Great GM Walkabout Extreme Weather effects and your game



This is how extreme weather affects you. Or at least someone who has never been in snow!

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  • hahahaha

    iOnRX9 July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Considering I live in Minnesota and the rest of my RP buddies live here too, I feel that there's not need to remind us how much the snow fucking sucks.

    James A Clouder July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • My PCs town is having an unusually cold winter. I am turning on all my ACs in the house to make as cold as possible while also running a snowstorm ambience on the speaker.
    Welcome to my game.

    DM4Life July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Minnesota represent!! What brought you to our frigid wonderland?

    Matthew Utoft July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Were you still here, my friend, you would be standing in a couple feet of snow in -30 C (-22 F) weather. Granted, I'm an hour north of St Paul, but close enough. 😉

    Xaos Bob July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Then again, your player characters might not be sitting in overheated rooms all winter taking warm showers.

    vaxrvaxr July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • This is part of why I loved growing up in Minnesota. You can experience just about every biome and weather condition short of deserts and earthquakes. Wonderful for both rpgs and writing.

    Coltyn Konzak July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • About chain mail, and other metal armour – NOBODY ever wore just chain mail. A mail armour consists of a tough shirt on top (optional, but you want to have some sort of "overarmour" on top, unless you REALLY like spending time buying new chain mail, or fix it after every combat), leather or multilayer and oiled linen, then under it the mail, and under the mail a thick wool (or goat/llama/italian's body hair/choose one) undershirt, that could be even up to 15cm thick in some cases, really thick stuff that provides the actual "armour rating" in the armour.

    My point is nobody would freeze wearing chain mail. Might get frost bite on various extremities, but you wouldn't freeze.

    Jakub Janicki July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Chainmail helps retain heat in cold weather mostly due to all the layers. Historical larping is a fun way to do research for game mechanics. Seeing how hard it is to don and doff armor. How fitted full plate lets a person move versus unfitted.

    Jonathan McCoy July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • This is really off the wall, but you sound like a young version of Mr. Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street.

    Grimsikk July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • I already commented about your videos, but can I make a request? I am making some cursed items for my game. What are some general rules to follow when making cursed items?

    Saint13 Harrop July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • VERY VERY well said!

    World Anvil Worldbuilding July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • HEY YOUR AT OUR CAPITAL!!!
    Minnesota is the best tbh~
    (From Saint Paul)

    And ye, in my campaign right now we're fighting up a mountain to get to the den of a white dragon. (Boots of the winter land is really helping.)

    If you go to the cathedral and talk to archbishop Hebda that's be great. (PS- message or email me, I can definitely take you on a tour around the city or find you a good guide.)

    Micheal Sawyer July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Anything planned for deserts too? XD Remembering Dark Sun adventures.

    niefali July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Just starting with this, I've never been in a dn'd game but Iv'e been watching your vids for a while now and I reeaaalllly wanna try! I'm starting to get an idea on how anything works and the idea of being a gm sounds amazing to me because I would get to impose a world in which i could use a collaboration of all my held in ideas I was originally going to use for a book that i'm way to lazy to write. I have a question though, can you have a player have two characters? Not one person doing two totally separate people but rather a single character sheet for two tangent beings. For example, A large hefty knight with a little girl on his back.(say an adventuring princess or something using the knight to go on a journey) The knight could be a mute or something to help with vocalization and you wouldn't roll twice or anything, by all rules they are one character. I haven't seen anything on this and I don't know if it's like a rule or something.

    -Thank you love the vids ;3

    Luke Lacher July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • If you really wanted to learn how miserable the cold is, you should've come a little more northward from Minnesota to Manitoba. You could've visited the polar bears in Churchhill, or given up and just come to the Winnipeg zoo's "Journey to Churchill" exhibit which is extremely accurate. Polar bears are much less cuddly than pocket bears though.

    It looks like it might've been -10C-ish there, -40 is a another thing entirely.

