Original Song: Most Beautiful

Several months ago, I wrote a song called “Most Beautiful” for my wife. I also recorded an instrumental version of that song, replacing my singing with guitar.

She has preferred that I not share the lyric version (I’m glad she likes keeping it to herself), so I decided to post the instrumental version. This is the same song, but with me playing guitar for the main chorus and verse melodies instead of singing.

You can hear it here.

This song uses the clean patch that I posted about several days ago here. You can also just get it by going directly to the HD500X Guitar Patches page.

The clean patch is just used for the finger picking/rhythm parts of the song. The solo and verse/chorus parts use different patches that I will post one of these days. The bass part was created by using one of my 6 string guitars with the bass amp modeller on the HD500X along with the bass octaver effect, so it’s actually just a regular guitar that sounds like a bass.

On a side note, the song was partially inspired by two songs; Beautiful Tonight by Eric Clapton and Something by The Beatles (or more specifically, George Harrison).

Now, here’s hoping that my wife doesn’t actually mind me sharing the instrumental version. If this is my last update and I’m never heard from again, you’ll know why.

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5E Dungeons & Dragons, Old School Style – Older Module Conversion

One of the great things about Dungeons & Dragons 5E is that it is supposed to be backwards compatible with older D&D modules (with some conversion work, of course).

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I converted a couple of older adventures during the D&D Next playtest and found it to be pretty simple and straightforward. Conversion basically consists of taking the monsters in the adventure and using the same or equivalent monsters from the 5E Monster Manual, converting any checks and saving throws to the 5E ability checks system, and setting appropriate DCs based on the 5E DC tables in the Dungeon Master’s Guide. In some cases, monsters in older editions were either more or less powerful than they are in 5E, so this is something that has to be considered, too, otherwise a battle could be too hard or too easy based on just using the same monsters with the newer stats and rules. Keeping the encounter building guidelines in mind (using monster challenge rating and XP scores) also helps a great deal toward converting encounters in old modules to be balanced with 5E rules.

Many of us had our first foray into dungeon territory with the D&D Basic Set 1 (also known as the “Red Box”).

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I decided that I’d give the classic Solo Adventure from the 1983 Red Box a try with 5E rules to see how it would fare.

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Getting Ready for Peter Furler and Third Day

We’re going to a Peter Furler/Third Day concert soon and my wife and kids decided to make some signs to wave around.

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I’m pretty excited. It should be a really good show. I’ve seen the Newsboys live, but this will be the first time seeing Peter Furler doing his solo stuff, and it’s my first Third Day show. Interestingly enough, I played guitar and sang on Third Days “Your Love Oh Lord” for a Sunday Morning service 2 weeks ago.

Fun On A Sinking Island

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I first heard about this co-op game while watching an episode of Wil Wheaton’s TableTop, and thought it looked like it would be a great game to try some day. A few months later, we stayed at a castle themed bed and breakfast that had this game available to check out. Since I had already seen it on TableTop, I thought it would be fun to give it a try.
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Adventures of Yore

I’ve recently repurchased a series of books by author and game creator Steve Jackson called “Sorcery!” This is a series of books that I treasured when I was younger.

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When I was around 10 to 12 years old, I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books. I had also been introduced to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set 1, and even though I didn’t get to play much then, I really liked the idea of creating a character and going on imaginary adventures.

It was around that time that I was made aware of the Steve Jackson book series called Sorcery!. The Sorcery! series was a set of 4 books based on Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy books. If you aren’t familiar with them, they’re basically a more complex, but more fun, version of Choose Your Own Adventure books. In Fighting Fantasy stories, you create a character with attack powers and “stamina points” to be used throughout the story. You still make choices about which page to turn to as you progress through the story, but you use dice to fight against monsters and other nasty characters along the way. The Sorcery! books add an additional feature on top of the regular Fighting Fantasy rules.

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Welcome to Guitars & Gaming

Two of my favorite things are music and gaming.

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite music, including both covers and original compositions, as well as information about guitar playing in general. On the gaming side of things, I post reviews and information about tabletop games, including everything from Dungeons & Dragons to Clue.

If you’re interested in guitar articles, click the Guitar category link on the site menu. If you’re interested in tabletop gaming articles, click the Gaming category link. If you’re interested in both, the home page is where you’ll find a mix of both categories.