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Monthly Poll – Favorite Old School Module Round 2

I got a couple of emails asking why I left out this module or that so I decided to do a little playoff between modules. But before we get to that, we need to learn who won round 1. Lets face it, this time it was sort of a run away win for your number 1 choice for Favorite Old School Module. With more than twice the number …

Empire Gaming RPG: A Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

I was reading a post over at Tenkar’s Tavern about PDF’s and artwork and it got me thinking…which may be a first for me. I’ve been writing a game system for quite a few years now and I’m getting close to completion on it. Which in turn is causing me to think of a lot more things I need to do if I ever want …

Classic Dungeon Trivia 9

As the doors to this magnificent room clanged open, the party barely had time to register their surroundings before Sir Vincent of Diakuw charged forward through the flames. Having recognized the danger immediately, and seizing on an opportunity to finally use his broadsword of Iron Phoenix Slaying, he did do battle with the abomination and stuck down the fell beast in an hour and 49 minutes. …

DM’s Corner: The Devil’s in the Details

How much detail should you go into in a game before the whole thing collapses under it’s own weight? Do you track food and water for the party? Does each character have to keep a running tally of encumbrance? They may seem like minor details, but I find they can be a great source of plot hooks and sometime necessary information. Lembas, part of this…

Hey Peter…Whuuut’s Happening?

Seems we have a bit of a problem. Ya see, we’re putting the new cover sheets on all of our TPS reports.

Classic Dungeon Trivia 8

When we last met our stalwart adventurers, they were on the long and perilous Journey to the Rock, and the powerful, but grim, barbarian Daddy Grognard led the way. In TWELVE #$%@ing minutes!!! I had barely finished typing and he already guessed right. Oh well, chocolate for Big D. This week, our hearty band has arrived at an unusual chamber……

Glutton for Punishment

Sometimes I wonder why it is I prefer DMing to playing RPGs. Anyone that has run a game knows how much time and hard work are put into a game long before anyone is sitting on the other side of the screen from him/her. You spend hours upon hours organizing maps, reading background material, brushing up on encounters so they run smoothly, getting into the…

I Take My Throwing Knife, and Throw It…Knife Style!

I finally got to watch the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons episode of Community. I haven’t seen the show before, but I saw the commercials and had to find this episode at least. I didn’t go into it with much hope, just because most people that “make fun” of D&D don’t really understand it so it just comes off as awkward…

DM’s Corner: Railroading Is Not A Crime

Have you ever been accused of railroading a party? A while back (before my self imposed exile from GMing) I was running a short adventure for a few friends. It was a 1st level adventure for “Just made up”, wet-behind-the-ears adventurers. The beginning premise is that the party stumbles on a dead adventurer in the wilderness and find the deed to …

Skill Sharpening

Had the opportunity to do a little Gming this weekend, and I have to say it went better than I expected. My wife decided to go scrapbooking for the night on Friday so I took the night off as a chance to gather a few players and 1) play test my game system further, 2) hone my waning GM skills. I had started…

Monthly Poll – Favorite Old School Module

Stolen directly from Grognardia ‘s web site So much for January. That didn’t take long. Sort of a small turn out for last months Monthly Poll so this shouldn’t take long. In 1st place for the favorite “deceptive” creature with 36% of the votes was the Doppleganger 2nd Place goes to the Water Weird (one of my personal favorites) 3rd place is Gas Spore. I have to …

Classic Dungeon Trivia 7

I thought last weeks was tough….wrong again. Vincent Diakuw was able to get it right in an hour and 56 minutes. Although, this time I actually had someone guess wrong. Maybe I’m getting more cryptic. Anyways, the answer was Q1: Queen of the Demonweb Pits On to this weeks trivia… Player’s Background For weeks, you’ve been looking for adventure in this forsaken wilderness, with nothing much to …

My Powers are Fading

A long time again, on a PC far far away I used to play Ultima Online, one of the first and, in my humble opinion, one of the best MMORPGs ever made.

Flourish and Blotts for the Pathfinder in all of us

I was directed to a great site the other day TheGM.org has a great utility called Perram’s Spellbook, that allows you to print out spells on cards of varying sizes that are easy to take with you and eliminates the constant page flipping that all you wizards and clerics out there do. You can print them out as 3″x5″, 4″x6″ or playing card sized …

Classic Dungeon Trivia 6

Continuing with my effort to stay of track with Classic Dungeon Trivia Friday’s, I’m actually going to post one on a Friday! As to our last installment…Grendlewulf answered correctly with U1: The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh. The candybar goes to him. Now, on to this weeks moderately challenging trivia. And in the words of your dark lord and mine “I have you now!” THE CHAMBER OF OPPOSITION This room…

Classic Dungeon Trivia 5

Damn it! I just realized I’ve missed the last TWO Classic Dungeon Trivia Fridays. So I’m gonna do one now, and in 4 minutes after one of you D&D Savants answers it I’ll start posting one every Friday…I hope. As for the last one JB answered correctly in 1hr 11min, and I think he stalled just to make me feel better. Or maybe he was hung over from New…

Photoshop and Dundjinni

If you know me at all, you know I’m the Rain Man of computers without all the gambling ability. I barely know how to fill out this blog much less do anything with Photoshop. So I was wondering if anyone out there know much about it and can help me out.

Too Much Detail?

I was flipping through some adventures the other day and I noticed what seems to be a trend with Pathfinder products… There is A LOT of detail in those things! My group recently finished, or rather abandoned (for a completely unrelated reason to the length of the series), the Rise of the Runelords series so I decided to go through the modules just to see what sort of stuff …

Classic Dungeon Trivia 4

I’d like to thank Christopher B for waiting nearly 2 1/2 hours before answering last weeks Classic Dungeon Trivia. I swear I’m trying to make these somewhat challenging, but it’s just not turning out that way. Lets try another before I get really serious with you guys. STEPS OF THE ZIGGURAT If the group reaches this point they will be able to see…

Monthly Poll – Favorite Deceptive Creature

Another poll comes to a close, so lets see how our favorite undead creatures stack up against one another. First place goes to my favorite, the Lich with 27% of your votes 2nd place was a bit of a surprise to me, Skeletons rock the vote with a solid 23% 3rd place, with 20% of the votes is everyone’s favorite grave robber, the Ghoul with 20% 4th place, with …