In Gothic Brunch a few weeks ago, the group determined they wanted to go do some research at a library. Now, what kind of a game would I be running if the library didn't have a secret basement with forbidden tomes and unspeakable secrets? For this map, I once again depended on Elven Tower. This … Continue reading Forbidden Level of the Creedhall Library
Adults often have trouble making new friends. We don't necessarily have pre-generated social situations like when we were in school (and that's before I even think about the hellscape that school is for many kids). Marriage and children create another block for many adults, because suddenly our free time dwindles drastically and our lives focus … Continue reading Communities are what we make them
I watch YouTube a lot. I work from home, so while I sit on conference calls on average about half of my day, the rest of the day often involves YouTube videos playing on another screen or computer. Some of those need no introduction (Critical Role, Wizards of the Coast's D&D channel, etc.) But I … Continue reading Signal Boost: D&D YouTubers
As often happens, this article started as a conversation with smart friends. Mat Westhorpe tweeted about Roll20 vs D&D Beyond in the context of D&D 5e character sheets. https://twitter.com/Freebooted/status/1090005226034266113 We discussed a bit further and of course his post on character sheets has a lot of thoughtful comparison that you will almost certainly find useful. … Continue reading Going optimal with online RPGs
I finally got the chance to run "X Marks the Spot," a one-shot D&D adventure from Wizards of the Coast set in the plane of Ixalan (a setting in Magic the Gathering). My review follows, but you can watch the session I played (with folks I met via Variant Roles) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88RKrrgggGg NB: A … Continue reading Review: X Marks the Spot (Ixalan)
The release of Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, as fun as it is, should be seen in the context of the Plane Shift documents that provide more Magic the Gathering settings for Dungeons and Dragons. This also included a free adventure "X Marks the Spot" for the Ixalan campaign. Among other cool things ported from MtG into D&D, it uses … Continue reading Using treasure tokens in D&D
Once a country of picturesque villages, deep forests, and sublime mountain ranges, Krevborna is now preyed upon by werebeasts, witches, malicious fey, fiends, and the undead. The goal of adventures set in Krevborna is for the players' characters to find ways to fight back against the evil that taints the land. Someone must light a … Continue reading Adventure in the dark land of Krevborna!
Some time has passed since I sat down to take stock of my current calendar of games. I thought I might as well write it down here, for ease of finding it later if nothing else... Current Life As a professional adult, I travel for work fairly frequently, though not overwhelmingly so — about one … Continue reading Musing on my gaming schedule