dndaddyissues
dndaddyissues
who needs therapy when you have d&d
Header art by @pi-sharp. Hi! I'm Connie, the person behind this artisanal D&D meme blog. Here you'll find lovingly homemade memes, GM and player tips, homebrew ideas, and other people's fantastic art. All advice I give is jUST MY OPINION!!! (screamingwhitelady.jpg). This is a sideblog, so I'm sorry that I can't follow back. I'm 23, Asian/Chinese, and genderfluid.I'm also the GM behind Transplanar: an ALL-TRANS, POC-led, 100% homebrew D&D 5e livestream set in the non-colonial, anti-orientalist world of Andake. We stream every other Saturday at 3pm CDT. Check out our Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube (for past episodes), and Twitch. Episode 6 comes out this Saturday, Sept 5th at 3pm CDT on Twitch. Tags that mean something here: #transplanar rpg, #dnd memes, #dnd art, #dm tips, #player tips, #dnd homebrew, #dnd storytime, #support our artists (these are commission / donation posts), #captioned (these are images / videso I've captioned), and #ask. Search directly on mobile; add "+" between spaces on desktop.
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dndaddyissues · 16 days ago
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(PSSST I'M IN THIS AS HUSHI)
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Since the "outlaws & obelisks" tag is pretty barren, i thought I'd do an informational post for anyone who gets curious.
The setting is Utaram, a vast desert landscape that takes inspiration from both the US Southwest and Northern Africa, some decades after a magical apocalypse destroyed the powerful civilizations that had once sprawled across the desert, leaving sparsely-populated towns where people have to band together for survival. Reminders of that cataclysm are all around in the beings, both humanoid and beasts, who have been fused with other forms of life, like Onuris Budge, whose right arm is sometimes an elephant trunk and sometimes other things, and his animal companion (with a higher intelligence stat than him) Nebet, a leopard-flamingo. Wanderers like Chang Hushi, from the ancient Dulungai-Barun civilization far to the west, and Tovo Reeves, a bounty hunter with a mechanical exoskeleton, are not uncommon. With uncontrolled magic still heavy in the atmosphere, unreliable passages of time, and violent gangs seeking to gain influence in a chaotic landscape, threats abound. Budge, Hushi, and Tovo are thrown together in an unlikely quest for answers and a missing hat; as encounter breeds encounter, their goals, and the threats to Utaram, only seem to multiply like the time-displaced chickens in Hushi's bag.
It's quite brilliant, and unlike anything else currently being played that I know of. It's a POC-led, casually queer campaign with real stakes, wildly imaginative worldbuilding, and a series of fascinating unfolding mysteries as to the history of Utaram and the histories of the PCs themselves.
The DM is Jeremy Cobb (he/him), who has homebrewed the setting and cosmology from scratch, with a lot of research into ancient and medieval cultures of North Africa. Jeremy is one of the three hosts of Three Black Halflings, the podcast feed where Outlaws & Obelisks can be found. He also DMed their earlier campaign The Cub & the Caterpillar, using the Afrocentric Wagadu setting.
Hushi (they/them) is played by Connie Chang (they/he/she) of TransplanarRPG.
Budge (he/him) is played by Jonny Charles (he/him) of the_lonely_orchestra, who also provides the show's soundtrack.
Tovo (he/him) is played by Jasper William Cartwright (he/him), another of the hosts of Three Black Halflings.
Below the cut, there's some more spoilery information, including content warnings that people should know going in.
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Later additions to the party include:
Episode 3: Panya (she/her), played by Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (they/them), the third host of Three Black Halflings.
Episode 6: Lu'Luh Jacksplit (she/her), played by Emily Axford (she/her) of Not Another D&D Podcast and Dimension 20.
The tone of Outlaws & Obelisks is among the most serious of the many actual-play and narrative-play podcasts I listen to. There's still plenty of comedy, because you can't have improvised narrative without it sometimes being silly, but it's an essentially dramatic story, with real weight behind much of the worldbuilding. All the players are deeply committed to their characters and unafraid to make big swings and accept the consequences.
And Jeremy is equally unafraid to make those consequences as dire as possible: the second episode ends on a note of such extreme brutality that it carries content warnings for suicide. The fourth episode also includes content warnings for body horror and child endangerment, and in general the show is not squeamish about body horror, given the emphasis on animal fusions in the first episode.
If it sounds like something you'd like, I strongly encourage you to give it a try. Emily's first episode hasn't even been released yet as I write this, but I'm betting she'll bring in some new listeners. Jump on in! The water's fine.
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dndaddyissues · 2 months ago
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put your music on shuffle and stop at the first song with lyrics. choose 2 lines from it to describe your DND OC. what are they?
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dndaddyissues · 3 months ago
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just aabria iyengar things @quiddie 😌
Establish your GM cred by fistfighting Matt Mercer and taking over critical role before starting your campaign.
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dndaddyissues · 3 months ago
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quick mods are asleep post ex-ex-ex(??)-lovers who are still definitely into each other 😳
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dndaddyissues · 3 months ago
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blessed be the empty, for they have no soul to shroud
my favorite found family trope is TAKING A NAP TOGETHER so have the Arc III Transplanar cast back under the stars, like they deserve
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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[Image ID: Two people relax in a stream and talk with each other, one labeled “the party,” and the other labeled “their NPC love interests.” In the foreground, a person labeled “the ranger” lies in an inflatable tube, making a kissy face as a raccoon on their belly labeled “their companion.” End ID.]
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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[Image ID: A kitten labeled “me, a depressed queer d&d player” snuggles with a teddy bear labeled “my emotional support d&d character.” End ID.]
