Putting Classic Fantasy Into Your D&D 4e Game

In role playing games, there are several genres. Sci-fi, fantasy, modern, and horror are just some of the examples. Some role playing games, such as Savage Worlds, Gurps, and Palladium, offer many different genres or settings for the game to take place in.

Dungeons and Dragons falls into the genre of fantasy, through there might be a few subtle differences within that genre (Eberron, Points of Light, etc.). These are all considered “high fantasy” settings, due to the proliferation of magic and magical items. While there are surely several games out there that use the “low fantasy” setting (little magic), D&D 4e is not one of them. In this article I’ll be discussing how to turn your 4e game into a game setting similar to Conan and Lord of the Rings.

When it comes to your map of the world, you should limit the amount of defined zones, or territorial lines. Since accurate maps are hard to come by for those in a fantasy setting, especially since lands disputes can go on for years, there is never really a sure sense of location. This should be especially true of territories between differing races (elves, humans, etc.).

In a classic fantasy setting, there are few races. Most likely, the only races available would be human, elf, dwarf, and halfling. However, that doesn’t mean that there is only one kind of human, or one kind of elf. Take any “off-limits” race (like an orc) and use that as your character, just call him an elf (or human, or whatever). For those races with special abilities, you’ll have to reflavor the abilities to be in line with your race (the dragonborn’s fire breath ability could actually be a lit flask of oil, etc.). When an elf walks into town, it’s a big deal – they’re an instant celebrity (or oddity).

With regard to character classes, the players and DM should limit most of the player characters (as well as enemies) to the martial classes (fighter, thief, ranger, etc.). Too many characters with mystical powers takes away from the realism of the setting (yes, I am aware that I’m talking about the fantasy setting, but remember that we’re going for low magic here). If you have a magical character, try to limit it to one per adventuring party.

With regard to magical items, less is more (and more powerful). The game of D&D 4e assumes that player characters carry a certain amount of magical items to help them through skill challenges, enemies, monsters, encounters, and adventures. Without those magical items, either the DM would have to work extra hard to tone done the challenges, or the PCs will not be “heroic” enough to deal with them.

While PCs will be carrying very little magic items (or none at all), they have to make up the difference somehow. There is an easy solution. Simply assume that your character has a level-appropriate magic item of his choice at 1st level. Every level after that, he gains another magical item to fill a different slot with, until all slots are filled (neck, weapon, feet, armor, etc). At the beginning of every level, the player is free to mix and match any combination of items that his character would normally be allowed to have. Now, he’s not actually getting any magical items; he’s just gaining the enhancements as if he had them. So, how do you explain that?

You need to explain how your character is getting these enhancements, since normal people don’t get them. Has your character been granted a single magical item (like a sword, wand, staff, or shield) that encompasses all of the magical properties of all of his “ghost” items? Has he been charmed by witches? Is he the son or daughter of a god? What’s important to remember is that individually, the magical items aren’t important, because they don’t really exist. You simply have to figure out their source, and use that as a major part of your character’s background/story.

Also, with little worry about individual magical items, treasure should be handed out much more sparingly. With no need to buy powerful magical items, there is no need for exuberant amounts of treasure. When characters come across a few hundred gold pieces, it now actually means something.

Enemies and monsters that the PCs face should primarily be human (since we’re going for a mostly human setting). When characters come across an orc or goblin, it’s not because their came across an orc camp, it’s because someone, somewhere, has created a band of orcs to wreak havoc. Fantastic creatures, such as the beholder should be reflavored as a powerful wizard, and then things like dragons should simply be very rare.

Remember, most of the adventures in a classic fantasy setting should involve threats devised by humans. Out-of-this-world threats should be from far away lands, where few humans venture. If you need some help envisioning the classic fantasy setting, just look at movies such as Clash of the Titans, Lord of the Rings, and Conan. That should get you in the mood to play a more down-in-the-dirt, real classic fantasy setting.

