Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – A review

Every year, I buy myself a gift for my birthday, and this year I picked up Tasha's Guide as a pre-order. Little did I know when I clicked the button to pay that I would have to wait an extra two-ish weeks for my book to arrive - apparently this is a thing that happens … Continue reading Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything – A review

Dungeons & Dragons & Discord

As part of the RPG Writer Workshop, I had to playtest my adventure to see if it survived contact with the enemy players.I also didn't want to spend money and time learning a new system, when I have other things to be getting on with - writing and parenting and so forth. That ruled out … Continue reading Dungeons & Dragons & Discord

Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Doomguard

The Doomguard, also known as the Sinkers, are warriors of entropy, seeking to speed up inevitable collapse into chaos or ruin. They represent an ideology of the Negative Energy Plane and it's quasi-planes Ash, Dust, Salt and Vacuum - whilst focus on causing entropy in all forms, others seek to protect its cause and will … Continue reading Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Doomguard

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest V – Inspiration and destiny

Basically a way to redo the Inspiration mechanic, this also gives a crunchy outcome to fulfilling a roleplaying goal throughout a game, as well as an easier way to adjudicate the gaining of Inspiration. First of all, let's take a quick look at how Inspiration is flavoured here - you can use it to give … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest V – Inspiration and destiny

RPGs that influenced me III – D&D 3e/3.5e

Oh boy, here comes a potentially long post... D&D 3e is the RPG I cut my teeth on.I played this during school lunch breaks, during weekends and after school with friends, playing marathon sessions over the holidays, in the tabletop gaming club at university, into well after 4th edition was released.It's probably what I base … Continue reading RPGs that influenced me III – D&D 3e/3.5e

Roll for shoes

I recently came across the micro-RPG Roll for Shoes in a post on Reddit (which I've subsequently lost).To put it plainly, this game seems amazing to me, and I want to play it as soon as possible. I can see it working the best for a convention game, though I'd also like to see how … Continue reading Roll for shoes

Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Getting started

Following on from a couple of different posts a while ago on building Sigil's Factions in to D&D 5e, I'm going to take another crack at it as an ongoing series, this time with a bit of an overview of each Faction but focusing much more on the new rules I've built than the old … Continue reading Basher’s Guide to Sigil’s Factions – Getting started

State of Republic

So, a long, long time ago, when I lived in a different country that's not so far away, I wrote a post about running a D&D game in a Roman-style Republic. I've referenced it a few times in recent months. That last one is probably where this new idea was formed. There, and with my … Continue reading State of Republic

FantasyCraft and DM advice

So I just discovered the gem that is FantasyCraft and... Wow, yeah. This is how I wanted to play D&D back during 3rd edition. It really is my dungeon, my dragon, my way with this book.Damn. Now if only I'd owned this fifteen years ago. I think I even saw one in the wild once, … Continue reading FantasyCraft and DM advice

On nonsensical magical snakes and other creatures

I'm told there's a new monster in the Tome of Beasts 2 from Kobold Press called a 'Snake with a Hundred Mage Hands'.And now there's got to be at least one of these creatures in all of my homebrew settings, right? After Eberron's Living Spell monsters, that idea for a snake is hands down my … Continue reading On nonsensical magical snakes and other creatures

RPGs that influenced me II – Alternity

I'd been playing some D&D 2e for a while, and I knew that 3e was on the horizon. In the meantime, something popped up online from TSR that piqued my interest.I'd played Warhammer and 40K for years at this point, so seeing a sci-fi roleplaying game, I wanted to see what new fun things I … Continue reading RPGs that influenced me II – Alternity

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest IV – Druid

No sooner had I started work on the Rogue playtest than the Druid document dropped as well - so we're on to the Druid. The quick skim has it being pretty druid-y. I like some of the blurbs on different kinds of druids and the suggestion of finding the reason your character became a druid … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest IV – Druid

Halloween Special

Well, tonight is Halloween so I thought I'd write up something about it. I think we're all pretty familiar with the monsters and scares and stuff as a Halloween trope, but I wanted to look a bit more into what else is going on with this day of the year, where it came from, and … Continue reading Halloween Special

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest III – Rogue

Well I was waiting for the next package to drop, but like a fool I was waiting on the LevelUp5e homepage rather than digging around - I missed it by weeks. Probably need to update that guys! So this package is the Rogue class. First thoughts - it's a lot shorter than the Fighter document. … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest III – Rogue

More site changes and a new challenge

If you've been paying attention to my site for a while, you might have seen a couple of tweaks recently. Here's what's changed. I've added a Resources section. I'm going to use this area for my Appendix ï section, a collection of links to great resources, and a new Downloads section.The downloads are a work … Continue reading More site changes and a new challenge

RPGs that influenced me – DnD 2e

For this series, I'm taking another cue from Dungeons and Possums. I'll be going through a few different games I've owned, played, or read and feel had an impact on me and my games going forward from then. I've said before how I got into roleplaying - at lunchtimes during school, we sat down and … Continue reading RPGs that influenced me – DnD 2e

Ginnungagap – a game of twenty questions

Another chance to flesh out one of my settings. This time we're a mercenary, somewhere on Midgard. Let's go to the Ginnungagap! What is the deal with my cleric's religion?You worship all the Gods, but one more than others - you know the sacred rites of Odin or Loki better than those of the other … Continue reading Ginnungagap – a game of twenty questions

More work on the Hollow World

Let's take a look at where the Hollow World is going. First of all, if there are disparate cultures loosely based on various real-world cultures, how are they interacting in such a way that a party could include members from all across the Hollow World?Well, the simple answer is trade routes and crossroads, and the … Continue reading More work on the Hollow World

Revisiting the DMG in 2020 – Flavours of Fantasy

As a sort of follow up to my post reviewing 5e after half a decade in print, this is a series that takes a look at parts of the DMG in 2020. I cracked open my physical copy of the Dungeon Master's Guide recently. It doesn't see a lot of use - I'd been running … Continue reading Revisiting the DMG in 2020 – Flavours of Fantasy

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest II – Fighter

The second playtest packet for the LevelUp 5e project is up - this time we've moved from the changes to heritages and on to changes to classes - this has the first ten levels of the fighter in. First impressions - I've seen some of this stuff before in the Tome of Battle, the supplement … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest II – Fighter