Ten Links in the Chain: Gaming Links (29-DEC-2012)

Time for another links collection before the end of the year!

This group is all about gaming – from new twists on rules or creatures to worldbuilding, random tables, and more. The RPG blogging community is truly a cornucopia of strange and wonderful content, wouldn’t you agree?

1. The Mysteries of Inspiration and Improvisation

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Supplement Review: Divine Favor: The Paladin (PFRPG) by Stefen Styrsky for Open Design

Paladins were always a bit of a strange beast when I was playing a ton of D&D as a kid. The idea of a “holy warrior” who exists as the embodiment of law and goodness was nice and all, but very difficult to play – especially when you’re a “tween” exploring the concepts of true . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Divine Favor: The Paladin (PFRPG) by Stefen Styrsky for Open Design

Supplement Review: Midgard Campaign Setting by Wolfgang Baur and the Open Design team, Part 2

Slowly I’m working my way through my review pile… But one book I started recently is going to require a few trips before I’m done. (For part 1 of the review, check here.) The Midgard Campaign Setting is not just a lengthy tome detailing the various corners of a flat world populated by myths and . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Midgard Campaign Setting by Wolfgang Baur and the Open Design team, Part 2

The Gassy Gnoll: Making Magic Missile Mine

The Gassy Gnoll is not a huge fan of magic users. Fireball sounds great in theory until you smell all that singed hair. But *his* alter ego has always enjoyed playing wizards ever since starting to play D&D back in 1982. [Shudder.] And though I may be a bit gray at the muzzle, but that . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Making Magic Missile Mine

Supplement Review: Divine Favor: The Druid by Stefen Styrsky from Open Design

Druids. I tried to play one in the last D&D 3.5e campaign I was in, but it never clicked with me. I couldn’t shake the feeling that a druid should be more of a solitary “keeper of the grove” kind of character for some reason.

But recently I was introduced to the Iron Druid series . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Divine Favor: The Druid by Stefen Styrsky from Open Design

Supplement Review: Alleys of Zobeck by Ben McFarland and Open Design

Weren’t Zobeck’s city streets full enough already? I mean… when I reviewed Streets of Zobeck back in July, I mentioned that it was dark and dangerous. I might have also mentioned that in most of the adventures, it was more about who you knew as PCs rather than what they knew (though knowing things about . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Alleys of Zobeck by Ben McFarland and Open Design

Supplement Review: The Complete Advanced Feats by Sigfried Trent from Open Design

Since late 2010, I’ve reviewed four of the books in Sigfried Trent’s Advanced Feats from Open Design – The Inquisitor’s Edge, Visions of the Oracle, The Cavalier’s Creed, and The Summoner’s Circle. Each book follows the same pattern, offering a set of feats fitting a particular theme and a few character builds showing how some . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: The Complete Advanced Feats by Sigfried Trent from Open Design

Book Review: Advanced Feats: The Inquisitor’s Edge by Sigfried Trent and Open Design

The Spanish Inquisition. Not a good time to be suspected of anything, whether you voiced doubts about the Catholic Church or political targets of the era. When the Inquisitors came calling on your town, you could expect some pain and suffering before they were through.

I have to say I was a little surprised to . . . → Read More: Book Review: Advanced Feats: The Inquisitor’s Edge by Sigfried Trent and Open Design

Book Review: Visions of the Oracle by Sigfried Trent (Open Design)

What is an oracle? An oracle, whether discussing it in terms of religion or mythology, is a person or group who can tell the future. Sometimes this was through connection to a deity, the cosmos, or some other magical interpretation. The Oracle at Delphi is the one that most often comes to mind, otherwise known . . . → Read More: Book Review: Visions of the Oracle by Sigfried Trent (Open Design)

Book Review: Advanced Feats: The Cavalier’s Creed by Sigfried Trent of Open Design

When I was new to roleplaying and Dungeons & Dragons, I scrimped and saved to pile enough gold together to purchase my books. All of the beautiful TSR books of the mid-1980s were worth it, from the Dungeon Master’s Guide and Player’s Handbook to books like the Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, and Deities and Demigods. . . . → Read More: Book Review: Advanced Feats: The Cavalier’s Creed by Sigfried Trent of Open Design

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