Musing on my gaming schedule

Some time has passed since I sat down to take stock of my current calendar of games. I thought I might as well write it down here, for ease of finding it later if nothing else… Current Life As a professional adult, I travel for work fairly frequently, though not overwhelmingly so — about one […]

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Dwarves & Dweomers Campaign Review

In parallel with my campaigns based on official adventures from Wizards of the Coast, I also spent most of the year running a campaign for friends based loosely on the world of Dwarf Fortress. (This was the same group of friends in the Weyward Scions campaign, plus one addition.) This post consists of two parts: […]

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Out of the Abyss campaign review

I recently concluded two long-running campaigns, both of which started in late 2017. After some reflection and discussion with the players, I realized that I could extract some lessons to improve my future role-playing games. This post isn’t really a review of the source material, just an overview of what I learned from running this campaign. […]

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Shatterspike in 5e

Introduction In Sunless Citadel, one of the major pieces of loot is a magic weapon called Shatterspike. It has a special ability that doesn’t necessarily translate well into Fifth Edition without a bit of extra thought. In this post, I’m going to take a look at the guidance we have and how I have decided to handle […]

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Five points for great D&D players

After reading Tips to be a great D&D player by James Introcaso, I thought I’d expand on it with a few thoughts of my own. His post is really helpful though, and you should definitely read it as it’s quite comprehensive. I view all of this from the perspective of someone who mostly considers himself a […]

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Thieves’ Tools and Lockpicking

Normally, I don’t really have to deal with rules at a detailed level. As the DM, everything in the rulebooks and subsequent clarifications from the authors are still just guidelines, and I can make a call and run with it. Similarly, when I play in other people’s games, I try really hard to rein in […]

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