Redesigning Encounters: Spy Headquarters

The Spy Headquarters encounter was my favorite so far and not because it was a rewarding combat, but because it was almost completely bypassed by excellent roleplaying and more than a few lucky bluff checks. The encounter...

Musings on Our Sixth Session

Session 6 was a spectacular session! My closest friend and the best man at my wedding—Jeff Farnsworth—sat in as a guest player and portrayed the role of Artimus, an acquaintance of Rivereye’s. This was...

Redesigning Encounters: Dual at Gabal’s School

The group’s encounter with Shealis was different than those that had come before: it was completely possible for the group to talk their way past her. A detailed skill challenge was put together so the party could...

Musings on Our Fifth Session

Session 5 of our War of the Burning Sky campaign was the best session yet! Not only did we get six hours of gaming in, five of those hours were solid roleplay; the session’s combat only lasted one hour. We finally hit...

Using Fortune Cards Jun20

Using Fortune Cards

At first, I wasn’t completely sold on Fortune Cards. How would they work?...

Can I Get a Fluffer? …Part III Jun20

Can I Get a Fluffer?...

If it wasn’t obvious by now, I love fluffing. I’ve altered the...

Massaging Treasure Parcels Jun19

Massaging Treasure P...

At the end of 2010, I detailed how I deal with magic items in 4th Edition games. In...

Do Cover and Concealment Penalties Stack? Jun19

Do Cover and Conceal...

For example, let’s say a kobold is hiding at the base of a tree; he is...

The Elevation Indicator Jun19

The Elevation Indica...

I’ve received several messages about my custom-made elevation indicator....

Reliable Encounter Powers Jun19

Reliable Encounter P...

I don’t play very often, but when I do, it sure sucks to miss with an...

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