Turning a TPK Lemon Into PC Lemonade

So, I killed a party. We were running Curse of Strahd, and they stumbled into a vampire nest at 3rd level, and it was literally a bloodbath. Technically, it wasn’t a TPK; three PCs died and the other two fled. The point being, it was effectively a campaign ender. I walked away from the table frustrated

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Appendix A is Awesome!

I am starting a new campaign, and I am having too much fun with Appendix A in the Dungeon Master’s Guide. For those who don’t have the book, Appendix A is a series of tables that allow for the creation of a random dungeon. It’s not the first such tool to ever exist, but I

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The Official-ish Answer to the Sentinel Problem

What’s the best way to spend a Sunday morning? Annoying the designers of D&D. But I have an excuse: I reealllyy needed an answer to this one. I give you: The Official-ish answer to the Sentinel Problem. The short version: Sentinel triggers after the triggering attack resolves. Which makes a lot of sense. I mean,

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[Trans]Gen[der] Con

So, this is an interesting time to be an out and proud trans woman attending Gen Con. For those of your not keeping up: there have been some incredibly gender progressive things happening in a couple of major game systems lately. First is the fantastically progressive gender entry in the new D&D Player’s Handbook. The

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Running the Starter Set

Last Wednesday I put my usual Pathfinder campaign on hold for a brief tour of the Starter Set. We will be playing through the Lost Mine of Phandelver for at least a month (until Gen Con). I suspect we won’t carry the adventure to its final conclusion, mostly because of how limited the Basic Rules

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Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (2014) Review

So, like many an eager gamer I was up late last night so that I could be there to pick up the shiny new Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set at midnight. This product is meant to be an introductory game for new players. Since it is also the first official look we’re getting at the

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Poking Around the Starter Set Fighter

I’m sure by now may of you have already seen the Starter Set Fighter preview that was released earlier this week. For fun, I decided to sit down and recreate the Fighter using the final Playtest rules we got last September, just to see where the differences were. Here’s some of the things I noticed:

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Additive Advantage [5th Edition House Rule]

On the whole, I am a fan of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. However, my gaming group was not fond of some aspects of the Advantage/Disadvantage rule; they felt that the current Advantage/Disadvantage rule (as of the final playtest packet) goes too far in abstracting the combat situation from reality. This is my first house rule, then: a change to Advantage that preserves the game math while also making Advantage more dynamic and interesting.

Giving Away D&D is a Brilliant Move

I am honestly very excited by today’s announcement that 5th Edition D&D will release a free Basic D&D document to the public. I think it’s a great step towards getting more players into the game (and some more back into the game). Let’s all be honest; we’ve sat down to play games with someone who had that

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Rolling for Damage at GenCon 2014!

I am back and at least part-time blogging about gaming. With D&D 5th Edition [which is what they’re calling it in GenCon event listings, rather than Next] finally arriving this summer, it seemed an appropriate time to return to blogging about the rules I wasted so many words on back during the playtest. 🙂 [And

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