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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…

OGL, Leaks, and Levels of Exhaustion

I didn’t actually want to talk about this topic, because I was really waiting for something solid and definitive to talk about. Unfortunately, there has been so much chatter and enough circumstantial evidence that it’s really hard for me to get my gaming head on straight without actually sorting through my thoughts and feelings, and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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