Author: Troy E. Taylor

About The Author

Troy E. Taylor

Troy's happiest when up to his elbows in plaster molds and craft paint, creating terrain and detailing minis for his home game. A career journalist and Werecabbages freelancer, he also claims mastery of his kettle grill, from which he serves up pizza to his wife and three children.

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D&D Burgoo: To 4E or not to 4E

It seems Hamlet had a less vexing decision than the one that seemingly faces many DMs of Dungeons and Dragons. Namely, do I switch to the new fourth edition of the game, or stick with the version I’m playing? I think it’s fair many factors will go into your thinking. Here’s what I’m weighing, right now. Cost The biggie. At $104.95 msrp for the three core rulebooks, this is the most expensive version (with the exception of collectible editions) of D&D ever to hit shelves. While you’re at it, throw in the cost of a new DM screen ($9.95),...

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Troy’s Crock Pot: The Eyes Have It

What’s the Crock Pot? Just a simmering bowl of lentils and herbs, with a dash of DMing observations. Don’t be afraid to dip in your ladle and stir, or throw in something from your own spice rack. Wisdom score, check I went in for my annual eye examination, and Doctor Mike told me that my vision had improved. “That sometimes happens when you get older,” he said. Really? I guess the Player’s Handbook had it right all along when it conferred Wisdom bonuses to the aging effects chart. Square peg, round hole I’m in my third decade of playing...

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D&D Burgoo: That Lizardfolk’s Got A Panty On His Head

“Son, you got a panty on your head,” the old hayseed tells Nicolas Cage’s convenience-store robbin’ character H.I. in “Raising Arizona.” And sure e’nuff, somewhere beneath all that nylon is the Nicolas Cage we know and love — even though it’s pretty hard to recognize him just by looking. Experienced D&D/3.5 players know their monsters backwards and forwards, just from hearing the description or showing them a picture. Tell them you’re facing a lizardfolk band, and well, they know how to deal with that, right down to the best tactics. Designing new monsters from scratch is hard work —...

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