    It's still really cool that you got the opportunity to experience weather that's more than a little different than you are used to. Movies often show how heat effects people/combat/animals, very rarely do they do the cold justice.

    Something else to consider when playing, once you get cold enough your head starts playing tricks on you. Among other things, your brain sometimes things you are hot instead of cold, and you get the urge to remove clothing.

    So it's harder to breath, the snow blinds you, your face starts leaking out of all of it's holes, you have an increased need to urinate, your whole body begins to ache, and you are no longer able to think logically. Winter: It's a wonderful 5 months.

    DiscussToUnderstand July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • NOTE: Actually, you wouldn't freeze in chainmail/plate. You'd probably be very warm. This is because of two main factors: 1. You will be wearing lots of padding underneath the metal that will insulate you from the cold and thus not be in direct contact with the metal, and 2. The extra weight of the armor means your body will work more, and when your body works more, you will generate more heat and stay warm.

    Also, solid plate armor is a great wind-stopper, which is another important thing to consider when dressing for winter.

    Of course, just don't ever touch the metal directly. I knew a guy who finished his 2 week military survival exercise in winter with no problem, but as he was right outside the depot and was going to carry his rifle indoor, he made the mistake of holding the rifle with his naked hand.
    As a result, in the 40 seconds it took him walk inside and reach his locker, some of his fingers had already suffered frostbite!

    Rettheran July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Ü

    Silent Shadow July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • This is actually good to remind people. As someone living at the Swedish west coast I don't need to remind my players how wind, cold, snow and ice feels. BUT since we who lives here (for the most) dress according to weather it's easy to forget how it would feel if we didn't dress properly. Especially when you're sitting in a blanket with hot chocolate and warm socks with windy snowfall outside. Then it's easier to remember how cozy warmth feels rather than how it feels to be stuck in the middle of nowhere in the weather you see outside the window.

    BUT! How do we let this be represented in the mechanics in a good way?
    You could easily say something like "disadvantage on all attack rolls and halved movement everywhere". But will doing this give anything? It's also harder do dodge if you hardly can keep your eyes open. I wouldn't give disadvantage to any rolls actually since everyone have the same disadvantages that cancel each other out. That would only prolonge the fight rather than change it. I would instead give advantage for one round to anyone hit by fire magic. They still take the damage thou.
    Halved movement? Yes, depending on shoes and ground of course.
    But I think it's more important to work with vision. The enemies comes out from the white snowy fog. First you see the silhouettes 30 feet away, and then at 15 feet you see the enemies. Wearing googles (which the players probably didn't even think about) the enemies are given a huge advantage in the fight.

    Henrik Nygren July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Live in Minnesota and all I can say is that the weather you are in is t-shirt weather for us

    Noah Simonson July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • That was nothing

    Emerald Serpent July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Did we get left out in the cold?

    Lars Dahl July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • That why you should get a karakul when your in the wintery north!

    The Axidental DM July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Come up to Duluth

    marcus watson July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Another thing to keep in mind: when the sky clears, visibility will be difficult from the glare off of the snow.

    I'm in Wisconsin with north facing windows, and my room is probably brighter now from natural lighting than during fall months.

    Unnamed King July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • I don’t my source material with me, but for rules on winter I usually pull something out if Twilight 2000 or Palladium’s…. 😵 they have a winter book that describes things like snow followed by rain that turns the top layer to a hard razor sharp layer. I have also spent several years in Alaska and I have seen all kinds of winter weather and conditions. I’m glad to see you enjoying our northern winter here in the U.S. might I suggest layering.

    olumsezbey July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • You should come and visit Quebec. Today, if we take the wind into account, its -30° celcius! Imagine that !

    Frolmaster July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Not surprised that you've got sick xD get well soon!

    Giulio Alberto Caselli July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • THANKS MIKE!

