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Newbiespud 26th Mar 2019, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
Which reminds me, if you want to see a great example of a youth-themed D&D mini-campaign, I highly recommend all three sessions of Camp Nettlebee.

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Gamemaster80 26th Mar 2019, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
I wonder how they'll take to the way magic and abilities are done outside of 4E, especially the magic users.
Digo Dragon 26th Mar 2019, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Not guaranteed to have combat? Have you never been bullied in school and gotten your friends together for a throw-down?

Or is that just me? >.>
wrong game? 26th Mar 2019, 6:42 AM edit delete reply
The problem is this is going to be MLP, not the game Bully.
Toric 26th Mar 2019, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
I think what you want Digo is more commonly known as “a rumble”
Steel Resolve 26th Mar 2019, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Wait wait... by throw down do you mean choreographed dance numbers with lots of menacing snapping?
Digo Dragon 26th Mar 2019, 10:49 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
"Dance Fight" is still considered a form of combat in my book. :D
Winged Cat 26th Mar 2019, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Can't say that I have. When I PvPed in school, it was like I was the boss mob: people would gang up to raid me - and I won every time. (It only happened a few times. The bullies learned, and moved on to others.)

There's more opportunity to face true monsters in the world of FiM, though. Apple Bloom's encounter while hauling a cart through a swamp comes to mind.
Rakaydos 26th Mar 2019, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
Friends in school? I just took up the bully's offer of a fight after school and kicked him in the nuts.
We were both, like 9, though.
Robin Bobcat 26th Mar 2019, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
Hmm.. I never really got bullied. For one, I hit my growth spurt early. Even though I was a scrawny beanpole, nobody wanted to mess with someone taller than them. To quote Douglas Adams, I gangled.
Second, I had some martial arts training. Mostly falls and rolls, but also blocks. The few fights I got into consisted of me parrying inexpertly flung blows for a while until they realized nothing was working.
But I also knew pressure points.
Before said growth spurt, I was getting teased by a sixth grader. There's a really good nerve along the collarbone... "Hey look, he thinks he's doing the Vulcan Death GriiIIAAAHHHGH!!" Quite effective.
Digo Dragon 28th Mar 2019, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I've always been on the short side, so I was an easy target for bullies. Thus I learned to make friends with taller people to use as a defense screen.
ConMan 26th Mar 2019, 6:23 AM edit delete reply
Ooh, I get the reference in the title! I often wanted to try a BESM campaign, but never did (and never actually bought the source books).
Anvildude 26th Mar 2019, 7:11 AM edit delete reply
I've heard that 2nd edition BESM is the best one- it's one of those systems where the progressive editions aren't guaranteed to be necessarily better than prior ones.
Guest 26th Mar 2019, 10:00 AM edit delete reply
yeah, 2nd ed is the best. Third changed it to a roll over system, and that didn't help it.
2nd also is when they produced a LOT of source books.
If you want to try the system, you can usually find copies of Ex Machina or Dreaming Cities pretty cheap (like $5 last time I checked). Same system, but they add some power enhancement options that can be ignored fairly easily. (duration, range, area of effect, stuff like that)
Winged Cat 26th Mar 2019, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
If you ever do, be wary of Autofire. Possibly just don't allow it.
ANW 26th Mar 2019, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Ah Pinkie Pie.
You always seem to change my poll.

Favorite sports based anime/manga.
Me:King of aces
Venellian 26th Mar 2019, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Little Busters.
It's so cute! Waifu!
grafreque 26th Mar 2019, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
eyeshield 21
Randonimity 27th Mar 2019, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Randonimity
My favorite sports manga has to be "Real" as it's from the same mangaka as Slam Dunk.
Space Jawa 26th Mar 2019, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
I now want to see a Pinky-run sports-anime campaign for some reason.
GD 26th Mar 2019, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Hm. I wonder what sports anime would be most Pinkie's speed.
Haikyuu?
Ping Pong the Animation?
Basquash?

