I’ve been able to cobble together a group of players who have never played any pencil and paper RPGs, but have expressed an interest in learning. So I decided to let them cut their teeth on that timeless dungeon crawl, The Keep on the Borderlands. After some digging, I found some 3.5 conversion notes for … More Keep on the Borderlands Session #1, in which our intrepid heroes make it to the keep, and not much else.
Does anyone else do this? I’m pretty sure I picked this tip up in a Dragon magazine several years ago and I’ve been using it ever since. My players always seem to enjoy it as well. Oh yeah, I guess I should probably explain what it is I’m talking about. This is something that I … More Getting in to Character: Roleplaying Warm-Ups
For a long time now, there has been a lot of discussion about the scalability of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and the Pathfinder rules, and I feel like the argument of Linear Fighters vs. Quadratic Wizards sums the technical side of this discussion up nicely. Moreover, I know that I have always enjoyed both playing and … More Hitting the Sweet Spot: Does E6 “Fix” 3.5?
I think verisimilitude is one of the most important parts of any fantasy setting. Regardless of other elements, no matter how fantastic or mundane, the world should feel like a real place. One of the best ways I’ve found to give a fictional setting this kind of feeling is to incorporate a few fantastical creatures … More World Design: Indigenous Monsters
My Life in Pencil and Paper RPGs. I really enjoyed reading this. It brought back memories of my grade school friends and I playing the old, basic, “red box” Dungeons and Dragons in my tree house (yes, I actually had a tree house). Those first dungeons were just rectangles connected by hallways on sheets of … More Repost, with commentary: “My Life in Pencil and Paper RPGs”
Once upon a time, I created a campaign world for Dungeons and Dragons where there were no elves; they had retreated from the world of men. Ostensibly I did this because they realized that men were not responsible enough to wield the secret magics they possessed and blah blah blah… I really did it because … More Rant: The Trouble With Elves