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Why the DnD5E DM Screen is Almost Perfect (perfect is impossible, BTW)

Tweet I just opened my DnD5E Dungneon Master’s Screen, and I am delighted. This is by far the closest a preprinted GM screen can come to perfect. The perfect GM screen would include information about the PCs, like weaknesses or disadvantages, but that’s impossible for a preprinted screen, of course. Why is it so good? Here’s why: Random NPC Tables The left-most panel of the DM side of the screen contains about the most useful information a GM can have at-a-glance. It features five random tables for fleshing out NPCs. Your players meet a shopkeeper and they start up conversation with a poor bloke who doesn’t even have a name. No problem. These five table will give you a fleshed out PC with a few dice rolls. These tables give you a randomized version of the PC background … Read entire article »

Filed under: Misc, Reviews

The Rogue’s Share

Tweet In the second half of my last article I explained why giving the rogue “weaponized ability checks” would be a bad idea. Basically you’re forcing the DM to choose between allowing all characters to attempt these actions (thereby making the rogue’s special abilities meaningless), or allowing only rogues to attempt these actions (thereby stifling player creativity). It’s kind of setting up a lose/lose situation. To understand what I mean fully you should really go ahead and read the article. I’ll wait. Back? Alright then. Let’s continue. The latest D&D Next playtest packet (released December 17th, 2012) gave rogues a new class feature called Skill Tricks. These allow a rogue character to spend a skill die[¹] when making an ability check that uses a skill they are trained in to gain an effect above … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alternate Views, Opinion

Expect the potential for another D&D Next rant…

Tweet All righty then. I know I promised an article about adapting the three tier result mechanic of Apocalypse World style games to the Savage Worlds system, but that’ll just have to wait. It’s time for another D&D Next rant. I’m obviously a masochist because I can’t stop reading the development articles on the WotC site, despite knowing they’ll just send me into a mouth-frothing, crimson-visioned, RPG fanboy rage. Here we go. Stop wasting my time! Mike Mearls started his “Class Design Concepts” Legends & Lore article (published on 12/3/12) with this little gem: Overall, we had a slight downturn in satisfaction with the latest packet. We expected the potential for a drop in happiness, as we knew we were pushing things a bit with the rogue’s role in combat and the number of spells available to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alternate Views, Opinion

Why I Don’t Believe in Wizards Anymore

Tweet I’ll admit that I didn’t really care all that much when Wizards of the Coast announced  the 5th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons game back in January of this year. I’d already fallen in love with other systems (especially the new World of Darkness), and D&D just didn’t really do it for me anymore. I don’t dislike the game (except for 4th edition which felt like a glorified tabletop miniatures wargame to me) and I understand that Dungeons & Dragons is the “face” of role playing, both for the business side of things as well as those outside the hobby. Dungeons & Dragons is also considered by many, including myself, to be the “gateway” to role playing games, thanks to the organized play programs Wizards runs. However, if D&D Next turns out to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion, Reviews

Demi-human (Non)Diversity

Tweet Update: This article was cited in an online petition to Wizards of the Coast asking  for more gender and ethnic diversity in the figures depicted in the artwork for D&D Next. The petition, created by Josh Fox, asks for a minimum of 50% of people shown to be female, a minimum of 20% of people shown to be “non-white”, and for Wizards to remove the text specifically describing demi-humans as being exclusively “pale-skinned”. You can sign the petition here: D&D Should Be For Everyone, Not Just White Men, which I would encourage everyone to do. Note: This article does relate to role-playing. First though, I feel it’s necessary to share a bit of my personal background to provide some context to this article. I’ll try to keep it short. I and my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alternate Views, General Gaming, Opinion