Welcome to the first valhallagames "wandering monsters" episode. Wikipedia defines Wandering monsters as follows (don't worry I put them right on a couple of points by way of a re-edit):
Wandering monsters - sometimes called Random encounters - were a feature of Dungeons & Dragons from its beginnings in the 1970s, and persist in that game and its offshoots to this day. Random encounters are usually determined by the gamemaster by rolling dice against a random encounter table. These rules can often result in VERY random seemingly in appropriate and quite humorous encounters. A wandering monster is perhaps something that you don't want, definitely something that you didn't expect, but ALWAYS interesting. Source: Wikipedia... with edits :-)
We hope you enjoy this Dungeons & Dragons digression from our normal miniature wargaming adventures, (typically in WWII). We will be back to our scheduled program as soon as we have spooned over these Kobolds.
(Kobold; Small humanoid (kobold), Lawful Evil. Armor Class 12, Hit Points 5 (2d6-2), Speed 30 ft.)
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I guess i was lucky enough to be directly exposed to the the folklore found in the Arthurian heartlands and the tales of Robin Hood growing up and loved the history and stories, but gaming wise it was the fighting fantasy books, by Livingstone and Jackson (who went on to found a little company called Games Workshop), then Heroquest which led to GW and the wider fantasy world.
"Broadsword!" "Fire of Wrath!"
[Delayed response due to leaving phone in the car, sorry, the unforgivable sin] ...England is the king of all things fantastic, Arthur, Robin Hood (OK well not fantastic but similar), Tolkien, Games Workshop, a zillion other great miniature based wargames but The US have D&D and... well... OK... only D&D but what a game! But even D&D is set in a UK/European type world most of the time. To be real a dwarf, needs to be Welsh!
Glad you enjoyed it Darryl. Rex may have forgotten, but i remember us getting pretty pumped about TV shows around this folklore back in the early 80s too.. "Robin of Sherwood" and the series "Crossbow" (William Tell) were favorites of ours. I also remember there being a remake of the 'Ivanhoe' movie on TV that the TV/radio magazine for the country at the time ('The Listener") had a half page blank heraldic coat of arms that Rex got off our grandmothers copy ( I suspect he still has it!) that the fighters used to design their heraldry using my "ladybird little book of heraldry" ...i didnt mind at all
Thanks Darryl, now you know more than you ever wanted to about Dan and I! Looking forward to gaming by Zoom Wednesday, I have my appropriate zoom background ready to go. Just spend the evening reviewing 5ed and yes I really does seam like 30+ years since I played, what could go wrong. I guess just do what seams right (or wrong based on my alignment) and roll a lot of 20's...