Tag Archives: D&D

Dungeons and Dragons 5e Release Date, prices, and the Free Core Game PDF

Dungeons and Dragons is a game that has its ups and downs in the current market it is in, and with 4th Edition a lot of hardcore players were in a riot. Disliking 4E for many reasons, but that can be covered in a large article all on its own. Because of the complete “botch” that many players… Read More »

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Playtest overview.

Recently I printed out the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition (or DnD “Next”) Playtest, and I noticed some very obvious changes, for those of you who haven’t had the time to check yet, I’m gonna give you the low-down! Hit Points are now a lot more like third edition, only a few classes seem to have an upgrade… Read More »

New release: D&D starter set

Do you consider jumping in the roleplaying business? Or do you want to play Dungeons & Dragons, but you’re not familiar with the rules, or the world? Then you’re lucky, because this new release will satisfy all your Dungeons & Dragons needs. Complicated? Nope, it only contains the basics, “designed for 1-5 players”. Only a few character races… Read More »

Mutants and Dragons, Third Edition

A while ago (November 2008, to be slightly more precise) I posted up a bunch of D&D-based Fantasy Archetypes for Mutants & Masterminds Second Edition . Now that the Third Edition has got its feet firmly under the table I think it’s time to do it again, don’t you? To save some time and duplication of stuff, here’s the original posts o’ mine about using M&M for D&D, all from way…

My Time With Daggerdale

As most of you are probably aware, Tuesday saw the release of Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale for the Xbox 360′s Xbox Live Arcade and the PC.  In case you are unfamiliar, Daggerdale is a video game that is based on the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition rules which you can either play alone or with up to three friends via Xbox Live.  Once…

Retrospective – A year of gaming with kids (part 2)

In part 1 of my review of this year’s gaming activity at the after-school game club I run, I talked about the games we played over the course of the school year. In this installment I’m going to talk about the logistical problems that are involved in running an after-school program and which interfered with some of the games this year. Problems Perhaps the biggest…

Retrospective: A year of gaming with kids (Part 1)

As the school year draws to an end, I’m looking back on the various games we played at the after-school gaming club to see what worked and what didn’t. I also am already thinking about what kinds of activities to attempt last year and thus this type of reflection is useful. The Games We Played I introduced a number of new games this year, …

You stand before a large panel of switches and dials. What do you do?

Picture the scene. Wall-to-wall dials, switches, knobs and twiddly things. There’s no one else in the room. Just you. I give it 15 seconds tops before every single one of us will reach out a hand to one dial at random and give it a tweak. Then another, and another – small changes at first then an unremitting frenzy of dial-spinning joyous lunacy. We’re gamers. We’re built like…

Character du Jour: Sir Grey

Following on from last post , here’s an example showing that Interesting Characters don’t necessarily have to mean bizarre mashups of unusual Character Classes or Races (Revenant Shaman/Swordmage, anyone?). The easiest to play Classes can often produce the most enjoyable and memorable characters too. Meet Sir Grey. The old Dwarf’s voice echoed through the dark of the barn…

Interesting characters and the sliding scale

For me, character generation is one of the most fascinating aspects of this role-playing hobby. I love the idea of being able to build people from the ground up, quantifying their abilities and what makes them tick, and laying it all down on a sheet of paper. The challenge is being able to capture that essence, and translate it into something meaningful …

Creature Catalogue, revisited

I had opportunity to crack open my old and venerable copy of AC9 Creature Catalogue the other day, and ended up in a weeping pile of nostalgia for several hours afterwards. For those of you that don’t know, this is a product that was released back in 1986 by TSR for Classic D&D, and it features arguably some of the greatest forgotten monsters of D&D. Here’s a …

A New Blog and Classic D&D Unboxing

A personal friend, mentor, and gaming buddy (as well as regular commenter here on Troll ITC as The Game Hermit ) has just completed his first blog post over on his website, Unboxing the D&D Basic Set! Head over to his site and check it out by clicking HERE , it’s a great read for new gamers and grognards alike. …

Common, Uncommon and Rare Feats

One of the changes made in recent years to Fourth Edition D&D was introducing the concept of Magic Items being Common, Uncommon and Rare. This solved a non-existent problem in our games – all Magic Items are pretty rare, thanks very much – and I would much rather the same concept be applied to something we do have a problem with. Feats. The number of Feats available in…

Undungeon, the pdf

From the short-and-sweet dep’t: As requested, here’s Undungeon laid out and neatly reformatted as a 5 page PDF . For people who care about such matters, this is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License so feel free to use, twist and abuse however you will. Enjoy! Like Unlike

Trying out Obsidian Portal

After a half a decade away from play-by-forum games, I’ve decided to jump back in and run a campaign based on the original T1-4: Temple of Elemental Evil super-module over at RPG Geek. I’m planning on talking a bit more about the specifics about game in the near future, but wanted to mention that I’m trying out Obsidian Portal has…

Another video: Roll a D6

Another one circulating on Twitter. The music isn’t really my taste but the video is entertaining. Roll a D6 from Connor Anderson on Vimeo .

Video diversion: The Doubleclicks

In case you haven’t seen the video…. It’s from a Portland band called The Doubleclicks.

Undungeon

The points of light have faded. Darkness overtook the land and once prosperous towns and hearty villages now lay deserted or suffer the depredations of evil. In a wicked twist of fate mankind has been driven to the very place that was once home to the scions of malice. Underground. Now humanity and her allies cling onto life below the surface, fighting a constant…

Review – Paizo’s Inner Sea Poster Map Folio

The  Inner Sea Poster Map Folio is the culmination of several years of Paizo’s development of their Golarion setting. Let me start out by saying [i]I love maps.[/b] I have very fond memories of the maps from the original  Forgotten Realms Campaign Set and still pull them out from time to time to look at. I also am a sucker for the …

Castles & Crusades: First Thoughts

I mentioned earlier that I was thinking about some old school stuff and looked at the major contenders. The one that just seemed to hit my sweet spot for old school feel, crunchiness of the rules and general over all mechanics was Castles & Crusades. I got my copies of Castle & Crusades Players Handbook