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? Would I use them? Sure, I had a few ideas—but until I was able to get them into my hot little hands, I just didn’t know what my...

Can I Get a Fluffer? …Part III Jun20

Can I Get a Fluffer? …Part III

If it wasn’t obvious by now, I love fluffing. I’ve altered the descriptions of powers, feats, classes, races, movement, items, and templates. Throughout my blog you can find examples of my efforts, from fluffing...

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...

The Impossible DC Jun19

The Impossible DC

I hate saying no to players. In fact, saying “yes” has made it into the...

The Difficulty Class by Level Chart Jun19

The Difficulty Class...

As a player and a DM, I hate having to stop the game to look up rules; a silly...

What are hit points? Jun19

What are hit points?

Since recently I’ve been treating hit points more and more abstractly in...

Monster Death and Conditions Jun01

Monster Death and Co...

If a monster dies, do conditions he places on others go away? As it turns out,...

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