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So, as I stated in the first post, the summary is pretty much how this long running group got their name.  It’s been, probably, the best D&D campaign I’ve ever run and the first game in general in my years of GMing, to reach a solid conclusion.  There were many adventures after this post as this really only covers the first 5-6 sessions.  However, given the gap of approx 2 years, my memory is a little rusty as to everything that’s happened.  However, I do plan to try and continue with my habit of posting game summaries once the Company resumes its adventuring lifestyle.

As for these little fictionalized bits, honestly, they never happened.  At least, not in the manner that I’m writing them.  There have been instances though where they’ve found themselves in an inn somewhere and Xephael’s tale has made it into the hands of whatever entertainer is playing there.  In writing these bits, I think I’ve captured the collective essence of how these characters may have acted in this kind of situation.  Plus it was a good attempt to flex my creative writing muscles.  I did go back through and clean up what I could as these were written several years back.  But otherwise, I left them as is.

Anyhow, without further ado, the finale of the Introduction of the Company of the Combustable Commode.

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The bard’s presence, of course, served as a distraction for the rest of the taproom and very few people took notice of a small group of adventurers coming in from the cold. A Dwarf was in the lead and upon hearing what he knew to be an all-too-familiar ballad, he made straight for the bar. Following the stout fellow was a female wood elf who winced slightly as the tune carried over to her ears.  There was little hesitation as she followed her dwarven companion towards the bar. Moments later, two humans, one a very tall young lad and the other a turban-wearing fellow with a large black cat at his side, enter, both picking a table nearest the bar and their companions.

 Last to follow suit are a pair of elves, one moon and one sun.  The moon elf takes up a seat on the other side of the wood elf female and absently listened to the ballad, taking note of how it was sung. The sun elf, takes a seat at his companion’s table and orders a glass of Elverquist.

“Hmm,” said the moon elf, “he’s exaggerating some parts, but it’s not too bad a performance.”

The wood elf leaned an elbow on the bar and put her hand to her forehead. “Oh, I can’t believe it’s made it as far south as Daggerford!”

At the table, the younger human made a rather large guffaw at mention of a large bag down in Undermountain. At the bar, the elf woman stiffened.

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It’s been two years today since the passing of the RPG legend E. Gary Gygax.  The man was an inspiration to gamers far and wide and I for one, am sad I never got a chance to thank him for all he’s done.  Below I’ve posted what was my entry to KoDT for their tribute issue to E.G.G.  It never got published so I’ll share it here with you all today.

You will be missed Gary.  May all your hits be crits!

And, in his memory, Jeff’s Gameblog posts a number of good ideas.



OH GARY BOY
Sung to the tune of “Oh Danny Boy”
Inspired by KODT and OoTS

Oh Gary Boy, The Dice, The Dice are rollin’
From round to round, On all our PC’s Sheets.
The turn is done, and victory is ours now.
‘Tis you, ’tis you that made this game so sweet.

But now your gone, no Raise Dead spell could help us
To the Seven Heavens we know that you did go
We hoist our bags and books that were your passion
Oh Gary Boy, Oh Gary Boy, We love you so.

But you return, where gamers are a gatherin’
At many cons and gaming stores we meet
We’re making saves, or rollin’ up a character
We’ll make new friends, and old ones once more greet

So rest ye well, your legacy enduring
May all your crits now warm and sweeter be
We’ll gather round, that table every weekend.
We will keep gamin’ till we come to game with thee.

We will keep gamin’ till we come to game with thee.

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So, earlier, I made mention that I had plans to revive my old, long standing 3.5 campaign that went on hiatus several years ago.  In preperation for this undertaking, I began fishing through my old notes today, trying to familiarize myself with the camapign of old.  One such file I found was a series of semi-fictionalized campaign notes I started writing, most likely with the intent of posting them to my old Livejournal blog.  However, the notes never got finished and I never got around to posting them. 

So, now that I’m more inclined to share my experiences with those willing to read them, I’ve decided to start posting what I do have here.  Unfortunately, I never got very far with it so I may not be able to recall much past what I already had jotted down.  But at least it tells the tale of the begining of the Company of the Combustable Commode. 

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I’ve done it.

I have put in motion a train going up hill that once it hits the crest, will realize there are no brakes and not be able to stop.

Over two years ago, my weekend gaming group brought to a close our 3.5 Ed Forgotten Realms campaign; a campaign that ran almost every saturday over the course of 4 years. This was definitely one of the longest games I’d run and the only one I’d ever been able to bring to a definitive close/end. However, we did leave it open to continue with plans several players were working on as well as deal with a number of dangling plot threads that came up over the course of the campaign. However, my time as GM was brought to a temporary close as I returned to school. I passed the reigns with the promise that the Company of the Combustable Commode would ride once more.

And ride they shall.

Recently, I’ve been playing catch up with a number of blogs on RPGBlogger.com. Whilst browsing, my brain started drifting back to the gaming days of old and comparing them to how we’ve been playing recently. For reasons unbeknownst to me, probably because I chose not to dwell too long on the matter, I’ve noticed that we seemed to have more enjoyment of the game during that time. Perhaps it was the campaign itself, perhaps the amount of gaming we were able to get in. Some may say it’s because I recently picked up Martial Power 2 and have a tendancy to want to switch games when something new and shiney comes my way.

Who knows. Maybe it’s just me.

Whatever the reason, I’ve decided to try and get back to the days of old and kick start Part 2 of the company campaign. And hopefully what’s old will be new again and we’ll find that ol gaming spirit we had so long ago.

I also do enjoy the fact that this decision lines up nicely with Read an RPG Book In Public Week.

Given that I need to go haul the old 3.5 collection from storage and give it a good once over, coupled with taking Friday off of work to putz around town, it’s the perfect opportunity to show my support as well.

Now I just need to find my old books…..

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