Showing posts from April, 2015

Breaking News: I Hate Math

I’ve been enjoying the heck out of D&D 5e, but yesterday I got a very strong reminder about what’s so great about Savage Worlds. The PCs in A Gleam of Silver are absurdly overpowered. This is entirely my fault and I accept the consequences. Basically, I didn’t trust the system. Because I perceived the game as flawed, I gave the players a bunch of bonuses – an over-generous starting attribute spread, max hit points every level, feats and attribute increases simultaneously – to make their characters more powerful. It’s made the game pretty fun, but sometimes victory comes way too easily for a bunch of 5th level characters. Because of this, I decided their next challenge was going to be a bunch of higher-level characters. This 10th level “anti-party” is intended more as a roleplaying challenge (they’re good- and lawful-aligned characters that have sworn an oath to prevent anyone entering the place the PCs want to get into) but I need combat stats just in case. The 5e Monster Manual

Savage Insider Vol. 3, Issue 1 released!

Hey!A thing I got paid for writing is available again! "An Abundance of Gods" -- my article in the latest Savage Insider -- is a weird experiment for me. Basically, it's an examination of the Shinto religion from a gameplay perspective, statting up Shinto archetypes and extrapolating ways to use the religion and its philosophies in RPGs. I would like it to be the first in a trilogy of articles examining Japanese religion (the others would concentrate on Buddhism and syncretism), but I realize it's a bit of an oddball angle for gaming articles. Let me know what you think of it and whether you would like the series to continue.

Pre-Lankhmar: City of Thieves post

I hear Pinnacle's Lankhmar: City of Thieves has stats for Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser at different levels of their development. Since I didn't receive a review copy (*glower*), I'll have to wait until tonight to buy my PDF + preorder. In the meantime, I wonder how much their versions look like mine? Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser (Novice Rank) Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser (Seasoned Rank) Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser (Legendary Rank) (Yes, they skipped right from Seasoned to Legendary. It's in the books!)