Dungeon Dressing – When’s a door not a door?

So when’s a door not a door? Obviously when it’s a window… But you don’t find too many windows in traditional dungeon crawls. Perhaps in the dungeons of a huge castle there may be a few high-class rooms with windows – but that’s about it. 🙂 Doors and doorways. We’re guaranteed to find at least…

Dungeon Dressing – What’s a dungeon anyway?

When you see the term “Dungeon” – what comes to mind? I typically think of a few different things… The great TSR gaming magazine published for from 1986 to 2007. A board game published in 1975 by TSR to simulate some aspects of Dungeons & Dragons. A place where people were imprisoned or tortured. A…

Religion in Fantasy Worlds

This post was inspired by a post at the KORE rpg blog about the topic. And it got me thinking, which is sometimes not a good thing… Religion is definitely one of those hot buttons in the real world, like sex, money, politics, and many other hot buttons. As soon as you breach the subject…

World: [Immortals’ Wake] The Nameless One and His Path of Destruction

In the Immortals’ Wake world, there is a character simply known as The Nameless One. For more than 2,000 years, he has roamed through populated and unpopulated areas, leaving a wake of destruction and bewilderment behind him. His is an extreme case of what I will call the “Road to Redemption.” Unfortunately for him, it’s…

Elemental Appearance – Should it depend on the environment?

While driving around during a recent snowstorm (not much snow, but lots of wind), I saw a “snow devil” as the wind whipped across the road and created a mini-tornado of snow and it got me thinking… How would elementals manifest themselves in different environments? And after thinking about it for a bit, I’ve come…

Friday Links for October 30, 2009

Hey all… Yes, I’m a bit late this week. Sorry about that. First ugly cold of autumn for me and work has been keeping me busy. That didn’t stop a whole mess of people coming up with some interesting articles to keep us all thinking about gaming. 🙂 We’ll get the list started off this…

Small Press Week Links for Friday, October 23, 2009

Hi all… Instead of my usual Friday links post today, I’d like to focus on entries in the Small Press Week effort for the RPG Blog Network. There were some great games covered, including my own. Check ’em out! AllGeektOut covered  Berin Kinsman’s Gaming Toybox product: http://allgeektout.com/2009/10/20/spw-berin-kinsman/ I covered the Open Game Table book from…

Moral and Ethical Ambiguity, Part 4 of 4 – Conclusions

So from the first three parts of this series (part 1, part 2, part 3), you hopefully have seen some of the thought that went into our slightly different take on alignment for Moebius Adventures. Again, this is totally portable and could be used with any system I think. But does it work? The jury’s…

Review: Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 1 Edited by Jonathan Jacobs

Hi all… As my contribution to the RPG Gamer Network’s Small Press Week, here’s my review of Open Game Table: The Anthology of Roleplaying Game Blogs, Volume 1. As a lifetime player and gamemaster of tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs), I’m constantly amazed at the amount of passion, knowledge, and depth of other members of this…

Moral and Ethical Ambiguity, Part 3 of 4 – Virtue

Ok, so we’ve chatted a bit about Morality and moral codes (back in part 2). Now let’s change our focus to Virtue and bring some pain into the equation… What is Virtue? Virtue represents the mortal drive to ease or cause pain and suffering in themselves and others. Someone’s virtue isn’t determined by how they…

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