Learn More About Fantasy Sports Software

Are you into playing sports? What about video games? Well if you are into both then you are certainly in for a treat with fantasy sports software wherein you will surely be able to get the best of both worlds. Fantasy sports software is actually more of a simulation game wherein you can be part of your favorite team, you can put up your own team and choose your players and go up against other professional leagues. For gamers who want to live out their dream of becoming a professional football, baseball, hockey or even basketball player then their best in being able to achieve that is through fantasy sports software.

However, as there are several types of brands of fantasy sports software available over the internet these days, it is best that you try out the different demos or trial games available to help you get a better feel of the game that you are thinking about purchasing. If you are not satisfied with one then at least you have not committed to buying it yet and you can still look at different titles available.

For hardcore sports fanatics, this software truly is a dream come true and certainly worth the small investment. This is because aside from being very entertaining, fantasy sports software is also another way for you to practice your sports and gaming techniques in a more relaxed platform – you need not even leave your house just to be able to practice your game.

And while there are a lot of available fantasy sports games available over the internet, and you can actually make use of these for free, a lot of fans and gamers are still quite unsatisfied with the limitations imposed on each game as well as their lack of options as opposed to getting a fantasy sports software wherein the possibilities are practically endless that it truly is a gamers’ dream come true.

However, if this is your first time to encounter such games, then it is still advisable that you first check out the available free games online before you let yourself get lured into buying this sports software of your own. Most of sports-related websites actually offer this feature wherein you will be able to check out several varieties of sports like racing, basketball, baseball, hockey, and more. Just make the most of this free opportunity to learn more about fantasy sports to help you discern on whether this current gaming craze is for you.

Fantasy Baseball Exploding In Popularity

Fantasy baseball has been around for decades. Fantasy baseball was once relegated to die hard stat crunchers who would have to sift through box scores and countless other sources to keep track of their teams. With the rise of the internet, Fantasy Baseball is now available to countless millions around the world and is increasingly becoming a fun hobby for fans of America’s pastime.

There are many different forms of fantasy baseball out there. Though there are normally 2 main types.

Rotiserie, which pits teams in a system of points based on leading offensive and pitching categories, as well as number of teams in the league. For example, a 10 team league would got by a 1 to 10 point system applied to each category. The leader of each category would earn 10pts, 2nd 9pts, 3rd 8pts and so on. All point totals for all categories would them be added together to get the teams point total. The most points on any given day would be the leader, with points potentially changing each day.

Head-To-Head is based on a weekly system where teams compete again based on categories, though unlike Rotiserie, teams only compete against one other team on a weekly basis, following a pre-set schedule. In head-to-head each offensive and pitching stat lead is worth one “win”. At the end of the week, usually Monday to Sunday, whichever team leads the most categories would win the week and their win/loss totals would then be translated into the updated standings.

As mentioned, there are other types of leagues, such as “Keeper leagues”, which are long term leagues which allow owners to protect a certain number of players to carry over into the next season.

Due to the increasing popularity of fantasy baseball, there are now countless sites offering their own versions of this game. Some of the most familiar are offered by ESPN, MLB, Sporting News…but the most popular by far these days is offered up by Yahoo! Yahoo! is officially licensed by Major League Baseball and offers a full slate of fantasy games, from baseball, to football, even car racing and golf. Yahoo! offers the typical fantasy baseball options, Rotiserie and Head-To-Head. They also offer the ability to open your own league, where you can personally invite friends of coleagues to sign up and compete in private leagues. These leads have full draft options, where you are allowed to edit a pre-draft list in the order of your own preferences for those set to the auto draft option. The most fun option for drafting is the live draft option, where league owners can get together and select their teams live.

The fun of fantasy baseball is in tracking your drafted lineup on a day-to-day basis, with the ability to add and drop players to and from the free agency pool(known as waivers) and to also negotiate trades with other members if you choose to do so. Every year there always seems to be an undrafted gem who slips by and grabbing this player before your other leaguemates can be quite satisfying and lead to the success of your team.

If you do not have a lot of people to play with for a custom private league, fear not. Yahoo! offers public access leagues where you can play against other people from around the world. You don’t need to have a lot of other mates to take advantage of this fun pastime.

