Tag Archives: D&D

Kickstarter Alert: Megadungeon 4 Terrain Pages

Kickstarter Alert: Megadungeon 4 Terrain Pages

This last weekend, I attended the Free RPG Day event at my local gaming store. Sitting on the table among the other free giveaways was a small booklet from GamingPaper.com. It was a sample booklet of 8.5″ x 11″ terrain sheets that also provided a link to a new Kickstarter called Gaming Paper Megadungeon 4 – Rooftops and Alleyways. Read More

The Judges Guild Deluxe Collector’s Edition Kickstarter

The Judges Guild Deluxe Collector’s Edition Kickstarter

My memory is a bit fuzzy when it comes to ‘D&D’ adventures I played at a young age, but I’m 90% certain that one of the adventures I played came from a company called Judges Guild. It was famous for being the first to create adventure “modules” that were basically pre-generated adventures for the DM to run, providing maps, visual aids, and, of course, traps, loot, and new monsters. It would be a while before TSR (owner of ‘D&D’) would release its own modules, starting with the pastel cover versions, so Judges Guild gets the full credit for developing the idea of pre-packaged adventures. Read More

Custom Dungeon Master Screen – Plus 5-in-1 Leather AD&D Tome

Custom Dungeon Master Screen – Plus 5-in-1 Leather AD&D Tome

A few weeks ago, I posted an article about 2D terrain products, both old and new. During some of my research, I found some interesting photos of a large DM screen made by OldSchoolDM. I reached out to its maker, and that in turn opened up another discovery — a leather-bound tome containing five Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1e) books. Read More

Adventuring With My Kids, ‘Adventure Maximus’-Style

Adventuring With My Kids, ‘Adventure Maximus’-Style

For quite a few weeks now, I’ve been enjoying spinning some fun tales and leading my boys through some fun adventures with the ‘Adventure Maximus’ RPG. As kids will do, they constantly surprise me with their creativity for dealing with obstacles. (Rather than fight a dragon hiding in The Dump, they sweet-talked him into joining their group because they are always looking for treasure like dragons and figured he’d rather be looking for treasure than fighting.) But yesterday, my youngest son asked me something that made my heart swell… he said, “I want to be Maximus Master.” Read More

Fantasy RPG 2D Terrain Products – Past & Present

Fantasy RPG 2D Terrain Products – Past & Present

If you’re into Dungeons & Dragons and enjoy using miniatures, you might be interested in the history of 2D terrain products, both old and new. For over 40 years, players have enjoyed the extra bit of realism that miniature dioramas and terrain have brought to the game, so here are some examples of what has been used in the past and what is available today. Read More

Easy Dungeon Master Preparation

Easy Dungeon Master Preparation

When I started my latest ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ campaign back at the beginning of the year, my goal was to reduce the amount of time I spent preparing for each session. I’d burned out on building crazy complex combat encounters and over-plotting with hundreds of wiki articles linked together like some nutcase’s string-smothered pegboard.

I needed simplification, so I made a vow to keep it to 30 minutes of prep for every weekly session. Read More

Before ‘D&D,’ There Was ‘Chainmail.’ But Before ‘Chainmail’…

Before ‘D&D,’ There Was ‘Chainmail.’ But Before ‘Chainmail’…

It’s widely known that ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, was the successor of Gygax and Jeff Perren’s earlier work titled ‘Chainmail.’ But this week an interesting find was shared by wargame historian Jon Peterson over on his blog, ‘Playing at the World,’ and it’s definitely a bit of disruptive news… Read More

Ready-Made ‘D&D’ 5e Adventures for DMs Do Exist!

Ready-Made ‘D&D’ 5e Adventures for DMs Do Exist!

I was recently chatting with a fellow ‘D&D’ 5e player (Hey, Tyler!), and he was asking me all sorts of questions about DMing–time demands (in terms of preparation), the need to improvise, coming up with new material, etc. He wants to be a DM, but he was understandably hesitant to jump in. I told him that he could always go with the pre-generated content books that have been released for 5e–‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen,’ ‘Elemental Evil,’ and the most recent book, ‘Out of the Abyss.’ He told me he was looking for shorter adventures similar to the old ‘D&D’/’AD&D’ modules that were so popular in the ’80s and ’90s but they seemed to be in short supply. WHAT?! Short supply? Not true! Read More

A Geek Dad’s Year-End, Get-It-Done Self Review for 2015

A Geek Dad’s Year-End, Get-It-Done Self Review for 2015

It’s that time again… the end of the year where I give a look back at my geek-related work and home life and try to grade myself (always on a curve and with extra credit tossed in before averaging) on my various endeavors. 2015 was a great year for me for many reasons–there were the inevitable potholes and detours and complete traffic shutdowns, but, all-in-all, I have to say it was a pretty straight road for me personally and professionally. Read More