Tag Archives: Adventure

4E AP: Osirion Session #8 (The Lost Tomb)

Session #8 saw the addition of a new player to our group who happens to be a colleague of mine; although he had never roleplayed before, he had all the other geek “credentials” so I figured he would fit right in and decided to extend the invitation which he took me up on. Since he was brand new to the…

Dungeon Design in 20 Minutes

If your gaming group is anything like mine, you’ll someday find yourself sitting around a table not wanting to play your normal campaign due to a severe lack of VIP’s, that is to say, Very Important Players. Now, if you’re anything like my gaming group you will refuse to quit! Within minutes, someone has pulled up the Character Builder and is pumping out “…

Love the setting, hate the game!

Tweet I think we’ve all gone through it. We hear about it and we are intrigued… We finally get it to it and we love the concept… But, when we get to actually doing it, we hate it! What? I’m talking about games; get your mind out of the gutter! All kidding aside, who hasn’t purchased a game, thrilled by the concept, loved the “fluff” and hated the …

AD&D Monster Manual part 3

Baboons: Believe it or not, baboons originally showed up in the updated Wilderness Encounter tables from Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry. Their stats are given here for the first time, but they are more likely to flee than fight. Despite a general lack of use in most games, I am completely in favour of regular animals getting stats in the Monster Manual. Fantastic …

Telling the story my way…

Tweet As a long time Game Master I like to try different ways of telling a story. My latest session serves as an example. The previous adventure had ended as the players set forth on a sea journey to a place they had heard of since the beginning of the campaign, a voyage that should take about a month, but they began their travel …

Zombie Dice

Tweet While I was at the Penny Arcade Expo I waited in several lines to attend various events thought out the course of the three-day weekend. While waiting in the lines I noticed that just about every single person was playing a game. Be it a hand-held gaming device like the Nintendo DS, Sony PSP or iTouch, to Card and Dice games. …

Smallville AP: The Mandrake Session #4

Session 4 of the campaign happened after a short break. I’d been away in Dublin doing family things. Iain was still on holiday so the session took place without Nazario. We did however have Mark with us playing Karlos Milano for the first time. The first couple of sessions showed how well Smallville as a system handles drama, last session swerved suddenly in to comedy/farce and the system handled…

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 4: Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood marks an important transition for the Kingmaker PCs, transforming them from adventurers who run a kingdom on the side to rulers who adventure to protect their kingdom. They find their nation under assault and must strike back at their neighbor – all the while maintaining their kingdom’s position and even expanding it. The adventure takes PCs from 10th to 13th level. See here, here…

Game Master Tool Illustrated: Plot Flowcharts

Today I want to share a simple and fast way that makes planning easier. I was going through old gaming papers recently and came across a partially crafted plot flowchart. This would be a short plot in Myste Cryk, a home-base type campaign that ran 2005-2006. As the blog carnival for September covers preparation, I thought I’d roll out a picture of this…

Bringing back that old school style

You know what the biggest difference is between Fourth Edition D&D and previous versions? Layout. The D&D Essentials line goes a large way toward proving this – it’s a re-presentation of the same rules we’ve seen before in 4e (barring a few tweaks and improvements along the way), but in a much improved package. Same rules, different design. That’s all. The question though is whether …

Gaming with Kinds: Kingmaker Session #3 (Perlivash & Tyg)

Our third session was an abbreviated one due to one missing player and another who had to leave early. However, it moved the story ahead nicely and set up a major showdown between the group and the bandits. Meanwhile the other group (you might recall there are two separate 4E groups who are working together but adventuring separately), was back in session, taking on …

Lazy Friday Video Post: JourneyQuest trailer

Tweet Recently my friend CK told me about a new and upcoming fantasy comedy web series by Dead Gentlemen Production : Journey Quest ! Following a group of dysfunctional adventurers on a quest to discover and destroy the mythical Sword of Fighting, JOURNEYQUEST is a comedic adventure through the fantasy world of Fartherall, where intellectual orcs, incompetent wizards, and holy zombies …

Quick Review: Alice in Chains

Last night I found myself in a good sized arena, with a few thousand friends, watching my favorite band perform live.  Today I am tired, slightly deaf, profoundly happy and will somehow tie this in to Role Playing Games.  Forgive me as I wander slightly far afield with this but I can’t help myself. Believe it or not, there is a tie…

Castle Ravenloft (the Boardgame)

Do you like boardgames with a lot of pieces?  Do you like D&D?  Do you like Ravenloft?  Then you will probably be pretty pleased with this board game! In case you don’t know, Castle Ravenloft is a board game produced by Wizards of the Coast, the same guys that bring you Dungeons & Dragons.  The game is loosely based on an old AD&D module of the same name…

And finally, the Book Club!

Tweet Missed me yet? Anyone… Are those crickets I hear? Well I certainly missed all of you! Real life has kept me away from the blog for too long, and I figured what better way to come back than tackling a topic I brought up little over a month ago, the Stargazer’s World Book Club. Last time around I expounded the benefits and opportunities of a book club …

Cleric Token Set Review

Last March, the table-top gaming world was pleased to learn that Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force Nine were teaming up to release a new line of accessories for the Dungeons and Dragons game. I’ve used Gale Force Nine products in the past, particularly during my miniature painting and kit-bashing phase. I’ve always found the quality of their tools be great and I was eager when …

Walking the Line

Image by: alborzshawn No, this isn’t some reference to Johnny Cash. What I’m talking about is the line between planning your session and improvising. Both sides of GMing are vital to the long-term success of a campaign, but if you go too far one way or the other, then you’re likely going to end up with unhappy players and a derailed campaign. There …

Designs from the Mind – product development part 2

Tweet Welcome back for part 2 of my blog posts on RPG product development, for those who may have missed part 1 and would like to catch up with the conversation so far click here . For everyone who is keen to carry on, here we go… So we’ve got our idea, done some market research, and worked out who we are looking to target with our product and now …

4E Starter Set: Actual play with photos

My 8-year-old son and I played through the “Your First Encounter” section of the Starter set’s DM’s Book using characters we created using the solo adventure in the Player’s Book. He’s playing Ruflin, elf rogue, while I am playing Nero, dwarf fighter. I acted as DM and player (which works well when playing with younger players since …

Free Stuff Friday: Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen The Dungeon Masters’ Battle Screen Free tool for helping D&D 4e Dungeon Masters in managing battles for Windows XP, Vista with Microsoft .Net 3.5 SP1 installed. On the Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen website they wrote this…