Tag Archives: D&D

Shakespearean Background Options for D&D

Here’s a handful of Background Options pluck’d from the Bard himself. Add these to your PC to inject some good old-time Shakespearean flavour to your character, or (if you GM) run a Shakespearean campaign complete with quick witted duelists, storm-tossed lovers, rival noble houses, clowns, shipwwrecked magicians and more. Each player can choose as many Background Options as they want for their character…

How do I add more to 4d8+18?

Despite Wizards of the Coast not showing up on my doorstep with a giant novelty check and a offer to move to Renton, I’ve decided to complete what I set out to accomplish. And that was of course to publish two articles so mind numbingly boring that ICANN shuts down the internet. The first was “How do I add 25% to 4d8+…

How To Cast A Spell On Your Campaign And Polish Till It Gleams

The dead will not always give you clear answers In part one, you saw how spell details can inspire encounters . In part two today, we continue to walk through the plight of poor Halcos and who the PCs’ enemies plot to prevent them from casting Speak With dead. We also offer tips on how spells can help you design game worlds and regions…

Create your own Mobius Dungeon, the easy way!

Mobius Strips are one-sided shapes that you can create by taking a length of paper, half-twisting it

Review – Labyrinth Lord, Revised Edition

Up for review today, the Revised Edition of Labyrinth Lord (LL). What is LL? As one of the earlier entries in to the retro-clone releases of old versions of Dungeons & Dragons, LL’s goal is to emulate the rules from the original Basic & Expert D&D sets (often refer to as B/X, or the Moldvay-Cook version – if that doesn’…

How To Cast A Spell On Your Campaign And Make It Sparkle Like Gold Dust

One spell can change the complexion of a campaign If two people are casting Speak With Dead on the same body, does one get a busy signal? In my Riddleport Pathfinder campaign, an NPC named Halcos was assassinated as the PCs were dragging him away to be interrogated. In reaction, the party plans to bring the body to an allied temple for a Speak …

Where are the Wrath of Ashardalon bonus adventures?

I’ve owned Wrath of Ashardalon for a couple of months now and like the game – it’s fun, plays fast, and offers enough replayability that playing the same scenario twice isn’t boring. Nevertheless, I’m annoyed that on page 2 of the Adventure book, the writers say, and I quote: And check out www.DungeonsandDragons.com, where you can find bonus adventures for use with this …

One plus one equals four: Solo Gaming With 4e

Let’s face it. Four Edition D&D is unashamedly geared toward group play. This is a game which has taken a leaf out of MMORPGs (and, I would argue, the superhero genre) and each character has a specific role and set of duties in a team. The Defender acts as a shield for the others, the Controller takes down hordes of foes, the Striker goes against them one by one, …

One Million XP

1,000,000XP is how many experience points it takes to go from 1st level to 30th level in Fourth Edition D&D. A large part of the game is how you get from one end of the scale to the other. It’s a journey full of adventure, excitement, danger, not to mention a whole horde of monsters to be slain along the way. …

Review: Paizo GameMastery Flip-Mat: Bandit Outpost

Given the simple nature of this product, this will be a very quick review but I figured it might be useful nonetheless, especially if you happen to be considering purchasing the map to use with the Kingmaker adventure path since it’s specifically referenced in the  Pathfinder #31: Stolen Land adventure. The Physical Product The map is double-sided, laminated heavy card stock and is designed…

How do I add 25% to 4d8+18?

(Warning – There will be math. And numbers. They bore me too. Well, not really but I’m trying to empathize. Skip the numbers if you don’t like them – dwell on the poor humor instead.) In July 2010, Wizards of the Coast released a Dungeons and Dragons (4e) errata update , specifically to the Dungeon Masters Guide, more specifically the monster damage …

Running Star Trek using 4e D&D

I mean, how hard can it be? That was my off the cuff idea I threw into the twitterverse, and the more I thought about it, and others jumped onto me asking the difficult questions, the less is seemed like a stupid idea, and the more it became a darned good one. Which probably says a lot about the people I hang around with on …

Hot Orc Chick has heard about this Hot Elf Chick thing

…. and this is what she thinks. Hot Orc Chick says Hot Elf Chicks are tasty. Especially with barbeque sauce. Inspired by Big Ball of No Fun and the whole darned OSR crowd. You game therefore you rock, whatever the edition of your chosen role-playing game. I think we can all get behind this Hot Chick Revolution/Renaissance/Rebellion, am I

Life, Death, and Life Renewed – March 2011 Blog Carnival

I’ve put the “Reinventing Pulp” series on hold for a week in order to do a short article for this month’s Blog Carnival, which is all about life and death in RPGs. The series will return next week. One of the problems with a campaign that spans multiple game systems is that there are parts of the rules systems that …

D&D, the TV serial

Thought I’d give the iconic four D&D classes a bit of a made for TV make over. I went with the black-and-white toning partly to bring in that old time classic TV serial feel, but also because all those lovely shades of grey could well be a hint that all is not as it first appears. After all – I might not …

Lessons learned from Hack Slash Crawl

Hack Slash Crawl is just one of the countless flash based Rogue-like casual games that litter the intertubes. It is probably not the best of the genre, but it’s darned good fun to play and a great representation of what this kind of game offers – random dungeons, characters that improve with experience and oh-so-cute monsters that you wish they’d make into plush toys. Ok…

An Ode To 4e Character Generation

Say what you want about Fourth Edition D&D (and no doubt several of you will), but I love 4e character generation. There. I’ve said it. Whether you’re using good old pencil and paper with a well worn copy of the Player’s Handbook, the (now retired, and therefore better thanks to the sterling work of the community and Jeff Hamm’s CBLoader) offline …

Review: Curse of the Crimson Throne Map Folio

The Curse of the Crimson Throne Map Folio is designed to be a companion to the Paizo Adventure Path  of the same name . It reprints all of the key locations found in the AP, as well as two large poster maps of the regions where the adventure series is set. The MSRP for the folio is $14.99.* The Physical Details All of …

Review: Curse of the Crimson Throne Map Folio

The Curse of the Crimson Throne Map Folio is designed to be a companion to the Paizo Adventure Path  of the same name . It reprints all of the key locations found in the AP, as well as two large poster maps of the regions where the adventure series is set. The MSRP for the folio is $14.99.* The Physical Details All…

The 4e Problem – Reconciliation

For quite a while, I had a large problem with 4e. To explain this well, I need to give you all some history of myself and gaming. If I’ve shared this here before and you’ve read it, bear with me. I’ve been a fantasy fiction geek since around 1st grade. As I was growing up, I was exposed to D&D via the original Red Box…