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2017 Will Be The Worst Year!

Yes, because of all that other stuff, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Hello, everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and I apologize for that. Hopefully, now that things have settled down in my non-gamer life the posting here will be more regular. Not better, mind you, but regular. Since it’s January, I wanted to take a look ahead at what I’m looking forward to in 2017. Continue reading 2017 Will Be The Worst Year!

How Movies Taught Me How to Avoid a TPK

One of the worst sins that any Game Master can commit is the Total Party Kill. Sure, I make jokes about TPKs all the time. But, in my actual games I would never wipe an entire party. A TPK ruins a game and can even ruin friendships. Luckily, I found an excellent resource for learning how to avoid that TPK; movies! Movies are full of tropes and plot contrivances that allow characters to escape certain death. All I needed to do was spend hundreds of hours of my life watching them. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! Continue reading How Movies Taught Me How to Avoid a TPK

3 Reasons to Use Milestone Leveling

Look, I’m not going to lie to you all. When other GMs and players used to talk about how much better milestone leveling was I rolled my eyes. I’ll stick with good old experience points, thank you very much! However, in the middle of my last campaign I started to get tired of tracking XP for every encounter. So I gave milestone leveling a try. And guess what? It turns out that I was wrong all along! Here are three reasons to use milestone leveling. Continue reading 3 Reasons to Use Milestone Leveling

Tiny Frontiers: Mecha and Monsters

In May of this year, Gallant Knight Games successfully funded Tiny Frontiers, a minimalist science-fiction role-playing game, through Kickstarter. Their new campaign, Tiny Frontier: Mecha and Monsters, has already reached its funding goal. However, the Kickstarter still runs for eleven more days. So, there’s still plenty of time to jump on board.  Continue reading Tiny Frontiers: Mecha and Monsters

Autognome: Spelljammer Bestiary

One of the most fascinating (and dangerous) creatures that you may encounter on your journeys through space is the Autognome. This monster originally appeared in Monstrous Compendium 9, the second collection of Spelljammer monsters for 2nd Edition AD&D. Here is the 5e conversion that I will be using for my Spelljammer campaign.

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Aibos: War of the Pirates Campaign

Aibos is the closest planet to the sun in Mainspace.  Spelljammers from Dastrion eagerly set out to explore the planet and its moons. However, Aibos was found to be a harsh and unforgiving world incapable of sustaining life. Despite this Aibos and its two moons have still played important roles in the history of Mainspace. Continue reading Aibos: War of the Pirates Campaign

Entropy Grenade: Spelljammer Magic Item

The Reapers of the Black Sun are a cult that has foregone the worship of traditional gods. Instead they draw their divine power from worshiping the chaotic nature of the universe. Chief among their objects of worship are black holes. The Reapers of the Black Sun have been able to magically harness a small amount of the power of a black hole creating the Entropy Grenade. Although rare among non-cult members, these grenades are heavily utilized by the Reapers.

 

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