Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VII – Ranger

Time for the Ranger to get the LevelUp 5e treatment. I mentioned in the Druid post that I'll be looking at similarities between some of the abilities, since thematically a few of them seemed good to cross over. Things that stay the same up to level 10:Natural Explorer and Favoured Enemy at level 1 (though … Continue reading Thoughts on the LevelUp 5e Playtest VII – Ranger

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

Tout’s Guide to Sigil – Welcome to the Cage

Sigil. Yes with a hard G.City of Doors, on account of all the portals.The Cage, on account of... well, most people have a theory. Welcome, you poor Clueless sod, to this grand city of mine, this jewel in the crown of the multiverse, this little slice of heaven and hell of your choosing .Mind out … Continue reading Tout’s Guide to Sigil – Welcome to the Cage

OneNote and Dragons

I've been trying out a couple of different digital options to organise my ideas. I started writing this post back in September and now I'm not so sure about using OneNote going forward.However, here's my current thoughts and feelings. First of all, Microsoft OneNote was very easy to dip into and try out, unlike a … Continue reading OneNote and Dragons

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

How to DM

At the end of November, I ran across this tweet by Alyssa Visscher. This is, I think, exactly the reason it took me years to pick up the Dungeon Master's Guide - I already knew the contents after years of playing these games, so why bother with this product? In the end, the main reasons … Continue reading How to DM

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