Month: November 2017

Breaking the chain – Race and Class in D&D

There’s a correlation between race and class in D&D and has been for years. Many players let their choice of race determine their choice of class or vice-versa. Is this correlation a bane or a blessing? If you’re playing D&D 5E there’s more than small chance that at least one player in your group is playing one of the following: human fighter, half-orc barbarian, dwarf cleric, dragonborn paladin, half-elf bard, halfling rogue, tiefling warlock or elf ranger. These combinations are not just quite popular, they’re almost built in the system. Of course, other combinations are also popular, but for...

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Campaign Post Mortem: Sleep of Innocence Part V

    So it has come to this. The fifth and final chapter of the campaign post mortem is now a reality. It´s been a wild ride and I thank each and every one of you who stayed with me to the end of this story. The trip down memory lane has been at times hard but overwhelmingly pleasant and I have gotten messages from the people that played this with me that they are enjoying this recap as well. But on to it! When we last left our heroes they had just suffered through the fall of the...

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Free Achtung! Cthulhu audio Adventure

Now you can get the first episode of the forthcoming Achtung! Cthulhu Audio Adventure series for free! Acthung! Cthulhu is a campaign setting set during World War II in Lovecraft’s Mythos filled universe, published by UK based Modiphius Entertainment. As the globe is engulfed by eruption of the second world war, storm clouds gather as the nefarious Nazi cult of the Black Sun attempt to harness unclean horrors and strange supernatural entities in their quest to conquer the known world and beyond.  Facing them are the brave men and women of Section M and Majestic, secret Allied agencies who...

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The Dreaded Rules Lawyer

In every group there’s at least one person who has read the rule books through and through. In most groups these persons are the game masters. Then there are those who’ve read the books and have all the requirements for the prestige class Dreaded Rules Lawyer. If there’s one thing that playing with kids has taught me, it’s how much I like playing without being interrupted with remarks on rules or my rulings being argued over. Kids, through school and sports, have an affinity for taking for granted what grown ups say but also love to immerse themselves in...

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Coriolis – The Third Horizon

Coriolis – The Third Horizon is a science-fiction RPG from the Swedish publisher Fria Ligan or Free League. Coriolis brings together the atmosphere of the Arabian fables One Thousand and One Night and space-operas, like Star Wars. Coriolis uses the same game system as Mutant Year Zero RPG. Coriolis – The Third Horizon is yet another great RPG from Sweden, published by the Fria Ligan (e. Free League), who also publishes Tales from the Loop and Mutant Year Zero. Fria Ligan has, just as many Swedish publishers, used Kickstarter with a huge success and recently their latest game, Forbidden...

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Campaign Post Mortem: Sleep of Innocence Part IV

    Marching through the sands of drowsiness I attempt to push on with the story of the Phillips children and their adventure in the Dreamlands. We pick up as the children are leaving Nodens temple in the Sunken City and begin their journey towards the polar region of Leng and the city of Kadath.   Out of the Abyss The children’s adventures in the Dreamlands where punktured by dreary days of finding something to do in the real world. Most of their time was spent building a makeshift treehouse in the large tree right outside their bedroom window....

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How to make combats take less time

There are very few things that can slow down sessions like combat, especially when there are multiple attacks, many ongoing spell effects etc. to take into account. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to make combats go faster. Ever had a session where one combat dominated the whole session? And it was only three, maybe four rounds in all? This has happened to me. We had been playing the same campaign for 9 months and were finally confronting the main villain. We were very excited and spent almost an hour using every enchantment and casting all...

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Hot off the press – Trudvang Chronicles

Trudvang Chronicles, the most anticipated RPG of 2017, is hot off the press. Many roleplayers wait eagerly for this new and exciting fantasy roleplaying game. But what has RiotMinds, publishers of Trudvang Chronicles, more in store for Trudvang fans? Here’s what Theodore and Magnus at RiotMinds have to say.  Trudvang Chronicles is a fantasy game based on the Swedish RPG Drakar och Demoner. Lately we’ve taken a good look at Trudvang Chronicles (see Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V) and this sure is game that looks great. Trudvang Chronicles was voted the most anticipated...

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Roleplaying with kids

Roleplaying is both fun, educating and a wonderful way spend time with your kids. Yet, roleplaying with kids is not as playing with adults and you need to take their age and maturity into account. Having fun is paramount. When my older son was 8 years old he asked me whether I would like to roleplay with him and his friends. He had never tried it, though he had often seen me roleplay. He understood what roleplay is and found it interesting. Sure, I said and asked, what would you like to play? In a rather long and complicated...

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Length of a Round in D&D

The length of a D&D combat round changed when the 3rd edition was released. Does the length matter or is the length of a combat round trivial as long as it fits the narrative? Shortly after the release of 3rd edition I played with my friends the Sunless Citadel, a great module recently re-released for 5th edition in Tales from the Yawning Portal. We created characters, assembled our party and ventured down to the Citadel after a short stop in Oakhurst. Before long we encountered a few giant rats and had a hard time killing the vermin, after all...

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