Monthly Archives: May 2011

Game Night Blog Carnival: Dutch Blitz

Welcome to the new Game Night Blog Carnival!  This is a new feature Roving Band of Misfits is running once each month with numerous roleplaying game blogs.  Visit their site for more information about the blog carnival initiative. When I was … Continue reading

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I’m A Bad DM. Now What?

A question was raised this week by Randall Walker that led me to reflect back to my time as a career counselor, “What happens when I suck at being a DM?” The question is intriguing to me for many reasons, … Continue reading

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Ego Check: Carl Bussler, Host of Flagons & Dragons

It is my pleasure to bring you the second installment of Ego Check. Over the last few weeks, I was able to interview Carl Bussler, host and producer of the Flagons & Dragons podcast series. He was kind enough to … Continue reading

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F#*k You, Die!

I have been tossing around this idea for some time now, but tonight seemed like the perfect time for something goofy after my last quasi-serious post about errata and how it affects the relationship between players of Dungeons & Dragons … Continue reading

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Et tu, Errata?

I have happily sat on the sidelines during most conversations about Errata in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. However, I finally feel like I have something to say on the topic after the latest Update from Wizards of the Coast. … Continue reading

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Solving The Extended Rest Riddle

I started to listen to the Exemplary DM podcasts while driving this week. One of the hosts briefly mentioned the idea of Endurance Checks to replace or build upon the Short and Extended Rest mechanics. I found the idea intriguing because … Continue reading

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Snake Week At – Cheating Prevention

“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” I had the pleasure of participating in the Snake Week Theme over at Stuffer Shack. They asked contributors for snake-themed articles. I assumed most people would discuss monsters and traps, and since I just … Continue reading

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Fountain of Sorrow: Solo Contest Winner

Last month, David Flor over at A Walk In The Dark sent out notice that he was running a contest. The challenge was for DMs to create an encounter for Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition with a Solo monster. David listed … Continue reading

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Magic Item Dispersal: New Players, Old Problems

I ran into a situation recently where a player pointed out the discrepancy between the levels of magic items possessed by the characters that have played in the campaign from Level 1, and two characters that just joined the group … Continue reading

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Post For – Steal This NPC: Brother Laurence

I was recently asked to contribute an article for Stuffer Shack, and decided to use their Steal This NPC model to further illustrate my previous post on using NPCs as questing hubs to build your campaign world. Please visit Stuffer Shack … Continue reading

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