Archives for Roleplaying Games

Area Effect Templates for D&D Miniatures

Playing D&D 4E pretty much requires the use of tabletop miniatures (or some equivalent, like cardstock counters). During one of the early sessions of our current campaign, I realized that the wizards in particular were using a lot of area effects. Probably that’s because wizards have access to first-level powers that can be used at […]

(Slightly) Revised Opinion of D&D Fourth Edition

You may recall that my first impression of Fourth Edition D&D was less than favorable. Back in June, I finally played 4th Edition D&D for the first time. In spite of some problems with the published scenario we used, my players and I enjoyed 4E rather more than I expected to. Good Things About 4E […]

TPK on the Shadowfell

Only two years after it came out, I finally played 4th Edition D&D. Some of you may remember that my my first impression of 4E was not entirely favorable. Now that I’ve actually played it, I have rather more to say. But first, here’s how the adventure and the game session went.

Face Painting for Confusing Face Recognition Software

A researcher named Adam Harvey published some of his findings about how face paint can confuse face-recognition software. He has pictures on his Web site. This makes me think of science-fiction games, especially cyberpunk games. I kind of like the idea of characters painting their faces with camouflage patterns before they run the shadows. And, […]

Simulationist vs. Gamist approach to RPGs

I haven’t posted anything specifically about games for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about them or playing them. Mostly I just haven’t had a lot of time to write because I’ve been drinking computer security from a firehose due to new project responsibilities at work. Since I started in semi-professional […]

Tools for Tabletop Gaming

I have a D&D gaming group that meets infrequently (every three or four months) because the players live far apart. We experimented with playing online but I wasn’t really happy with the software we were using. So a few days ago, I searched for other electronic tools for tabletop gaming. What I Found I found […]

Wizards of the Coasts Abruptly Suspends Sales of PDFs

This morning, I received in my inbox a message from Paizo Publishing that Wizards of the Coast insists they immediately stop selling PDFs of D&D gaming supplements. Later in the day I discovered that RPGnow and other online game stores had received the same demand. Presumably this came without a lot of advance notice. Wizards […]

Best game-planning aid, ever

What’s faster than a gaming Wiki? More powerful than a random dungeon generator? Able to help you plan entire game sessions in a single hour? Look! Out on the Web! It’s a game aid! It’s a presentation tool! It’s… IHMC CmapTools! The Institute for and Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) is a research center that […]

The Call of Cthulhu Cookout

Or, the Tentacular Spectacular! It was a great weekend. First, my birthday occurred some time this past week. Happy birthday to me! On Saturday I had a bunch of friends over to play the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game. Since it was summertime, and a nice day, and near enough to my birthday, and the […]

My Review of Dungeons and Dragons, Fourth Edition

The Fourth Edition of D&D has been out for about a month and a half now. I haven’t played it yet, but I’ve had the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual in my house for several weeks now — an early birthday gift from my lovely, thoughtful, gamer sweetie. Executive Summary I give […]