Tag Archives: Dungeons & Dragons

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 …

Dark Sun Campaign Prep – The Introduction

You awaken to the sound of trumpets nearby, and find it blends rather un-harmoniously with the ringing in your ears. Unfocused vision meets and even more unfocused mind as you begin to remember who you are. As your eyes clear, you notice the others around you. You begin shaking each other awake, and you find you have more questions than answers. Looking …

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. …

Dungeon Design in 20 Minutes

If your gaming group is anything like mine, you’ll someday find yourself sitting around a table not wanting to play your normal campaign due to a severe lack of VIP’s, that is to say, Very Important Players. Now, if you’re anything like my gaming group you will refuse to quit! Within minutes, someone has pulled up the Character Builder and is pumping out “…

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 …

Free Stuff Friday: Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Character Sheets!!! Wizards of the cost has created a slimed down character sheet for characters created using the Essentials books . These character sheets are fully compatible 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons a finally available for download. Prior to this they where only available with…

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 …

Dark Sun Campaign Prep – the Challenges of Starting a New Game

The opportunity to start a new campaign is usually both a challenge and joy for most GMs. In the planning of my new Dark Sun campaign, the challenges appeared first. I had been wanting to start a new game for quite some time, and I had intended to run Star Wars Saga Edition. To that end, I purchased nearly the entire set of …

Free Stuff Friday: Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen

Tweet It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen The Dungeon Masters’ Battle Screen Free tool for helping D&D 4e Dungeon Masters in managing battles for Windows XP, Vista with Microsoft .Net 3.5 SP1 installed. On the Dungeon Master’s Battle Screen website they wrote this…

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…

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 …

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 …

Assassins, and Necromancers, and Hexblades! Oh My!

I was quite excited when I recently read the Critical Hits post titled, “ D&D 4e: The New Player’s Option. ” In the post written by Bartoneus it was discovered that Wizards of the Coast will be putting out a new Dungeons & Dragons book called Player’s Option: Heroes of Shadow that will allow players to play as the Assassin, Necromancer, …

Wizard’s D&D and CNN

Wait, what? Yes, CNN has tested the D&D Encounters, (if you don’t know what is it, you can read it here) and posted an example at CNN.com. You can read it here. Sneak peek: We are playing Dungeons & Dragons — but it’s a different version that the makers hope will lure back old players and bring in… Read More »

Unbroken Chain – Release date

The next Forgotten Realms novel’ll be the Unbroken Chain by Jaleigh Johnson. It will be available at 07/06/2010 for ~$7.99. Heroes in dark times. Adventure in sinister places. Born in shadow. Suspended between the worlds of the living and the dead is a thrill-seeking race imbued with the fleeting power of shadow: the shadar-kai. Baptized by blood. Ashok… Read More »