Category Archives: Dungeons and Dragons

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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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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John Eric Holmes (1930-2010), Confessions of a Dungeon Master (1980)

It just came to my attention that it is impossible to find this article any more. It appeared in Psychology Today back in 1980, and the only way to get it is to go to the Microforms. The digital version … Continue reading

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5th Level at Last!

So at last Alessandro i Maldolen, my high elven mage, has reached 5th level in Pathfinder. Fireballs and Lightning Bolts at last! But when I look at the Fireball spell, it seems that Pathfinder has nerfed it. The radius is … Continue reading

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Chess is not a RPG

John Wick wrote a great blog recently on roleplaying vs. wargaming, or as he phrased it, story-telling vs. gun porn. His primary argument is that, “In a roleplaying game, game balance does not matter.” What he seems to mean by … Continue reading

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Iron Rations in D&D & Pathfinder

D&D used to differentiate between trail rations and iron rations. The term “iron rations” dates from 1876, but it seems to have come to mean emergency military rations in the First World War. Both the Germans and English had iron … Continue reading

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DnD 5e

First, let me point out that DnD usage has now outstripped D&D. DnD 5e gets 5.98 million hits on Google, while D&D 5e gets only 2.66 million. Blame Wizards of the Coast, as they spell it that way too at … Continue reading

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