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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oh shit. oh wait. i forgot to charge money for this
for only $9.99 a month, you can unlock this photo of a gelatinous cube
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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for only $9.99 a month, you can unlock this photo of a gelatinous cube
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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DM tip: more milfs
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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DM: alright we’re playing a 3 hour one-shot today! send me a quick backstory :)
that player: *sends in a 5 page google doc*
DM:
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[Image ID: A manga panel from One Punch Man where Saitama shouts, “You talk too much! Come back when you’ve summarized what you want to say in one short and simple sentence of max. 10 words!” End ID.]
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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FANART OF MY D&D CAMPAIGN?! it’s more likely than you think! 👀 @transplanarrpg
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I have no excuses just take this…… please…
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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the rogue: i roll to pickpocket all of the fighter’s gold while he’s asleep.
the fighter: seriously? can i contest this or something?
gm: yeah, rogue, is this really necessary?
the rogue: but it’s what my CHARACTER would do. i’m just roleplaying IN CHARACTER.
gm:
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[Gif ID: A gif of Chidi from The Good Place telling Eleanor, “Okay, but that’s worse. I mean, you — you get how that’s worse, right?” End ID.]
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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An old post but reblogging with this clarification. This is very true. Probably should’ve worded my original post better given that I literally do paid GMing sessions for the company that makes Bluebeard’s Bride.
Also yes to the suggestions of Monsterhearts / MH2 in the comments! MH can be very, um, intense as well, and emotionally volatile. There’s literally a “sex” mechanic in a game about primarily teenagers.
As a general rule: do your proper research before playing a new system and/or bringing it to your friends or strangers to test it out for the first time. This list is a starting point — that’s it. I encourage folks to do their own Googling and digging around about systems when looking for new games to try!
systems to run and play outside of dungeons and dragons/pathfinder that are BEGINNER FRIENDLY and STORY-FOCUSED:
MASKS: A NEW GENERATION (powered by the apocalypse engine, 2d6 core resolution): Play as teenaged superheroes! Emulate the feel of a comic book or animated TV series like Young Justice, Teen Titans, etc. DEATH IS NOT A STAKE (unless you’re The Doomed): emotional trauma is instead! FAST, narratively driven combat; complex antagonists; sessions structured by “scenes” instead of encounters to encourage roleplaying and story above all else! Perfect for folks who love superhero stories, exploring adolescent angst, and colorful combat.
URBAN SHADOWS 1E (powered by the apocalypse engine, 2d6 core resolution): A political urban fantasy game about the debts you owe, and the lengths you’re willing to go to seize power in a seedy city. Think Mortal Instruments, Twilight, etc. Play as a werewolf, vampire, hunter, wizard, etc. all vying for power. A corruption mechanic encourages backstabbing and betrayal between PCs, with the hanging sword of PCs who go too far retiring as NPC threats. Perfect for evil parties and social intrigue-heavy campaigns.
QUEST (d20 core resolution): A fantasy, medieval-suited but genre-expansive system that can replace D&D pretty fluidly, and makes for an easy transition from one system to another. No stats, only features that classes can invoke at will or with a single, unmodified d20 roll. All PCs have the same health and deal the same base damage, making combat a breeze, freeing the GM up to focus on the story. A sliding scale of success from 1 to 20 instead of a binary pass/fail like D&D!
These are just a few systems I’ve either played and/or have run, and can recommend based on my personal experience. Either way, it’s worth looking into other systems to improve and expand your own GMing chops for D&D if nothing else.
Other TTRPG systems you should check out that I don’t have the time to delve into right now: Monster of the Week (PBTA like above, 2d6 core resolution, emulate the feel of an episodic monster hunting show like Supernatural, Buffy, etc.), Numenera (complex system comparable in scope to D&D), Fiasco (GMless, improv only, card based, over the top Coen Brothers movie generator), Root RPG (play as woodland creatures!), Bluebeard’s Bride (play as different aspects of the same woman surviving a murderous pirate!), Vampire: The Masquerade (play as scheming vampires fighting back your thirst!), Call of Cthulhu (classic eldritch horror TTRPG), Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall (play as a Chinese immigrant family fighting racism and hopping vampires!), Ald-Amura: Monster Care Squad (HEAL monsters instead of kill them; threat clocks advance the story); Star-Crossed (2-player, GMless, Jenga tower based game about forbidden love, PERFECT for couples), Dread (Jenga tower based horror system), City of Mist (similar to Urban Shadows — gritty modern fantasy), and more!!
Check out these systems, and recommend more in the replies!
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dndaddyissues · 4 months ago
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here’s a DM power move i’ve done that you should do. introduce an extremely plot relevant NPC who speaks exclusively in an uWu voice. i have one, her name is Squeak, and she’s a tiny rotund grung. she’ll also say stuff like “the catacwysm has devwastatwed the wealm. wefugees are fweeing to the cwourt of wavens. it’s a bwoodbwath” and my players just have to fucking. take it
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dndaddyissues · 7 months ago
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“With you I don’t feel so alone. You’ve reminded me that I’m not broken. There’s more to life than revenge — there’s also love.”
Vee & Rev from TransplanarRPG because when your giant buff goth demigod of death and your delightfully shitty conwoman sorcerer finally find reasons to love, there should be art about it.
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dndaddyissues · 8 months ago
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CW current events, racism, violence against Asian people
hey so — shit’s hard right now for obvious reasons. as many of you know i’m asian-american (chinese) so it’s been especially difficult.
but i just wanted to say, unequivocally, that we can’t Stop Asian Hate until Black Lives Matter. our oppression, and our liberation, is connected.
thank you so much to all the Black people and other allies i’ve seen who have spoken up about this racist, misogynistic violence.
prepping my D&D sessions has been such a welcome reprieve for me these past 48 hours. i hope my Asian followers and other indigenous and followers of color are able to take care of yourselves in the ways you need to.
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