Tag Archives: legacy d&d

Evolve or die… or, A diatribe on my feelings about new editions!

Tweet Because what the internet needs is another person griping about new or revised editions of the games they love! But gentle reader, that’s not my intention today; I’ll try not to grumble, much. Although I’ve played many games, my go to game through all these years has been D&D in all its different incarnations, so I will speak from this perspective. Way back when, when…

Staying in the “Sweet Spot”

Tweet In the latest episode of RPG Circus Jeff, Mark and Zach talked about low, mid and high level play in games like D&D. For some reason a lot of people find the early to mid levels much more enjoyable than high-level play. While earlier editions of D&D included an “endgame” where adventurers settle down, build castles, towers or…

Jim Ward in need of help

Tweet According to the Greyhawk Grognard , game design luminary Jim Ward, who is responsible for such classic games as Metamorphosis Alpha and Gamma World needs our help. Obviously he spent some time in the hospital recently and his condition is quite serious. According to what Jim posted at the Dragonsfoot forums it may take another year for him to recover fully. The hospital bills are a bit too…

Free Stuff Fridays: Javascript Character Generators

Tweet This is usually Youseph’s territory but I’m trying my hand at writing a Free Stuff Friday post because it’s a topic I’ve recently become very interested in, Character Generators. Every so often I become convinced there is a tool out there to help me create characters and NPCs for my games. I’ve tried a lot of them, with wildly different experiences (from elation to frustration) but …

Return of the Immortals

Tweet Note: The contents of this post first appeared at Polyhedral Dreams in two parts. This collated post has been slightly edited. It began with a dream. I had found a new group to game with, and to my pleased surprise they were running a game of classic D&D’s Immortals — the godlike beings of the setting. While I was rolling…

Gaming finds!

Tweet For quite some time I could not understand the appeal of antiquing and the TV shows about it. Likewise some of you may find the idea of shopping for bargains at discount stores unpalatable and would do anything to avoid being dragged by your significant other to either of the aforementioned activities. But what role player worth his weight in gold pieces would refuse the opportunity to hunt…

What about the new D&D comic? A review!

Tweet Some of you may or may not know that IDW Publishing will soon begin publication of officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons comics. They recently published an issue #0 to promote the new series and give fans a taste of what’s to come. I had asked my local comic book store to pull out a copy for me but I didn’t get to buy it until this past weekend…

Come to me my jungle friends!

Tweet Recent events in my life have me thinking about pets. Be they familiars, animal companions or summoned animals, whatever way your system of choice calls them, why do we feel the urge to have pets in our games? I can see why… The joy and happiness they bring into our real lives is one we want to recreate in the game as well. Or maybe we…

There is no spoon … eh … OSR

Tweet Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to prove that there’s no renewed interest in older editions of D&D and other games, but I want to share my thoughts on the perception of that phenomenon. Recently there was some more discussion about the OSR on Twitter and on various blogs. The whole drama was started when someone discovered a quite…

Food & Games

Don’t worry; this has NOTHING to do with all the electronic cooking games out there. This is about gamers and the food they eat when they game. Junk food and role-playing games are connected in poplar culture, and in all truth some games will devour prodigious amounts of chips and soda. Undoubtedly some groups try to eat healthy, bringing fruits and veggies to…

Review: Kobold Quarterly Issue 14

Currently I play none of the games which are regularly covered by Kobold Quarterly , but so far I’ve enjoyed reading every issue I got my hands on. Aside from a lot of material for games like D&D 4th Edition, Pathfinder or even Dragon Age, a large portion of the magazine contains articles that apply to any fantasy game. And in most …

Review: Kobold Quarterly Issue 14

Currently I play none of the games which are regularly covered by Kobold Quarterly , but so far I’ve enjoyed reading every issue I got my hands on. Aside from a lot of material for games like D&D 4th Edition, Pathfinder or even Dragon Age, a large portion of the magazine contains articles that apply to any fantasy game. And in …

What about the GameMastery Guide? A review…

The Paizo GameMastery Guide is an excellent companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rule Book . The Core Rulebook combines all the rules you used to find in the old D&D 3.5 Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide into one book, but there was much more ground to cover, especially for the Game Master. Enter the GameMastery Guide, full of advice, ideas and rules for new and experienced …

What about the GameMastery Guide? A review…

The Paizo GameMastery Guide is an excellent companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rule Book . The Core Rulebook combines all the rules you used to find in the old D&D 3.5 Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide into one book, but there was much more ground to cover, especially for the Game Master. Enter the GameMastery Guide, full of advice, ideas and…

Mystara, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

A recent post by fellow blogger and friend Daniel Pérez about his love for the Forgotten Realms got me thinking about my favorite campaign setting. The D&D Known World, better known as Mystara . I first discovered this wonderful world in the D&D Expert Set with paragraph long descriptions of the town of Threshold, Karameikos and the Black Eagle Barony used as examples of what…

Is the OSR mainly driven by nostalgia?

I am not sure what got me thinking but recently I asked myself why all the retro clones have to look like they were produced back in the day? In most cases, the layout, the artwork is reminiscent of the RPG products of the 80s or even the mid to late 70s. I don’t know a single new old-school …

Soapbox Games Reviews

Moritz Mehlem, a German old-school advocate who is pretty well known for his blog “ Von der Seifenkiste herab ” and his involvement in the Labyrinth Lord community, has recently started releasing his works on DriveThruRPG / RPGNow under the “ Soapbox Games ” name. I’ve had the chance to review some of his works. Let’s start with The Adventurer , a new class for Labyrinth…

My Orcus & Me!

Today I got my Orcus, Prince of Undeath Gargantuan Figure. I was so excited to get the news that my FLGS had received it that I spent all day daydreaming about it. To the points where I remembered an old toy commercial from the late 80s for a doll for boys, My Buddy, and spent the whole day singing my version of it on my head. My …