Category: D&D

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...

Of Interest: Wisdom from an Angry God

“Gaming, at its core, is a hobby which seeks neither mediation or approval from Johnny-come-latelies.” Heavens to betsy, I do believe I have come down with a terrible case of the vapors. This one is pretty complicated.  Basically, there is an in-authentic and ham-handed movement being orchestrated to remove...

[More Than You Know] Cha’alt: Fuchsia Malaise

Discussing a book as creative and original as Cha’alt (a setting written and designed by Venger Satanis for use with whatever iteration of the D&D tabletop RPG) presents a number of challenges for the reviewer.  Specifically, the marketing hype used within the tabletop RPG market has devalued the meaning...

Grognardia Respawns

 After eight years and with little fanfare, new content is up on the site. It’s just a review of some Swedish OSR product for now, but James is a smart thinker, and I look forward to his thoughts on tabletop RPGs.  Hopefully we’ll get more fresh content without another...

Getting Lost in the Wilds of D&D

I’m still hip-deep in a wargaming kick and off the D&D wagon.  But I thought the following might be of interest.  A friend writes:  I searched the PHB and DMG for any mention of having a ranger or druid prevents parties from getting lost. It does say that if...

Wizard Funk 2

Intrigued by the promise of a return to those halcyon days of the late-70s when I was too young to participate in zine culture, I threw five bucks at DiceBro for a hard copy of Wizard Funk 2.  And boy howdy did I get exactly what was promised –...

A Paladin in Sloretown

For the record, that was my uber-powered Paladin trashing the tracks of the Jeffro Pacific Express Freight to Funkytown. Before we get into the view from the player side of the screen, a confession: I used this generator to roll up a fighter type and got the stats for...

The One Shot Dungeon

Tried out Roll20 for the first time this past weekend.  Not for any of the functionality, just for the video conferencing feature.  Two new friends had a weekend free, so they let me run a quick one-shot dungeon delve using a bastardized B/X.  Basically, the B/X combat and movement,...