On the magic of fantasy languages

This story covers a conversation between a player and an animal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVHyY4SVNc0 The relevant piece starts about 17:30. It unfolds much as you would expect: the player uses a power to communicate with an animal and the animal responds with words, phrases and ideas that are less than useful. "Gold? What's that?" squawks the raven. Why?... Continue Reading →


Rewards: Purpose

Let's play a game. I initially conceived of this as a traditional role-playing game. I never got to run it and it's been in the back of my mind for years. I can see it being a computer game, given the games we have today, but as I have no knowledge of coding games and... Continue Reading →


As in, the comic. They're doing a Kickstarter to raise money for an animated version. I recommend checking it out. Silly? Yes. Immature? Absolutely. Represents the things that are wrong with the game? In so many ways. But the writing is good and the characters are endearing and there's a decent cast of actors lined... Continue Reading →


Let's see now... I started playing in 1992. I was living in the United Arab Emirates. The thing that sticks out in my mind, whenever I think back on those years, was how damn hot it was. Like, really fucking hot. Hot enough that I developed a severe dislike for cold weather. It was 45... Continue Reading →


One of my latest activities has been to address D&D topics at Quora. Here are a few of the questions I've answered... How to play D&D on a budget What are some criticisms of D&D? and... I dread the thought of killing player characters... And of course I put this question forth - What is Meta-Gaming -... Continue Reading →

A Host of Problems

Food for thought. I think you've seen this before in our hobby. It's not just the usual d!(|{$ being a$$#*|-&$: it's also the insistence that all forms of role-playing are equal; that you don't need to work hard to be a better DM or player; that it's not possible for D&D to be "a good... Continue Reading →

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