Tag Archives: Dungeons & Dragons

Review: Courts of the Shadow Fey (pdf)

Courts of the Shadow Fey by Open Design and Wolfgang Bauer is a 100 page adventure for 4e Dungeons & Dragons designed to take characters from 12th level to 15th level.  If you’re interested in purchasing the product, you can get it  here. In the interest of full disclosure, this was a review copy of the .pdf.  This won’t change how I feel about…

Gaming in the Digital Age: The D&D Virtual Tabletop Beta

I recently received an invite to the official Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Tabletop beta. So, what did I think about it? Quite frankly, I had given up hope that this project was ever going to see the light of day, so when it was announced that they were going ahead with it in the same week that it was announced that Duke Nukem Forever …

The Very Best of Troll in the Corner Vol. 2 available at DriveThruRPG

The Very Best of Troll in the Corner Vol. 2 Here you’ll find a collection of the best 10 articles we’ve featured over the past six months on our site. We’re gamers. We love RPGs, board games, video games, CCGs, dice games; games where you juggle live hedgehogs. You name it, we love it. We’re figuring you do…

Roll vs Boredom: Mentally Challenged

Roll vs Boredom is an ongoing project to fight off boredom from behind the game master’s screen.  My challenge to myself, to create one signature mechanic for every “adventure” I run in my current campaign, whether that be one night of play or a whole month to complete.   In the first article of this series, I discuss the…

Reminder – 2 days left to enter the International Dragon Dice contest!

It’s been a few weeks since our last contest sent four new Dungeons & Dragons Essentials products off to a lucky winner. That means it’s time to give some more stuff away. So I invite you to come on a journey with us. Travel back to 1995 when CCGs were new, TSR was old and Dragon Dice were the next thing that never was. Win yourself some Dragon…

Zen and the Art of the Fireball

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself. – Sun Tz u A party lives and dies by teamwork. Too often, …

Good Little Children Never Grow Up

I’ll freely admit that I’m biased against 3rd party adventure modules for 4th edition.  Wizards hasn’t exactly made it easy to modify the character builder, especially since the web relaunch, so any new power, item, or feat presented is much more difficult to use. At the same time, the soul of a good adventure is the story, not the mechanics within, so with that …

International Dragon Dice Contest – Win 3+ boxes of TSR’s Dragon Dice from 1995

It’s been a few weeks since our last contest sent four new Dungeons & Dragons Essentials products off to a lucky winner.  That means it’s time to give some more stuff away.  So I invite you to come on a journey with us.  Travel back to 1995 when CCGs were new, TSR was old and Dragon Dice were the next thing that never was. …

Monster Vault: Fixing Solos

As I said in my review of Monster Vault , many of the older and classic monsters have been updated and brought into line with the design philosophy of the later Monster Manuals.  Additionally, the book fixes a problem that has been plaguing solo monsters since the first Monster Manual for 4th Edition:  stunlocking. In case you’re unaware, stunlocking refers to the…

Review: Monster Vault (Plus 2 Bonus Mini-Reviews!)

Monster Vault is the latest offering in the D&D 4th Edition Essentials line of products.  As you’ve no doubt heard by now, it’s a collection of many of the most famous monsters from D&D, including ones from previous Monster Manuals, collected into the Essentials 6

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 BITs: Updated sheet

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the house rules I’ve been using to add Burning Wheel style Beliefs, Instincts, and Traits to my 4th edition D&D game. I’ve now updated the sheet I’ve been using (which includes all the rules needed). These rules work with any version of D&D (or Pathfinder RPG) although you might need to tweak the…

We have a winner! The International D&D Essentials contest!

Congratulations to Judith, of Oregon!  The random numbers have favored you today and you’ve won!  I’ve already sent an email off to you letting you know. We had 198 people who emailed in for the contest with a total of 1472 entries. Each entry was assigned to a contestant in the order I received their emails. The winner was chosen by a random number generator (thanks random….

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…

The International D&D 4e Essentials Contest. Last Day to Enter!

This is your last day to enter!  Contest ends tonight at 11:59pm EST! 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’…

What is Essentials?

One of the exciting new things in the land of D&D 4th Edition (4E) is the release of the Essentials line of products. This line has generated a fair amount of discussion in the online D&D community in large part due to the confusion around what the products mean to the game and why they were made. Given this confusion, I’d like to first outline my understanding of…

Review: D&D Gamma World

In case you’ve been living in Vault 101 for the past 20 years and are unaware, Gamma World is a post-apocalyptic RPG put out by Wizards of the Coast.  The current version (officially named “D&D Gamma World”) comes in a pretty big box.  You’ll be able to easily find it due to the retina burning green of the box, which is a similar color to …

Old-School Unboxing: TSR’s Dragon Dice circa 1995

Not to long ago I came in to a neat find (and by ‘came in to’ I mean Chris Hopper sent ‘em to me).  Eleven still sealed boxes of TSR’s collectible dice game and answer to Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering – Dragon Dice .  These eleven boxes were still factory sealed in slightly dusty cellophane …

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, …