Pimp My Ride, Holy Knight Edition

So often as a knight, you may find yourself with a loyal steed to ride confidently into combat. Depending on your size, you’ll probably choose one of the many horses available in the lands you may find yourself adventuring across. In the Mazes & Perils Deluxe book, there are a few types you might find: Light…

Levels of Play Detail

As you may have noticed in the last few posts, I’ve been hinting at the different levels of detail and how they may come into play at the game table. Some folks tend to focus on things at a very high level and others like lots of detail and focus on the ‘why’ behind things.…

Feats of Athletics (or Traps) in Game Worlds

This weekend I was watching the CrossFit Games Regional competitions – mostly the South contests, but a little of the Pacific and California ones too. If you have never seen a crossfit workout, it usually combines Olympic lifting and gymnastics moves with the intent of improving whole-body movement and capability. During the competition this weekend…

Denizens in the Dark

We’ve talked a bit about the physical properties of dungeons, but what happens when we need to populate those structures with inhabitants? Last week I brought up the idea of the original “purpose” for the dungeon and I’d like to expand on that a little. Let’s take the history of an old dungeon as an example……

Where did that come from? (Item ownership)

Every item in a game world has a story. Sure, it might not be an exciting story, but it has a story. And when you go to a blacksmith or a “general store” you have a great opportunity to use an item’s story to help inspire plots in the world – or at the very…

A Random Start To Random Dungeon Design

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 in the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide way back in the early 1980s, I was hooked. And I didn’t really realize how…

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