Archive for the ‘D&D’ Category

Weekend game report: halfling zombie edition

I ran a game of Castles & Crusades on Friday evening for my wife and a friend. I realized two things: It’s not a good idea to GM when the only thing keeping you conscious is a melange of cold medications. C&C is pretty darn close to my perfect ideal of Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve […]

Sandbox gaming vs. adventure paths: in defense of highly narrative adventures

The distinction between “sandbox” and “storyline” D&D modules has always stood out. Here are some of the reasons I like those much-reviled, railroady, choice-restricting adventure paths!

For that much money, it had better come with a clone of Gary Gygax to GM it for me

In which I learn that only the rich can explore the Temple of Existential Evil.

The crime of Dungeons and Dragons

News of a Wisconsin prison banning Dungeons and Dragons because it promotes gang activity has been flying through blogs and gaming communities this week. A friend passed along this humorous blog exchange about it: What Kinds of Crime Might Dungeons and Dragons inspire? by

Lend me a hand, Wizards: sell me some non-randomized miniatures

I like Wizards’ pre-painted plastic miniatures, both the D&D and Star Wars flavors—I make heavy use of them in the games I run. But I really think Wizards is missing an opportunity by not releasing a few RPGer-friendly miniature sets. By this I mean that I would be a happier GM if I could go […]

D&D players strike back

If you’re still smarting from those disparaging remarks about D&D by the John McCain campaign, take heart: the folks at Hasbro have stepped forward to champion the cause. Take a look at this letter from a Hasbro exec to the McCain staffer who wrote the infamous press release: Dear Mr. Goldfarb, I was disappointed to […]

Alienating the RPG voting bloc!

I’m back from Gencon—pictures and details in a future post. But this morning I’m just trying to wrap my brain around this quote from a recent John McCain press release: It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, […]

When a game session goes well

There’s nothing quite so fun as a game session that goes well. (Well, there probably are a few other things that are that fun. But just a few.) Last night I ran a D&D 3.5 game that was… just a great deal of fun. Gaming over the last year has been a tad lackluster for […]

It's mine!

I’ve got my grubby little hands on it: Haven’t had much time to scan through it yet, but my initial impression is very positive. And my wife has even volunteered to play a basic adventure with it this weekend to run the rules through the gauntlet of Actual Play. Dungeon denizens, beware! by

Two more Gygaxian links

The Gygax story is starting to fade from the headlines by now, but if you can stand to read just a bit more about the Man and his Legacy, here are two items worth checking out: First up is D&D 0: a fun look at the very earliest incarnations of what would become Dungeons and […]