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Slimes: Cooler than you might think

(note: when reading this article, the advice herein applies equally to oozes, jellies, in addition to the titular slimes, though I won’t always call it out in the article, so as not to be repetitious.) When most people hear the ...
D&D 5eHistory of the Classes

The Warlord Class, Part Five

I’d been thinking this was the week for Unearthed Arcana’s artificer class. It turns out that despite living in Georgia, where it is cool, gray, and rainy, heavy snow in Washington can keep WotC folks out of their offices and ...
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Theatre of the Mind Vs Grid-based combat

The eternal conflict… Will you play using Theatre of the Mind (TotM), or by using a grid to better symbolize movement? There are mixed opinions about both of them, and I have my very own one. So, before we start ...
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What Dungeon Designers can learn from “Bomb Chicken”

(Author’s note: this article is going to be somewhat different than my normal articles, being both gameplay review and interesting design features that GMs / dungeon designers can use in their games. To be fair, I did not actually play ...
Campaign TrailClassesWild West

Cardslinger Roguish Archetype (D&D 5e)

This week on the Campaign Trail I decided to build out a new archetype for the rogue that would be a good fit for a steampunk, wild west or any setting where people play card games. Playing cards started coming ...
13th AgeHistory of the Classes

The Warlord Class, Part Four

I wound up not finding anything I wanted to pair with the 13th Age commander class for today’s article, but at the same time… there’s enough meat to justify deep coverage. If you’ll open your Book of Common Prayer System ...
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Roleplaying Religions Right – Part 3

For the most part, religions and belief systems are things we experience as a mostly passive participant in their development in our daily lives. Many of us are indoctrinated into a religion or belief system from an early age, partaking ...
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Duels that are Fun for Everyone at the Table

Running Duels | Wizard Duels (Coming Soon) Duels are arranged combat between two people, usually with matched weapons, in accordance with agreed-upon rules. The gauntlet has been thrown and now it is time to run single combat (or a duel) ...
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Star Frontiers / D&D 5e Conversion Complete

Many many years ago, I put these articles together for running Star Frontiers, and now I want to brush the dust them off and put them back into play. There were 6 parts in total that I had published here.  ...
D&D 4eHistory of the Classes

The Warlord Class, Part Three

Now we come to the edition in which this class’s name finally matches the title of the series. It’s not the first class to change names edition-by-edition – in fact, of the four earliest classes, only the cleric still goes ...