View Full Version : My self indulgent but fun D&D youtube videos

02-02-2011, 07:46 AM
Apologies for reposting some of these - this is my first attempt at world domination thru video (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=559617#). Here they are in all their glory, and where I shall post them from now on should anyone care. http://forum.rpg.net/images/smilies/wink.gif

my reply to tetsubo57 old school vs modern games - my worst vid (but most viewed) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wksLrUqoL3c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDeyYYd6DYg - this one is on an alternate opposed roll mechanic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrwP3KONMXU - this is the short one (opposed to my first one) where I get to the point in terms of why coming up with calls on the fly isn't so bad, and why inconsistency in doing so isn't all that bad either.

Now to be completely self indulgent and talk about the rules i like and why i like them

Ability scores and modifiers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJsxSMmE0xU

Races - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aqfW-5tbAo

Classes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6bCQQro6N0

Multiclassing (controversial!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL9bJimnzSE

Unified XP?? nahhhh - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYCtRKXPeqg

NPCs just don't play fair - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ONV4aLYTn8

This was a fun project - 4 bite size videos (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=559617#) examining the good and bad parts of classic D&D saves, both AD&D and basic.

1 intro and what are saves? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crRdwU085Kc
2 how many are there really? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbTtSc8WQ18
3 why the saves work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAYcE3O4ENo
4 difficulty, modifiers, and table adjustments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UBq1g1GDgM

I discover the elusive AD&D traps save and tell about it in 2 min - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbwaOttGsMU

what the heck are hit points anyway? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeevGM2eXG4

Thac0 vs d20 vs AC - really? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHjdKcEUjtM

The thief - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_mkMtsn4OE

The fighter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBCSpWfwRPI

Alignments – let’s get real. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KVgSxICNQ4

NPC spellcasters - thinking outside the box. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KODa_j5UVc

How to stat NPCs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0_VhELu2gg

Rolling in the open and who rolls? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXTrFsq7bd4

Monsters! - keeping them fresh - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWZWz3ffjAQ

Feats and old school D&D - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGiJlDLIw60

02-02-2011, 06:36 PM
Thief saves in 1e – do they suck? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l76VIBPeG1I

Character Customization - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCIi128FdRM

02-04-2011, 01:16 PM
This isn't as easy as it looks - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIaiojidwAU

02-05-2011, 12:31 PM
the cleric - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suE2Bes92mA

Critical hits and fumbles for older D&D - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcNOaQSii04

02-06-2011, 02:04 PM
The Magic User - What the older wizard is like and a few house rules - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA9wNnL2M60

02-08-2011, 11:11 AM
Keeping house rules straight for you and your players and how many do I have really? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7csFnhrz1Y

02-08-2011, 08:49 PM
More differences between the old Magic user and his modern counterpart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTnYLVkTthA

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Sandbox games, how fun they are and your players throwing you curve balls - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj9AIIYTpWg

02-10-2011, 03:34 PM
Wilderness campaigns – not as daunting as you think and lots of fun! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBSyW6SfcLY

(Un)balanced encounters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge-8Ff8Cv_o

02-10-2011, 06:36 PM
An alternate method of modifying thieves' chance of success based upon ability scores - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTHLhAGbO1I

02-12-2011, 01:33 PM
Armor and some ideas - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCt_3AgJSys

Initiative - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3EYLe9_oJw

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XP, speed of level advancement, why GP=Xp makes sense, and common pitfalls - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzdXXM9wgGA

02-14-2011, 07:10 PM
Weapons #1 – an overview of questions in terms of balancing the use of “realistic” mechanics with the desire to keep the game fun and simple - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uPVmvEk4f0

Weapons #2 - A look at how weapons were handled in the OD&D, Basic, and 1e core, before specialization and weapon mastery - Lots of wonky stuff! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cWch1oSMVU

Weapons #3 - A look at how AD&D turned weapon proficiency into a complex system of specialization in weapons and fighting styles in 1.5e and 2nd edition - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSxMp2xxmfY

Weapons #4 – Weapon Mastery in the rules cyclopedia and BECMI - A look at one of the better thought out methods of weapon proficiency & specialization using one complete system.- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_LNOubnk90

02-14-2011, 11:18 PM
Hey man just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoy your videos and I think you should keep em up. I played 2nd Edition back in the 90's and I've been interested to see how the game worked in 1st and basic editions, and your videos give me a pretty good understanding of the game.

