For a game that coined the term “Three Pillars”, 5e sure loves to let folks ignore two of them. The exploration pillar, while not outright ignored like the roleplay pillar, doesn’t get a lot of love when compared to the combat pillar. There’s a bit about tracking overland movement in the DMG that’s pretty good,Continue reading “Outlanders & Explorers: 5e”
SR-16, author of previously reviewed Space Street, reached out to me a little bit ago with an essay they put together analyzing a trend in indie RPGs on Itch. They focus on one of their games that followed it, where it went wrong, and another similar game that did it right (by someone else). WhileContinue reading “SR-16 Retrospective on Indie Games”
Soapbox time. An ongoing gripe of mine, is the seemingly constant confusion around what good, godliness, and gods mean in D&D. See, many folks assume D&D works like Christianity, and the only difference is God is now the gods. The gods made the world, people who do good things get to go to a GoodContinue reading “Goodliness, Godliness, and Dragons”
I mention that I often run 3.5 games, and we have reached an era where I can’t just assume everyone has played before. This leads to interesting conversations with folks who hear about the cool stuff I’m talking about and want to try it themselves. 3e is also notorious for DMs with reams and reamsContinue reading “3.5 House Rules”
I took a long time to come around on the idea of props in a TTRPG session. I’m talking probably decades. Coins are one that I’ve been very drawn to the last few years, and the Coins of the Ancient’s series are some of my favorites. This is the second pack I’ve gotten, after backingContinue reading “Coins of the Ancients: Solomon’s Pentacles”
A lot of players may not realize this, unless they are playing a druid, or someone with polymorph, but 5e has a problem. DMs who do a lot of world building know it, and once I point it out, it will drive you up a wall. The Beast type is nonsensical, and if you makeContinue reading “The Beast Type”
Another Table Thoughts, this time about running TTRPGs in established IPs without feeling like you are second fiddle.
Some thoughts on a common, challenging player type, and advice for DMs and players on how to approach it. #TTRPG