Review: Scenes of Chance

I just received my shipment of Scenes of Chance from Twizz Entertainment via Kickstarter. https://twitter.com/technoskald/status/528321964394299392 This system-neutral supplement basically consists of a deck of cards, where each card is about twice the size of a traditional playing card. Each card has several icons printed on it. I choose a card with an appropriate scene (say, … Continue reading Review: Scenes of Chance

Play Report: Lost Mine of Phandelver Episode 2

RPGs may be at their most fun when everything goes pear-shaped due to adventurer decisions. The story The group, consisting of a fighter, rogue, cleric, and wizard, explored Phandalin with great caution. They expect intrigue, conspiracies, and betrayal at every turn (meaning I need to find a way to give that to them). The adventurers meandered … Continue reading Play Report: Lost Mine of Phandelver Episode 2

Madness of Iliasha: Campaign Concept

As previously noted, I have begun work on a fresh campaign. Using the working title Madness of Iliasha, I have included elements from the Underdark and Deepholm. This means a fully underground world with no concept of a "surface", filled with mind flayers and aboleths and fungi and stone elementals. I intend to run it more or less … Continue reading Madness of Iliasha: Campaign Concept

Dungeon Master’s Guide Table of Contents Preview

Dungeon Masters Guide Table of Contents

Wizards of the Coast released the Table of Contents for the Dungeon Master's Guide as part of their participation in the Extra Life fundraiser this weekend. I've been anticipating this preview for some time, probably like most everyone else playing D&D 5e. Looking at the contents Even from just this table of contents, we can … Continue reading Dungeon Master’s Guide Table of Contents Preview

Encouraging all kinds of people to play games

NB: I'm not using the hashtag or phrases related to recent controversies about women in gaming, because I want no part of that. Hostile comments will be marked appropriately. All my life, I have considered myself a "gamer". That phrase has suffered some tarnish at different times for different reasons. The term "player" has worse … Continue reading Encouraging all kinds of people to play games

Cancelling my Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign

Cover of Hoard of the Dragon Queen

I decided a few days ago to cancel my Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. The module felt far too linear for me, as it consists largely of a plot rather than situations. For the purpose of organized play across many groups where players can come and go as they please, it probably works fine (at least for … Continue reading Cancelling my Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign