dm collection

Starting a campaign in medias res: hardcore version
  • DM: *collects sheets* OK, George, what are you playing?
  • George: *beaming* A fighter!
  • DM: Cool, you're with the City Guard. Joan, what are you playing?
  • Joan: *beaming* A thief!
  • DM: Cool, you're in chains. You've just been sentenced to death for stealing. Georgie here is dragging you to the gallows.
  • Joan: ...
  • DM: Steve, what are you playing?
  • Steve: *reluctant* A cleric?
  • DM: Cool, you're there to perform the last rites. Begin!

In these strange, uncertain times, trust the creatives to ask the tough questions.

Depeche Mode’s latest album Spirit, which dropped overnight, does just that as the veteran British band explores the zeitgeist. It’s a journey into the dark places.

From the opening bars of “Going Backwards,” frontman Dave Gahan lets us all know what’s on DM’s collective mind. “We are not there yet, we have not evolved/We have no respect, we have lost control/We’re going backwards, ignoring the realities/Going backwards, are you counting up the casualties,” he sings.

Gahan and co. go deeper still. Next up: “Where’s the Revolution,” in which Gahan unloads, “You’ve been kept down, you’ve been pushed ‘round/You’ve been lied to, you’ve been fed truths/Who’s making your decisions, you or your religion/Your government your countries, you patriotic junkies.”

With Spirit (which spans 17 track on the “deluxe” edition), Depeche Mode’s career runs 14 albums deep, with more than 100 million records sold.

Produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys), the new LP is the followup to 2013’s Delta Machine, which bowed at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and marked a new era with Columbia after a 30-year career with Warner Music labels Sire and Reprise and EMI’s Mute and Capitol.

The band, comprised of Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, has also plotted the Global Spirit Tour, an international trek that is slated to kick off on May 5 with a show at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

(via Depeche Mode Strut Revolutionary ‘Spirit’ on New Album: Listen | Billboard)

To all worldbuilders, GMs, and game designers: THANK YOU for all your work

Originally posted by historyvikings

I dreamed a limitless book,
A book unbound,
Its leaves scattered in fantastic abundance.

On every line there was a new horizon drawn,
New heavens supposed;
New states, new souls.

One of those souls,
Dozing through some imagined afternoon,
Dreamed these words,
And needing a hand to set them down,
Made mine.

~ Clive Barker, Abarat

Head of Security (DM): “I need to collect your weapons before letting you enter.”

Rouge (to DM): I’m going to slight of hand so he doesn’t see my weapons, then bluff so he thinks I’m unarmed.

DM: “Your weapons? You. You mean your rocket launcher?”

Rouge:*nat crits his slight of hand*

DM (while shaking his head): “HmmmNo.”

Head of Security (DM): *crit fails perception roll*

Rouge: *passes bluff check*

Head of Security (DM): ….
*deeply inhales*




been feelin’ icky the past week or so, but Dark Magician Girl finally came in after a few week’s worth of waiting and I feel a little better!! (///´ ▽ `///)ノ err yeah she’s the last of my impulsive desires. I’m really loving the detail on her.

Now you're thinking with portals

Context: In our game, the players are allowed to add their own flavor text if they want. we’ve just collected an entire treasure horde in one room

DM: Ok, so you collect 80 Platinum 1,800 Gold, 10,000 Silver, and 35,000 Copper, 8 medium-sized Sapphires, a set of hide armor, 12 arcane focuses, two scrolls, and a very fancy rapier.

Cleric(OOC): We’re never gonna be able to take all of this.

DM: Sure  you can, you just have to sneak all of it past the legion of elves, out of their sacred crypt that you just defiled, several times.

Warlock (OOC): I got this, yo.

DM: How?

Warlock: I summon my 10x10 portable hole under the treasure horde.

DM: (facepalm) Ok, Crazypants, you start chanting in Dracon-