The Lifespans of Elves

Mon 13 February 2017 by Jackson Malloy from Sword and Scoundrel

One of the more disagreed upon rules that crop up in a lot of old-school OSR/TSR games is based around demihuman level limits. Some of these arguments are from a game balance perspective (which is its own can of worms), but I find the more odious justification is based around the lifespan of the demihumans in question.


Winter Fantasy hosted 12 slots of Dungeons & Dragons and I played through them all

Mon 13 February 2017 by David Hartlage from DMDavid

At the convention center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the entire Winter Fantasy convention fits into one hall. Despite the event’s compact size, Winter Fantasy delivers as much Dungeons & Dragons as the biggest table-top gaming cons. Imagine the D&D track …

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Weekend R&R: Tome of Adventure Design

Sun 12 February 2017 by Pat Bellavance from Under Siege

The first adventure I ever created had me mapping out a dungeon on some graph paper and creating a chart of random encounters while sprinkling random treasure here and there. I don't even recall if there was a particular goal but I'm sure there must have been. I ...

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Sample Tutorial Character Sheets

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

These sample characters use a simplified character sheet that is great for introducing new players to D&D or for running quick games! There are 20 characters included that use a variety of races and classes. Each character includes their official class symbol and several quotes that help flesh out ...

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Non-Combat Encounters

Sun 12 February 2017 by A.L. from Reality Refracted

After a while combat encounters get pretty boring. I mean, sure, you can spruce them up a number of ways. You can ambush the PCs, or have the PCs ambush the NPCs, or have it just be a straight up fight. It can be a fight for a cause, or ...

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Mahara's Complete Compendium of Dungeon Masters' Tools

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

3 extra subraces, 8 new backgrounds, 8 new feats, novel cantrips for every spellcasting class, and new Bardic College and Arcane Tradition choices, as well as DM tools including plant effects and hallucination tables,  plus an inventory of 50+ original and whimsical items. Highlights include an Aquatic Dragonborn variant, a ...

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Baroque Fantasy?

Sun 12 February 2017 by Yora from Spriggan's Den

My view of creativity is very much in agreement with the thought that great ideas come from filling a mind with lots of fascinating concepts and evocative images and letting them ferment until one day something new comes growing out of the compost heap. A considerable amount of my creative ...

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Remembering Role Aids

Sun 12 February 2017 by Daniel Stack from 19th Level

One of my more humorous moments explaining a gaming book occurred in the mid-1980s. I was in the back seat of my grandfather's car flipping through Role Aids

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College of Harmony - Bard College

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

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Visionary:Prestige class

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A prestige class meant for 5e games. Comes with a printer friendly version. the paper background can be found here(/product/204855/DMG-creator-resourceold-paper-background)

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Biomancer prestige class

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A prestige class meant for 5e games. Comes with a printer friendly version. the paper background can be found here(/product/204855/DMG-creator-resourceold-paper-background)

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Joe Manganiello on Acting D&D

Sun 12 February 2017 by Aaron Penfold from Wizards of the Coast - Dungeons & Dragons

You may know Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) from True Blood and the Magic Mike films, and that he’ll be playing Deathstroke in the next Batman movie. In talking to Greg Tito (@gregtito) and Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo), Joe geeks out about all things D&D, fantasy, and comics. Plus, in Sage ...

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Teaching D&D to Ten Year Olds

Sun 12 February 2017 by Antony Brotherton from roleplay-geek

Out of the blue a work colleague (and former D&D player) told me that they had bought the 5e Basic Set for their 10 year old daughter and asked me for advice on how to run their first game.  The problem is twofold being as much about teaching dad ...

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Ruins of Azlant – Pathfinder Adventure Path

Sun 12 February 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

Paizo will begin releasing the next in its long line of Pathfinder adventure modules this August with the Ruins of Azlant Adventure Path. The six-part monthly series will open with The Lost Outpost, which asks players to try to uncover what tragedy befell an abandoned colony. This adventure path will ...

