Tag Archives: Dungeons and Dragons

How to make a kick ass D&D 4e Character card deck, Magic the Gathering style

Ben from Ben’s RPG Pile has a fantastic idea.  Create a character deck in the style of M:tG for players to quickly reference their character, powers, items and whatnot.  Here Ben shows how to make a Dungeons and Dragons character deck (Magic style). See how he assembles the cards and all the different kinds that make a typical deck. Technorati Tags: D&D , rpg…

D&D Economics – Magic Items

With Essentials, D&D introduced the concept of item rarity.  Item rarity provides some interesting ways for DMs to create plot hooks.  Here’s some ideas to make item rarity matter in your game. By default, uncommon and rare items cannot be easily created or bought by players; they need to be found.  Yet, someone had to make these magic items, and if not…

Reminder: The International D&D Contest! Win four new D&D Essentials products – anywhere in the world!

Well, this is something a bit new for us! We’ve gotten a number of authors who are writing authoritatively on Dungeons & Dragons 4e! I’m very excited by this prospect because D&D 4e represented a big gap in Troll in the Corner’s collective RPG knowledge. Now that’s remedied it’s time to spread the D&D love a bit. We’re giving away a copy of …

Review: DM’s Kit for D&D 4th Edition Essentials

The DM’s Kit for 4th Edition D&D’s Essentials line is out, and there’s something strange about it.  But I’m ahead of myself…I’ll get to that in a moment. First, the product itself.   This is more than just a book for the DM, it’s a boxed set for the DM.  Let’s take things one at a time, …

Making a Fight Dynamic and Memorable

By my estimation, I’ve run about 150 to 200 encounters in D&D 4e in the two years since it came out.  Maybe one tenth of those are truly memorable.  When I say “remember that gnoll fight?” I’ll get a deep groan from everyone in my party, and when I say “how about the fight with the larva mage with the masks?” I’ll get a…

Dark Sun Campaign – PDF of the first adventure here for you to download

As promised and delivered early – Part one of my Dark Sun Campaign is available for download. This is intended for informational purposes only. I have made every effort to make it a coherent document from which a game can be completely run. All possible disclaimers apply to this adventure, including bodily harm. Not included are any tactical battle maps, mostly because I use a vinyl battle …

The International Dungeons & Dragons contest! Win the Red Box, Rules Compendium, Heroes of the Fallen Lands and Dungeon Tiles!

Well, this is something a bit new for us!  We’ve gotten a number of authors who are writing authoritatively on Dungeons & Dragons 4e!  I’m very excited by this prospect because D&D 4e represented a big gap in Troll in the Corner’s collective RPG knowledge.  Now that’s remedied it’s time to spread the D&D …

Putting the Swing Back in D&D

Some time ago, I experimented with lowering the hit points of monsters and increasing their damage in an attempt to speed combat along.  In the process, I learned an important lesson.  Swing is fun! I define “swing” as the unpredictability of a conflict, and the ability of a single roll to shape the entire outcome of the conflict. …

An Introduction

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Tracy Hurley, also known as Sarah Darkmagic in a number of online circles. In terms of playing, I’m a relative newcomer to Dungeons & Dragons. My very first game was about a year and a half ago and my introduction was pretty brutal. Sarah, my character, joined the party right outside of the waterfall in Keep of the …

Threads of Sanity #2

Our second Forgotten Realms campaign continued yesterday. It pace of gaming was clearly faster and there was barely need to review the rules. I have to admit that I wonder how easily players can surprise the DM with their resourcefulness and good rolls. Here is the session recap: Village Tameron, a small murky village at

Mass Combat with D&D 4e – The War at Large

In my previous article , I talked about using military formations to create the epic feel of high level heroes taking on hundreds of regular soldiers.  That’s good for a single encounter, but not for much more.  Now I want to talk about epic pitched battles over vast terrain. It’s time to go to war! War in the D&D universe is …

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

Threads of Sanity – Forgotten Realms Campaign

It has been four months since I was able to sit down to play some pen & paper roleplaying games. Being father to a small child of course reduces my time to play much, but nevertheless, I was able to pull together a group of new gamers who are willing to join the dark si…

The Journal of a Sunite – First Entry

                In front of you sits a small leather bound journal, the leather has been skilfully dyed a deep ruby red and the pages are edged in gold. Upon the cover carefully crafted into the leather is a picture of a woman with long wild hair, she is a beauty to look upon and her eyes seem to be playfully dancing …

100th Post

According to my public school mathematics…this will be my 100th post! Unfortunately, I’m not really sure what I should write on such an occasion, so I’m taking a note from Trey over at From the Sorcerer’s Skull and posting one of my very first Dungeons & Dragon’s characters.

D&D Encounters starts at March 17

Season one starts at 17.th of March. If you didn’t know what D&D Encounter is, head to wizards.com/dnd. From the site: “D&D Encounters is an exciting, weekly campaign that plays out one epic encounter at a time. As you defeat enemies, solve puzzles, finish quests, and perform heroic deeds, you’ll earn Renown Points that you can use to… Read More »