I think the best advice I could give for a new DM is to, for your first campaign, play things out totally cliche. Have a fairly standard BBEG, with pretty simple motives, and really just do everything by the book.
The more standard your basic campaign premise is, the more time and energy you'll have to spend on actually becoming a better DM.
It's really easy to get excited about all the ways you're going to break the mold an try new things to excite your players, but really, it's more important to learn the basics firsts, and then once you have those down and know how to work within the rules, you'll be much better off for your second or third campaign, when you do run off the rails.
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@BESW There's a side-effect of Stellata's character gen I kinda like. The social skills I've been flustered about are Deceive, Provoke, Rapport and Empathy. Those all seem to be the skills about how one deals with people.
She has Deceive at 1 (she's kinda good at being deceptive sometimes), Provoking at 2 (she knows how to piss people off), Rapport at 3 (she's good at making friends), and Empathy... at 0. She has no idea about it. Peoples' mental states go way over her head and she will often miss a subtle change in them.
though I might tinker to see if I can give her Empathy at 1, and I might give her a stunt around using Deceive...
My thoughts are that she her plant-ish nature makes it hard for people to read her. But it also makes it hard for her to read others, so it's difficult to know when people are catching onto her.
Actually nevermind that stuff. I just realised I don't really need to focus on her being deceptive, since she will not often be in espionage mode.
Anyone have any interesting race ideas (thematically or mechanically) for a Swordsage/Factotum starting at lv2? 0 LA preferable, I might be able to swing a +1 LA. Currently considering a Spellwarped or Phrenic Incarnate Construct Warforged, alternatively a Whisper Gnome if those two options aren't allowed and I don't get a better idea. (D&D 3.5)
Any and all. My interests are so varied that anything might be applicable at any time lol. Gimme any idea and where to find it and I'll look it up. I'm honestly kinda clueless right now, and researching races at random in hopes something sparks an idea.
I know about the build I'm likely to go for, but other than that I have no idea what to do. Probably going to focus on having lots of Knowledge ranks, and UMD, Spellcraft and Iaijutsu Focus, and be a somewhat arcanist leaning utility character. The group doesn't have an arcanist (and tbh probably doesn't need one) but they do have a rogue who has the primary skillmonkey covered, so I'm thinking something like a curious researcher/wanderer or something along those lines.
That way I can be a secondary skillmonkey (mostly for knowledges and magic stuff) and have that sort of arcane dabbler type of feel.
Someone mentioned Microsoft OneDrive here once. I can't recall who. If anybody does favor it over other services, any particular reason for the preference? I've always used Google Drive, but everybody in my group has a Microsoft account (we're all grieving MSN Messenger expies :P), so I'm looking at trying it for my next game's collab.