Painting Minis – Sir Conlan

Ugh…  it’s been so long since sat my butt down and painted a mini.  (I’ve sat my butt down plenty… just not to paint.)  It’s good to get back into it again. My motivation to paint this mini is due to my fellow D&D player in our Sunday campaign for Storm King’s Thunder.  He plays…

Gloomhaven – Kickstarter Unboxing!

I’ve been waiting in anticipation…  long ago did I place my order… – over a year, in fact –  and now it has finally arrived!  My very own copy of Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games! For anyone not familiar with Gloomhaven, it’s a legacy-style fantasy dungeon crawl.  Lots of scenarios.  Lots of monsters.  Lots of locations to…

Systems for Investigative RPGs

One of the things for which I’m always on the lookout is new and interesting RPG systems.  Especially when these RPG systems have free basic rules or open systems.  That way I get to take a closer look at them before investing a lot of time and money into a system that I don’t know…

DM’ing for Charity

Thanksgiving weekend.  What did you do?  What do most people do?  Gather with family and friends?  Eat a mountain of home-cooked food?  Watch football?  How about run a D&D game? That’s precisely what I did over the holiday weekend.  My local game shop, Gryphon Games & Comics, hosted an event to raise money for a…

The Strange RPG – First Thoughts, Part 2

Last time, I discussed various aspects of Monte Cook Games’ Cypher System.  There were a lot of really interesting mechanics that lend themselves well to storytelling and roleplaying.  This post will focus more on the setting and adventure that I ran to give you a glimpse into the weird and fantastic world that is The…

The Strange RPG – First Thoughts, Part 1

Ever since I learned about The Strange RPG from Monte Cook Games, I have been so excited to see it in action.  There are so many aspects about the Cypher System and the settings used within The Strange that intrigue me.  And, supposedly, the system encourages more roleplaying than typical combat-oriented RPGs, like Dungeons &…

Using D&D 4E’s Skill Challenges in 5E

I just ran across another blog post about utilizing D&D 4th Edition’s skill challenges within D&D 5th Edition.  This really struck a chord with me, as I had just tried doing this in my last D&D session, running a conversion of 4E’s Remains of the Empire (found in Dungeon Magazine #165).  This module has multiple…