Category: RPG

Sneak Peek at a New Series: Treasure Maps!

After three long years, the mini-Megadungeon in finally complete.  That means it is time for a new series.  This time we’re going in the complete opposite direction: short scalable adventures that you can drop into just about any campaign*.  The kicker here is that, in addition to the standard...

Complete Mini-Megadungeon

Just in time for DMs day, here’s my present to all you hard working, handsome, and under-appreciated DMs out there in internet-land.  With all 14+ levels of the Mini-Megadungeon are complete, I went ahead and bundled all of the relevant posts into a single PDF document for ease of...

Megadungeon Bonus Post: More Secrets

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the dungeon… When I run this dungeon, the entrance looks like this*.  There is a narrow path up to the left side of the mouth shaped cavern that leads down to the dungeon proper. Even after carving up that amazing...

From the Archives – Free 3rd Edition D&D Module

Way back in the height of the days of third edition and the OGL, I wrote a short series of modules suitable for use with first level characters.  This series was intended to fill the gap in first level adventures left by most publishers.  It was also a way...

Charging For the Use of Rods, Staves, and Wands

The concept of ‘charges’ for rods, staves, and wands has never really sat well with me.  It makes sense from a play standpoint; it limits the power of otherwise game-breaking magic items, and it fits well with the sub-game of logistic optimization.  The need for players to balance out...

Roll All the Dice – Starting Equipment

Whereas; Purchasing equipment for those first level D&D characters is sometimes a tedious exercise in juggling weight and cost and when can we just get to the dungeon already, Whereas; Most of a character’s generation is already random, Whereas; Choosing the right niche item “just in case we meet...

Tyranny of Dragons – The Boneyard

A running tally of those heroes fallen in their quest to prevent Faerun’s Cult of the Dragon from ushering in a new dark age by summoning the dread god Tiamat. Raane, half-elf illusionist – fell from the walls of Greenest Keep while attempting to sneak out to save The...

Tyranny of Dragons – Vengeance and Death

With apologies for the cell phone pic. When last we left our band of plucky heroes, they had captured the leader of the attack on Greenest, the mad cleric Frulam Mondath.  A quick scan of his office revealed a significant intelligence coup; the group had discovered marching order to...

Tyranny of Dragons Actual Plays

As I’ve mentioned before, one advantage to playing a pre-packaged rpg campaign is the opportunity it opens up to swap war stories with fellow players who have been through the same meat-grinder. Also mentioned repeatedly has been my group’s adventures, mis- and otherwise, along the Tyranny of Dragons campaign....

Campaign Creation – Inspirational Shortcuts and Political Mnemonics

Chris, over at the Hill Cantons has a great post up about Special Snowflakes.  Really inspirational stuff.  Those of you who run games should take the three minutes to read it, if you haven’t already.  he’s quite the muse, that one.  Make sure to stick around for the comments...