Mid-life Crisis

Magic Sword by Capcom

Congratulations, D&D. 40 is a big number, but you made it. Despite edition wars, changes in ownership, and forums teeming with grognards, you’ve done pretty well for yourself. Your kids are all grown up and out of the house, offspring like 13th Age, Dungeon World, Savage Worlds, and a billion other spinoffs. You’ve launched some really great settings (but we won’t talk about Spelljammer). It’s time to buy that sports car and cheat on the old-fashioned d20 with some of those hot new fudge dice. They come in sets of four, you know.

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Happy Birthday!

Knights of the Dinner Table issue 194


Not to TPK, that’s in August. To me. Today is my birthday, so of course I’m updating the blog. I’m officially thirty years old, and I’ve spent almost two thirds of that playing roleplaying games, and loving it. Today I just want to mess around a bit, and do a short post on some of my biggest gaming influences over the past twenty years. Here’s a short rundown.

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Hey, I finished my thesis last night! Which means I am sleeping most of today. Probably. But I wasn’t going to leave you with nothing. Here’s a set of 20 questions that I answered for an Essentials game I’ll be playing in soon. I’m going to start going over each of the 20 questions in the next few months, looking at what they’re for and how you can use them to tell a story about your character. Check out the wiki for the Essentials game too, Vale Tales. Anyway, on to my 20 questions! Read more



I wanted to get this post up a few weeks ago, but was too busy with essays and the like. It was hard to write, and to know what to say, but I think I’ve finally hashed it out. You see, we just passed March 4th, the fourth anniversary of Gary Gygax’s death. I never met him, and certainly don’t agree with everything he said, but I can’t deny the fact that I owe him a lot.  Read more

D&D Next

Everyone else is talking about D&D Next, even the New York Times, and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. I’ve been playing since 2nd edition, and remember starting as a grognard among grognards, complaining that we didn’t need a new edition despite having never played it. It’s been a long road to recovery, but I think I’m well on my way, so I’ll try to keep the complaining to a minimum. All in all, I’m pretty excited not just that there’s going to be a new edition, but how Wizards of the Coast is going about it. Read more

Starting Point

I thought it would be best for a first post to define some of the terms I’ll be using a lot, so that my meaning is precise. I’ve left out more generic role-playing terms, like PC or NPC, because if you’ve made it this far, you probably already know that much.

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