On origins

https://twitter.com/DmNastics/status/1069599737760940032 DM-Nastics is a Twitter account that posts stuff like this here. They have at least one offering every day, rotating throughout the week, showing off pictures of monsters, places, NPCs, magic items, potions, and so on. They offer a small mental exercise which is sometimes just the thing for us creative types to get... Continue Reading →

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On the new dungeon ecology

Bear with me on this one. It will take a moment to organize my thoughts, but I can assure the reader, I am going somewhere with all of this. I wanted to write about using real-world data to develop a system for populating a particular type of dungeon. We have a lot of information about... Continue Reading →

On the destiny of giants

I feel that I missed something in my last post. Some tie or connection to help the reader see my thought process; something that would benefit you in developing your game, by showing how you might go about designing a new element or redesigning something old. As of this writing, it still escapes me, so... Continue Reading →

On the hierarchy of intellect

How do we represent different intelligence ratings in NPCs and monsters? I wrote before (briefly) about defining monster intelligence ratings. It was in reference to defining a system or process for writing magic spells, and didn't spend too much time on it. It's been percolating around my brain since then, inspiring pieces this like but... Continue Reading →

On the baseline for mental health

I was going to hold off on a post about dominate and mental control magic, being that I'm still working through my spell lists, but I came across a forum thread that put forth an interesting notion: what does it take to produce extreme mental trauma? EDIT: The rule concerning Morale was originally written incorrectly.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Fuck Your Tricks

Monsters tricks. A sure sign that the DM is a dick This is why your D&D sucks shit: because you're sitting behind a screen, hiding your dice, giggling like a school girl about how much smarter you are than the players. "Hehe, the rogue forgot to say he was performing some obscure task for no reason, time to... Continue Reading →

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