Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hand-Crafted DM’s Screen, in Plastic

This story is actually back from 2010, but I didn’t learn about it until now. Silverblade the Ench crafted a spectacular DM’s screen (and carryall) in plastic, and shared the plans out as well. I still prefer posterboard, but this … Continue reading

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The Coolest City I’ve Never Seen

There seems to be a very cool game (and fantasy city) in French, although I haven’t read it yet. Wastburg, as described on Le Cyberespace de Jérôme Darmont. Originally a novel of roguish fantasy (a la Fritz Lieber’s Lankhmar, apparently) … Continue reading

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City Geomorphs

When one is creating a city for roleplaying, one usually has to do it himself. There are some programs out there that are getting better, but none that do the job as far as I’m concerned. Lankhmar, the City of … Continue reading

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Making Your Own Miniatures for Online Games

I used to customize and paint miniatures, and I still have a few of my favorites around here, but that takes a lot of time and money, and I don’t have either any more. And since I’m going to be … Continue reading

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Christmas Present Idea: Japanese Toys and D&D

There’s a great article by Tony DiTerlizzi on the origins of several weird D&D monsters, which began life as cheap Japanese plastic toys. Based on those toys, Gary Gygax made up the Carrion Crawler, Umber Hulk, Rust Monster, and Purple … Continue reading

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Hero Forge Custom Miniatures

A friend steered me to Hero Forge, a Kickstarted miniatures company that allows you to design your own character and then order a 3d printed version in ultra detailed hard plastic. They are available in 30 mm ($25), 3″ tall … Continue reading

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Alignment Descriptions in the Pathfinder D20PFSRD

I have been spending a lot of time reading about alignments. One of the places I looked was http://www.d20pfsrd.com/alignment-description/additional-rules. The top section isn’t very specific, and not very useful. It then mentions the Baby Orc problem, but doesn’t add a … Continue reading

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Glorion from Journeyquest

Since I’m talking about paladins and alignment, I should mention Glorion. Fantastic character! My favorite bit is Roderick the Gargoyle though (starts at 8:27).

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Good is not Stupid: The Orc Baby Dilemma

Spoony calls this the “Prisoner Dilemma,” the idea that the adventurers encounter an orc village, kill the warriors, and then are left with the problem of whether or not to kill orc women, children, and babies. The orcs fail their … Continue reading

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Good is not Stupid: On Killing Captives in RPGs

Our party fought three witches and their zombie servants. The witches had a very large pot in which were boiling pieces of dead elf. During the fight, the witches (1) put one of the human party members to sleep and … Continue reading

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