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Gods and Goddesses Kickstarter

Sun 12 February 2017 by Shawn Ellsworth from Tribality

Jetpack7 / Conceptopolis, the award-winning studio which helped design the new look of 5e and provided lots of art for the official books, is looking to launch its own OGL supplement. Their goal is to raise $14,000 on Kickstarter to create and 80+ page illustrated book called Gods and Goddesses ...

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Dungeons & Dragons - The Star of the East

Sun 12 February 2017 by Sean from Power Score

Last Saturday, we played some more of the KEY RING campaign. This was session 4. I had decided to bust out a heist adventure I tried to run when I was a kid. It is from a 2nd edition supplement called Thieves of Lankhmar. The Days Before Online Shopping: When ...

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Back to the dungeon. (Some Basic D&D talk)

Sun 12 February 2017 by Mark Van Vlack from Dust_Pan_Games

My D&D 5th ed campaign has lost it's steam for the moment. The holidays brought with them a gaming drought which stole any momentum or desire I had where running my game is concerned. It happens every year. We will get back to it, we always do. *

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Character Connection = Player Satisfaction

Sun 12 February 2017 by John Lewis from STUFFER SHACK

It’s throwback-time, where we revisit an awesome article from years ago… I don’t think I’m being overly presumptuous when I say that most, if not all gamers want to play a great character.  I’m not necessarily talking about playing some super powerful, mega bad-ass; I’m ...

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Table Top Babble 006 – Rodney Thompson

Sun 12 February 2017 by jamesintrocaso from World Builder Blog

A new episode of Table Top Babble is now up! James Introcaso sits down with game designer Rodney Thompson to discuss his work on the Star Wars RPG, Dungeons and Dragons, Destiny, and his on-going Kickstarter for the new Dusk City Outlaws. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher. Grab ...

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On Reader Mail: Set Design and Phandelver

Sun 12 February 2017 by -C from Hack & Slash

Nadav writes in and asks:

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On the Creation of a City

Sun 12 February 2017 by Dyson Logos from Dyson's Dodecahedron

As we set up for our next Dungeons & Dragons campaign, we sat down for session zero where character concepts …

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You’re a Hero, Willy!

Sun 12 February 2017 by Yora from Spriggan's Den

Or “I hate rat quests”. As I mentioned previously, my attempt at building a sandbox for LotFP had hit a wall and I went all the way back to square one to go on a spirit journey and find out why my campaign never turn out as I imagine them ...

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Free Appendix 'N' OSR Resource From Creative Mountain Games - The Book of Wonder (Fantasy Classics) From Creative Mountain Games As Well As Time & The Gods By Lord Dunsany

Sun 12 February 2017 by Needles from Swords & Stitchery - Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog

When it comes to dark fantasy they don't come any more important then the name Lord Dunsany. He was admired by H.P. Lovecraft, mocked by Olivia Manning & still loved by millions. This includes Gary Gygax and many of the other mothers & fathers of OD&D, AD&D, & even ...

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'Pay What You Want' OSR Resource - D100 Minor Magical Items From 3 Toadstools For Your Old School School Adventures

Sun 12 February 2017 by Needles from Swords & Stitchery - Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog

Sometimes you need a minor magic item but not something that isn't going to wreck your adventure or campaign. This relic can branch off on their adventure tie ins. These items are not going to change lives but they can twist adventurers around a bit. Three Toad Stools released ...

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Old Mars 'On A Budget' - Free Classic Edition OD&D Warriors Of Mars Download Mixed With The Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea Rpg System For A Hybrid Setting

Sun 12 February 2017 by Needles from Swords & Stitchery - Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog

I got an email asking me about doing 'Old Mars' on a budget and was it possible? The answer is absolutely with some modifications & here's how. I've run numerous variation D&D  Mars/Barsoom games over the years going all the way back to when I first got ...

