Let me tell you about the schenanigans my friend and I pulled in the 4E game my wife runs last Sunday: My wife is huge on custom magic items. Some are just little flavor differences, others are completely whole cloth inventions of hers. That’s how our party ended up with a...Read More
Author: Matthew J. Neagley
About The Author
First introduced to RPGs through the DnD Red Box Set in 1990, Matt fights an 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.
Rust, over on www.youmeetinatavern.com posted a link to an excellent resource for GMs who want to crack open their old school rpg books or who want to stir some ol’ school flavor into their modern RPGs. It’s called A Quick Primer for Old School Gaming, It’s written by Matthew Finch, and it’s available as a free...Read More
October is upon us (by which I mean I’m writing this on the 1st, not that you’ll necessarily see it on the 1st). While I haven’t had to deal with one in well over a decade, I have no doubt that the “DnD* is a tool of the Devil” crowd are still out...Read More
I love to give my DM a hard time. It’s just playful teasing and part of how i have fun in the game. For example, my DM uses large monsters a lot but uses 1″x2″ bases to represent them and I’m fond of teasing her how her current tactical setup would be impossible were she using the “correct” basing. Yesterday, after game, she told me “I was so worried...Read More
Alright. I admit it. It’s just a guess. I’ve never played in a game that had gnomes, surgery, and currency based economics, so I can’t prove that surgery is one of those things that’s effected by size category. I just get the gut feeling that since gnomes are small, the higher...Read More
I found www.nesfiles.com a while back. For the NES junkies out there like me, Nesfiles is a site that allows you to play emulated NES games in your browser. Go nuts. I’m not sure of the legalities of emulators though, so go nuts at your own risk. One of the games I found there that I had loved years ago was Ultima Exodus. Despite the fact that it’s a video...Read More
Reading Ben Robbins’ recent post on Ars Ludi on Major Wesely the first GM, featured on our August 8th Link Roundup, I was struck with the fact that as RPG GMs, players and designers we’re the last generation that will ever be able to say that we’ve experienced firsthand the entirety of the history of our hobby. The older the hobby gets, the harder it will be to get our hands...Read More
Ages ago, I had an idea. I was discussing the best use of marketing hoopla and I wanted to come up with an amazingly bizzare game concept to use as an example. What I came up with was Tiny Tinkourers, Victorian gnomish steam-driven battle-suit arena gladiatorial combat! The publisher to whom I was talking at the time (Chris Hill of OKG – They have some really neat stuff) said he...Read More
Hi. Stands and addresses the room I’m Matt and I have a World of Warcraft problem… Alright, that aside, I want to discuss something that happened to me last week in my WoW guild. (For those of you that aren’t in the know, a WoW guild is a group...Read More
Let’s face it. Our memories aren’t what they used to be. It’s true for all of us, though the old guys like me do feel the pinch a bit more acutely. Add to that that game systems are constantly changing, we’re always trying new games, genres, and systems, and that we’ve got our own games to plan and it’s plain that quite a bit is going get lost in...Read More
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