A is for Aarokocra

And that, is an Aarokocra. No I’m not doing some silly alphabet book or even planning on posting about random monsters. Although that would certainly alleviate some of the lack of activity going on here. There are certain occasions where I have a bolt of inspiration and want to get it into words so I…

Another Quicksheet!

I must be in the mood for staring at spreadsheets for some reason. Well, it’s linked on the Campaign Resources page, or here I guess. There’s quite a few differences in pulling all of the Divine spells into a quicksheet vs doing the Arcane spells. First off, I condensed a bunch of the domains a…

D&D Classic PHB

Run a game long enough, and the list of house rules becomes terribly unwieldy. A good DM will know better and try to categorize a vast number of things onto quicksheets so they can make common rulings instead of trying to remember that odd ruling from weeks/months ago. Over the years I’ve watched the game…

Feasibility

Inspiration struck this morning as I was making coffee, still in whatever you would imagine I wear to bed, contemplating whether to cook some eggs. As I let my mind wander it bounces over past and future events with little heed for the present. The present exists currently only to serve coffee, that’s been thoroughly…

Player Creators

As the Dungeon Master in my game, most of the world is mine. I’ve drawn up maps and dungeons, created political structures, enemies, allies, and campaigns. The challenge of a DM is really to make the entire world, every aspect of it, an interaction with players who experience it. Granted, there’s the trap of falling into making…

Saving Throws

Saving Throws in 2e have largely been based off of your class, with a general dump for save vs Magic to catch all other things that don’t apply to anything specific. When the d20 system rolled around, it deferred to a much simpler system relating to Fort, Will, and Reflex. Of course this is a…

Charisma: Reaction Adjustment

As part of my ongoing adventures and dealing with new players asking hard questions, one such stumbling point has come across that I’m sure many people have looked at quizzically. With no apparent mechanic to be found, large swaths of players summarily assign their worst score to the most classic dump stat in the game. Please…

Removing THAC0

If there were one thing in particular that I could say is keeping people from joining my game, it would be the general combat system revolving around THAC0. When 3rd edition hit more years ago that I want to count, it killed THAC0, and the people rejoiced. Although I think in general the spirit of…

Expanding the Spellcraft Proficiency

This comes as something of a follow up to a recent post where newly forged Wizards and their ilk need some sort of old man teaching them all the right moves until they “get” it. The idea that you’re going to spend a LOT of time learning wizardly things really delves into the territory of…

Colleges, Cults, and Curmudgeony Wizards

Monday, at The Dragon’s Flagon, I was reminded of the old school spell lists. I love the OSR community so much, every day there’s always something to get my gears turning. Whether or not it’s productive is another issue. I haven’t put anything down solid, but it’s going on my project list. Wizards aren’t born,…