Supplement Review: d30 Sandbox Companion by Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr. for New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

It’s been a long while now since I GM’ed regularly, but when I did I tended towards big, wide-open sandbox campaigns. Sometimes it got me into trouble as a GM where the players would get carried away, but usually I had an amazing amount of fun trying to figure out how to react to the . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: d30 Sandbox Companion by Richard J. LeBlanc, Jr. for New Big Dragon Games Unlimited

The Gassy Gnoll: Musically Inspired Stories

Last weekend this Gassy Gnoll caught up on the latest Dr. Who episode – “The Rings of Akehaten” – I was struck by how well a plot based around music soothing the savage beast worked. In the episode, a religious order was formed to continually sing a series of soothing melodies to keep an old . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Musically Inspired Stories

Game Fodder: Journey of the Sword – A Bit of Magic

Congratulations, you have a sword! You’ve transformed a lump of shiny rock into a weapon of slash destruction. Sword in hand, your PCs and NPCs are ready to charge off into battle, right? Or did you want to imbue the weapon with a bit of magic? (For the article on forging check here; on smelting . . . → Read More: Game Fodder: Journey of the Sword – A Bit of Magic

Game Fodder: Journey of the Sword – Into the Fire (I’m Smelting!!)

Continuing the journey of the sword, we follow the ore from the ground to… the furnace. It can’t be used in its current form, trapped within dirt, stone, and other impurities. So it must be converted into a form that the blacksmith can then melt into various designs to produce the tools and weapons we’re . . . → Read More: Game Fodder: Journey of the Sword – Into the Fire (I’m Smelting!!)

Interview: Christina Stiles, Lead Designer on Open Design’s Journeys to the West for Midgard

Ahhhh. I love that new project smell, don’t you?

When I saw that Open Design was doing a Kickstarter project for their new Midgard project – Journeys to the West: Fantastic Voyages in the Western Ocean – I got a little giddy. I’ve been a fan of all the Midgard-themed books so far and have . . . → Read More: Interview: Christina Stiles, Lead Designer on Open Design’s Journeys to the West for Midgard

The Gassy Gnoll: Recycling In Your Campaigns

This Gassy Gnoll is not exactly a tree hugger, but I do try to help out the environment whenever I can. At my house we recycle newspaper, plastic, cans, and try to reuse as many things as we can. Boxes, mailers, scrap paper, grocery bags, and so on are ripe for reuse here… But I . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Recycling In Your Campaigns

Book Review: Streets of Zobeck by Ben McFarland and Open Design

In a fantasy setting, you’re in a few general places – either above ground or below it, in a crowded place bustling with life or an old place with the scent of decay and death. One of my characters (my escaped slave rogue) preferred walls to trees any day of the week, yet many other . . . → Read More: Book Review: Streets of Zobeck by Ben McFarland and Open Design

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