The choices don't feel endless, but this does feel like a deep well...
Rastaba 26th Mar 2019, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
The well gets a lot deeper if you start questioning what qualifies as a sport. Though technically Pinkie uses the phrase ‘school sports’ so we are somewhat more limited in scope. Prince of Tennis is another option.
Guest 26th Mar 2019, 8:12 AM edit delete reply
Starting at lvl 5, for the first 5e try?

Oh dear.

Well, they still have to choose their classes, subclasses and backgrounds, not to mention the personality traits.
terrycloth 26th Mar 2019, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Just roll the personality traits randomly, coward. }:P
TheStratovarian 26th Mar 2019, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
TheStratovarian
5th is a good starting point for 5e.

Its enough that you get access to some nice things.

You arent so worried that bad dice can end you, and it gives you enough fun ammo for folks that everyone has an equal footing.

Fighter types have 2 swings, rogues get hurtable sneaks, and casters get 3rd level and aoe's. So everyone is centered nicely.
Digo Dragon 26th Mar 2019, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I've always learned a system better starting at 1st/2nd level and build up from there. You only have the bare bones, but the idea is to get familiar/creative with the framework of the class (and sometimes race) before you add on higher-level abilities.
Crisis 26th Mar 2019, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
I've actually been playing around with super-low level adventuring in 5e.

Just got finished running an adventure for level 0 characters (4+CON mod hp, Background, Race, 1 bonus Feat, proficiency of 1, no class features of any kind). I had them play Jumanji.
SilverShadow4 27th Mar 2019, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
@Crisis can you be my dm? lol how does one play Jumanji in D&D?
Crisis 27th Mar 2019, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
Step 1: Get a real life Jumanji Board game for prop purposes.
(Step 1-A: Get two six-sided dice to use. I prefer wood dice for this.)

Step 2: Start making random charts for summoning beast monsters, insect swarms, giant insects, malicious plants, environmental hazards, and anything else you feel like throwing at your players. (Alternatively, you can pre-plan several or crib from the movie and/or board game cards.)
(Step 2-A: Stat out Van Pelt as a Ranger. Make sure he's at least 2 levels or one tier higher than any ally your players can acquire)
(Step 2-B: Remember to make any monkey or ape monster significantly smarter than usual)

Step 3: Make up rhymes related to each of the above. (If using effects from the movie and/or board game cards, use those rhymes)

Step 4: Whenever the players roll the (Jumanji) dice, spawn one of the random/planned effects.

Step 5: Enjoy what you have wrought.
(Step 5-A: Remember, *everything* other than the memories goes away when one of the players wins.)

In short, you play Jumanji the way it was always *meant* to be played.
Gamemaster80 28th Mar 2019, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Crisis, you magnificent b*****d! So using this one day.
Crisis 28th Mar 2019, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
I'm gonna see if I can put together a mini-module for this, including a couple of 'classless' variant rules for character creation. Mostly dice tables and tweaked SRD monsters. I'll let you all know when I've got that finished.

The adventure I ran ended after I gave one of the players a Monkey's Paw Wish (Listen close and speak without flaw, When you Wish upon the monkey's paw), and they Wished that Van Pelt was 'weaker than them'. (I had to nix a meta Wish that specified things like class levels and one that just said 'rookie' because it was too generic)

So I infected Van Pelt with a very virulent Disease with a DC 15 CON save. Failure means you collapse incapacitated and have to make further CON saves to avoid coughing up blood (1d4 damage). Their lvl 4 barbarian ally (long story) with 1 hp remaining injures Van Pelt and releases the Disease into the air, and only the Wish maker is immune, which is bad because he's the furthest from winning.

Fortunately the one closest to winning has his turn next. Unfortunately, he fails his CON save before he can roll and collapses next to the board, the dice being flung from his hand and lost to parts unknown. It takes... I think two rounds for the dice to stop on the exact number he needs (since he 'dropped' the dice, I got to fudge the number), but since he's infected (in fact only the Wisher and the Barbarian ally are still on their feet at this point), he has to make his CON save to speak. If he fails, the Disease damage might just kill him.

He succeeds.
Gindranis 26th Mar 2019, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
Sign me up for the sports-anime campaign. Majin the hand needs to be used in RP.
Cheerful_Dragon 14th Apr 2019, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Sports Anime? Tennis perhaps?