Category RPG

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Indy Spotlight: The Witch is Dead

“The Witch is Dead” is a free one-page free RPG by Grant Howitt.  Designed to be played in a single session, “The Witch is Dead” gives its players control over one of the late witches familiars and a single goal: revenge.  You see, the witch was not the wicked kind.  She was wise and benevolent […]

Heroes in the Darkness: A Look at Roleplaying Horror Adventures

Horror is a genre that’s very easy to do poorly.  Whether we’re talking literature, cinema, or games it’s really easy to screw up being scary because fear is a difficult emotion to effectively manipulate, particularly in an observer.  It can be really difficult, for example, to take advantage of certain primal fears in the mind […]

My Problem with Planes

(This article is about extraplanar adventures in roleplaying games, not flying machines.) “We’re about to hit the next story arc of our campaign,” I said to my players, visibly very excited, “Does anyone want to suggest a theme?” Now, for those of you who don’t know, this is a dangerous proposition.  This is how you end up […]

The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon Go, and the Evolution of Adventure

So, even if you’ve been living under a rock these days you’ve probably heard some of the craze about Pokemon Go being out (because someone probably looked under your rock for a Geodude). The game itself is still in something like a beta, and even though trading still hasn’t become a thing this game has […]