Category: Crock Pot

Crock Pot

Over on Google+, I asked a question that seems particularly well-suited to Gnome Stew: What does your engagement with gaming as a hobby look like? Specifically, how many hours do you spend on different elements of that engagement, and how does that shake out percentage-wise? Right now I spend about 14 hours a week engaged with the hobby in some way. Here’s my current breakdown, sorted by time spent: Playing 50% Reading 29% Publishing 7% Blogging 7% Researching 7% Buying 0% Design 0% GMing 0% […]

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The adventuring party’s raid on the abandoned temple was successful. They rousted the bandits and defeated the wight and the other skeletal defenders. A thorough search of the building revealed many treasures, some mundane, some with divine magic. This d20 chart has a list of treasures you might find in the ruins of a temple or in a crypt. (In parentheses is a magical enhancement — using the D&D 5th edition cleric spell list — for the item, if you wish to make it one.) […]

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Thanks to Dungeons & Dragons and Tolkien, the fantasy baseline of “demihumans” (as we used to call them back in the day) were dwarves, elves and halflings. You create a fantasy setting, and there is either an expectation or casual acceptance that those three player races are in it. But let’s wipe that board clean. Let’s imagine a new fantasy world. What races could — or should — we include? Now this is one of those nice thought experiments you can do at home with your […]

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So my son asks, after I’ve been the GM for the second session of Hoard of the Dragon Queen, ‘Where’s the treasure?’” “We really need to find some treasure,” he continues. “I wanna buy that thing that will let me shoot an arrow with a line so we can climb up walls.” “You mean, some kind of grappling line?” “Yeah. But my rope is too heavy for an arrow.” Yes, it is. “I might need a crossbow, too.” That would be handy, I agree. “That […]

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When you write for a blog that emerged from the old Treasure Tables, you tend to be the sort that takes an old school approach to stocking dungeons.  Draw a map. Add monsters. Add dressing. Then last, add the treasure based on random results rolled from homemade d100 tables tucked away in a game master’s folder that you made for just that purpose. As an exercise, it might prove fruitful if a GM turned that process on its head. Take a look at your gaming […]

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What’s the old phrase? On a wing and a prayer? Flying can be dangerous business, even in fantasy adventures. But adventures set in the skies can be rewarding. Soaring into cloud cities. Reaching the mountain roosts of the most ancient creatures. Daring to step onto the hallowed ground of Mount Olympus. Brushing shoulders with titans and demigods. Dogfights against dragons and others who consider the sky their domain. For many GMs, the skies are uncharted territory. Setting adventures, or even a portion of an adventure […]

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One legacy of the game’s origins is a dungeon laid out on a grid: A collection of rooms, hallways and doors drawn out on an 11- x 8-inch sheet of cyan lined paper. Good fun to be certain. But talk to a geologist. A feature of natural terrain are vertical shafts, carved from the rock by volcanic lava tubes or eroded away by water and gravity. And let’s not forget the activities of human beings, who dig wells for that most precious resource of water […]