Over in the OSR GAMING forums, Teaman decided to share a really cool picture of Gary Gygax he did with watercolors. I think he did a great job of capturing his likeness and his smile. Rest in Peace Gary!
Well, I caught the last half hour of the live feed from GenCon 2012, about what they will do with DND and what to expect. Good news did come out, that they will release previous editions.. in electronic media format. This could mean a few things. One, PDF’s again, two, Maybe POD or three a
After reading through the DND Next or 5e, as some call it, I am getting a bit disappointed in the material. Why? Well, the most I can say is I am not happy in the direct the character creation is going. I do think the characters will be getting a little too powerful at the lower levels. There
So today the next round of D&D next came shooting into my email. I quickly downloaded it before all the geeks could jump on it and overload the server. It downloaded quickly (good job WOTC). Opened it up and it was interesting to see it went from the fancy play test stuff to basic words
So I got the email, everyone in the D&D world has been waiting for today. The play test of D&D Next email in my inbox at 930am CST. Of Course clicking on the link, resulted in nothing but a long hang time until it gave me can not open message. Apparently Wizards screwed up on
Today, I had a chance to chat with Bruce Heard from TSR’s past for the Save or Die Podcast. We chatted about how he got into gaming. His story about getting into gaming and finally working for TSR was quite interesting. During the interview, we also chatted about Mystara, and one of my favorite box sets,
Today I was looking through some prices on amazon.com for 1e books. What did I notice since the announcement of the 1E reprints by WOTC? Prices on the rise, I mean like outrageous prices. Not only that, but used book prices are pushing up. After hearing from various people there used book orders had been
Today I grabbed a copy of l5r 2e, for $3. The gm and players guide. I’ve played this edition of the game, but I am sure its similar to 3E and 4e for that matter. I’ve always enjoyed the Oriental Adventures book from AD&D 1e, and glad this whole thing kind of spawned out of
As of recent I have been looking over some old games from the ’80s and noticed a pattern. A pattern we all used in the games and we took for granted, and more then like fudged numbers or just picked it. What is it you say? Well random rolls for character generation. I am talking
In efforts to make the Mazes and Perils free clone rpg noticed, I’ve decided to start making up new monsters for use with the game. Of course this monster can be used with any fantasy edition of gaming. Reanimated Hand Move: 120’/turn*Alignment: lawful EvilHit Dice: 7Attacks: Slam or TrampleSpecial: See belowArmor Class: 2Damage: 1-8 or 1-10Treasure
I was looking up show notes for RFI and stumbled across this one in an old dragon magazine (40), and was considering it for one of my games. Crossbow of Multiplication. May be either light or heavy, and uses the range of fire of the proper class. However, the weapon creates its own bolts. These
Since people can’t seem to understand this….”how can a pokemon be used as creatures for your custom world?” I went a head and picked a random creature card, and designed one based on the picture and what it says. I came up with a new monster. Of course you can change the picture to make it look a
I was sitting around readings some posts today while I was snowed in today, here in PA. When a buddy of mine from a group I played in long ago, sends me an email. Asking me, since I am so involved with the OSR, podcasting and running a forums, ” Isn’t 3E (not 3.5E) considered old
Happened to hear the other day on Howard Stern that the preview of the movie was out, and it could be found on youtube.com. So I went and looked it up, and watched it a few times. The trailer is interesting, it shows all the characters they promised with all the same actors.. well Edward
Today, a friend of mine asked me, why do you like playing AD&D so much? Everytime we want to play a game, you said 1E [OSRIC]? I’ve included OSRIC, because I like playing it as well. My answer is, that AD&D brings me back to a time of gaming, where it was fun. Where I
Not sure if too many of you know, but I live in the state of PA. In fact, I live right in the area of PA that the floods happened. The greatest flooding since 1972, called Hurricane Agnes. This time Tropical Storm Lee took out the area. The rivers rose as the rain came down,
First off let me start by saying PDF’s at the game table is very very useful. I know, I know, damn kids and their new technology! But hear me out first on this, why its so great. 1. You can easily search for things in a pdf, because most readers have a find function, and
Someone said to me the other day, what do you think about XX edition of D&D, or what do you think about playing this… Well, I decided to post up how I feel, based on the Core books.. #1: 1e. It was fun, still is fun, has just enough rules to give you rules, but
So I stumbled across this today when looking for some artwork for my game. A Jim Holloway Art on a t-shirt. To be precise, the artwork from B4: The Lost City! The site is done by the artist himself, so if you wanted to know if your shirt was legal. The answer is yes! OK
Bonus Points are a reward given by the GM to Players for in-game and out-of-game achievements. Bonus Points are rewarded at the discretion of the GM, and should be given out very rarely. Normally a GM would give these points out to players that go above and beyond the call. Such as excellent roleplaying, figuring out a
A simple answer has been found, and Lego is your answer. Yes, Lego! Lego has come up with this really cool mini rpg game called Heroica. Its a simple lego build board, with various challenges on the board, such as monsters, rocks, and gold. The game has one 6 sided die, that shows combat, movement
If you, yourself, think its weird, then you are ready. ….think about it…. I know I will…..
So check this out, this is normally what happens in a game session, between players and a DM. Doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens to DM’s that often like to creature their own magic, instead of following a module. DM: The passageway continues another 60′ south. Following it, you come to a T-junction,
Happy Birthday, with out this man, we would not have the great stories and myths we have today. Like him or not, this man knew how to write.
Well last night, I was sitting around, thinking of ways to design a cool game for my group. A thought came across my mind, after running my mini-adventure at gencon. A little bit of Sci-fi added to the game could be awesome, as I made up an item on the fly for the game to
So I’ve finally found a source to print out some quality GM screens. I have a friend working on a kick ass art for the panels, while I am designing the inside. Once I get it in, I will take some pictures and see who wants to buy one.
Many have wondered in forums and even asked me, How can I get my players more involved in some roleplaying, instead of just having that generic dungeon crawl with Bob the fighter. Method 1: Gold! Players love gold. Plain and simple. Its the reason most players use for their characters to be questing. So why
There was an interesting quesiton brought up in the osrgaming.org forums about Cleric spells. The question asked was Do they (Clerics) automatically know all spells for the level they are, but only can cast what the memorize? Or are they like magic users and have to copy from scrolls or the like? Interesting question. Now, we
So people have asked, “What’s the best thing to run at a convention, that will fit into a 2 to 4 hour time slot, and not run over the time slot or leave the players with no end.” Simple Answer. One Page Dungeons. There is various contests on the web, called one page dungeon design
So as it stands, the last episode or session for the Quest for the Book of Sorrows actual play campaign has been recorded. It’s been a fun run, but all good things have to end at some point. Personally, I’d like to continue this game, with these characters. I know quite a few people will
This is topic that often leads to me getting annoyed, but hey it needs to be covered. Should a DM have a screen in front of them to hide their notes and rolls? I favor yes. But let’s first cover the reasoning behind the people who don’t use a screen, and I notice people do
Here is a topic that comes close to everyone’s heart while gaming, their dice and how they are treated. Now I’ve been gaming a many of years and never once did I ever feel the need to follow such steps or be this protective of my dice. Yes, there are people who are very protective
OK, well I am back, decided to focus on my new IT job to get into the swing of things and then come back posting like a madman! Anyhow….Passing notes.. This is a great tool a DM can use during their game, this not only can be used to keep a group focused, it can