D&D 30 Question Challenge!

1) How you got started?

Keep on the Boarderlands - cover

Back in the late ’80’s with ‘Keep on the Boarderlands‘ and the original starter set. No idea where they came from but I loved them.

2) Favored PC race?

Variant Human – gives the most versatility to create what I want my PC to be.
Tabaxi is a close second. And they would be the most alien race I like to play in standard D&D.

Variant Human Traits

  • Ability Score Increase. Two different ability scores of your choice increase by 1.
  • Skills. You gain proficiency in one skill of your choice.
  • Feat. You gain one feat of your choice.


Tabaxi Traits

  • Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by 2, and your charisma increases by 1.
  • Age. equivalent to humans.
  • Alignment. tend toward chaotic alignments. Very rarely are evil.
  • Size. taller than humans, slender. Your size is Medium
  • Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.
  • Darkvision. You have a cat’s keen senses especially in the dark. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness only shades of gray.
  • Feline Agility. your reflexes and agility allow you to move with a burst of speed. When you move on your turn in combat, you can double your speed until the end of the turn. Once you use this trait, you can’t use it again until you move 0 feet on one of your turns.
  • Cat’s Claws. Because of your claws, you have a climbing speed of 20 feet. In addition, your claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
  • Cat’s Talent. You have proficiency in the Perception and Stealth skills.

3) Favored PC Class?

Toughest answer – I’m rather partial to Rogues. The versatility, and ability to have expertise, as well as excellent damage. The majority of their powers don’t require a rest to use again.

4) Favored Gaming world or setting?

Planesscape, ThPlanescape.jpge world setting that leads to all others!

Tékumel: such a rich and alien world. It is NOT your western culture Forgotten Realms, or any other world. It’s unique in its difference. It also makes it fairly complex to learn customs and the way things are, however most players that I DM for in this setting have enjoyed it.

Dark Sun, because I love killing off super powered beings because they didn’t have water.


5) Favored Dice?

Not really. I believe in randomness. However, I do have multiple sets given to me by players because I have a tenancy to forget dice at home.

6) Favored Deity?

Um, no. Granted any deity and religion in a fantasy world is as likely and real as any other deity or religion. All depends on how many claim to be following it.

7) Favored edition of D&D?

5th edition all the way. But 2nd edition will always have a special place in my heart.

8) Favored personal PC?

Captain Sol-Lux: a pompous charlatan noble who got trapped in the Underdark, but manages to maintain his tan…

9) Favored PC I’d like to play?

Nope. I’ve played with some great players who had awesome characters but don’t have any desire to play any of them.

10) Craziest in-game experience?

Watching demons battle it out royal style. Trying to buff the underdogs, and sap the evil lords – it was a lot like figuring out who to vote for in Canadian Politics.

There are others, but that was the most recent one that stands out.

11) Favorited Ran Adventure?

I was the DM of a DDAL group and had a great table at a local gaming store, and we had a great time doing Princes of the Apocalypse.

12) Favored Dungeon Type/Location?

I enjoy running city campaigns and games that have epic feels to them.

13) Favored Trap/Puzzle?

The best traps are political and social traps that ensnare the party.

14) Favored NPC?

Pacho the Merchant/Investigator. In my home game, he employed the party. He had a strange backstory. A polymorphed Goblin into human who got a job running caravans, and eventually made a trade empire (with the help of the PC’s of course).

15) Favored Undead?

Zombies. I’d love to run a Zombie Apocalypse game in D&D.


16) Favored Ooze/ Aberrant Creature?

The one’s that destroys weapons and armour!

17) Favored Animal/creepy crawly?

Giant Spiders 😉 GiantSpider.jpeg

But for familiars, Owls are the way to go!


18) Favored Planar Being?

All the demons!

19) Favored Elemental/Plant/Construct?

Golems’, except flesh golems’ which seem like altered Undead to me.


20) Favored Humanoid/Giant/Fey?

Half-Giants from Dark Sun. 10′ tall, they make it interesting for DM’s as you need to remember they literally look into the second story window, and will likely drop through any floor that’s not reinforced.

21) Favored Dragon?

Silver dragon’s, because of the silver dragon Gwyeneth in ‘The Legend of Huma’ (1988)Dragon,_silver.jpg

22) Favored Overall Monster?

Don’t have one. I like combing through monster manuals for idea that would fit well into a story. Something that brings tension and can challenge the players, puts their lives at risk. No one monster really does that all the time.

23) Least Favored Monster?

Boring useless ones that don’t move a plot forward.

24) Favored Spell?

Guidance! Followed closely by Prestidigitation [had to look up how to spell that :P]

25) Favored Magic Item?

Handy Haversack/Bag of Holding; Ring of Mind Shielding.

26) Favored Mundane Item?

Crowbar! Need something opened? Crowbar. Need to show that you’re the handyman that’s there to fix the well? Crowbar! Need to bash someones brains in? Crowbar!


27) Favored Curse or Cursed Item?

A curse or item that adds to a character or story. I just had a player who wanted his character to be cursed, so I made the following his curse:

Cloths cause you extreme discomfort, and nothing gives you more anxiety than formal functions where you must be in clean formal clothing. Well in clean and\or formal clothing, any roll of 1 or 2 on d20 rolls are considered natural 1’s. As long as you’re wearing soiled, filthy clothing, or clothing beneath your rank and station, this does not apply.

28) PC’s I wont play?

Hum, I don’t think there’s any character race or class I wont play. But I have shelved a few characters because I just wasn’t having a great time with them and their concept(s).

29) Most frequently rolled # on a d20?

3 – I roll a lot of 3’s.

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30) Best Player/DMing experience?

One of my best PC experiences was way back in the 90’s. I was invited to a long running game that was a homebrew. It had deep history and a long running story and many of the characters where famous and\or infamous. I do have to say that those games shaped my own game far more than anything else.

Best DM experience:

I have a few, but my current group is great. We meet every week, have dinner, and play in Tékumel. They adjusted to the strange world very well. They are in the army, one player has higher rank than the rest and they differ to them in all situations. And they in turn differ to the different experts in the Squad. And sometimes when something just needs to get done, they retire early and let the mayhem ‘fix’ itself.

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