Tag: tabletop

Two Year Anniversary!

Image: My hilarious mug and a reader-made, 3D printed, “Heavy Metal GM” D20. Jeff, this is the most amazing thing someone I barely know has ever done for me, thank you so much!   Up early on a Sunday, that’s the kind of guy…

Allegorical Gaming: Weighing Reason

Analyze how some degree of understanding about human reason is important to build an RPG campaign as an allegory.

Campaign Prep: Trial of the Iron Bear Part 2

Image credit: Forgotten Realms Wikia   Breaking the entire document up by session, here is part 2 of my Trial of the Iron Bear; an adventure that I created for my ongoing 13th Age campaign. In addition, I updated the part 1 comments, as there…

Campaign Prep: Trial of the Iron Bear Part 1

Image Source: Eric Belisle Hey folks! At the bottom of the article is a PDF, a piece of my reference notes for my Saturday 13th Age game. At the time of this adventure, the party was comprised of six 7th level characters, with an incremental…

Ald Sotha: A Change in Format!

Image: Legion of Urguan from Lord of the Craft. I had adopted this as the crest of Ald Sotha, years before I started this blog!   Hey everyone! So I’ve been thinking about this Ald Sotha camapaign a lot during the unintentional break my…

Equally Surprised

Image source: Bugbear Surprise by Akeiron (Deviant Art)   The GM of any game is often painted like this evil mastermind that has control over a character’s entire life. Whether they’re cruel, merciful, destructive, or kooky, GMs have this sort of divine air about…

The Group That Never Meets

“It’s like herding cats,” is the best description I’ve ever heard of being a GM. Your player characters have their own free will and spontaneous thoughts, trying to get them to go somewhere can be a challenge without forcing them to do so. But…

Dragon Empire: Eld

There is not even one sentence about this place in the book, and it’s made my imagination run wild with what it could be. Eld is this little region at the bottom of the map, sandwiched between the mystery of what’s beyond the Dragon…

Grounded Feet

Photo source: Pigs With Crayons   What’s the most common thing you see in an adventurer’s background? Killed parents? Lived off the land until they decided to adventure? Refugee from a fallen city? Players are incredibly good at giving their characters nothing to latch onto….

Total Rickall Card Game Review

It seemed a little odd at first, but crazy Grandpa Rick wrote the number six on the wall and you only conviniently noticed it now. Turns out the house has been infected by brain parasites and th number was so that he could remember…

Icons and Conditions Review

Not too long ago now, John W.S. Marvin over at Dread Unicorn Games released a book called Gods and Icons. It’s a supplement for 13th Age RPG with a myriad of new Icons, class abilities, player races, and to augment it all, player races. Well, Mr. Marvin…

Themed Battles

image: Cover art of Pelgrane Press’ Battle Scenes: High Magic and Low Cunning   Carefully picking monsters for your encounters can do wonders for the theme and feeling of them. Whether it’s a fight with a hundred copies of one enemy, or a mixed…

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