Asymmetrical D&D: Ravenloft-ish
A work-in-progress look at one potential solution to run an asymmetrical D&D 5e game with local and remote players who are on vastly different time zones.
RPGification (Super) Smashes Back
A look at the last entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, and how it uses several traditional RPG elements to tremendous effect.
Feedback Debt in Tabletop Games
Way back in September 2017, I wrote about technical debt and why it matters for tabletop design and play. While I remain happy with this piece, I’m disappointed in myself for not writing the necessary follow-up sooner. In a lot ...
5e Magic Item Patterns for Alternate Crafting: the Bags
A look at alternate crafting patterns for four magical bags found in 5e. This continues the alternate crafting series for all 5e SRD magic items.
Thanksgiving Treats for 5e
Happy American Thanksgiving! Holidays are a magical experience. Fights break out with your racist family members. You cry over childhood trauma. Your family sits awkwardly with your aunt’s eighth husband and act like he’ll stick this time, while already forgetting ...
Slashers, Cults, and Unseen Terror
A look at Halloween, Halloween 3, what they have in common, and how to use both as a model for you tabletop roleplaying games.
Five Magic Items with Spooky ATOMBments
A look at five magic items for use with D&D 5e that require something more than a standard attunement slot. Also, it's October so they are spooky!
How Do We Define Character Success?
As one might suspect when taking care of a tiny new human, I do not have a lot of time to actively run and play tabletop games, at the moment. When I’m not making sure my children don’t wander into ...
5e Magic Item Patterns for Alternate Crafting: The A’s
Alright, here we go. We’re back, and we’re finishing up all the rest of the SRD A’s for magic items. It’s a long list, covering a lot of very cool items. As before, I include my notes as to my ...
5e Magic Item Patterns for Alternate Crafting: The Strange and ...
As it turns out, I was a liar last week when I said I would finish the A’s this week. Not because I just didn’t finish the A’s, either. Instead, I realize legendary, game-altering, strange items are still waiting for ...