Reviewing the Rumor

The following was originally posted on social media, but I’m recording it here because who knows how long a certain site will be usable . . .  I was skeptical about the 1.1 document until the Kickstarter semi-confirmation came, but I just sat down and read it today, and I’m more upset now, not because there were things I didn’t

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The Reverence Trap

There have been a few products recently that I’ve had a hard time approaching, from a review level, because I’m not sure how to address the reverence that they show, either to the conventions of a genre or to a specific creator or creator’s estate. While they are similar problems, I think they arise from different places. If these products

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Arcadia Issue 23 (5e OGL)

The veil of night draws close to the world. The howling cold winds blow over the plains, and the threat of deep snows loom over holiday plans. What better time to completely retreat into fantasy and ignore the real world. Let’s take a look at Arcadia Issue 23 from MCDM.DisclaimerI received a review copy of this issue, and I have

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse

This is going to be a dual-purpose post, looking at the last adventure of the Pirates of the Aetherial Expanse, Legends of the Seas, as well as a review of the overall Fables campaign. We’ll look at the adventure, how it unfolds, how it wraps up the campaign, and all of the elements that went into this setting. Disclaimer I

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Unearthed Arcana 2022: The Cleric and Revised Species (D&D 5e)

That last One D&D Playtest took a lot out of me. Three pages, two podcast episodes, and a whole lot of online analysis. This time around, things are going to be easier to digest. The third One D&D Unearthed Arcana is primarily looking at three species, one class, one subclass, and a few changes in the Rules Glossary. What’s Up

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Shadow of the Dragon Queen and the Shadow of Canon

This is going to be a sidebar to the overall discussion about Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen. I had some thoughts on how to flavor some of the encounters and campaign elements to be more specifically Dragonlance feeling, but this time around, I wanted to touch on where “canon” diverges in the adventure, and where it “kind of” diverges.

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Six

Chapter 7: Siege of Kalaman This is the final “adventure” chapter of the book. This can be a little confusing, because this isn’t the Siege of Kalaman as described in the Dragonlance Chronicles, but an earlier point in the War of the Lance. “A” Siege. What’s Up Essentially, the PCs need to be able to infiltrate a location, but while

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Five

Shadow of the Dragon Queen Chapter 6: City of Lost Names The opening section of this chapter, leading to the location that the PCs have been trying to find, is another of those callbacks that reminds me a bit of the original adventure and the Sla-Mori, the hidden path into Pax Tharkas. There are four locations in this section, with

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Shadow of the Dragon Queen (D&D 5e), Part Four

Chapter 5: The Northern Wastes In this section, the PCs are going to be the scouts/advanced force for troops sent into the titular region to find out what the villain from the previous chapter was after. The PCs don’t start off knowing the exact location they are heading. At various spots on the map of the Northern Wastes, they are

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