Redesigning Encounters: Shocking Revelation

As I wrote about in Redesigning Encounters: Ambush!, while DMing the War of the Burning Sky campaign, I’ll be updating encounters to the Monster Manual 3 design shift. Doing this fills a very specific purpose—it...

Keeping Track of Conditions

Keeping track of conditions is the one thing 4th Edition doesn’t make easy. During the first few levels, things aren’t too bad. Occasionally, someone will be slowed or immobilized; nothing too complicated....

Redesigning Encounters: Ambush!

War of the Burning Sky’s conversion from 3rd Edition came at a time before Wizards of the Coast had perfected monster design. Because of this, every creature in The Scouring of Gate Pass is built using the original...

Musings on Our Second Session

Riding on the heels of our wildly successful first session, we made sure to kick Session 2 off with a bang. Folks brought tasty adult beverages to share, Seth thoughtfully controlled initiative, Brent ran our lone NPC, and...

Social Skills Versus...

Can players use social skills against another player’s character to get him to...

Flashy Movement

I’ve discussed fluffing to some extent in previous posts. For my money,...

Perception to find treasure? Mar29

Perception to find t...

I once had a player suggest that Perception checks to find treasure were a waste of...

Musings on Our First...

It’s been a long road getting to where I am now. So, a little...

Aid Another Mar22

Aid Another

The rules for aid another seem pretty cut and dry: A creature can affect a...

Passive and Active Checks Mar22

Passive and Active C...

If the D&D manuals gave a rule for every possible eventuality and rules...

Elven Accuracy Mar22

Elven Accuracy

For the longest time, the power elven accuracy seemed like a no-brainer....

Essentials Versus Co...

Talking to the average 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons player, you would think a...

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