A Table of 100 Random Weather Conditions for Your RPG

January 27th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Your players and NPCs won’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows with this handy table of 100 random weather conditions.

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Robot Viking’s (Failed) Entry for RPG Superstar 2012

January 27th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

I decided to enter Paizo’s RPG Superstar for the first time this year, adapting an old artifact used in my 3.5 campaign into a wondrous item. It didn’t go all that well.

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Which is Better, Damage Resistance or “+1 or Better To Hit”?

January 26th, 2012 by Ryk Perry

There’s a lot of back and forth on the question of damage resistance and the role of magic weapons in D&D. Many players are opposed to the antiquated +1 or better to hit mechanic. How can the damage rules provide an underlying mechanical skeleton that describes the physics of the game world without bogging the game down with unhittable monsters or unworkable complexity? Read more

Old Homemade D&D Modules Find a Home at Plagmada Archive

January 25th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Part of why we love gaming is nostalgia. You can indulge your yearning for the days of graph paper dungeons and self-illustrated adventures at Plagmada.org, an archive of, “manuscripts and drawings created to communicate a shared imaginative space.”

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Why Wizards Needs PDFs Instead of a Virtual Table

January 24th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

It’s been almost three years since Wizards of the Coast pulled all ebook versions of their RPG products from virtual shelves, and there’s no sign that they’re coming back. In the meantime, they’ve developed the Virtual Table, a way to play 4E D&D online. They’re heading in the wrong direction. Here’s why.

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Dark Ascension Wallpaper to Make Your Desktop Cower in Fear

January 20th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

With about half of Dark Ascension spoiled and the prerelease not far off, I thought you might like some DA themed wallpapers for your desktop.

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Premium 1st Edition D&D Hardcover Reprints to Support Gygax Memorial

January 20th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

A limited print run of premium hardcover reprints of the 1st Edition D&D books will be published by Wizards of the Coast in April. Some portion of the profits will assist the fund to create a statue in honor of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax.

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D&D Online Links Eberron to Forgotten Realms Via Underdark

January 19th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) has been free to play for more than two years now. Rather than a death knell, the end of monthly subscriber fees in 2009 turned out to be a brilliant decision that boosted the number of users and increased profits. How well are things going for DDO? They just announced a massive new expansion that takes players to the Forgotten Realms.

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Mike Mearls Offers a Glimpse of the Next D&D Edition at Gameinformer

January 19th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Since the big announcement of 5E, or D&DNext, or whatever you prefer to call it, there hasn’t been much concrete info on what the new edition would be like. Mike Mearls revealed a few interesting morsels of data in an interview at Gameinformer. What exactly will it mean to “unify” players of previous editions?

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A Table of 100 Random Items to Fill Your NPCs’ Pockets

January 17th, 2012 by Gavin O'Brien

“You said this was a common room or something. Shouldn’t there be other stuff around? Like, what’s in the goblins’ pockets?” Read more

Track Your Stats With This Digital Pathfinder Character Sheet

January 16th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Whether you’re playing in a forum or email campaign and want to track your Pathfinder character online, or just prefer a clear, easy to use character sheet to run on your laptop at the game table, DPS 2.0 will do the trick.

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Dark Ascension Spoiler — Fiend of the Shadows

January 13th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

What kind of fiend is this launching itself out of the night sky to feast upon mortal blood? Duh. It’s a Fiend of the Shadows. She’ll make her appearance in the latest Magic expansion, Dark Ascension, continuing Innistrad’s tale of gothic horror in gruesome new directions. Read more

RPG Attack Simplifies the Process of Analyzing RPG Combat Data

January 12th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

RPG Attack is a program that fills a very, very narrow niche — people who want to apply academic style statistical analysis to RPG combat. There probably aren’t very many people like that in the world. I still think it’s really cool.

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A Table of 100 Random Character Traits for Your RPG

January 11th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Need to come up with an NPC on the fly, and you want to give her a little extra personality? Looking for a different way to create your latest D&D character? Do you just plain love rolling percentile dice? I’ve got the perfect table for you.

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