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: 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.

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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: 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: Top 10 Quick Gift Ideas for Gamers

The Gassy Gnoll is in full holiday insanity mode here at Gnoll Central, which means he’s thinking about what gifts to pick up for his fuzzy loved ones, what’s on his wish list, and who the heck he should “give” the business end of a polearm, axe, or sword the next time he sees them. . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Top 10 Quick Gift Ideas for Gamers

The Gassy Gnoll: A Cult Above

Recently I was chatting with a friend of mine (hey Mike!) and the topic of cults came up. Yes, we have strange conversations. But it made me wonder about them in gaming terms. Should I be using them more often? How are they used well? And how should they be used?

What is a cult? . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: A Cult Above

The Gassy Gnoll: Being Thankful for RPGs

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As Thanksgiving approaches us here in the United States, this Gassy Gnoll was moved to determine how he was thankful for role-playing games in his life over the last three plus decades.

Five Reasons I Give Thanks to Role-playing Games Friends. From the very first time I played 1e Dungeons & Dragons back in 1982 . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Being Thankful for RPGs

The Gassy Gnoll: The Fyne Arte of Assassination in Politicks (RPG Blog Carnival)

Hear ye, hear ye! The King is dead! Long live the King!

(This is my contribution to Mike & Liz’s November RPG Blog Carnival topic over at Nearly Enough Dice (great podcast btw!)… Gunpowder, Treason, and Plots! I have to say I’m not a huge fan of gunpowder in fantasy RPGs (though I think they’re . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: The Fyne Arte of Assassination in Politicks (RPG Blog Carnival)

The Gassy Gnoll: Gaming with the Kids (Teach Your Kids to Game Week)

The Gassy Gnoll sometimes loses track of time. You know how it is. The world just keeps spinning, we get locked into our little routines, and forget to do the simple things. Like spending time with the mini-Gnolls.

Well, this week is “Teach Your Kids to Game Week” – and like any good geek dad, . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Gaming with the Kids (Teach Your Kids to Game Week)

The Gassy Gnoll: Delving Into Another Man’s Dungeons…

The Gassy Gnoll has a bone to pick with dungeon designers. It’s a metaphorical bone and largely a point of inquisitiveness more than anything else because he loves a good dungeon map as much as the next guy. But who builds these things? Who maintains them? Who lives there? Curious gnolls want to know!

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