My man Brian Fitzpatrick is seeking some balance between 5E (and 4E’s) at-will damaging cantrips and the poor wizard of yesteryear who would cast sleep and then beg the party to do the same so… Read More »Alternate Cantrips in 5th edition (Guest post by William C. Pfaff)
Anybody used to playing older versions of D&D (pre-4e) is probably wondering what the heck an Insight check is. Imagine for a moment that your PC is interacting with a NPC and you want to… Read More »Revisiting the Past: Insight Checks in OSR
Way back when the world was flat and I was playing 1e AD&D in the mid 1980s, a book came out that threw a number of monkey wrenches into our nice, ordered existence… Unearthed Arcana.… Read More »Revisiting the Past: Why Cantrips Bug Me in 5e
When I started playing D&D in 1982, we were young, naive, and enthusiastic. We took on every dungeon with glee and even fought a few major figures like Orcus and Tiamat as I recall. But… Read More »Revisiting the Past: The Old School Mindset and Roll-Playing
Last week I had the opportunity to get into a chat with my good friend Mike. I played as part of Mike’s group for a few years in a couple of campaigns. The first one… Read More »Pondering What It Means to Be Old School
Whether you go with analog randomizers such as physical dice or coins or their digital counterparts, I’ve been fascinated by the flexibility of the traditional random table. Ever since reading Appendix A: Random Dungeon Generation… Read More »A Random Start To Random Dungeon Design
Sure, I know we all like going with simple combat cues sometimes. I’ve been playing a ton of 4th edition D&D and my Fighter relies on moves like “Shield Feint” and “Tide of Iron” and… Read More »Want to earn some Brownie Points with your GM?