Here’s a few D&D 5th edition character ideas that I’m working on for an upcoming game.

Here’s some pictures of the bullet journal I started keeping for the Wednesday D&D game I’m playing in.

The classic JRPG protagonist is a recognizable character. He (it’s a male) is a teenager, with one surviving parent, a weakness for girls he met three seconds ago, and an outrageous hairstyle. So let’s build a character like this in Dungeons & Dragons, 5th edition (5e).

The game I’ve been playing for over a year, colloquially known as “Monday Masks”, is coming to an end. I don’t know if it’ll be in two sessions or twenty. So what should I make of all this?

A long time ago, on a Blu-Ray far far away…

Day 31: Share why you take part in RPG-A-DAY

Some people have stuck to the questions, while others have gone off script and effectively posed their own questions to answer. I think aside from just talking about our preferred hobby, the value of questions like this help us analyze and understand just what assumptions or preferences we have around gaming.

Day 30: Share something you learned about playing your character

I’ve usually got only a few paragraphs in response to these, but this one is long. Apologies in advance.

The character I’m playing right now in Masks is the teen superhero “Radiance”, aka Summer Skye Newman. For those not familiar with her backstory, buckle up, because it’s the result of 50 sessions of play and about as much side-story on our forums.

Day 29: Share a friendship you have because of RPGs

I think all of my long-lasting friendships have come from some kind of online “game” (including the text-based MUDs of old), but I’ll go with local and recent and say Gray Pawn, who I got to first meet at the Wayward Coffeehouse for some pulp space opera shenanigans. He’s the guy that gave me the confidence to try actual game design, not just create worlds, and it’s been a fun and rewarding experience. On top of that, he’s got an amazing ability to infuse both characters and games with heart and purpose, even when he doesn’t quite believe in his ability to do it.

Day 28: Share whose inspiring gaming excellence you’re grateful for

Not Masks this time! Though that has been great.

Credit here goes to people like Gray Pawn, Jay Loomis, Mike Agney, Phil Nadeau, and the other gamers over the years who’ve run or played in some of the best games of my life.

Stuff like Pandora’s Lair, Thursday play-test at the Treehouse, and other experiences won’t make sense to most people without a lot of explanation, but I think part of the appeal of gaming is that sort of secret mystery - the unique alchemy that results when a few people do something fun together. Maybe those individual moments of magic are experienced and then lost, but we’re always able to create new magic.

Day 27: Share a great stream/actual play

Well, you knew this was coming.

The GM of the Monday Masks game, Doyce Testerman, has put a lot of work into reformatting the game as a podcast, in addition to the original YouTube videos of the sessions. While the YouTube videos come with maps, goofy memes, and other visual accompaniment, the podcast is cleaned up, sped up, and diced into neat segments under an hour each.

If you want to jump into the issues list and pick a specific one to listen to based on what happens, here’s an index to everything: (click on a specific issue to find a brief recap of major events, or ask me to put together a master page that does it)