Tag Archives: AD&D

Dyspraxia: Not Without Controversy

Dyspraxia: Not Without Controversy

I was overwhelmed by the response to my last article, Dyspraxia: A Primer for Geeks. I could see a very distinct confusion over this term. In fact, I’d stumbled into something of a controversy. Read More

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A Tale of Two Dungeon Master Guides – 1979 AD&D and 2014 D&D

A Tale of Two Dungeon Master Guides – 1979 AD&D and 2014 D&D

The circle is complete. Wizards of the Coast has released its 5th edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, and with that book the trio of books that has formed the basis of Dungeons & Dragons for decades is united again in a new edition. Earlier this year, WotC released the 5th edition Player’s Handbook and followed it up with the 5e Monster Manual. Based on reviews and fan reaction and my own informal discussions with numerous players during my own Adventurer’s League gathering every Wednesday evening, the opinion seems to be that the 5th edition is a welcome return to traditional dungeon crawls and role playing to satisfy veteran players while bringing in enough new content and rule updates to freshen up the game and make it welcoming to new players. These reactions, however, have been based on the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and the handful of ready-made adventurers that have been offered up to dungeon masters and players through the Expeditions and Encounters events. The 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide has been the most obvious missing element, but no longer. It’s here… Read More

A Tale of Two Monster Manuals — 1977 AD&D and 2014 5e D&D

A Tale of Two Monster Manuals — 1977 AD&D and 2014 5e D&D

I enjoyed being a DM for my friends, and I’m looking forward to taking the reins again. The original AD&D Monster Manual was a great source of inspiration for many adventures — I’d pick the right Big Bad, create a dungeon or castle or other location, and then scatter lesser creatures around as needed. When I reached for the MM, my players knew something was coming… or around the corner… or hidden just beneath the water’s surface. The DMG and MM were all I needed (plus a few hours or more of prep time) to give my players a good adventure, and now it’s looking like I’m going to once again have a chance to create new adventures as the 5th edition books are two-thirds released. My original AD&D Monster Manual has sat proudly on my shelf, and now it has a neighbor… the new 5th edition D&D Monster Manual. Read More

Pieces From My Gaming Nostalgia Shelf

Pieces From My Gaming Nostalgia Shelf

I’ve got entire shelves devoted to certain topics/subjects such as steampunk, DIY and electronics, and more. One of those shelves is what I call my Nostalgia Shelf. I intentionally limited myself to one shelf because, honestly… I could probably dedicate half or more of an entire bookcase to all the games, modules, and reference books I’ve collected over the years. And man, do they bring back some great memories. Read More

No Long-Term Benefit Of ADHD Meds?

Want to cause a ruckus? Criticize attention-deficit meds. Over three million U.S. kids take these drugs to help them stay calm and attentive. Parents may not be thrilled to dose their children but they are following expert advice to improve behavior and school performance.  They tend to see results. And they don’t need to be… Read More

No Long-Term Benefit of ADHD Meds?

Want to cause a ruckus? Criticize attention-deficit meds. Over three million U.S. kids take these drugs to help them stay calm and attentive. Parents may not be thrilled to dose their children but they are following expert advice to improve … Read More

Wizards Is Reprinting the AD&D Core Books!

Wizards of the Coast announced on Thursday that they will be releasing a limited-edition reprint of the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D) core rulebooks: the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual. Each of the books will be … Read More