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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 »

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Some Dumb Questions About Pathfinder

Tweet I walked out of the FLGS last weekend without a copy of the Pathfinder core book. That’s the third time I’ve seriously considered buying the game but left the store without it. The most common reason? There’s been a Hero System or GURPS title at my FLGS that I really wanted. But there are other reasons for my hesitation as well. I’ve only played two editions of DnD: 4th Edition and 1st Edition ADnD.  I moved on to other games by the time 2nd Edition came out, and I’d stopped gaming by the time 3rd Edition hit the market. Like many gamers who moved on to GURPS or Hero, I have some issues with the system with regard to how armor works, enormous hit point counts, etc. At high levels specifically, combats feel … Read entire article »

Filed under: General Gaming

DnD4e to GURPS: some on-line resources.

Tweet I’m reworking my fantasy campaign, called Eldemy, for GURPS. The game started in DnD 4th Edition. One of the stumbling blocks I’ve encountered is the lack of a Monster Manual-type product for GURPS. DnD4E has three volumes of monsters (at last count), and since the next part of my campaign happens in an area very similar to DnD’s Elemental Chaos, I need a lot of strange creatures to populate my new plane. Some of you might say, “just make the monsters you need. It’s GURPS — you can do anything.” Yes, I could make all of my monsters, and were I younger with more time, I would do just that (and relish the opportunity). But with time constraints being what they are, I rather not recreate what someone else has already created … Read entire article »

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Yet Another Blog Post on the Mearls Column

Tweet In case this is the only RPG blog you read, go here and read Mike Mearls call for peace in the DnD edition war. There are all kinds of people giving their take on this — some are Zero-Edition players, 3.5/Pathfinder players, etc. All of the discussion has been very DnD-centric, of course. Mearls’ column is very DnD-centric, of course. Since I’m not DnD-centric, and Happy Jacks isn’t DnD-centric, and Doucheydm isn’t DnD-centric, I’m not quite sure why I care… The True Cost of the Edition War Unlike most bloggers, I can’t read Mearls’ mind, so I can only guess at his motives — and I’m guessing the edition wars have hurt WotC’s market share in the RPG market, and they are ready to play nice. How do I guess this? Here’s how: Several months … Read entire article »

Filed under: General Gaming, RPG Industry BS