About Free Multiplayer Online Battledawn Game

Flash is a universally powerful and highly sophisticated platform that is designed and animated in an attractive manner for enjoying games online. Free multiplayer online game is a new trend in which multiple players can interact, communicate, enjoy and play various types of new flash games online.

These game companies invest their millions of dollars on these online games and their machines simply for the enjoyment of the players. They invent the new games on regular basis and launch these games time to time online, so that more and more players can explore these new games and play easily with lots of interest and enjoy. From these free multiplayer games online, players acquire knowledge and diplomacy skills for playing such games. They learn how to work in a team with a spirit in order to achieve the common target.

Battledawn by Tacticsoft

To enjoy the games online, Battledawn was developed by Tacticsoft. Tactisoft limited is an Israeli company which developed this attractive, graceful and powerful online games. There are some regulations to be followed while playing these games. So, firstly players complete these all terms and conditions, and then they can proceed and play the game. For this game, you need not to download anything because of its user friendly and graphical interface.

Who’s the Winner?

In this free multiplayer online Battledawn game, there are small colonies present on earth, mars or fantasy in which players become leaders of these colonies and then show that how they grow and developed as a military by fighting, diplomacy or betrayal. This game ends when a player becomes the strongest and powerful leader who would rule all over the communities and has the authority to take decisions.

Various Gaming Options

For assistance, a number of options are already provided to the players, like messaging, trading, etc.

For messaging, players have a proper organized form of menu in which inbox, outbox, archive, contacts, ignore options are available. There is a mass messaging option also that players can use.

Trading is a planned system in which one player can provide the metal or oil to the other player and get the alliance in his account.

Broadcast is another facility in this free multiplayer online Battledawn game which lies at the down of the screen and every player can message through this broadcast. These broadcasts assist players to get alliances, find their friends while playing games and select for the alliance.

Alliance is a group of players who play as a team against the other team or say, an opponent team. In these alliances, players get radars, many resources and various posts for output. These resources are to protect the players from the other team’s players. These alliances can be created, removed from the game as required.

Marker works as small notice which assists to communicate within the team member during the game. So only leader of the game can delete or add these markers in the game.

Basic Rules of the Free Multiplayer Online Game

A variety of moderators are available to help out the players while playing the game. Some rules are:

• Multiple players can have one or more colonies on the same server machine

• For more colonies, players can make more friends and farming them and can be racist during the game

• Don’t use any vulgar words for any player

 

Gaming in 3D Is Nothing Short of Amazing

Technology today is ever changing, fast evolving and perennially growing. From the days of PlayStation 1 (PS1) to PS 3 today gaming has come a long way.

Imagine sitting with your console swaying from side to side as your partner’s car is winning the race and you just have to take a very difficult turn without crashing it. Now, imagine being in that car and guiding it through that turn even as the adrenaline pumps through your body. That’s the beauty of games 3D style.

Ask any avid gamer today what is the latest fantastic, mind blowing, absolute must game that one must try and you will not hear about anything less than a 3D game. And why should that not be. After all what can be nicer than to be putting on glasses and reaching a land full of dinosaurs that you need to ward off, or planes that you sit in and fly or even a baseball game that you are part of. Ready to hit that home run the bat in position and as the ball pitches, every bone in your body is taken over by the sportsman in you as you hit that dream shot and win. Yes, while the very concept of games is living out your fantasy, games 3D style has just taken that to a new level of reality. Surreal has suddenly found a new resurgence in usage for how else do you explain the experience.

So, go ahead invest in a good console, there are so many to choose from nowadays. And then get ready for some amazing experiences. A word of caution to the new initiatees into this foray called 3D gaming. It can absorb, consume and completely exhaust you. Actually come to think of it anyone trying to convince your dad into buying you the console can use this as the perfect reason why you should get it. “Dad, it’s not like I will be sitting on the couch and gaming all day. I’ll actually need to be a part of it. My joints will ache, my heart will beat faster, my legs will ache with all the running. It’s going to be good exercise dad. And you can join me too for a game of tennis.” Well your dad, you’ll know best how to convince him, this is just a pointer. It may help. So get up, get it and start gaming in 3D with style.