The Impossible DC Jun19

The Impossible DC

I hate saying no to players. In fact, saying “yes” has made it into the 4th Edition rules lexicon. Page 28 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide states: One of the cornerstones of improvisational theater technique...

The Difficulty Class by Level Chart Jun19

The Difficulty Class by Level Chart

As a player and a DM, I hate having to stop the game to look up rules; a silly statement, to be sure, as I doubt there are many gamers who enjoy seeing the flow of a session disrupted just to look up a rule. One...

What are hit points? Jun19

What are hit points?

Since recently I’ve been treating hit points more and more abstractly in games, I figured it might be a good idea to hammer out exactly what they mean to me and what players in one of my games can expect. For the most...

Monster Death and Conditions Jun01

Monster Death and Conditions

If a monster dies, do conditions he places on others go away? As it turns out, conditions last until their defined expiry. The only exception to this would be marks, which end immediately when the marking creature...

An Essentials Perspe...

Cody—resident player, tactician, and sometimes-MVP—took over the reigns...

Running and Difficult Terrain May30

Running and Difficul...

Can you use the run action through difficult terrain? This is one of those question...

A Cubist Viewpoint May30

A Cubist Viewpoint

A medium-sized character takes up one square on the battlefield—but how many...

A Dark Sun Sandbox

A few weeks ago, I made a colossal DMing mistake—I had the players follow the...

Redesigning Encounte...

The White Wyrm encounter, located on page 45 of The Scouring of Gate Pass, was a...

Musings on Our Fourt...

It’s been a busy spring for several of the players in my group and the fallout...

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