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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I only know one way to love things.

I only know one way to love things: throw myself into completely, maybe even obsessively. That has an obvious dark side to it: at some point, I often tire of the thing and cast it aside, at least temporarily, once I’ve finished devouring it intellectually. I crave that sense of newness, of exploration. (Earlier in life, I feared […]

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Text-based RPG campaign ideas

I have difficulty finding time to play RPGs lately due to other obligations (family, work, etc.) While I like solo play, that provides a different sort of experience altogether. Roll20 presents an interesting alternative, but most folks want to play with voice chat, and that creates more real-life conflicts because my house is generally noisy except […]

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Play options in 2016

I didn’t actually play much D&D during most of 2015 for various reasons. This year, I want to do a lot more of that. So I started thinking about how I can do that in ways that work for my life: father of older children, a relatively demanding job with intermittent travel, social anxiety that sometimes […]

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