Author Archives: gamedetective

Turning the Gears: Party Reputation and NPC Reactions

An important part of good DMing is creating reasonable and realistic consequences for player’s actions.  Not just in the sense of heroes getting experience and loot for killing the bad guys, but also in the reactions of the NPCs around them.  Instinctively, we want to keep track of it in our heads, and let things […]

Tabletop Tales: A Sad, Sad Exalted Game

One of the best parts about RPGs is that you get to feel like a badass and some games, like Exalted, let you be a badass on a world-shaking scale.  For those who don’t know, Exalted is a game by White Wolf where you play as literal demigods having adventuress in an extremely high fantasy […]

Breaking Down the Monstrous Water Races in D&D

The original idea for this article was to examine the different evil races, which I will probably still do, but I noticed that the Monster Manual has quite a few water-dwelling evil humanoids. A lot of them sort of blur together for me so I wanted to do a breakdown of each evil fishperson and […]

Five of D&D’s Most Bizarre Creatures (And How to Use Them)

When a game has as wide a range of monsters as Dungeons and Dragons, it’s inevitable that some enter common usage, and some are forgotten.  In the weird in-between area, though, there are the weird ones that are remembered and recognized for their strangeness but either go unused or get thrown in for giggles without […]

Five Awesome Creatures in the D&D Monster Manual and How to Use Them

The world’s oldest roleplaying game has had no shortage of amazing creatures throughout its history, from the terrifying Tarrasque to bizarre but brutal Behir.  Nonetheless, in any population there are those that stand above  the rest and monsters are no exception, so let’s look at the coolest monsters in the Dungeons and Dragons 5e Monster […]

Five Awesome RPGs for When You Need Something New

Dungeons and Dragons is pretty much the standard whenever you’re trying to form a new group.  It makes sense, D&D is the original and it’s still the biggest brand in the industry even after 33 years.  Today, though, we’re going to look at some RPGs to break out when you’re played out on raiding dungeons […]

Classics Corner: The Super Mario Brothers

Everyone knows about the Mario Brothers, and there’s not a lot to be said about them that hasn’t shown up in a dozen other “did you know” videos and listed articles already.  Because of that, I’m not here to talk about Mario trivia or give you a history lesson (there’s plenty of that out there […]

Nosferatu: An Hidden Horror Gem

When you think of a hero charging into a vampire’s castle to do battle with an evil vampire lord and his minions, what comes to mind?  Castlevania, right?  The adventures of the Belmont clan and their generations-long war with Count Dracula is the iconic vampire killing video game franchise.  What if I told you, though, […]

Indie Game Examination: Children of Dust

Children of Dust is adventure module from PondStrider Games to be played in fifth edition Dungeons and Dragons set against the backdrop of the Deadworlds campaign setting, also by PondStrider Games.  It is an adventure designed to introduce a new party of level 3 adventurers to a setting in which the world has, through some […]

Kickstarter Spotlight: Blueshift

I am a huge fan of 4x strategy games and it is exceptionally rare to see this genre represented well in board games.  Sure, there are a lot of good strategy games out there, Catan comes to mind most readily, but for a game to capture all four of the X’s well is exceptionally rare. […]