Tag Archives: Adventure

Build an Essentials Mage, today!

Last time we looked at how to create something like the Essential Knight using only content from the Player’s Handbook. This time it’s the turn of the Mage, a specialist Wizard formally educated in the ways of spell casting. Can we do the same thing, and create a leaner, simpler magic-user using only the PHB? Of course we can! But first, I’m going to go…

Dungeons & Disney du Jour: Princess Pauline

“Jest look at her. Prancing through this stinkin’ dungeon like it’s some fairy tale palace, all singin’ and dancing’ fit to burst. It’s no surprising the monsters hear us comin’ a mile away. What I want to know is how come she never gets hit. I mean, look at what she’s wearin’! A ball gown! D’you see, Sir Gallant? D’you …

Build an Essentials character, today!

The good folks at Wizards of the Coast have been teasing us in recent weeks with information about the new character builds provided in the D&D Essentials line. So far we have seen builds for the Cleric , Wizard and Fighter with each one giving us more of an insight into the design decisions they made while putting Essentials together. I’m liking what I…

Build an Essentials character, today!

The good folks at Wizards of the Coast have been teasing us in recent weeks with information about the new character builds provided in the D&D Essentials line. So far we have seen builds for the Cleric , Wizard and Fighter with each one giving us more of an insight into the design decisions they made while putting Essentials together. I’m liking what I see so far, and wonder …

Free Stuff Friday – Monster Slayers

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Monster Slayers: The Heroes of Hesiod Do you have kids? Do you want to roll play with them? As a parent do you feel you can get your children on the right RPG footing and all you need are the tools? Well my dear friends, look no further. …

We All Have Our Roles To Play: A Functional Perspective on Personality Archetypes, Part 1

Everything that I’ve ever read on the subject has defined archetypes for RPGs either in terms of the psychology of the character or the abilities of the character. Filling out a team roster is often a case of players selecting from a chinese menu – “let’s see, we need a fighter, a mage, a rogue, a cleric, and once those are filled, anyone else can…

Review – GameMastery Face Cards: Enemies Deck

The GameMastery Face Cards Enemy deck is the latest in Paizo’s line of playing card-sized play aids. They are designed to be handed out by GMs to give their players a face to put to the names of major NPCs. Most of the faces come from Paizo’s previous adventure paths and thus are perfectly suited for GMs running one of the…

Review – GameMastery Face Cards: Enemies Deck

The GameMastery Face Cards Enemy deck is the latest in Paizo’s line of playing card-sized play aids. They are designed to be handed out by GMs to give their players a face to put to the names of major NPCs. Most of the faces come from Paizo’s previous adventure paths and thus are perfectly suited for GMs running one of the adventure paths. For example, King …

Quick Review: Swallowfeld – a Pathfinder adventure setting for a low level party

Raging Swan Press have put together a solid, 37 page adventure for a lower level Pathfinder party .  Taking place in and around the village of Swallowfeld, this adventure is something of a murder mystery packaged within a weather torn priory, for one.  Actually, Swallowfeld contains several adventure hooks revolving around the village and what goes on there. What I really enjoy about this …

Writing Influences

I’ve written several articles in the past regarding finding inspiration to start writing, but I thought that for today’s post I’d write about how you can keep writing and what drives development of your ideas by looking at what influences have driven the development of the lands in which I am setting my work. Although there is a long list of purely fantasy …

Mystara, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

A recent post by fellow blogger and friend Daniel Pérez about his love for the Forgotten Realms got me thinking about my favorite campaign setting. The D&D Known World, better known as Mystara . I first discovered this wonderful world in the D&D Expert Set with paragraph long descriptions of the town of Threshold, Karameikos and the Black Eagle Barony used as examples of what…

The Ensemble Cast Of Characters In RPGs

What if you’re not just a one-character kind of guy (or girl, if any of you mythical female gamers are reading)? The role-playing hobby teaches us that we should create a character and hold on to it, pouring ourselves into that stat sheet and working hard toward achieving that character’s hopes, dreams, and goals. We become incredibly attached to these fictional people because, most of …

Good Monster Hunting

I’m re-reading the veritable Call of Cthulhu Keeper’s Companion Volume 1 . This is an excellent tome and a terrific read regardless of your system of choice. The first chapter is Good Cthulhu Hunting by Sandy Peterson & John B Monroe and it summarizes 10 best practises for wise Call of Cthulhu investigators. The advice it gives strikes me as equally applicable to adventurers regardless of genre, so I’m…

DM Rewards: Tomb of Horrors Review

I got something very unexpected in the mail last Friday when I went to check my PO box. Wizards of the Coast sent me my second DM Rewards package of the year.  I was standing in the post office holding a large white envelope from Wizards of the Coast that had DO NOT BEND printed in large bold letters…

Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Weird Fantasy Role Playing

Lamentations of the Flame Princess is a small Finnish publisher receiving much acclaim (and an Ennie nomination ) for its surrealistic horror adventure modules . It’s also throwing its hat in to the ring with an old-school (D&D) style RPG. Lamentations of the Flame Princess (the game has the same name as the company) comes as a boxed set with individual booklets…

Grow The Hobby With Great Game Mastering

How to tell compelling stories about your campaign to non-gamers. This month’s RPG carnival , held at Mad Brew Labs, covers the topic of growing the hobby. Topics of new player recruitment and teaching come to mind. We might also consider the industry’s image, how game companies market their products, which companies get shelf space in book stores and …

I Voted!

Please don’t forget to cast your vote for the 2010 ENnie Awards! I just submitted my vote. The voting polls are still open till midnight, July 25th (no idea, which timezone we’re talking about here), but voting a few days earlier than that is probably a good idea. Especially because this year the nominations have been kinda weird. Some products who IMHO should have been nominated were ignored by…

Today is the last day to enter the signed Realms of Cthulhu book give away!

Look, as far as the real world goes, we’re not big on promoting ancient evil, vicious cults and things that make you go insane. Put us in the realm of gaming though and we’re behind Realms of Cthulhu 100%! Our editor Tracy covered this game at Origins 2010 and fell madly, insanely in love with it. We think you will too…

Adventurer’s Toolbox – Immovable Rods

Image by: SoulRider.222 I figured I would take some time away from my convention coverage to begin a new series. As I’ve played RPGs over the years, I have run across items that I begin to feel that any player/character with an innovating mind can use and use well. To that end, I’m going to call this series The Adventurer&#…

4E AP: Osirion Session #4 (The Desecrated Shrine)

Here’s the AP report from the fourth session of our ongoing 4E D&D campaign. Session Summary A few nights after reclaiming the monastery the group had finally recuperated enough to move forward with the next phase of their mission. Almah’s major domo, in the mean time, I spent the days watching Kelmarane through his spyglass and sketching the village’s layout. With…