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What Is ESSENTIAL To D&D? If You Said, “d20s & Vancian Magic,” Spellcraft & Swordplay Would Like A Word With You…

Once upon a time, the d20 was  optional. Dungeons & Dragons got its start as an add-on to the miniatures wargame, Chainmail.  That much, I had known for years.  What I didn’t know before reading Jason Vey’s OSR effort, Spellcraft … Continue reading

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“Oriental” Adventures Done Right: The Flying Swordsmen RPG

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Oriental Adventures, often rendered in shorthand these days as “1E OA,” was the first role-playing product I ever bought with my own money.  As a wee gamer in the making, my tastes in fantasy had run … Continue reading

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Classic Campaign Setting Review: Spelljammer

SUMMARY: Inventive, wildly imaginative, great set of tools for the ultimate sandbox-style campaign, but suffers from too much focus on other settings and never really comes into its own. SPELLJAMMER was one of the first campaign setting boxed sets published … Continue reading

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Things To Do Different With The Drow…

Let’s be honest.  Drizzt D0Urden ruined the drow. Before he  came along, they were at least somewhat mysterious.  And not entirely predictable, either: despite their long association with The Forgotten Realms, it’s often overlooked that the dark elves first appeared … Continue reading

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So, where was I, again…?

First things first… I haven’t abandoned this blog. Meatspace commitments overwhelmed me for a few weeks, but now that the holidays are here, I’ll have a bit more free time to devote to blogging… and gaming. So, hello again to … Continue reading

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Unsung Settings & Themes

One of the main things I do with new RPGs is figure out how I’d use them to homebrew something… a setting, a theme, an adventure, etc.  I always have one-off ideas, but there are a few that have stuck … Continue reading

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Primer: The Evolution of D&D

I had been researching and planning a post about the various editions and the differences between them, but it turns out that Eric Treasure at The Dragon’s Flagon saved me a lot of the work. Thanks, Mr. Treasure!

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