A Cold Read of Cold-Hearted Killer (Icewind Dale Rime of the Frost Maiden Spoilers)

Spoilers for Icewind Dale Rime of the Frost Maiden. Because I made a mistake and gave the cleric a 3rd 1st level spell, I’m threading an alternate universe version of the encounter under the narrative where it diverges. Don’t you love alternate universe stories? Because there has been some discussion about it, I decided to try out the tough mission

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Sneak Peak of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything Character Rules in AL Season 10 Rules

This weekend is the next online event from Wizards of the Coast to promote the release of Rime of the Frost Maiden, as well as to give previews of the upcoming Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. For more information on D&D Celebration, you can check out Wizard’s website here: Dungeons & Dragons Celebration Page To have everything up and running for

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What Do I Know About Houserules? Alternate Gritty Rules (D&D 5e)

Alternate Gritty Rules After running several sessions using the slow natural healing rules and the gritty realism rules for D&D 5e, as expressed in the optional rules in the Dungeon Master’s Guide, those are punishing. Careful resource management is a key to making a game feel more or less super heroic, but shifting rests to 8 hours and 7 days

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What Do I Know About Reviews? Arcana of the Ancients (5e OGL)

Growing up, I remember Thundarr the Barbarian, a cartoon set in a future where modern society had fallen apart, magic had returned, and the setting was populated by strange animals, cyborgs, and sorcerers. I also remember my first impressions of Masters of the Universe, from the original storybooks that came with the action figures. This was a world with advanced

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Star Trek Adventures: My Shackleton Expanse Civilizations

Just for fun, and because I was a little stressed out, I wrote up entries for the two new cultures that my player characters encountered in their exploration of the Shackleton Expanse, a previously unexplored region that sits between the Klingons, the Federation, and the Romulans. Archivists The Archivists are a society with advanced power, transportation, and replication technology. Their

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Iconic Villains: Non-Player Characters (Star Trek Adventures)

I’m having a ton of fun with my Star Trek Adventures campaign, so I’m looking about just about everything that comes out for the game. It seems like the Enterprise Player Characters release just happened (it did), but now we’ve got another “characters” product, this time called Iconic Villains: Non-Player Characters. This is “kind of” a first impression article, but

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? MechWarrior Destiny (Cue System)

When I first started playing RPGs, where you bought your RPG material heavily influenced what games you were exposed to. Dungeons & Dragons made it into toy stores and book stores, and many “second-tier” TSR releases followed D&D into book stores, but some corners of the hobby only existed in specialty stores. The first two RPGs that I played were

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