Despite Electronic Arts, the gaming company behind 2017's much anticipated Star Wars:Battlefront 2 video game, going out of their way in sabotaging their own product through such blunders as garnering accolades as the most downgraded comment in Reddit history ever, claiming Star Wars fans have no desire to see a pink Darth Vader, losing over … Continue reading Star Wars BattleFront 2 – 5E Class Archetypes
In a previous post I began a discussion on how you can add a little more detail to the traditional city guard or police force in your fantasy campaigns. I talked about the various commanding bodies as to who may be in charge of these fantasy law forces. In this post I delve a little … Continue reading DMing a Fantasy Police Force – Part II – Composition
This months Unearthed Arcana dealt with Fiendish options for PCs as well as NPC cultists. Some excellent tiefling variants were offered up but as a DM I was personally slightly more intrigued by the Diabolical Cults section of the material because it has some nice flavor and mechanical benefits to monsters useful to throw at … Continue reading Archfey Cultist Options
Rather than simply having 'a demon' possess an NPC, I thought it might be interesting to give that demon a specific personality similar to real-world traditions. I also thought that these may be nice little markers that perceptive players can pick up on and deduce, without arcane or divine means, that a certain NPC is more than meets the eye.
As a DM, fantasy police forces, or as they typically come under their more common guise as city watches, offer a great way to mitigate more impulsive players and subtlety guide PC behavior. However, why not go a little further when it comes to fleshing out your own personal fantasy police force and truly make them a vital part of your campaign?
So I finally got a chance the other day to read through The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan in Tales from the Yawning Portal, and I must say I was thoroughly satisfied with the self-imposed wait. Over the years I've seen the evocative cover of the legendary AD&D mod, but never got a chance to flip … Continue reading Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan – Then (AD&D) & Now (5e)
*Note: My friend Victor headed out to GenCon for the first time this year. The following sums up his experience at the Con, which remarkable, sounds a lot like my first time... Gen Con 50 the first sold out Gen Con, so large that it was impossible to do or see everything in 4 days … Continue reading GenCon 50 – An Unexpected Business Lesson (Guest Blog)
Running a D&D game with a fair amount of intrigue has always been a particular DM goal of mine. In preparation for a new campaign, I decided to take a slightly different approach in implementing this concept.
Roughly two minutes into my second (ever) game of Warhammer 40K, another player decided to have his character pull out a space gun and shoot mine in the face... Twenty minutes later, the GM decided to mention, rather casually, 'x-card's' were fully operation at his table. Thank goodness for that! If you're not familiar with … Continue reading The (Unfortunate) Myth of The X-Card
It happens to the best groups, it happens to the worst groups- eventually every Gaming crew has a loss of a player or two, or three or, even all of them. It can be a tough thing even assembling enough players at a table on a regular basis, but once a solid and reliable group … Continue reading Player Loss / Opportunity