02-15-2011, 08:04 AM
Hey man just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoy your videos and I think you should keep em up. I played 2nd Edition back in the 90's and I've been interested to see how the game worked in 1st and basic editions, and your videos give me a pretty good understanding of the game.
ah thanks!

There's actually a list of about 100 differences between core 1e and 2e floating around the web, you'd probably find it on www.dragnonsfoot.org - most of them are pretty minor. The biggest difference between 1e and 2e is all the extra stuff that got tacked onto 2e as the years went by. Basic is another animal altogether, but varies from edition to edition. Rules cyclopedia is bt far the most complex, whereas you can teach B/X to yourself in a couple of hours and start playing!

02-16-2011, 10:46 AM
Weapons #5 - A look at how a more modern game (Pathfinder) handles weapons and proficiency, specialization, etc. Even "old school" gamers should give this a look just for comparison - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PA1aRIv0sw

Weapons #6 - Finally I compare some systems and answer a few questions I posed in the beginning of the series, specifically about what classes should be able to use what weapons, should the be proficient in them to start with, how should weapons prowess be differentiated by class, and is RC half damage or a penalty to hit a better mechanic when using a non proficient weapon? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eQ6Gd-ohS0

02-16-2011, 07:49 PM
Weapons #7 - Speed Factor and Weapon vs AC - Looking at simpler versions of those mechanics, if you even want to use them at all! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dwKSr_4S3A

02-17-2011, 12:43 PM
D&D Weapons #8 - Weapon damage & Game Complexity - Looking at Weapons damage, Multiple attacks, 2 weapon fighting, and the complexity of the game - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=necIlrRWa6c

D&D Weapons #9 - Specialization, Mastery, Special Effects, & Wrapup - Looking at a workable system of specialization or mastery & how to handle special effects and odd combat actions - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjgQkn2OQ0M

02-23-2011, 10:26 PM
D&D - Two Weapon Fighting 1 of 3 - A look at the problems with two weapon fighting, two different systems (AD&D and Pathfinder) & how they handle it, and the mathematical method used to evaluate these which is continued in the next video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70b3x7M7veo

D&D - Two Weapon Fighting 2 of 3 - A mathematical analysis of the Damage per round and average chance to hit with two weapons vs using a single weapon in AD&D and Pathfinder, followed by some alternative 2 weapon fighting mechanics, to be continued in the final video by a system I've been working on based upon these ideas and the mathematical analysis. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYlZl2zkIYo

D&D - Two Weapon Fighting 3 of 3 - A look at an alternate method of two weapon fighting based upon AD&D mechanics and several ideas off of Dragonsfoot.org, including the mathematical analysis of this system and compared to 1e, 2e, and pathfinder. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt16GGvjvSc

02-25-2011, 08:48 PM
D&D - Game Balance & the Classes - A look at balance between the various classes in D&D - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF-rq6T8TPY

03-01-2011, 01:17 PM
Two weapon fighting extra stuff – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRSMPtXfN7I

Role playing and Roll playing INT WIS & CHA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1O_T6gDmB8

03-01-2011, 04:50 PM
Character Mortality - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l4vJRwG2Ts

03-02-2011, 12:35 AM
Hey Ivan wanted to know if you've ever thought about doing a review of 4th edition...I know you talk a bit about Pathfinder...a system I like and of course you enjoy the basic/older editions but I'm curious of your take on the 4th edition of the game.