D&D adds Psionics: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Tue 29 August 2017 by David Hartlage from DMDavid

While editing the third Dungeons & Dragons supplement, Eldrich Wizardry, Tim Kask developed D&D’s first rules for psionics. He loved psionic combat and threw his enthusiasm into the task. His rules answered D&D’s biggest critics. First, they stood separate from unrealistic …


How Psionics Accommodated D&D’s Critics

Tue 22 August 2017 by David Hartlage from DMDavid

In 1966, Gary Gygax fielded a personal ad in the General seeking gaming opponents. He included the line, “Will cooperate on game design.” In the years to follow, Gygax proved a zealous collaborator. Aside from teaming with other designers, he …

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Gary Gygax Loved Science Fantasy, So Why Did He Want Psionics Out of D&D?

Tue 15 August 2017 by David Hartlage from DMDavid

In the fall of 1985, just as Gary Gygax left TSR, Dragon magazine issue 103 revealed his suddenly obsolete plans for second-edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Not all his plans featured additions and enhancements. He aimed to remove two parts …

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Do You Know that Good DM People Talk About? I Hate that Guy

Tue 08 August 2017 by David Hartlage from DMDavid

Do you know that good DM everyone always talks about? I hate that guy. Actually, the guy could be a gal. We’ve never met. I just imagine a guy so I can picture myself punching him. Does that make me …

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