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 →


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 →


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 →

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 →

Back to Basics…

It's an issue that's been addressed in a variety of forums with a range of opinions, all trying to get at the answer to a seemingly important question: what are hit points? I can answer this question. In fact, it's been answered by people who are far more eloquent and educated than I; but because... Continue Reading →

It’s Come Up Once or Twice…

...and it's a topic that we, as DMs, continue to struggle with. Which version of the game do you use? The answer doesn't really matter. I suspect there are DMs who can make 4e work for their game. It's possible I could play in such a game and not feel the need to burn my... 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 →

How to Make Alignment Work

And here I thought I had nothing more to say... Let's assume we're building an RPG from scratch. We don't know the exact details of the setting - probably something with mid- to high-levels of magic. Enough to make it fairly common but not so common that "magic stores" are a thing. And we don't... Continue Reading →

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