Heroic Demolition

What is it about heroes and leaving a wake of destruction in their path? Watch any comic book movie and I swear that the cost of property damage has to tick upwards every time there’s a fight. And how many lives are lost in those same battles?

I’ve played in more than a few campaigns . . . → Read More: Heroic Demolition

The Gassy Gnoll: The Smell of Magic in 5e

Even as this Gassy Gnoll gets excited about diving headlong into the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook, I struggle mightily with the balance between low level wizards and damage capability that I’ve seen even with the Starter Set and online PDF of the 5e rules. And I’m not a system guy, so bear . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Smell of Magic in 5e

The Gassy Gnoll: Fireball, Fireball, Fireball!

Why do I feel like the Most Interesting Man in the World this week? (Thank you Dos Equis.) Might it be that I started playing a new wizard in 4e D&D last weekend and the first spell I selected was Fireball?

What is it about Fireball that makes it the “must have” spell in D&D? . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Fireball, Fireball, Fireball!

The Gassy Gnoll: When Did It Become Us vs. Them?

Recently I was introduced to the idea of a “DM Kill Board” where DMs or GMs could jot down the particulars surrounding the death of a PC. Level and class details are intermixed along with the circumstances of the death. And I can’t help but be a little weirded out by this trend.

When did . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: When Did It Become Us vs. Them?

The Gassy Gnoll: Some Hard Decisions

We’re all struggling with something. Usually multiple somethings. And usually we keep on keepin’ on simply because there’s no way to stop.

Image Credit: Waving White Flag Clip Art from Vector.me (by nicubunu)

I’m not depressed. I’m not sick. I’m not helpless. I’m just overwhelmed these days. Family. Friends. Writing. Staying healthy. It all . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Some Hard Decisions

The Gassy Gnoll: State Your Intentions

When you begin a new tabletop RPG gaming experience, whether it’s a new campaign with new characters, adding a new player to the scene, or new characters to familiar worlds… what are your intentions? Do you even wonder?

If that seems a curious question, it very well might be. It’s not something I’ve pondered until . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: State Your Intentions

The Gassy Gnoll: Gamer Mind as Strange Cesspool of Correlation

It should come as no surprise to anybody that my mind is crowded with tidbits (some useful, most not) from all the parts of my life. Movie quotes compete with song snippets, which fight for dominance with the useless trivia department, strange analyses nobody needs, and the ever present random firing neuron. There are days . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Gamer Mind as Strange Cesspool of Correlation

The Gassy Gnoll: Learning to Embrace My Fickle Dice

The Gassy Gnoll is of Irish descent. (With a name like Fitzpatrick, it’s probably not shocking!) But he’s not the luckiest bastard on the planet and is often quoted as saying “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” (Which is actually a quote he stole from his father, who probably . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Learning to Embrace My Fickle Dice

The Gassy Gnoll: Ideas Blown On The Winter Wind

As this Gassy Gnoll sits in his home in Colorado today hiding from a biting wind and below freezing temperatures, he wondered at the winter weather. Beyond the Frozen Wind adventure from Rite Publishing and Jonathan McAnulty, he can’t recall any adventures that really dealt with the cold wind at all. Taking shelter from a . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Ideas Blown On The Winter Wind

The Gassy Gnoll: The Importance of Quiet

Recently I had an opportunity to watch The Last Samurai on television and came to an interesting conclusion… Though we often focus on the loud and flashy aspects of gaming, such as combat, magic, and monsters, there are other moments in-between that we should also focus on. Character relationships, both within the party and outside, . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Importance of Quiet

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