"I'm going to chat up the barmaid. I roll Persuasion - look, it's a natural 20. I get her to come outside with me, and then I kill her and I get a free attack because she's surprised because I rolled that natural 20."Summary of incident at early session run by my son When I … Continue reading A history of skills in BECMI
The RPGaDay2020 prompts in a map by dunroaminpress Yesterday in RPGaDay2020 we looked at the flavour of potions and differences between versions of D&D. Today the theme is Close. Let's look at another difference between editions of D&D. Specifically the close shave. Those moments when characters almost die, but manage to survive. Back in the … Continue reading RPGaDay2020 Day 28: Close – close shaves in BECMI and 5e
The original RPGaDay2020 prompts graphic by @WillBrooks1989 Yesterday in RPGaDay2020 was about Strange and striking the balance between novelty and framework. Today we look at Flavour. I have to confess this is something I'm not very good at describing. I usually fall back to what the characters see; I should get better at using the … Continue reading RPGaDay2020 Day 27: Flavour – what do potions taste of?
Plenty. That's the inspiration for day 18 of #RPGaDay2019, following One yesterday. How often do we consider the implications of things being plentiful? I know D&D isn't meant to be an exact simulation of the world and that's one of its strengths, but anything common becomes inherently less valuable. In the BECMI days, 80% of … Continue reading RPGaDay2019 Day 18 – Plenty
One. That's the inspiration for day 17 of #RPGaDay2019; normal service is resumed following my Dream yesterday. You may have gathered I've been around a while, and started with the Red Box Basic Set. And I am torn between the old style and the new style. One innovation since my time of which I whole-heartedly … Continue reading RPGaDay2019 Day 17 – One
For day 9 of #RPGaDay2019 we get critical, following Obscure yesterday. When I started with BECMI, there was no concept of critical rolls - no critical success or critical failure. My friends played AD&D, so I'd hear them talking about a critical hit and wonder what this was. Fast-forward 35 years to 5e. It's there … Continue reading RPGaDay2019 Day 9 – Critical
Ancient. That's the inspiration for day 6 of #RPGaDay2019, following Space yesterday. My son would prbably say I'm ancient, my daughter certainly thinks my language outdated (or cringes when it isn't), and there are certainly days when I feel ancient. But with age comes wisdom, or at least experience which can sometimes substitute. As I … Continue reading RPGaDay2019 Day 6 – Ancient
In Always Tell me the Odds: Redesigning Random Encounters, The Angry GM highlights something which has struck me since returning to the D&D scene after a break of 25 years. Back when I started, wandering monsters were random encounters which might or might not lead to a fight. The Basic Dungeon Master's Rulebook contained reaction … Continue reading When did random encounters become unplanned battles?
It is still August, right? No? Oh well, I've started, so I'll finish... Well, I've had plenty of time for my play style to evolve, but my "play" has always been as a DM. I started in the early 80s as a teenager with the Basic set, quickly expanded to include Expert, Companion, Master and … Continue reading #RPGaDay2018: Day 13 – Describe how your play has evolved
Ragnar’s Keep has stood on this rock outcrop on the outskirts of the town for well over a hundred years. Who Ragnar was is now lost in the mists of time, but it is a defensible location near a river and good farmland, and so it has been continuously occupied ever since and a town has grown up around it.