The Gassy Gnoll: Celebrating Independence (or Why Aren’t There Fireworks in Fantasy RPGs?)

The Gassy Gnoll is about to go to the mountains for a few days, but he’s spent some time wondering about independence lately. Here in the US many folks are planning to launch fireworks (unless there’s a fire ban, which we’re under in my state). Basically this involves launching some sort of explosive into the . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Celebrating Independence (or Why Aren’t There Fireworks in Fantasy RPGs?)

Supplement Review: 3 Generations After The End from Gamer Assembly

Do we as a species have a morbid fascination with the end of the world? Even if we don’t, nothing lasts forever and some kind of end awaits us at some random point in the future. Whether you believe it to be plague, pestilence, fire, war, zombies, or the eventual destruction of Earth when the . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: 3 Generations After The End from Gamer Assembly

Supplement Review: The Defenders of Midgard (4e) by Richard Green & Brian Liberge from Open Design

Sure, I read tons of articles and books for RPGs across the spectrum of theme, setting, and system, but for the last couple of years I’ve mostly been playing D&D 4e. And though I love everything from Open Design/Kobold Press, most of the Midgard-based resources have been based on the Pathfinder RPG (and would likely . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: The Defenders of Midgard (4e) by Richard Green & Brian Liberge from Open Design

The Gassy Gnoll: Returning to the Fold… (Or “What I did on my holiday break…”)

Here we are at January 14th and I am still attempting to gather my wits as I go back to work after a long overdue break. Suffice it to say, I don’t have an article today.

So instead of apologizing for what was a fantastic vacation, let me focus on a few of the things . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Returning to the Fold… (Or “What I did on my holiday break…”)

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

How . . . → Read More: Ten Links in the Chain: Gaming Links (29-DEC-2012)

Ten Links in the Chain: Gaming Links (24-NOV-2012)

Welcome to the next chapter of the Friday Knight News, arranged a bit differently.

This week, as you might have guessed from not seeing a post on Friday, the weekly news post was pushed from Friday to Saturday. I took Friday off to enjoy with my family and get my ducks in a row after . . . → Read More: Ten Links in the Chain: Gaming Links (24-NOV-2012)

The Gassy Gnoll: Shifting Magical Paradigms Without a Clutch

Last week the Gassy Gnoll asked why 4e spell powers are so cut and dried. This week he wants to throw the D&D magic system out the window in favor of something much more open…

Right now you create a wizard, pick a few powers, and run. All the powers work generally the same, using . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Shifting Magical Paradigms Without a Clutch

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

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: Welcome to the Nevish College of Magical Studies

Founded nearly 75 years ago, the Nevish College of Magical Studies (simply called “Nevishes” for short) was founded by Bindly Nevish, an illusionist who grew tired of teaching apprentices one at a time. Far too often, apprentices would only last a few months under his tutelage and choose to abandon their studies. This meant Nevish . . . → Read More: Game Fodder: Welcome to the Nevish College of Magical Studies

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