This is one of the several "Hey, I could totally run a campaign here!" maps I've seen on Strange Maps, but Dane accidentally went and used it for his new D&D 3.5 campaign. Last night Dane indicated the party was starting in a small town between Labrador City and English Lake. You can check out my character, Polymachus, son of Therion, right here, as all I did to make his charsheet was open up a new Google document and cut-and-paste from the Hypertext SRD. Having just re-read the Iliad and Oddysey I decided to play a spearchucking Achaean hero, so my dude is from the Black Peninsula of the Mediterranean Kingdom. Meanwhile Carl is playing a nerdy wizard, Charles made up a halfling cleric and Dane's buddy Troy showed up with a rogue that he made using the DDI character building software.
We were quite a ways through the session before the rest of us figured out that Troy was kicking so much ass because he brought a 4e character to a 3.5 game. I initially thought he was so awesome because my dice rolls had been so pisspoor and I was standing in the front taking damage more often that his rogue was looking better off by comparison. Seriously, the dice were pissing me off last night. In the first fight I roll a natural '1' in 3 out of 4 rounds of combat. And it only got marginally better after that. There seemed to be a big hole in my rolls between the numbers 7 and 14, with way more results on the botton numbers. But when he revealed that he had 15 hit points at first level the skew became obvious.
Despite the frustrations of not being able to hit friggin' normal, non-giant, non-magical rats I still had a good time. Danes a newbie DM, but I thought he pulled off running the game with flair and sound judgement. And the rest of the gang are a hoot to play with. Troy is welcome in my game any time, though I might double check his charsheet beforehand.
"Man, is there anything Jeff CAN'T do when it comes to gaming? This guy is like a critical 20 every roll. Jeff can bite the heads offa five game geeks, including their sorry-ass DM, and spit 'em into a large duffel bag ONE AT A TIME!...that's just the kind of messed up bastard he is! You think yer a gamer, punk? Well..do ya? Jeff will depants your weasel-ass right in front of your grandma."