Tag Archives: D&D

Let’s talk about stats baby

Let’s talk about stats baby. Let’s talk about you and me, Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Sorry. You caught me channelling a little Salt’n’Pepa back there. Where was I? Oh yes. Stats. Stats maketh the game. How you generate your PC’s attributes, more than anything else, define where along the power curve your game is playing. They matter more than…

4E Flavor – Powers Overwhelming?

As a DM in my high school years, I was often expected to be the one to provide an unlimited source of flavorful descriptives when it came to combat. This was never an issue for me, because I always had a passion for describing the gruesome actions of a bunch of hardened warriors tearing through a slough of rampaging monsters. By contrast, I found that when…

Mass Combat with D&D 4e – Formations as Swarms

D&D is primarily a skirmish game, as far as combat is concerned, well suited to about five combatants per side.  That said, giant armies clashing is a staple of fantasy.  Unfortunately, playing out giant army battles in a skirmish game, will quickly go from high paced action into tedium on par with filing taxes, and the emotional enthusiasm of a soulless bingo parlor filled with…

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #2 (The Moon Radish Patch)

The second session of my 4E adaptation of Paizo’s  Kingmaker adventure path turned out to only have my four players, the other 5 (plus the co-DM) all being out of town on a field trip to Weimar . That was ideal since it meant I could spend some time focusing on explaining a few more of the rules since everyone is new to 4th edition D&D…

Red Box Wandering Monster Table, Dungeon Level 1

As they are sadly absent from the D&D Essentials Red Box, here’s a Wandering Monster Table for Dungeon Level 1. This is inspired by the one in the Mentzer Red Box and adjusted to accommodate the monsters in the new D&D Essentials version. It’s disappointing there’s no Giant Centipedes, Gecko Lizards, Cave Locusts and Fire Beetles in the newer Red Box, but …

No D&D Insider Tools Update in September

I just got this broadcast message from WotC: Unfortunately, we will not have a data update ready for the D&D Insider tools in September.  The process of integrating the new changes from Dark Sun and Essentials is taking a bit longer than we expected, and we plan to update the Character Builder in early October.  We will continue to keep you informed …

Oh gods not another Red Box review

‘Fraid so. In a hobby where our only limit is our imagination, it seems like that’s something in short supply among we blog writers with darned near everyone filling the ether with their thoughts and opinions about the Red Box and the Essentials line in general. And I’m not going to be any exception 😀 The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Red Box Starter …

D&D 4th Edition Essentials…Essential?

Having recently picked up the Rules Compendium and Heroes of the Fallen Lands for D&D, a part of their Essentials line, the question of course begs to be asked:  How Essential is it?  The answer, dear readers, lies in this article. What is the Rules Compendium?  It’s one of the 10 D&D “Essentials” products for the 4th edition of Dungeons …

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #1 (Trouble at Oleg’s)

Our first session of the 4E adaptation of Paizo’s Kingmaker adventure path involved both play groups altogether which meant 9 players at the table and the second gamemaster acting as my co-DM. Session Summary I started the session off with an explanation of how the characters powers worked since four of the nine players are brand new to 4E D&D, not to mention roleplaying itself. …

The World of Athas

The task of creating a campaign for players is the ultimate challenge for many GMs. World building must be weaved with a plot that will excite and challenge your players. Fortunately for those who want to run 4th Edition D&D, Wizards of the Coast has provided a number of campaign settings that make running a campaign easier. Dark Sun is the newest campaign …

D&D on Kindle: A call to action

A while ago on Twitter I posted up a question: “Hot topic: Would you be interested in Kindle versions of the D&D Core Rules? What if they were auto-updated with errata? Price?”. The responses were overwhelmingly positive. Here’s a sampling of the replies I received. Shaddakim YES, Yes I would. Particularly for my Kindle and especially without needing …

Adventurer’s Toolbox – Feather Tokens

Image by: SoulRider.222 In my first article in the Adventurer’s Toolbox series , I talked about the Immovable Rod, and how it ranked amongst the most useful items in the game. Next up in this series is a group of items, collectively known as Feather Tokens. These oft-overlooked items can be both a lot of fun and super-useful. First, let’s take a look at their entry …

Adam Dray’s old-school D&D actual play & analysis

I found Adam Dray’s observations of playing Keep on the Borderlands an interesting read.

Hit Locations for 4e

Sometimes we GMs want our players to suffer. We want their characters to feel the after effects and pain of battle, and seeing them mark off their Healing Surges just doesn’t cut it. This is especially true when the adventure is set in a mega-dungeon or the Underdark where Our Heroes can’t just head back to the nearest tavern for a …

Gamma World Unboxed

Check out the video here .

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #0

Fall is approaching, school is back in session, and that means the after-school game club is up and running again – this our eight year and as I’ve blogged about earlier , we had 16 students (ages 13-19) at the information meeting who said they were  interested in playing 4th edition D&D this year. Two weeks later, we’ve started …

4E AP: Teerna Campaign – Recap #6 (The Fey Connection)

The events detailed here span two sessions of play. From the memoirs of Tiberius Cosmourn Bramblewood, Shepherd and former Windrunner Desnus 25, 471 SL The situation in Murray’s Rock has more twists and turns than a bowline. Leaving the sickened Tyrinn and Thalos, who now has begun to show symptoms as well, we have visited the mysterious standing stones on the nearby hill and discovered it was actually a…

4E AP: Osirion Session #7 (Kelmarane Liberated)

The seventh session of our ongoing 4E D&D campaign tied up a bunch of loose ends and set up the group’s next adventure. Session Summary We started in minutes following the group’s dramatic rescue of their employer, Alma Roveski from the clutches of the gnoll Chieftain and his dark warlock consort. Alma, ever the pragmatic businesswoman despite the peril she had faced moments …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 2: Rivers Run Red

The second installment of Paizo ’s Kingmaker adventure path gets to the heart of the campaign: kingdom-building. The PCs found their fledgling nation and begin to build it up; at the same time, they continue to explore the Stolen Lands and confront its many obstacles. This review is really two in one: a look at the adventure (and supplementary material) and a look at the kingdom…

The Hit Point Gauge: A nifty alternative for tracking hit points

A recent post on RPG Geek , along with playing some basic D&D with my eight-year-old son this weekend, got me thinking about different ways of tracking hit points and in a stroke of inspiration I came up with this alternative method that I thought I’d share. I’ve tried the method at my table (for both basic D&D and 4th ed) and so…