Rolls for role-playing

I don't like the way D&D Fifth Edition and lots of other "modern" games handle skills. As a player, I don't like spending time deciding which skill should cover a particular task. More than that, however, I intensely dislike using Charisma rolls to cover role-playing. In 5e, for example, Charisma skills include Deception, Intimidation, Performance, and Persuasion. … Continue reading Rolls for role-playing

Initial Impressions: Fifth Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide

I went down to my friendly local gaming store this morning and picked up the new Dungeon Master's Guide. (They had a 15% discount on all D&D stuff, which gave a little extra bit of unexpected happiness.) A full review of this book would take significant time due to the density and amount of material in … Continue reading Initial Impressions: Fifth Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide

Dungeon Masters Rulebook (Red Box version)

Basic Dungeon Masters Rulebook

I picked up the Dungeon Masters Rulebook from the old BECMI D&D edition (aka "the Red Box") a few days ago. Most of the OSR products I've read didn't have enough guidance for this rusty old DM.  What better source for guidance on running an old-school game than the actual old-school guidance?! The rest of this post consists of … Continue reading Dungeon Masters Rulebook (Red Box version)

Microlite20 monster: Ormyrr

The Practical Guide to Monsters has a few monsters that don't have Microlite20 versions. Ormyrrs stick out to me more than the others. For reference: Thri-kreen, Yuan-ti, werebear, wereboar, ghost, and lich do not have M20-style stat blocks that I have found. Some of those have enough substitutes you can reskin (lycanthropes and generic undead), while "lich" can be applied … Continue reading Microlite20 monster: Ormyrr

Review: “A Practical Guide to Monsters”

I recently got a copy of A Practical Guide to Monsters. An in-universe reference volume for apprentice wizards, it lists 53 different monsters by my count. Each of them has a bit of fiction, a fact box (e.g. height, weight, habitat, diet, attack methods, etc.), and an artistic representation. If you think this sounds like a Monster … Continue reading Review: “A Practical Guide to Monsters”

Play Report: Isle of Malimont

http://instagram.com/p/vsKmgDxe0U/ Last night, I attended an open table session at the Animefest office here in the Dallas area. I didn't know what to expect, so I took my D&D 5e Player's Handbook, dice, and gaming notebook. I also had a hard copy of necessary Microlite20 bits and Scenes of Chance in case we needed another … Continue reading Play Report: Isle of Malimont