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'Old Mars' With The Adventurer, Conqueror, King, System & How I Got Started With ERB's Barsoom

Sun 12 February 2017 by Needles from Swords & Stitchery - Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog

Well thanks for the email Bill, how did I get started with Mars & Barsoom? And at the end of this blog entry I'll help you out with running 'Old Mars' with Adventurer, Conqueror, King. Way back in Seventy Eight I was a very precocious eight year with a Star ...

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General Gamery: Superhuman RPG

Sun 12 February 2017 by Joe Blomquist from Underwear on the Outside

Wait... what? Yeah, you saw it. Superhuman RPG. Does this mean that I'm not going to continue working on the Superhuman Miniatures Game that was promised forever ago? No. Not at all. Actually, it's kind of the opposite.

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SIMPLE AND CRUNCHY

Sun 12 February 2017 by Anthony H from Anthony Huso News

MAKING ALIGNMENT SIMPLE AND CRUNCHY The nine D&D alignments are an internet meme. They’ve been talked to death. By page 25 of the 1979 Dungeon Master’s Guide, you get the sense that alignment is important and that changing it is bad. Very bad: So wait, if I ...

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Starjammer (PF) – Sean’s Pick, 020717

Sun 12 February 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

With the much-anticipated Paizo release of Starfinder (and a clear callback to the old D&D setting, Spelljammer), the folks as d20pfsrd.com decided to get a jump ahead of the Gen Con release and get their take on space fantasy gaming with Pathfinder into your hands. Welcome to the ...

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Killer Kobolds! – Sean’s Pick, 020817

Sun 12 February 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Today’s Pick takes us back (after much too long, I admit) to the realm of the Dungeon Masters Guild (the sister site to DriveThruRPG that is a showcase for all things D&D, including fan creations). One interesting development in recent years is the desire to make “the little ...

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Adventures in Middle-earth Loremaster’s Guide (5e) – Sean’s Pick, 020917

Sun 12 February 2017 by spfannon from Sean's Pick of the Day

Cubicle 7 continues their most excellent efforts in bringing Middle-earth to the D&D 5e fan base. The Player’s Guide has been out for a while now, and people are loving it, and now a more complete set of tools for the DM (called Loremaster here) are in hand ...

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High Forest Factbook

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A massive forest stands in the middle of Faerun. Easily accessible from the Swordcoast and yet.. there where is the official sourcebooks for what lays within? This book is intended for DM's wanting to run adventures within High Forest. It is the result of quite a bit of research ...

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DMG creator resource-old paper background

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A set of backgrounds for DMG creators to use to stylize their products. It includes a version with a line and a version without a line.

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Gloamhold Treasure Map

Sun 12 February 2017 by Creighton Broadhurst from Creighton Broadhurst

Over at Raging Swan Press, details of the Gloamhold Campaign Guide has just gone live. To celebrate, check out this awesome treasure map of the surrounding areas… Have your PCs find a copy today! And also, while I have you, did you know Raging Swan Press has a Patreon campaign ...

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Rodney Thompson - Gamer to Gamer

Sun 12 February 2017 by TheTome from The Tome Show

Jeff Greiner gets back into the interviewer seat this week when he sits down with the incomperable Rodney Thompson. Rodney discusses how he got into gaming, his work on Star Wars & Dungeons and Dragons, his love of Al Qadim, his new RPG, Dusk City Outlaws, and much, much more!

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Hirelings and Henchmen

Sun 12 February 2017 by Mike Summers from Old Guy Gaming

I have always found hirelings and henchmen to be extremely useful, both as a player and as a DM. Therefore, it has always baffled me that they are so often ignored. To help shine a light on their benefits, I have done what I could to show my players how ...

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Story Awards Labels - In Volo's Wake

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

Story Award Labels for In Volo's Wake. 

