Archives for Roleplaying Games

Shewstone Publishing

I’m aware that it’s been more than 2 years since I’ve posted to this blog. This long, quiet period coincided with the launch of 5th Edition D&D at Gen Con 2014. 2014 was my first Gen Con. Since then my engagement with roleplaying games has been reinvigorated and I’ve been putting my time into world-building, […]

I’m on a Podcast!

Actually, I’m on two. CJ Romer graciously invited me to appear on his Ars Magica fan podcast, Arcane Connection. I’m on Episode 9, which is about a type of Ars Magica character called grogs, and on Episode 10, which is about House Flambeau. Both of these podcasts are aimed at Ars Magica fans so they’re […]

D&D Platest Update

A few months ago, I wrote about my experience with the D&D public playtest. There have been two updates to the rules since then, and they look to be heading in approximately the right direction again. The designers have dropped the concept of skill dice and they’ve straightened out the design of the rogue that […]

My Second Playtest of “D&D Next”

Over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, I got together with a bunch of college friends to run another playtest of the next edition of D&D, which the publishers insist on calling “D&D Next.” My conclusion: their design skills are no better than their grammar. I wish I could have that weekend back. Although I […]

Printing Battle Maps in Campaign Cartographer

When I have the ambition, I use Campaign Cartographer 3 to make maps for my tabletop roleplaying games. The README for the current version makes mention of printing maps to miniature scale, so you can use them as battle maps. The README is accurate as far as it goes, but a little sparse on the […]

Kickstarter for Ars Magica PC Game Announced!

Those of you who know me, know that Ars Magica is my favorite pen-and-paper role-playing game. That is no big secret: I’ve written chapters for something like four books (depending on how you count “chapter”) for that game, plus a free Web supplement. In fact, I have a new book coming out, but that’s not […]

My First Playtest of D&D 5th Edition

Over Memorial Day weekend, my college gaming buddies and I got together for a multi-day gaming binge. We took the opportunity to try out the public playtest of the next edition of D&D. (In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, the announcement of the upcoming edition was published all over the place this January, […]

A New Year, a New Edition of D&D

Today my wife pointed me to an article on announcing a new edition of Dungeons and Dragons. That’s right. A new edition, announced only four years after the last edition. I was just starting to get used to Fourth Edition — and starting to play it enough to actually want to buy some of […]

Learning the Combat System in Savage Worlds

Lately I’ve been playing two tabletop RPGs, which partially accounts for the lack of blog posts in about three months. One of my games is, of course, Ars Magica, and the other is the (relatively) new Space 1889: Red Sands setting for Savage Worlds. I find that over the past three or four years my […]

Searching within PDF Documents using Windows Search

Windows Search is a a built-in feature of the operating system which, if I recall correctly, has been around since Windows XP. It can find which files (“documents” in Windows-speak) contain certain words or phrases. It is very handy if, for example, you know you have the shopping list somewhere on your computer but can’t […]