    Alex Sun July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • I've lived most of my life in Hawaii, Southern California, Nevada, Georgia, and Florida. I'm pretty sure I'd die of shock if I were in your shoes.

    Also be careful while you're up there in Minnesota. Apparently, giant robot attacks are fairly common there.

    Necrikus July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • 10 / 10 would watch Guy slowly freeze to death again.

    In all seriousness, weather is wonderful for setting mood, as well as heightening a sense of threat. Having visibility limited by a storm while knowing threats are about, having PC's hide within a silently snowing forest while the singular sound of something approaching from the darkness, having biting cold encourage them towards locals, and so on. It both helps them picture the scenario in their mind, and helps make encounters (narrative or combat) interesting.

    Daniel Hallinan July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • In my current Pathfinder game (which is actually my first time playing a table top roleplaying game) takes place in the center of a never ending storm. The first hour or so mostly took place at an inn that's kind of in the middle of no where but after that we had to venture out into the storm. Our GM had us roll a die to see if we took damage or if anything fell out of our packs in the storm. I unfortunately got really unlucky and lost both my bedroll and shield.

    Needless to say I'm having a great first game so far!

    charcoal Angel July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • January is even more awful.

    Hope you enjoyed my home state despite the weather!

    Jason Sobon July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Where are you? I live in Minnesota!

    sidress1 July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • You should come back in January. You'll want a better beard though. 😉

    Eddie Johnson July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • This is how Guy got sick and lost his voice. All in the name of good Game Mastering!

    MrDinJavel July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • I adore this series!

    Hundred Years Boar July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Its too cold. Glad I don't live up north anymore.

    Jeff Gibbs July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • If you're still in St. Paul tomorrow I'd be interested to meet you. Let me know if you're interested. I could even talk your ear off about religion and that cathedral in particular as I am a grad student of theology and I make religion an important part of my campaigns.

    Paul Piché July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • Good Video. Living in Montana I don't really need to explain cold to my PCs though , lol.

    James Bailey July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • This is one of our mildest winters. I'm laughing my butt off at you right now!

    Paul Piché July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • If you're ever in the US again looking for weather, Florida and Arizona hit two extreme forms of heat that are hard to believe. In Phoenix, for example, it's a bad idea to wear metal jewelry outside during the hottest parts of the day. My earrings burned permanent holes into my ears back in 2008. Cauterized them. The holes have never closed up despite me not wearing any earrings for years. Imagine wearing metal against bare skin in that kind of heat. Imagine trying to draw your sword! Every belt buckle or broach or necklace would sear into your flesh if the sun were allowed to hit it. Meanwhile every breeze is a dry blast of heat like an oven being opened in your face. You lose water so quickly it's illegal to refuse someone a glass of water if they ask for one. It could kill them in minutes if they've been out of shelter for too long. 125 degrees sometimes.

    On the other heat extreme, Florida. It's humid to the extreme. It's like trying to walk through steam. Even in the shade, the heat sticks to you and penetrates every fiber of your being with boiling, wet, heavy heat. Even worse, all that heat and wetness means a lot of very big, very sudden, very violent thunderstorms, in the summer. If you ever need inspiration for an ominous storm, watch footage of an Everglades Thunderstorm. There's just nothing like it. Mountains of clouds cracking with almost-constant flashes of lightning somewhere deep within.

    Roflmoo Moo July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • European armor is very very warm. This was one of the reasons they had problems with heat cramps and sunstroke during the Crusades.

    Kenneth Slayor July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • so mechanically speaking what would be the best way to simulate traveling/fighting during the winter? my first thought is constitution saves with points of exaustion on a failure but I would like to hear anyone else's thoughts

    liam duczek July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • The things dms will do for their campaigns

    slavezero357 July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply
  • I love all your videos. I think that they are all wonderfully intuitive and educational. They all have helped me become a better dm

    Saint13 Harrop July 8, 2020 6:51 am Reply

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