Games


Warhammer 40k Data Sheets

I wrote last week about my renewed fascination with Warhammer 40,000. This week, I thought I’d follow up on that with a look at a side project I’ve picked up related to that topic. In looking at the stats found in the data sheets in Index: Xenos 2, I found that I wanted the ability…


Warhammer 40,000: From 3rd to 8th

Warhammer 40,000 is a game I really enjoyed in high school and into college. I tried out Space Marines in the early days, but quickly learned that Tyranids held a lot more appeal for me. They with tough to win with sometimes (and the Hive Mind help you if you were playing against Chaos), but…


Current Projects

I have been badly neglecting this blog: Other than the post about Resource Points for Pathfinder (which was supposed to go live last August but apparently I did not schedule it properly), I haven’t posted anything in a very long time. In the interest of building good habits, I thought I’d post a little about my…


Resource Points for Pathfinder

As a GM, one of the problems I have with Pathfinder is the way wealth and equipment are handled by the game. The game is designed with the assumption that the characters will plunder a certain amount of wealth in monster’s lairs and dungeons during the course of their adventures, and that they will spend that…


Townhouses on a City Street

At this point, most of my gaming happens on virtual tabletops which is an interesting challenge as I tend to be a “by the seat of the pants” sort of Dungeon Game Master. As it turns out, running games on virtual tabletops strongly favors those who plan ahead. I’ve been experimenting with building my own…


Pathfinder Craft-Based Item Creation

My regular gaming group and I play Pathfinder for the most part, but one thing that never quite sat right with me was the way the game handles magic item creation. Specifically, handling all magic item creation through the Spellcraft skill seems like a waste when the game includes a robust Craft skill subsystem that is…


Weapons In Roleplaying Games

I recently built a character for a friend’s Shadowrun campaign. It’s my first time playing Shadowrun and so far I generally like the system, but one thing that bugged me was the primacy of the katana. In the core rulebook for the 5th edition, swords of all stripes from the roman gladius to the monstrous…


The Bridge

I was running Trial of the Beast in Paizo’s Carrion Crown adventure path for some friends. The characters were working toward the endgame of that particular adventure when they encountered a rope bridge. This particular bridge was a rickety suspension bridge that spanned a 200-foot drop to the river below. Like the stone bridges elsewhere in Schloss Caromarc,…