Category: RPG

I played a game and I liked it

Last night, I DM’ed my first session of the D&D Next Open Playtest. I had five players (two Clerics, two Fighters and the Rogue – no Wizards, yet!) and took them through a part...

Review: Elves With Shotguns

I’ve been playing rather a lot of Torchlight lately. Partly that is in anticipation of the imminent release of Torchlight II, but also because it happens to be one of my youngest son’s favourite...

What is Playtesting anyway?

On 24th May, the future Edition of D&D embarks on the next stage of its journey toward completion. This is when Wizards of The Coast begins the first Open Playtest of D&D Next. With...

Should D&D be sexist?

If you want it to be, yes. It should also be racist, violent, malevolent, and threatening if you want it to be and it fits the tone of your campaign and maturity of the...

Drow are raiding the UK!

The Drowathon is drawing near, folks! Grab your trusty dice and get yourself to Nottingham to join the best of UK gamers for a day of role-playing goodness. The Drowathon is a free event for...

I come not to bury 4e, but to praise it

Fourth Edition D&D is brilliant. I have said it, and mean it sincerely too. History will look back at your tenure of the D&D name in much the same way we look back at...

Bursting the Grid Bubble

Role-playing gamers, generally speaking, fall into two categories: those who prefer to play using miniatures and battlemats, and those who don’t. Some folks favour the idea of running most combats using the Power of...

Building a better Class system

Let’s talk for a minute (ok, maybe more than a minute unless you can read really quickly) about the D&D Class system and how it would look in my mythical ideal Next Edition of...

Did I ever tell you about the Arrow of Returning?

I have a thing for quirky magic items. In a world where curmudgeonly old fools are apt to possess great magical prowess, it’s pretty likely that for every well crafted Longword +1 there’s bound...