Author: Troy E. Taylor

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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.

D&D Burgoo: NPC creation finds a new path asd
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D&D Burgoo: NPC creation finds a new path!!

So, your party is traveling through the woods or across that fantasy city, and you roll for a random encounter (‘cause, as a DM, that’s what we do, right?) You register the die roll result and refer to ye ol’ wandering monster chart. And instead of giving you a monster you can run right out of the Monster Manual, you see something like this: 3d6 bandits (Rangers level 4) And you go, “Uh, uh … uh.”  Yes, it’s that again! It’s time to refer to the NPC charts in the DMG, which are something of a blessing and a...

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Troy’s Crock Pot: Indy, why does the floor move? asd
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Troy’s Crock Pot: Indy, why does the floor move?!!

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. Leggo my Legos I’m installing laminate flooring in the front room of my house. It’s this stuff that looks like hardwood, but isn’t, so it’s cheaper. Anyway, the laminate boards are about four feet long and more than a foot wide, and you place them by interlocking a row of them together, then doing the same with the previous row you laid...

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