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Dice of Doom Podcast 046: Thoughts on D&D 5th Edition and wrap up of Temple of Elemental Evil

In this episode of the Dice of Doom Podcast, we discuss Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, past editions of D&D and the industry in general. We also wrap up our run through of the AD&D campaign for the Temple of Elemental Evil. Continue reading

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The Game Ahead: Catacombs

Quite recently I overheard two of the players in my group discussing how my dungeons seem to go on for ever without any connection or theme to them. Continue reading

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Adding a bit of Culture to your Roleplaying Campaign

Hang on – there’s something funny about that clan of orcs. What is it… I just can’t put my finger on it…. Oh yeah – how come there weren’t any girl orcs (orcettes?) in there? Speaking of which, there weren’t any child orcs either. Now we’re talking about age, how come we never saw a geriatric Orc? Surely at least some of them live to old age – unless its true what they say about them and they eat the old. That still doesn’t account for the lack of kids, though. Continue reading

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Hit Points

On occasion I like to put aside the personal motivation for subtle nuance and replace it with the desire to thump the other guy (monster, alien, beasty). But I always come across one little bugbear with these systems and it has been a staple of nearly all roleplaying systems since their inception. I am speaking, of course, of Hit Points. Continue reading

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Including Roleplaying Characters in Large Scale Battles, Part II

As I mentioned in a previous article, I don’t find the usual combat mechanics as interesting in a large scale battle as in smaller engagements. The strength in RPG combat is its ability to describe a narrative. Your individual character … Continue reading

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A Modern Day 1st Edition AD&D Review

Over the course of this year we have been playing through the classic AD&D campaign Temple of Elemental Evil, in all its original 1st Edition glory. We have just finished the first section of the campaign (T1). I’ll be writing about how the actual module plays out in the coming weeks. In this post, however, I was interested in having a look at how the 1st Edition AD&D rules hold up in 2013, 35 years since the first AD&D book was published. Continue reading

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When playing a silly character takes over the roleplaying campaign

We were into our third bottle of wine and we started talking about gaming styles. What followed was a kind of intervention. You see, ever since our infamous Rogue Trader campaign, my brother Paul and I had had trouble getting serious when it came to playing a character. Every session was a series of joke after joke. It was starting to affect everyone’s fun. Continue reading

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A Prayer to St Cuthbert, or: How I Lost My Roleplaying Virginity

I have been a gamer for just over 15 years but our recent foray into the Temple of Elemental Evil feels like the first time I have ever played a character. Continue reading

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Classic 1930s and 1940s Horror Roleplaying Games

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series 1930s Horror Roleplaying Game

Designing our own classic 1930s horror roleplaying game step by step inspired by movies like White Zombie and House on Haunted Hill. Continue reading

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My Character Sheet Ran Out Of Battery

Like many roleplaying gaming groups, our regular group has adopted technology pretty rapidly. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are handy for everything from emergency dice-rolling apps to looking up SRDs online. So what happens when you rely on a tablet for everything, and they run out of battery? Are they really the answer to all thing tabletop gaming? Continue reading

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