Posts Tagged ‘Dungeons and Dragons’

5e Encounters Per Level

Posted on August 31st, 2015 under . Posted by

Every edition has a different experience requirement per level and a different amount of experience gained per monster killed. However, these are just numbers and don’t really have much significance individually. What players are really concerned with is how many monsters do they have to kill to gain a level. 4e had an interesting approach, […]

Good Old Games

Posted on August 31st, 2015 under . Posted by

I just recently discovered Good Old Games (, thanks to a post from PC Gamer describing how GOG just saved 13 Forgotten Realms games from licensing hell. I was already aware of Steam, Beamdog, and similar sites. But somehow GOG passed under my radar. Aside from being 100% DRM-free (no copy protection or online requirements), […]

Running an Impromptu Game

Posted on August 20th, 2015 under . Posted by

In an earlier post, I made a comment that “Even without any books or materials, I probably could have managed an impromptu game with just some six-sided dice, pencils and paper”. That may sound like just so much noise, but I firmly believe that you can run a simplified game without any materials whatsoever, other […]

Do You Tell People That You Play D&D?

Posted on August 20th, 2015 under . Posted by

This 4th of July, I went to a family reunion where I overheard a few relatives talking about games. A few mentioned that they would like to play D&D sometime. I had the impression that none of them had ever played before, nor knew anyone who did. It was a perfect opportunity to offer to […]

Donjon – RPG Utilities Website

Posted on August 10th, 2015 under . Posted by

I recently lost my favorites list and have been working on recreating it. Fortunately, I had most of these sites listed in my Links section. But I was horrified to discover that one of my favorite sites wasn’t listed there and I was racking my brain trying to remember the address. I got lucky and […]

Weapon Cards

Posted on August 8th, 2015 under . Posted by

This isn’t a new idea. You’ve probably seen these yourself either online or at gaming stores. But, if you are like most people, you probably never considered just making them yourself. I want to say that they are easy and fun to make, and once you start you’ll never want to stop. Sample Image Taken […]


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The Halfling finally found the keys….

Dungeon Calling: The Forgotten Realms Rabbithole

Posted on August 7th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Dungeon Calling: The Forgotten Realms Rabbithole

So we’re a few weeks into our Mines of Phandelvar adventure and I wanted to make a small sidetrek, partly because I want to leave a few weeks gap between adventures and write ups so that my players don’t get the adventure spoiled and partly because something has been bugging me right from the start, the Forgotten Realms.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against the Forgotten Realms as a setting, it has become the de facto standard for Dungeons and Dragons for many years, even way back in mid-nineties when my previous D&D sessions where in full swing, the Forgotten Realms where still the primary setting that TSR focused on. While it was true that TSR supported a veritable menagerie of settings, the Realms always received top billing.
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5e Starter Set

Posted on August 7th, 2015 under . Posted by

The 5e Starter Set is an introductory level, boxed set containing everything a group needs to learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons. The MSRP is $19.99. Currently, it is listed on Amazon for $12.99, which I believe is what I paid a year ago. The set includes a 32-page rulebook, a 64-page adventure booklet, […]

Scalable Spells

Posted on August 6th, 2015 under . Posted by

I think this is a fantastic idea! In fact, if I’m allowed to toot my own horn a bit, this is something that I came up with myself quite some time ago. I’m very pleased to see that WotC designers came up with something so close to what I use in my own game. Previously, […]


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The Elves Enter The Well Of Dragons through the Goblin Gate

Princess of the Apocalypse

Posted on August 5th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Dungeons and Dragons – I wrapped up the last of the Princes of the Apocalypse models I’ve been working on for a client. These were really fun models to paint and the feedback I’ve gotten from them so far has been really positive. 
I was cons…

Golden God

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Dungeons and Dragons – I’m just about done with the second Prince of the Apocalypse. The feedback from my client has been extremely positive. It’s been tricky getting the highlights where I want them using all metallics paints and washes but I’m happy …


Posted on July 31st, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

A table for creating interesting powers that can be granted by magical artifacts.

Differences Between 1st and 2nd Edition AD&D

Posted on July 30th, 2015 under . Posted by

I was looking something up for another article and somehow got routed to a wiki page on the history of D&D editions. I had seen it before, but in scrolling through it I got caught up in their list of the differences between 1e and 2e D&D. I’ve been asked before what those differences were […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted on July 27th, 2015 under . Posted by

5e took some great ideas, implemented them well, and came up with a wonderful game. They had some other ideas that weren’t implemented so well, that imo fell flat on their face. Then there were other ideas that made me wonder “What were they thinking?”. Backgrounds Chapter Four starts out talking about character details: name, […]

5e Classes

Posted on July 26th, 2015 under . Posted by

I’ve told you all how pleased I am with 5e. Now it’s time to start picking on the things I don’t care for so much. The top of the list for me is definitely Classes. I’ve never been a fan of class bloat. That’s probably because I don’t see class as the defining aspect of […]

Advantage / Disadvantage

Posted on July 25th, 2015 under . Posted by

Once again I’m quite late to the party, but I wanted to say how impressed I am with 5e’s new Advantage / Disadvantage mechanism. With all my tinkering over the years, I’m a bit surprised that nothing like it ever occurred to me. What Is It? Simply put, when you have advantage or disadvantage you […]


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Twenty Suggestions For Altars to Stock Your Dungeon, Temple, or Ruins.


Posted on July 19th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

The Savage Coast is an area under the Red Curse,.

There can be only one … Single Source Lighting

Posted on July 14th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Dungeons and Dragons – I’ve made some significant progress on this Princes of the Apocalypse commission I’m working on. The nature god is just about done. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out so far. The fluorescent paints and interesting to…

Dungeon Calling: The First Adventure

Posted on July 14th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Dungeons and Dragons Cragmaw Goblins

In last week’s Dungeon Calling I wrote about how I was making a return to Dungeon’s and Dragons with the new Starter Set. I must admit I was equally excited and nervous about returning to roleplaying games; it used to be one of my favourite hobbies and I was scared to see how the two new players would take to it, especially as one was my wife and had voiced some apprehension about the process.

We played the first session of The Lost Mine of Phandelver, the Cragmaw Goblins. I am going to try and keep spoilers to a minimum but there is a good chance I may spoil some of the Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set for you so if you plan on playing it, you have been warned.
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On the painting table … Gods of DnD part 2

Posted on July 8th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Dungeons and Dragons – My work on these three gods is progressing slightly slower than I’d like. I’ve been doing research on different OSL lighting techniques and have several techniques that I think will work well with what I’m trying to achieve…


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Sage Advice: How to Gensai, Mounts using Disengage, and Disarming!

Dungeon Calling: Returning to Dungeons & Dragons

Posted on July 5th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Dungeon Calling: Returning to Dungeons & Dragons

It has been 15 years since I last played a roleplaying game and around 17 years since I last played Dungeons and Dragons, but this weekend I’m dusting off the dice, hunting down my favourite dungeon master’s screen and poring over monster stats, as this weekend I will be returning to one of the games that marked the start of my journey into gaming, Dungeons and Dragons.
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