Tales from the Table: Gnome Thief/Fighter

Back in 1990-1991, I ran a Lankhmar campaign in which I required everyone to dual-class as a thief/SOMETHING or just play a plain old thief. I felt it met the mood of the game. Since this was 2nd Edition AD&D, humans could not dual-class, though they could change to a different class, and multi-class (or ...

Friday Five: 2009-10-09

Steal Smart: The Series Out of ideas? Afraid of running dry? Need some inspiration? Do it the easy way… steal something from someone else! Ask The GMs: “Let’s Split Up.” – “Good Idea, we can do more damage that way!” Mike and Johnn over at Campaign Mastery have some great advice and words on how ...

Adventure Hook: Treant

This one is a pure fantasy adventure hook. I may start throwing in some more sci-fi ones in the future to balance things out. A young treant slowly shuffles into town and stops at the edge of the buildings. It stands there and waits for someone to approach. If no one approaches, then a group ...

Pathfinder Review, Part 3 — The GM’s Portion

I finished off the Pathfinder Core book while at lunch today. I was nearly done, so it didn’t take too long. This review is of the parts of the book designed for the GM. Chapter 12: Gamemastering This chapter gives great words of advice to anyone, new and old, on how to run a game. ...

Friday Five: 2009-10-02

Another Friday in the books. Another week of blogging about role playing games. I’m sorry my comments are so brief this week, but it’s late, I’m tired, and it’s been a really long week for me. I’ll let the articles I link to speak for themselves (for the most part.) 1976 OD&D Articles by Gary ...

Adventure Hook: Gardens

All of the local, private gardens in the area have turned up dead and rotten. The plants died overnight, but anyone with a decent herbalism (or related) skill can tell that the plants have been dead for at least a week. After a second night passes, the plants rot into nothing more than black stubs. ...

Cartography Lessons

I’ll admit it. I love maps. Give me a book of maps for Christmas, and I’m a happy clam for several days while I explore ancient and lost lands through the ink, paper, glue and covers of a good book of maps. This love of maps extends into creating them as well. I suppose that ...

Pathfinder: Character Creation

The six of us (5 players and 1 GM) got together Saturday night to create Pathfinder characters for the newly starting campaign. Usually, when we start a new game everyone comes to the table with an idea of what they want to play. In this case, only one player had a solid concept and the ...

Friday Five: 2009-09-25

PC Transformations: Or How Gandalf Became A White Wizard There are always new supplements coming out for the current games. This is a boon and a bane. The boon is new ideas are always flowing into your game. The bane is that the game is not static enough to keep players content. They’re always wanting ...

Pathfinder Review, Part 2

In my last review of Pathfinder, I covered chapters 1-8. This time, I’m just going to cover 9-11 because that is the last sections of the player portion of the book. Before I continue, though, I did want to point out something that I missed in my last review: the physical qualities of the book. ...