Proving Grounds serve as the testing beds for new technology. Ours contains in-progress works, partially finished ideas, incomplete subsystems, along with reviews and evaluations of products, both my own and others.
Orrinyath’s Guide to Dinosaurs is the final in this series of Chamomile’s guides to everything. This is the guidebook to Dragons, obviously, but also sorcerer’s and even more Kaiju. I’m using a hard copy for the review with screenshots cropped from the pdf (with permission). You can pick one up at Drivethrough or itch, inContinue reading “Orrinyath’s Guide to Dragons: Review”
Occasionally a tabletop role playing game will appear out of nowhere and immediately distance itself from its peers. Today’s review, Overlight, is perhaps the quintessential example of unconventional fantasy. It has been sitting on the back burner of my review schedule for some time, yet never out of mind. Today is the day to getContinue reading “Overlight: Review”
Hexcrawls are having a huge comeback now-a-days, thanks to the OSR movement, and 5e’s general embrace of editions older than 3e (something WoTC had not previously done). When people talk about fantasy epics, the journey into the unknown is one of the biggest drivers there is. People like the idea of being frontier folk, outContinue reading “Expeditions: 5e House Rules”
A bit ago, I showcased some small changes you can make to a bard to step up their game some. That’s all well and good for groups who prefer minimal house rules for their games, but some groups are more open to fuller changes. The Different Bard is a full replacement for the core bardContinue reading “A Different Bard”
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”
When you think of horror and role-playing games, I bet one of the first thoughts that come to mind center around the likes of cosmic horror, made popular by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Titles like Call of Cthulhu have ascended from cult status to nearly the gold standard of horror RPGs despite being aContinue reading “Alien the Roleplaying Game Review”