Run Your Own Local Iron GM Event for Free

Iron GM’s competitive RPG events are insane fun, and they tour the country offering competition at all the biggest game cons. But what if you want to throw down an Iron GM challenge at your local game store? Or want to test your skills before you step up to the big leagues? Iron GM has you covered with their free Iron GM licensed event program.

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Into the Unknown: Dungeon Survival Handbook Tries to Bridge the Gap

Into the Unknown is a book in a strange place. The edition it’s part of is on it’s way out the door. All the attention is on D&D Next, but 4E books are still coming out. The last one wasn’t so hot. This one is much better by virtue of being less about 4E and more about story and setting.

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The One Thing D&D Next is Absolutely Getting Right, Whatever Else Happens

D&D Next is still in the testing phase, so we don’t know how the final version will look. One thing seems pretty concrete though — a concept called “bounded accuracy.” What the heck is bounded accuracy? Nothing much. Just the solution to the biggest flaw that’s existed in every edition of D&D so far.

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D&D Next Open Playtest Starts Tomorrow

A closed “friends and family” playtest of the new D&D edition has been going on for a few months. Only certain <ahem> select people and sites were allowed to participate. But now they’re throwing the gates open and letting any old riff raff try out the new rules and offer comments and suggestions. Are you any old riff raff? Then this post is for you!

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Kobold Guide to Game Design is Must-Own for RPG Designers & Adventure Writers

Imagine a book filled with essays on the art and science of designing role-playing games and RPG adventures, all written by some of the biggest names in that eldritch field of endeavor: Wolfgang Baur, Monte Cook, Rob Heinsoo, Michael Stackpole, Ed Greenwood and more. That’s exactly what this book is, and it’s pretty damn awesome.

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Point-Counterpoint: Why Alignment Systems Are Too Limiting

Have you ever played a dark hero? Maybe someone who throws dead bodies down stairs to see if they set off any traps? What alignment is he? That might be chaotic, or even evil. What if he squeezes every copper from a mercenary contract? Technically that’s pretty lawful. But then, what if he sets aside about a quarter of his own personal wealth for refugees to establish themselves in a new town? That would be good right? So what alignment is the character? Is he “morally ambiguous”? The rules probably demand he pick one of the nine alignments. Which one does he choose? None really fit. But is it unbelievable that a character exists who does not subscribe to one of the alignments? Of course it isn’t. In fact such characters are even more believable. Continue reading