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The Dark Tower Deluxe

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

This is a computer generated dungeon. It has no storyline, no maps. It is meant to be used as a skeleton for your story, or as a standalone hack-n-slash dungeon module. All of the monster stats are generated randomly from the DMG tables not the MM. I built the Dungeon ...

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Racial Armour Traits

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

A D&D 5th Edition World-building supplement to encourage your players interacting with your armoursmith and increase variety of armour.

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Thoughts on writing adventures for others.

Sun 12 February 2017 by Mark Van Vlack from Dust_Pan_Games

This post is completely unrelated to a few other posts on the  subject lately. If you wish to take a deep dive on the subject of preparing an adventure, check out The Disoriented Ranger's series. I have come to a conclusion that has probably been  incredibly obvious to everyone ...

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The Husk

Sun 12 February 2017 by jamesintrocaso from World Builder Blog

As I’ve said before, I’m starting to make some progress in my world of Enora, where undead rule the surface of the planet! There’s just one monster of a problem with this idea: the fifth edition Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual has a serious Challenge Rating gap ...

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Thursday is #GURPSDay – Our Houserules

Sun 12 February 2017 by fewilcox from Frankly Speaking

Bang Skills Cost Double Instead of Triple Costs FP/ER is -10% Per Level, Capped at -40% DR With Absorption (B46) Costs Less Age-related Traits Cost Half, and Unaging is 5 CP GURPS is pretty much the perfect roleplaying game for our needs. Its only major flaw is that once ...

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Burial Rites, Death and Dying in Dungeons and Dragons

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

Adventurers die. It’s a universal part of tabletop games that focus on combat, like Dungeons and Dragons. However, we spend so much time trying to understand how an adventurer lives without ever considering how they would like to die. Some groups leave the bodies of their allies in dungeons ...

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DMs Guild Creator Resource - Free Dungeon Maps / Map Pack

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

Dungeon maps to use in your DMsGuild projects

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A Few Things from Robert J Kuntz

Sun 12 February 2017 by Halenar Frosthelm from The Ruins of Murkhill

Having been sick for most of the last two months (my wife and I alternating back and forth in that state) I have way behind on my projects and my posting.  So that is not an excuse just a statement of what has happened.

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OPC Log, 6 Calistril, 4717

Sun 12 February 2017 by Unknown from Paizo

Making my way back from the Las Vegas Open to spend some time in the office before heading out to DundraCon in a few weeks. The Open is a small con with large growth potential. Currently focused on war gaming, they are looking to expand into tabletop RPGs. I look ...

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New Spells for Old

Sun 12 February 2017 by Halenar Frosthelm from The Ruins of Murkhill

Hail Fellow and Well Met! This is my Original Dungeons & Dragons campaign worlds blog including The Ruins of Murkhill, my current campaign that has been running since July 2009. I have been playing and reffing OD&D since Sept. of 1975. Things posted will include information about several OD&D ...

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Random Trap Tables

Wed 01 February 2017 by Unknown from Dungeons & Dragons Classics Newest Items

This is a set of tables (for use with the Fantasy Grounds VTT) to generate random traps for all tiers of play. There are 276 unique traps. 276! There are 23 trap types and they each have different stats for both tiers and for difficulty category. Dungeon Masters Guide guidelines ...

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Exploring Numenera: Strand

Wed 01 February 2017 by Charles Ryan from Monte Cook Games

The wonders of the Ninth World—on film and at your gaming table The drifter. The rocky strand. The cyphers and artifacts he encounters. Numenera: Strand is a short film that explores one tiny—but incredible—story of the Ninth World. And now, with Exploring Numenera: Strand you can bring ...

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What are Powerful Friends For?

Wed 01 February 2017 by John Matthew Stater from THE LAND OF NOD

Answer: To get you in trouble!

Quick post today on a trope not uncommon in fantasy fiction, but which doesn't see much use in gaming (at least, not that I've seen). Allow me to paint a picture for you ...

A powerful wizard appears before a startled group of ...

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