Posts Tagged ‘D&D’

Putting D&D in its place

My local Barnes and Noble has finally found the proper niche for Dungeons & Dragons products: So… is D&D Humorous, Helpful, or Odd? Or is the sign suggesting that it’s all of the above? I could live with that. by

The walls of this 10×10 chamber are adorned with…

When my wife and I finally made the choice to became real Americans (i.e. go tens of thousands of dollars into debt to buy a house), one of my requirements was that said house have some sort of subterranean chamber which I could convert into a basement game room. One year later, my game lair […]

Scimitars and flying carpets: what "Arabian Nights"-style roleplaying games exist?

I just saw the mediocre Prince of Persia, and now I want to play a roleplaying game with flying carpets and sinister viziers. Where should I look?

Getting Tolkien into the sandbox, cont'd

Randall at RetroRoleplaying has written an interesting post on doing “save the world” fantasy in a sandbox setting in response to my own post on the subject. He argues that it can be done, and lays out how to do it. Go give it a read! by

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.

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 […]