The Series

I tend to write series on the blog so to make it easier for new readers here is a list of the series I’ve published. I’m currently working on the AD&D 2e Series so it will be updating as it continues.

Greyhawk Reconsidered

These articles are all related to the World of Greyhawk. Some of them will be baseline articles to help establish what I’m discussing with the world and to help me build up my understanding of the world. In others I will be examining a topic and then attempting to ground it better in the sort of world I would like to explore. You can expect it to be a bit more pulp with mixed technology levels, strange magics, and all the stuff I love.

I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Where to Start with the World of Greyhawk
Make Greyhawk in Your Own Image, Gary Said So.
The World Ended, and Then We Got On with Our Lives.
The Baklunish and Suloise Empires, Reconsidered.
The Prelacy of Almor Reconsidered

Greyhawk Posters

One of my favorite things to do in my free time is to make up these silly Greyhawk posters that help me think about the world as I would like to explore it. They’re a bit like me: mostly funny, sometimes a bit over the top, and sometimes a bit confrontational.

I hope you like them as much as I liked making them!

Where We Were Strange Before It Was Cool
Where Our Animals have Rangers as Companions
Where Bards Still Inspire Imaginations
Where Even Our Bards will Kill You
Bards, Bears, and the Greatest Concert Ever Played
Fuck Yeah We Got Space Ships!
Our Clerics will Kill You to Save Your Soul
Where Every Dapper Giant Longs to Be
Where We Play Because Gary Sent Us
Setting the Standard for Gaming Since 1972
Dust off the Daddy of them All
A Land so Deadly that They Give You a Knife and a Gun When You Buy This Book
Our Rangers Set Camp Wherever They Damned Well Please
Not Your Typical, Mainstream, Corporate Setting
Where Our Monks Will Punch Your European, Culturally Appropriate, Setting in the Face!
Murq Must Die!
Where Our Orcs Still Have Pig Faces and Dress How they Want
Where Our Women Will Kill You, Look Good Doing It, and Talk About Your Family After
Stop Objectifying Our Prince of the Apocalypse
Where Rangers are Still Cool
You Damned Right We Had Robots First! Suck it RIFTS!
Our Shamans Were High When We Got Here
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You About Tasha
The Sons of Kyuss Await You at Wormhall
Where a Succubus is more than Just a Pretty Face
Where One Woman’s Laugh Would Haunt the Dreams of Millions
A Land Filled with Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck About Your Woman’s Work
Where We Noticed Tasha’s Laughter First
Where Our Hawks are the Color God Intended: Grey
In Boccob Can We Trust Because Our Magic Never Fails Us

The Gygax ’75 Challenge

This series follows out the path that Gary laid out for readers of the fanzine EUROPA in the spring of 1975. It’s streamlined compared to some of his later methods. So I thought it would be fun to actually make a campaign the way that he told us to in the early days – before he really formalized his thinking on the subject. If you’d like to join along you’re more than welcome, just send me a link and I’ll add you!

The Setting of the Campaign
The Map Around the Dungeon
How to Build the Gygax 75 Dungeon
The Dungeon Level 1
The Dungeon Level 2
The Dungeon Level 3
The Local Town and All the Trouble
The World Plan
Conclusion & Links to Other Challengers!

Crowd Control

A series of posts working on how to handled panicked characters and crowds in D&D and RPGs in general. The rules are system neutral and have been used by me for years to make my life easier. I include downloadable copies of each of the sheets I have created which you are free to download.

Dealing with Panicked Characters
Determining Crowd Size
Breaking Up Crowds in RPGs

Nobody Makes it Out Alive

An actual play about the World’s Largest Dungeon and a Game Master no one liked who thought he was far more dangerous than any of us. It was a fun game, but contentious like few I’ve ever played in before or since.

Picking a Fight
A Meeting of Minds
Words of Wisdom and Hits of Dissension
Orcs and Traps, Oh My!
Death on the Floor and Attacked from Above
The Trouble with Rats
Smoking with Your Girlfriend
Forget the Door, What’s Behind that Wall?
Empty Rooms and Whispered Betrayals
Say it Ain’t So

Learning to Play AD&D 2e

Arguably the biggest project I’ve ever attempted on either Dyvers or Dragons Never Forget. I’m attempting to learn how to play Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition. If you’ve always wanted to learn, then you’re welcome to come along with me for the ride. If you already know how to play, then please come keep me on the right track!

Project Introduction
Welcome to the Game! (PH pgs 1 -17)
Player Character Ability Scores (PH pgs 18 – 25)

Player Character Races (PH pgs 26 – 33)

Player Character Classes (PH pgs 34 – 64)

Chapter 6: Money and Equipment (pgs 88 – 105)
Chapter 7 Magic (pg 107 – 115), Part 1
Chapter 7 Magic (pg 107 – 115), Part 2
Chapter 8 Experience (pg 116 – 117)