Musing on the implications of the D&D 5e SRD

The main reason I stopped playing D&D Fifth Edition was that it read too much like a set of software requirements (use cases). 5e writes everything out in expansive detail, rather than in a concise "Strunk & White-esque" manner. This drove me back to simpler rule sets like Swords & Wizardry and even Microlite20 or Searchers … Continue reading Musing on the implications of the D&D 5e SRD

Do the simplest thing that could possibly work

So this weekend I'm going to run some D&D at a local makerspace (TheLab.ms has an open house Saturday evening for anybody in the Dallas-Plano area). I'm probably going to use "Searchers of the Unknown" by +Nicolas Dessaux or some variant thereof, because you can't get much simpler and call it D&D. Microlite20 would work just … Continue reading Do the simplest thing that could possibly work

Revisiting Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Since posting about various retroclone games, I've re-examined my opinions a bit. Thus, I decided to revisit Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Something about the design kept calling me back. In part, the layout looks gorgeous, even in the free no-art version. Also, largely inspired by LotFP, I watched the 2009 movie Solomon Kane. I wanted to get … Continue reading Revisiting Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Losing ruleset weight: evaluating older RPG games

D&D 5e has started to frustrate me. I feel like I spend way too much time looking stuff up when running a game. Some of that comes from poor information organization in the core books. This leads to too much time looking up spells and so forth. Another large chunk results directly from the amount of rules: … Continue reading Losing ruleset weight: evaluating older RPG games

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

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”