System Agnostic: The Ring of Vainglory (Magical Item)

The Ring of Vainglory (usually -falsely- referred to as a Ring of Courage) is a intricate, looping band of platinum set with beautiful obsidian inserts. Even without knowledge of its magical nature, the ring is an stunning work of art made by a master craftsman that could fetch a high price upon the open market.

A Closer Look at the Cartography of Christopher West

“Chris West loves gaming and expresses that love with an artist’s eye. Luckily for gamers, he shares that eye with the rest of us.”

Back in the olden days of roleplaying, maps were crude scribblings on graph paper, dictated to the players by the Dungeon Master. Mapping caverns by hand gave you a feeling of exploration; you used your imagination to fill in the details of the surroundings that the DM described. Unfortunately, not everyone at the table imagined those details the same way.

Arguments were common about who was where, what was in the room and how close that ogre was to the brazier full of hot coals. Savvy DMs and players slipped around the arguments and kept the game moving, but it was always the most frustrating part of a session. There are times that I miss those days, mostly for the nostalgia of making due with what we had. Well, the day has finally come where we don’t have to make due. We have Christopher West.

Aquatic Talk with DM’s Block

TL;DR: If you’re reading this column, you’ll want to listen to this pod.

This week I sit down with DM Mitch and DM Chris from the Dungeon Master’s Block podcast to talk about everything both roleplyaing and aquatic. If you aren’t familiar with this terrific podcast, the DM’s Block discusses the ins and outs of running RPGs for new and old gamers alike. I started gaming circa 1977 and I find new ideas and reminders of the coolest older ideas in every episode. When I approached the guys about focusing on the how’s and why’s of aquatic campaigns, they were all-in.