Don’t Forget To Look Up

Whether you’re exploring a cave system, a dungeon, a jungle, or even an urban landscape, one lesson has stuck with me since playing through my first adventures in Dungeons & Dragons: Look Up. Why? You never know what be crawling around on the ceiling! Whether it’s simply spiders waiting to drop down, wrap you in…

What is a GM? (GM’s Day 2016)

Today I’d like to muse a bit on a definition of Game Master (or Gamemaster or GM or Dungeon Master or DM or Storyteller or Referee, etc.). GM’s Day 2016 is coming up this week and I think it’s about time I actually defined what that role actually means to me personally. A GM is…

A Pair of Tiny Dungeons

Continuing my delving into dungeons dark and random… I’ve pulled together (as I like to do) a collection of random tables. They fall into the following categories: Shape Size Number of Exits Occupants Purpose Traps Age Exit Type And in true Fitz fashion they’re pretty abstract and minimal. I expect to add more details over…

The Wandering Tomb Table

What? A “wandering” tomb?? What the heck is that? Hold on a second there. Let me explain. In medieval times, especially during times of war, marauding groups would charge across the countryside and die in numerous ways. Battle. Starvation. Disease. Natural disaster. Or simply not stopping to ask for directions. A great leader of the…

Want to earn some Brownie Points with your GM?

Sure, I know we all like going with simple combat cues sometimes. I’ve been playing a ton of 4th edition D&D and my Fighter relies on moves like “Shield Feint” and “Tide of Iron” and “Steel Serpent Strike” for his combat abilities. But I have to say this gets a bit old after a while.…

Three Questions About That Fantastic Item your PCs Just Recovered…

Your PC just located an artifact of immense power while diving into a dungeon on the far side of the world. S/he knows it has fantastic abilities because s/he can feel the power thrumming from within. But you’ve seen other characters burned (literally or figuratively) by the power of such items before and want to…

August Blog Carnival: Contemplating Devious Dungeons

As I begin to start looking through the 5th Edition D&D Player’s Handbook and have played through a bit of the 5th Edition Starter Set, I wonder at all the various dungeons being conceived for upcoming games. (Yes, I have 5e on the brain.) But more than that, what kinds of dungeons are there? I…

Most Old School RPG owned – #RPGaDAY 2014, Day 5

So now we’re on Day 5 of #RPGaDay. It asks us what the most “Old School” RPG may be in your collection. In my collection, it would have to be my classic Dungeons & Dragons or Palladium Fantasy books. But in my defense, I see “Old School” as being nothing more than a way of describing my…

Most recent RPG purchase – #RPGaDAY 2014, Day 4

So far we’ve hit the first RPG I’ve played, the first RPG I game mastered, and the first RPG I purchased. You already know far too much about the early days of my gaming career and yet we’re just getting started. 🙂 Day 4 of #RPGaDay asks about my “most recent RPG purchase” and that’s…

First RPG Gamemastered – #RPGaDAY 2014, Day 2

The second day of the #RPGaDAY effort is about “First RPG Gamemastered.” After yesterday’s post, I’ll give you one guess which RPG was my first attempt at being a game master… Dungeons and Dragons. Shocking, I know. Honestly I don’t remember much about those early attempts at dungeon mastering in junior high. It wasn’t until much later…

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