Author: Matthew J. Neagley


About Matthew J. Neagley

First introduced to RPGs through the DnD Red Box Set in 1990, Matt fights on ongoing battle with GMing ADD, leaving his to-do list littered with the broken wrecks of half-formed campaigns, worlds, characters, settings, and home-brewed systems. Luckily, his wife is also a GM, providing him with time on both sides of the screen.

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Dear game publishers, Listen, I get it: sex sells. And I know we’re in this enlightened age where no one cares what anyone is into and no one is ashamed of their body (or at least those statements SHOULD be true and we’re working on it), but I belong to the gender that’s often accused of primarily thinking with their gonads and I’d prefer not to foster the image that that’s true. So the thought of buying products that look like porn makes me uncomfortable […]

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Recently I was cleaning off my desk and found some notes for a 5 room dungeon that I had jotted down. It’s a bit of a silly or punny romp, for which I have coined the term “dadventure”. Background: A tribe of savage humanoids made the fatal mistake of summoning a wicked nature spirit. Unfortunately they accidentally summoned a spirit of hunger which escaped their control and possessed a nearby moose, through which it has been scouring the area of life. Setup: The adventure starts […]

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Today I’d like to talk about adjectives. In case English class is an old forgotten or deeply repressed memory for you, a reminder: adjectives are those words that describe other words, specifically they describe things. In some cases they describe other adjectives but that doesn’t interest us here today. Words that describe actions are another beast entirely and we’re not interested in those today either. Examples: large, burning, squashed, futuristic, repulsive… You know the drill. O.K. we’re done with the recap. I doubt anyone reading […]

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For the past six years, every January I’ve run a garage sale article. I’m loathe to give up a six year tradition, but response has been hit or miss and, to be honest, it’s gotten harder and harder to scrape a handful of campaigns out of my notebook for the article. So this year we’re trying a new twist: a set of items that your characters might find at a garage sale (or as loot or that might be brought to them by someone else […]

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We here at the stew have a complicated relationship with the big man in red. Sure, he’s a fantastic guy who selflessly brings presents to every child in the world in a single night, but on the other hand, it sure would be nice if everyone in the world’s list of their favorite fat bearded men with red hats didn’t start with Santa. I mean we’re not asking for a sweep, or even a majority, just a token presence in the number one slot. But […]

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Flea circuses are fraudulent mechanical fakes or worse yet, torture boxes built of super glue and heating coils. But that wasn’t always the case. There was one flea circus which was true to advertising. “The Czar” as he liked to be called by his children, awakened near human intelligence in a group of fleas through generations of selective breeding and perhaps a drop or two of blood magic. Your troupe claims descent from that first circus, though perhaps it is all just a legend. Circus […]

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As promised, here is an example of the method presented in the earlier article Random Mega Generation Via 5 Room Iterations. The method aims to create a large scale megadungeon in modular chunks with minimal work. Our first step is to create the main map by combining a random number of 5 room dungeons. Each room will represent a realm, a large dungeon area with an overarching theme and several smaller sub-areas. I started with a 1d4 roll for the number of 5 room chunks […]