Writing Rules

Let's get one step ahead and see what we can come up with. To paraphrase: Incorporate time and space. Produce more than one possible path to success. Spread out the dice rolls. Produce a reward that encourages participation. The rules should simulate the real world without bogging down the game. I probably don't fully grasp... Continue Reading →

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Following up on the last post, let's take a moment to better define the game. I propose a five-level categorization system. Each level is assumed to build upon the previous (the exception being the third level which offers additional rules systems that can be added to a game as the DM desires). We can use... Continue Reading →

Progress

Before you get into this post, please take a moment to have a listen. Alexis and I join Chad and Scott from "Want to Hear Something Interesting?" to discuss our approach to gaming. Many things are said and many points are made. There's one that I want to elaborate on. The relevant portion begins at... Continue Reading →

Want to Hear Something Interesting?

I know Frank Mentzer by name only. Wikipedia has a short bio on his involvement with TSR. I didn't get much out of it, really. I know he's credited with revising and editing the 1983 D&D BECMI version; and with editing and authoring a few other supplements, to include T1-4, The Temple of Elemental Evil... Continue Reading →

Random Encounters

Yeah, kinda like that. I'm not saying this sort of shit doesn't happen in real life. This picture is testament to that. I'm saying there's a difference between this and what we think random encounters are (or should be) in D&D. Take the most basic example: a bear or pack of wolves. How long have... Continue Reading →

Innovation

I write about how I can apply psychology to D&D magic, thus making a more realistic, comprehensive and engaging game, and I hear not a peep. I accuse DMs of cheating ~ nay, I demonstrate that DMs are willing to admit they cheat and that there's nothing wrong with it! ~ and my feed blows... Continue Reading →

Cheater, Cheater

I don't know how many people play D&D, let alone how many DMs are out there, but I figure a Facebook group with over 18,000 members is probably a fair representation of the hobby ~ which means the hobby is in serious trouble. I joined the group a couple of months ago. I left two... Continue Reading →

Reworking Magic

I've been working over the spells in AD&D, tweaking them for my game, and I keep finding myself drawn a simple yet devilishly complex problem. Simple because it's easy to look at the list of spells and say, "Well that doesn't make sense." Complex because the solutions I keep leaning to are... well, complex. The... Continue Reading →

Podcasts and Blogging

It's been a couple weeks since the last post but I want to assure the reader that I am not going anywhere. This is, unfortunately, part of the natural ebb and flow that is life. Work has taken much of my time lately; of course, family is always important; and I've been working with a... Continue Reading →

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