The New York Times published an article this morning about the much talked about 5e for AD&D. It was an interesting article, particularly as it attempted to educate readers, who likely know nothing of the edition wars that have peppered blogs in recent years, or the issues that have emerged within the industry. The NYT… Continue reading Back to 2e?
Scimitar of the Nymphs by Tim Hensley The Scimitar was originally given to the Archdruid Leofrick by the Nymphs of Gallish in exchange for acting as guardian of the river. It remained within druid society for nearly four hundred years until it was stripped from the dead body of the Great Druid Namist who was… Continue reading Minor Artifact (Scimitar)
Akrasia, over at Akratic Wizardry, has an excellent entry on the “problem with feats.” I have to say it’s a close approximation of my own feelings on the pseudo-powers system. The only thing I would add is that, as I see it, the reason feats were introduced was to provide a skill/power system while keeping… Continue reading The Fiddly-ness of Feats
For me, one of the biggest factors in whether to play a game is the amount of “crunch.” In thinking about the various editions of AD&D and why I like (or dislike) them, I have to admit crunch is a primary consideration. That’s why I decided it might be entertaining to take a quick graphic… Continue reading D&D crunch factor
I’ve been talking with my old group recently about starting an on-line game of some sort. Naturally, the topic of conversation has largely centered on schedules and game systems. At the moment, I’m vacillating between Labyrinth Lord and Traveller (the new retro-clone from Mongoose). For the most part, I’m leaning towards Labyrinth Lord for two… Continue reading Race as class and back again
As a gamer that began playing during the hobby’s birth, I’ve had the opportunity to witness a massive shift in the way games are designed and played. In the early days of gaming, there was still a sense that we were essentially playing miniature-based scenarios, where backstory was only used in order to get the… Continue reading David Cook made me this way
I spoke last year about my dislike for the direction Wizard of the Coast took with the D&D franchise (and Star Wars as well). While I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a crusty old school gamer, the real reason behind my preference is because I came of age with a group that didn’t… Continue reading Few rules required