- Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Playtest overview.Posted 224 days ago
Free download: the Rusty Dwarf Inn
Not all readers are aware that this blog has a free downloads page , where all .pdf resources produced by the Athenaeum are posted for reader use. In addition to the popular “100 lists” available...
- Posted 815 days ago
Five tips for villainous resource management
It is certainly possible to play Dungeons & Dragons without giving a single thought toward how monsters and villains end up awaiting heroes in elaborate lairs; if the primary point of the game is to defeat...
- Posted 838 days ago
New site feature: Post Index
In keeping with this site’s mission statement , which is geared toward making utility a priority, and in order to make accessing information on the Athenaeum easier, all 150 posts on this site have been organized into a...
- Posted 850 days ago
You gragdok! The evolution of setting-based swear words in RPGs
While reorganizing Athenaeum content into a forthcoming post index, this writer happened upon this post , which dealt with creating a unique flavor in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign by developing slang words for the common...
- Posted 852 days ago
Using the Aboriginal Dreamtime as inspiration for Primal 4e characters
This Australian Aboriginal rock art depicts what could be a creation ancestor. This sort of art, and the creation story that inspired it, is a useful source of inspiration for DMs designing adventures for primal heroes...
- Posted 857 days ago
Bring a little 1e lethality – and some background- to your new 4e character
The AD&D module "Treasure Hunt," published in 1986, can prove instructive in bringing the lethality and tension of the game's first edition to the game's current edition. Years ago, when opening the fourth edition Player’s Handbook...
- Posted 860 days ago
Looking for a change of pace in your D&D game? Switch sides!
The "Reverse Dungeon" module was a breath of fresh air for the writer's game 10 years ago. Adventures like it can do the same for your game today. In this writer’s estimation, one of the high...
- Posted 862 days ago
Converting a D&D economy to the silver standard
These Genoese coins, dating to the 12th Century, are a prime example of silver standard currency. Inside the treasure chest are 3,500 gold pieces, a silver bracelet inlaid with ivory worth another...
- Posted 864 days ago
Interrogating prisoners in a D&D Game
Joan of Arc is interrogated by The Cardinal of Winchester in her prison, by Paul Delaroche Essentially, there are two situations where interrogation might take place during a Dungeons & Dragons adventure: when the heroes are...
- Posted 868 days ago
Up, periscope: some surprising numbers, and a reason to write again
Greetings, Gentle Readers. My apologies to those who visited this blog during the past several months and found nothing in the way of updates. To make an otherwise long posting short, the obligations of parenting, work and...
- Posted 870 days ago