Category: D&D

It Begins

Remember when I said the following? [W]hen a critical mass of people adopt [the lost art of Gygaxian campaign play] for their own table, you can expect a deluge of smart-boy posts from the Usual Crowds staking a claim to have “always known” about the glories of real-time and...

Epic D&D Made Easy Through Faction Play

Jeffro spitting fire on the latest episode of Geek Gab: There’s a key moment where Jeffro points out that Modern D&D cannot handle a moment like that in The Two Towers where the Fellowship of the Ring breaks up.  Taking a broader view, I would contend that a truly Epic...

Trollopolous Lives!

Things are getting a little crazy over in Trollopolous and her nearby provinces.  The besieging orcish army, leaderless after the capture of their demon-queen, has quit the field, and that only made things worse. Jeffro’s AD&D campaign-by-the-book has kicked into high gear with a week of Braunstein style faction...

A Tale As Old as Time

 Brace yourself for a revolution in table-top RPGs. At last, after forty years of D&D and twenty years of instant and always-on communications, the two have been married to create a style that is a literal game changer: But it ain’t me.  It’s Jeffro, the madman that redefined how...

More Campaigning for the Best Campaigns

 Got another big blog for you fans of old school tabletop RPGs.  This time around we’re taking a look at a longish game of ACKS, Autarch’s excellent Adventurer, Conqueror, King. This is another one of those new-old campaigns that takes advantage of certain lost secrets to present a style...

Cleanup On Aisle Linkage

 Clearing out the chaff from the wheat of my link list this week, and it occurred to me that some blogs need more than a quiet pointer. Around here, we believe that ACTUAL PLAY >> game theory, and today I’ve got one of the better AD&D session report blogs...

Shots Fired!

Related to yesterday’s post regarding people who have been playing AD&D wrong for decades – a club of which I was a solid member of for decades myself – Jeffro offers up a little look at what we’ve all been doing wrong for lo these many years: Why this...

Not the Flex You Think It Is

Continuing thoughts about Rule Zero and yesterday’s post about Theseus’ RPG. Item #1: If you only ever used a third of a game, have you ever really played the game?  You might have been playing something, but was it really the game you say it is?  How much of...

Rule Hero > Rule Zero

 The problem with Rule Zero: Is not that it isn’t true, it’s that it guards an army of lies. How many planks can you remove from AD&D before you’re not really playing AD&D any more? No one talks about this....

Primordial D&D

 Been thinking about this a lot. Ever since watching this movie. Which is great.  A must-watch for anyone interested in learning more about the evolution of tabletop wargaming and/or role-playing games. It’s a deep dive into the roots of the hobby, and surprisingly even-handed.  But I can’t shake the...