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: 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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Supplement Review: Fantasy Maps by Maciej Zagorski from The Forge Studios

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a fan of maps. Dungeon maps. World maps. Town maps. Whatever it may be, I’m probably going to go over it with a fine-toothed comb looking for inspiration for a plot, world, or character. Even the smallest maps can offer shiny nuggets to inspire me . . . → Read More: Supplement Review: Fantasy Maps by Maciej Zagorski from The Forge Studios

The Gassy Gnoll: Mapping Ancient Influences

This article – Seven Maps That Prove History Is Forever – at of all places Business Insider this past week made me completely rethink how I use maps in world design. Traditionally I start the old fashioned way when designing a world by sketching out the shape of a continent or a few continents. Add . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Mapping Ancient Influences

The Gassy Gnoll: Mapping Player and GM Worlds

Ok. Next time you get a chance to experiment a bit with your gaming group, I’d like you to try this… Have the GM draw a map of the world and then have each player draw a map of the world. Want to bet they look a wee bit different?

Gassy Gnoll

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Ten Links in the Chain: Gaming Links – 10-MAR-2013

Wow it’s been a rough few weeks. Sick for a week. Traveling for work for a week. And came home with a cold for a week. I’d say it was time for the madness to end, but soccer season is starting for my wife and daughters so there’s no chance of that for a while. . . . → Read More: Ten Links in the Chain: Gaming Links – 10-MAR-2013

The Gassy Gnoll: Five (Very Abstract) Rooms

So Johnn Four’s “Five Room Dungeon” concept has been out in the ether for a while now and I’ve recently been toying with drawing some dungeon maps in the Dyson Logos style… (You’ll see a bit more of these drawings in a future post.) But it got me thinking about some of the ways that . . . → Read More: The Gassy Gnoll: Five (Very Abstract) Rooms

Adventure Review: Illfrost: Bondage by Don Pritchett & Tom Flowers from Illusionary Press

It’s cold in Lannithir and the Ice Duke only wants to make it colder. The world of the Illfrost campaign, created by Don Pritchett & Tom Flowers for Illusionary Press, offers dangers both familiar and unfamiliar along the road from level 1 to level 30 in D&D 4e. But don’t let the fact that Illfrost: . . . → Read More: Adventure Review: Illfrost: Bondage by Don Pritchett & Tom Flowers from Illusionary Press

Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 14-SEP-2012

Is it just me or does my week often feel like I’m trapped in a Daffy Duck cartoon? I suspect I’ve ho ha ha guarded myself into a few issues without too much trouble.

Daffy Duck: [using his quarterstaff] Ho! Ha ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust! [hits log with staff, causing it . . . → Read More: Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 14-SEP-2012

Tools Review: Printing on Vinyl from Banners On The Cheap

Sometimes good things come from strange directions. When I was contacted by Nathan @ Banners on the Cheap, it was originally through my Moebius Adventures publishing house (which is more of a ramshackle shed falling down in my back yard these days), but I was intrigued. This company is offering amazingly low prices on some . . . → Read More: Tools Review: Printing on Vinyl from Banners On The Cheap

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