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Ragnar’s Keep – a mediaeval castle setting for fantasy RPGs

Are you a GamesMaster for a fantasy role-playing game? Do you struggle to make your settings feel real? Do you need a castle home base? Or a castle for the players to attack? Or a refuge from the dangers on the road? Maybe some NPCs in a wilderness stronghold? Ragnar's Keep is a detailed castle … Continue reading Ragnar’s Keep – a mediaeval castle setting for fantasy RPGs

One D&D Rules updates from playtests 1 and 2

This is my next post in the series looking at the 10th Anniversary next edition of D&D, which Wizards are playtesting bit by bit. As I said in my first post, their aim is evolution rather than revolution, and to remain compatible with fifth edition, at least to the point where you can mix and … Continue reading One D&D Rules updates from playtests 1 and 2

Interesting Combats from Unusual Monster Characteristics

How often do your combats turn out very similar? Attack, batter, dodge, fire bolt, try to flank, bash, slice, (stay in their faces because otherwise opportunity attack), batter, ouch!, heal, crunch, “oh they’re dead”. Even if you bring in terrain changes and cover to add interest, I’ve still been getting the feeling of things being … Continue reading Interesting Combats from Unusual Monster Characteristics

One D&D Playtest 2 – Part 1 Expert Classes

As I discussed in my earlier post, Wizards are now working on the 10th Anniversary next edition of D&D, and they are playtesting it bit by bit. Their aim is evolution rather than revolution, and to remain compatible with fifth edition, at least to the point where you can mix and match old and new … Continue reading One D&D Playtest 2 – Part 1 Expert Classes

Developing Akorros – Lake Amsorak and the Shi’ika part 2

As I mentioned, I’m participating in this year’s WorldAnvil Summer Camp, and this has inspired me to start developing Lake Amsorak and the people who live there. In the previous post, I discussed the formation of the Amsorak Basin and the lake itself, and introduced the Shi’ika trading folk who make their lives there. Additional … Continue reading Developing Akorros – Lake Amsorak and the Shi’ika part 2

One D&D – the roadmap unveiled yesterday

As I'm sure many of you are aware by now, yesterday on the DnDBeyond Twitch stream, Wizards of the Coast made a major announcement about the future of D&D. You can rewatch the stream here. Following the acquisition of D&D Beyond by Wizards of the Coast, it was clear from the start that this was … Continue reading One D&D – the roadmap unveiled yesterday

Safety Tools in RPGs

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Role-playing games can be a lot of fun, and a great way to spend a few hours exploring a different life and different experiences. But due to the topics they typically encompass – violence, theft, monsters, demons, devils, spiders, bugs, relationships, different tribes/races/species and their interactions, conflict, Mrs Cake, slood, celery and more – they … Continue reading Safety Tools in RPGs

WorldAnvil Summer Camp copper prompts

A quick follow-up to Creativity sprees incoming – World Anvil Summer Camp and RPGaDay. The first batch prompts of WorldAnvil summer camp were released last night during their Twitch stream and on their blog. It appears the numbers of prompts in each group have changed. The copper batch contains eight prompts rather than the previous … Continue reading WorldAnvil Summer Camp copper prompts