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Defining Character

Every RPG struggles with how best to allow players to tell the story of the characters, both their origin or backstory and their ongoing story as they advance in power through accomplishments.

October 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

One-Hour Gaming and the Path to Constructive Response

In edition changes we see approval or rejection of our own interests – even though the designers clearly aren’t writing the edition for or against any one of us. And, can D&D really provide a complete experience in one hour?

October 12, 2015

Basic Damage

Can the 1977 Basic D&D boxed set actually be more confusing that OD&D? Yes, it sure is! Find out what has aged poorly as our group continues playing through the editions.

October 12, 2015

ODnD and the Challenge of Pleasing Everyone, Part 1

Our second session of OD&D takes us deep into the game’s first TSR adventure: Temple of the Frog. Sometimes we can’t even get into the rooms!

October 12, 2015

From OD&D to Playtesting New Editions… and Back Again

When I can’t tell my gaming group that I secretly playtested the upcoming version of D&D, I do the next best thing: I run them through the editions, starting with the grandaddy OD&D. The result blows our minds.

October 12, 2015

ODnD and the Challenge of Pleasing Everyone, Part 2

In OD&D a greatsword and a chair do the same damage, the best defense against trolls is a mule, and you heal 1 hit point every other day. And we still have fun.

October 12, 2015

Gen Con 2011 Report – New Products

Gen Con 2011 was filled with exciting D&D products.

October 11, 2015

Another Age Begins

Gone for 14 years, the Dark Sun setting finally returns for 4E! I look back at what brought it back and defend the need for canon in campaign settings.

October 2, 2015