Category Archives: Dungeons & Dragons

What Do I Know About Houserules? The Hit Point Slider (D&D 5e)

This topic has come up a lot, and it’s not new to D&D 5e. Adjusting the number of hit points that an opponent has is one of the “difficulty sliders” that can be utilized in D&D, but the “permission” to do that has shifted a bit over time. For example, earlier editions of D&D strongly implied (if not directly stating)

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What Do I Know About First Impressions? Midgard Chronicles (Organized Play Program)

Warduke Press is an organization that has recently started to run an organized play group for Kobold Press’ Midgard setting. Warduke Press appears to be the next iteration of the Greyhawk Reborn group that has been maintaining a Greyhawk based organized play group, so they appear to have some experience in managing a third party organized play group. As a

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The Care and Feeding of d20 Fantasy Factions

I’m moved to write about factions and how they have developed and shaped various d20 fantasy settings over the years. Now, here’s the trick . . . this is largely filtered through my own lens. That means the order in which I have encountered these things, and the degree to which I have taken them to heart, is largely shaped

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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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When You Want D&D Flavor In a Non-WOTC Container

I’ve got another article on the way that is going to dig a little bit deeper into some of the current issues with Wizards of the Coast and some of the missteps they have made recently, and what that could mean for D&D going forward. I’m not going to advocate for a boycott, and I’m not going to tell you

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