on how to make it different enough from the show that people who watched the show cannot just insta-win because they know everything.

I am also going to work on some team compositions for my friends who play League of Legends because as a team we would like to do some climbing in ranked. I for one am excited but first we will see if my efforts are worth the time.

More than likely I will finish my day by playing Dead by Daylight and trying to earn some more blood points to upgrade The Trapper because he is only level 10 right now. I need him to be much higher level for the Halloween event that I am hosting.

Stranger Things

I had been hearing so many things about the show Stranger Things on Netflix. About how awesome it is and just how great the story was. I took a look at the cover picture and I told myself that it looked silly.

*Below this point there may be spoilers for Stranger Things and Neverwhere*

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However the people telling me just how good it was would not stop and because the characters in the show play Dungeons and Dragons my friends thought that I would love it.

Eventually I did cave. I sat down and watched the first episode and then the second and the third. By the time I hit the finale it was three in the morning and my head was spinning with all of the information that I just received.

I felt as though so many things that I have wanted just came together and were made into a movie. The show itself felt like someone was sitting behind the scenes running a game of Innocents in the World of Darkness setting. The characters were all actually being played by a group of friends and each episode itself was another session of the same campaign.

Afterwards I just couldn’t contain myself and I had to explain to my wife everything that just happened. Not only in the show but how it made me feel.

One of my favorite books of all time Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman held a similar idea to the show Stranger Things in regards to there being two worlds. For Neil Gaiman it was London Above and London Below.

In the end the show inspired me to pull out my World of Darkness books and start working on writing a campaign version of Stranger Things. Something that my friends can play in and experience, still different enough from the show that it can stand alone and knowing the show will not make it so that they automatically do everything right.

Being the Game Master

Playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and World of Darkness; one of the most critical members of the group is the GM or DM (Game Master or Dungeon Master). This individual is the one that must work to create and prepare all of the materials for each and every session.

They can choose to use pre-made modules where everything is laid out for them going in, however those individuals still must interpret what was created. They must work with that information and make it relevant to the players that they have in their sessions.
If someone is doing a homebrew they spend hours making all of the material themselves and then still must figure out how to make it relevant to the party.

Being the DM or GM is an exhausting job as you weave a story for hours on end that the players can totally destroy in a matter of moments. It can also be very rewarding as the players all experience a story that you weaved so well that they felt as though they were really in the story.

The greatest compliment to my abilities as a DM was when I had all of my players in tears around me because I told them a story about how someone in the game died protecting them.

I myself prefer to be one of the players because it is a lot of work to create and work on a campaign week after week, month after month, and all the players do is show up to play. With my current group there is no thanks for the work that I do and because of that I do get tired of telling the same story as the players keep following one major quest line. It helps me to switch gears and run a different story for a while, but my players hate that and complain saying that they love the last story so much they don’t want to leave it. Part of the problem is that once a story has been left we as a group never go back because the players graduate from college and leave, or summer time comes and everyone goes home. It is just very difficult to play in my current environment and I would love to have a group of about four dedicated players who were thankful for the effort that I put into each session.

Long post made short- Thank your Dungeon Master or Game Master today, they deserve it.

October

It is amazing how fast time flies. I kept telling myself I would get on here and post again sooner rather than later. Four months later here I am finally posting again.

Some pretty cool life events have happened, keeping me busy. My girlfriend is no longer my girlfriend instead she is my wife. We are both very happy and excited. She works a lot though, two jobs and all. Here I am working one job and still getting educated. Officially started my graduate degree this year. We will see how quickly I can complete it.

Playing a lot of League of Legends still, but a lot more of Dead by Daylight. A fantastic newer game. Currently it is getting some hate for being full of bugs. However the concept is good and the gameplay is fun.

Well it is 2 am here so I am going to post this and then head to bed. Post more in the future.

LOL, Shaco

I am back onto a champion that I love though there is a lot of hate in the League of Legends community for this crazy guy. He is a great champion if you would like to Jungle for your team and if you like getting quick kills. He is an assassin and uses the jungle to quickly level providing him the strength and gold to provide support to your allies across the map.

Shaco

For me greatly reminds me of the Joker from the Batman comics and movies. Another one that comes up a lot is the Mad Hatter. So you can think of this champion as the love child between those two.

I bought Shaco after playing about 20 games against the AI with him. I was not using him as a Jungler at that time instead I was playing a support role for my Top Laner. It would be later that I learned how awesome he is at clearing the Jungle.

An overview of his awesome abilities are as follows.

Shaco’s Passive- Shaco deals an additional 20% damage when attacking an enemy from behind.
Shaco’s Q- He turns invisible and flashes a short distance. You can use this to pop over walls or just escape the enemy champion. It can also be used when attacking because you can position yourself to unleash the full potential of Shaco’s Passive.
Shaco’s W- This ability seems like crap if you are used to playing champions like Sion or Udyr. However at first level you are one of the few champions that can kill a Jungle Camp Solo. Take this ability at first level and you are already off to a great start.
Shaco’s E- Slows the target, deals poison damage, is ranged! What more does this fast attack champion need. You can ensure that the target of your assassination does not get away or if they think they are safe under a turret, toss this in and let the poison kill them.
Shaco’s R- What is better than one Shaco? How about TWO! The enemy will have a hard time attacking the one that is actually you and the whole time you are dealing double damage as you position the real you to start hitting them in the back using even more of Shaco’s Passive.

Now that I have gone over his abilities you may want to know what I buy and build. I will tell you that this build is not the end all of Shaco builds. I have had success with it however and if you would like to try it absolutely go ahead.

Starting Items- Hunters Machete + Refillable Potion
1. Stalker’s Blade, Warriors Enchantment
2. Ravenous Hydra
3. Berserker’s Grieves or Deadman’s Plate
4. Youmuu’s Ghostblade

Best Game Ever

A group of friends and I have been playing a lot of League here recently and using Skype so that we can communicate instantaneously. It has helped my game a lot since I can receive in can assistance right when I need it. Plus all my friends are more experienced than me so they can point out better items to build or better tactics.

After playing about 8 games like this over the last two days we started this one. At first it was very one sided against us but we started to even out at the 20 minute mark. We would have never guessed that it would hit the 1 hour 20 minute mark and still not be over. It was a huge game of tug of war. Teemo played by cleverfire stayed in our base as last defense for the last 20 minutes of the game. Myself playing Nidalee acted as support for Aatrox played by Hearteater. Killybilly dominated the field as Lux. bennieboo was some random person we got grouped with but stuck with the match and helped us pull an amazing victory.

Afterwards we just all sat there stunned. If you would like the full stats breakdown I can post them. To put it simply we were behind the whole game. They had destroyed one more tower than us and had grabbed dragon 6 times while we only had it 4 times. We tied Baron both teams grabbing 2 times. It was intense and I loved it.

League Game of Pain