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Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #2 (The Moon Radish Patch)

The second session of my 4E adaptation of Paizo’s  Kingmaker adventure path turned out to only have my four players, the other 5 (plus the co-DM) all being out of town on a field trip to Weimar . That was ideal since it meant I could spend some time focusing on explaining a few more of the rules since everyone is new to 4th edition D&D…

Talk Like a Pirate Day Sale

RPGNow/DriveThruRPG’s annual “Talk like a Pirate Day” sale is starting this Friday (Sept 17th) and runs through Sept. 22nd.  Aside from ongoing sales there’s also a scavenger hunt like activity to find free eBooks.

Red Box Wandering Monster Table, Dungeon Level 1

As they are sadly absent from the D&D Essentials Red Box, here’s a Wandering Monster Table for Dungeon Level 1. This is inspired by the one in the Mentzer Red Box and adjusted to accommodate the monsters in the new D&D Essentials version. It’s disappointing there’s no Giant Centipedes, Gecko Lizards, Cave Locusts and Fire Beetles in the newer Red Box, but …

No D&D Insider Tools Update in September

I just got this broadcast message from WotC: Unfortunately, we will not have a data update ready for the D&D Insider tools in September.  The process of integrating the new changes from Dark Sun and Essentials is taking a bit longer than we expected, and we plan to update the Character Builder in early October.  We will continue to keep you informed …

Oh gods not another Red Box review

‘Fraid so. In a hobby where our only limit is our imagination, it seems like that’s something in short supply among we blog writers with darned near everyone filling the ether with their thoughts and opinions about the Red Box and the Essentials line in general. And I’m not going to be any exception 😀 The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Red Box Starter …

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 …

Don’t Be A Dick

Tweet Please note that this post first appeared as a guest post on RPG Blog 2 . As some of you probably know “Don’t Be A Dick” is also known as Wheaton’s Law. And even though it was meant as a rule for people playing games online, it’s still valid at the gaming table – perhaps even more so. The problem usually arises at character creation. While everyone creates a…

Don’t Be A Dick

Tweet Please note that this post first appeared as a guest post on RPG Blog 2 . As some of you probably know “Don’t Be A Dick” is also known as Wheaton’s Law. And even though it was meant as a rule for people playing games online, it’s still valid at the gaming table – perhaps even more so. The problem usually arises…

WR&M in the pub

Tweet Yesterday we had our monthly RPG pub meeting in the Villa Konthor in Limburg . This time I introduced our regulars to WR&M , my rules-light fantasy roleplaying game. The five players had no trouble creating the characters and they embarked on their first adventure in the Fallen Imperium in no time. The premise of the game was that they player characters have been drafted into the Cemimus…

Gaming with Kids: Kingmaker Session #1 (Trouble at Oleg’s)

Our first session of the 4E adaptation of Paizo’s Kingmaker adventure path involved both play groups altogether which meant 9 players at the table and the second gamemaster acting as my co-DM. Session Summary I started the session off with an explanation of how the characters powers worked since four of the nine players are brand new to 4E D&D, not to mention roleplaying itself. …

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 …

Doctor Who RPG – Aliens and Creatures Review

Analysis of Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Space continues with the first supplement released in PDF format and soon to be in print, Aliens and Creatures .  The first review can be seen by clicking HERE , I recommend it as a start to get a baseline of how I feel about the system before you dig into this…

The Role Playing Game Museum…

Tweet The idea of a museum dedicated to role playing games sounds intriguing. I had never even considered the idea until I found this website, The Museum of Role Playing Games . The idea, while farfetched, woud be awesome! The collection at this virtual museum is far from extensive, but this is obviously a labor of love and shows great dedication. …

D&D on Kindle: A call to action

A while ago on Twitter I posted up a question: “Hot topic: Would you be interested in Kindle versions of the D&D Core Rules? What if they were auto-updated with errata? Price?”. The responses were overwhelmingly positive. Here’s a sampling of the replies I received. Shaddakim YES, Yes I would. Particularly for my Kindle and especially without needing …

Fallout: Indianapolis

Tweet Recently I wrote about my plans to run several mini-campaigns in the future. The first campaign I am now working on is an Atomic Highway campaign set into the Fallout world. I didn’t want to use neither the Capital Wasteland from Fallout 3 nor the West Coast area from Fallout 1 and 2, so I decided to nuke the hell out of Indianapolis. Why Indianapolis? Basically any …

Wicked Tinkers: Perfect music for your even vaguely Celtic themed game night

I literally stumbled into the Wicked Tinkers last night when an Amazon search gone horribly wrong brought me to them.  They bill themselves as “pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995.”.  How had I not heard about them in …

Adventurer’s Toolbox – Feather Tokens

Image by: SoulRider.222 In my first article in the Adventurer’s Toolbox series , I talked about the Immovable Rod, and how it ranked amongst the most useful items in the game. Next up in this series is a group of items, collectively known as Feather Tokens. These oft-overlooked items can be both a lot of fun and super-useful. First, let’s take a look at their entry …

What about Advanced Feats: Secrets of the Alchemist? A review…

Tweet Let me get this out in the clear first. I love the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Players Guide ! (If I like it SO much I should do a proper review of it, but I digress.) A an avid Pathfinder RPG fan I was thrilled to get the book, among all the goodies like new feats, spells, rules for existing races and classes, I must…

Adam Dray’s old-school D&D actual play & analysis

I found Adam Dray’s observations of playing Keep on the Borderlands an interesting read.

Quick Review: Advanced Feats – Secrets of the Alchemist – 30 new feats & a few character builds for Pathfinder’s Alchemist class

Advanced Feats: Secrets of the Alchemist by Sigfried Trent offers an in depth look at the Alchemist class as it’s available in the Advanced Player’s guide.  Trent introduces 30 new feats designed with Alchemists PCs in mind, as well as a discussion on what the Alchemist can do as a class, and several suggested builds. I’ve often toyed with the idea of…