Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest XIII – Cleric

I may have been a bit lax keeping up with the playtest bundles for April, but there's also been a lot more of them. So another burst of comparisons are coming your way over the next couple of weeks! Unlucky 13 brings us the Cleric. Let's see what changes have been made. Things that stay … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest XIII – Cleric

Kickstarter – a look at Scroll.io

In something of a first for me, I have to point out at the start here that I've been paid to talk about this Kickstarter project by its creator, but I was assured that I could write what I liked about it, criticisms and all.So, yeah, I guess you can keep that in mind if … Continue reading Kickstarter – a look at Scroll.io

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest IXa – Warlord archetypes

As promised, let's look at the warlord archetypes. The Gambling General is a go big or go home sort. Daring Commander at level 3 gives options of Daring Assault or Daring Charge.Daring Assult lets allies in the Commanding Presence roll attacks with a -5 penalty in return for a potential bonus 2d6 damage (going up … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest IXa – Warlord archetypes

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest IX – Warlord

It's finally time to go beyond levels 1-10, and with a new class no less! The Warlord is a new build of the 4e core class of the same name. That class was a fighter who could buff their allies in a similar way to bards but without magic, and had some cool battlefield control … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest IX – Warlord

Thoughts on the RPG Writer Workshop

For the month of November in 2020, I took part in the RPG Writer Workshop. For thirty days, I focused my creative energies of building, writing, testing and eventually releasing an RPG product into the world. (Find it here now, half price for December!) I'll be writing a couple of posts soon that focus more … Continue reading Thoughts on the RPG Writer Workshop

Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VI – Sorcerer

Due to my various commitments during November (check my adventure out, on half-price sale now!), this one is a bit late, and the next playtest packet, the Ranger, is out as well. I'll have my review of that up shortly. So what's going on with the Sorcerer? Things that stay the same up to level … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VI – Sorcerer

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

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

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

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

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

Old Stuff – Farewell to Fear

You may remember during RPGaDay2020 that I mentioned I had a copy of Farewell to Fear. It's a really great looking game, and I can't praise Machine Age Productions enough for it, and for all their other work - notably #iHunt and Maschine Zeit.Check out their stuff here on itch.io.This is originally published 4th May … Continue reading Old Stuff – Farewell to Fear

Old Stuff – Review of The Game Master by Tobiah Panshin

Another Troll in the Corner article, this one from 26th January 2012. Appears as one of the reviews on the download link below, but of course it's not accessible anymore, so here it is. Again, reads pretty academically to me now, so apologies for that.I'll have to try and contact Tobiah and get the link … Continue reading Old Stuff – Review of The Game Master by Tobiah Panshin

The Tao of Bill Murray – for gamers

For my birthday last year, I got given a copy of the Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards. It's a great book filled with a lot of stories and short anecdotes about people meeting Bill Murray, compiled from lots of different sources, and basically spanning most of his career. It's a really great read. … Continue reading The Tao of Bill Murray – for gamers