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D&D Creature: Splinter Wolf —

Splinter Wolf Large beast, unaligned Splinter wolves are mysterious brasts believed to be created by an eclectic arch-wizard. They appear to be normal wolves that have grown to unusual size, but have strange crystal splinters growing out of their skin. Encountering a splinter wolf is rare, and there are many stories where a splinter wolf [...]

WotC releasing Star Frontiers PDFs on DriveThruRPG —

Last week WotC released a few scans of original Star Frontiers materials on DriveThruRPG.  They released the characters sheets for free and the first two modules, SF1: Volturnus, Planet of Mystery, and SF2: Starspawn of Volturnus for $4.99 each.  Since these modules have been available on-line at starfrontiers.com for years, I thought it would be [...]

The Caves of Chaos – A 5E review —

    I am currently inducting two new recruits in the world of role-playing. They are twelve and ten years old and they are my sons. When they started expressing interested in playing a role-playing game, I had to decide what I wanted to run them through. Playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was the easy [...]

Random Bits —

It’s a new year and it’s time to get back to blogging once more.  I thought I’d start things out with a few bits and pieces of news and information. First, issue 19 of the Frontier Explorer was released last week.  You can grab a copy at DriveThruRPG or on the magazine’s website.  2017 marks [...]

My Introduction to RPGs —

I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to write up how I originally got involved in RPGs.  This is going to be that post so if you’re not interested in biographical information on about me, you can probably just skip this one. As many of us that started gaming back in the [...]

Old School Orginals —

Recently in perusing the many RPG blogs I follow, one of the blogs was giving away some old RPG material in a contest.  To enter, you had to tell the story of how you got into RPGs.  I wasn’t really interested in the giveaways so I didn’t post a comment but thought I’d write that [...]

Why I Dislike Monstrous Characters —

Let us start by determining what a monstrous character is. A monstrous character is character, be it Player Character (PC) or Non-Player Character (NPC), whose race is considered a ‘monster’ by the general populace of the world. In D&D I would consider the races of aarakocra, goliath, tieflings and even drow as monstrous races. I’m [...]

A Couple Small Thoughts —

The Explore: Beneath & Beyond Blog I just wanted to give a shout out to Joe Nuttall (I wonder if he’s somehow related to my wife, Nuttall isn’t a common last name) and his blog Explore: Beneath & Beyond.  His most recent article, Roll With It, provides an elegant solution to handling the tricky problem [...]

Some Numbers on the PWYW Experiment —

Back in February, I posted about running a little experiment looking at pay-what-you-want (PWYW) verses free products.  This is the promised follow up post talking about the numbers. The Plan Let’s start with a quick recap of the plan for the experiment.  If you just reread the original article, you can skip this part and [...]