Tagged: DnD 3e

It’s not an “I Win” Button, It’s a “We Win” Button

It’s not an “I Win” Button, It’s a “We Win” Button

I notice a lot of people who do not like the fact that casters have spells that can end a combat encounter (or other encounter that matter) call these spells “I win” buttons/spells/etc. For example this statement from a thread on RPGnet: A lot of fans of 4e lament the Vancian Wizard’s access...

Who really needs D&D 5e?

Who really needs D&D 5e?

In a comment to my Why D&D 4e "Failed" — My Theory post a few days ago, Argent said: I fear for 5e. Many of the people who loved 4e, me included, are concerned right now. I think it may just further fracture the base. The 3.5 and legacy players have got on...

Encounter-Ending Powers are a Good Thing!

Encounter-Ending Powers are a Good Thing!

There’s apparently a new designer article on D&D 5e up on turning undead. It looks like 5e might be moving away from the WOTC standard of “turn dead just does damage to undead” and moving more toward the TSR D&D standard of turn undead actually driving away or even destroying undead. You know,...

Wizards Ruin Encounters in D&D!

Wizards Ruin Encounters in D&D!

If you’ve read many forums or blogs where D&D is discussed over that past 8-10 years, you have probably heard many players complaining about wizards ruining encounters with spells like sleep or fire ball that take out large numbers of the opposition. While I expect to hear GMs (especially GMs who run more...

D&D Editions: How I Rate Them

D&D Editions: How I Rate Them

Dan over at Sword and Board posted his rankings of the D&D versions he’s played: D&D editions: How I rate them. I thought it would be fun to do likewise — or at least how I would rank them today as a couple of these seem to vary over time. I’ve been playing...

Bah Humbug, or The OSR Debate, Microlite7x, and Me

Bah Humbug, or The OSR Debate, Microlite7x, and Me

Another great debate on the OSR has swept a good part of the OSR blogsphere over the last few days. Jim Raggi said something about TSR on his blog a few days ago that got some members of the old TSR crew upset. Both sides posted on their respective blogs (Jim at Lamentations...

Reasons Magic-Users Did Not Dominate Play in Early Editions of D&D

Reasons Magic-Users Did Not Dominate Play in Early Editions of D&D

I often hear complaints about how spell-casters dominated play in D&D 3.x — especially at higher levels — and that preventing this domination was one of the reasons that spell casters are limited far more than they ever were before in 4e. This makes me glad that I never got into D&D 3.x,...

3.5 Resurgent: New School Retrogaming

3.5 Resurgent: New School Retrogaming

Is D&D 3.5 your favorite version of D&D? If your group is still playing and wants to show the world that not only is 3.5 still alive but there a lot of people still playing it, the 3.5 Resurgent graphic may be just what your campaign web site or your blog needs. As...

Dan’s Diminutive d20 — New “Minimal” Version of D20

Dan’s Diminutive d20 — New “Minimal” Version of D20

There’s another mini-D20 fantasy RPG out, Dan’s Diminutive d20. This is a free 12-page pdf with a unique take on D20 minimalism: * Generic Classes: 3 core classes (Fighter, Rogue, and Wizard), with easy-to-remember saves and skills.* Limited Levels, Magic, and Feats: Limited to 12 character levels, 5 magic items maximum, and class...

Why D&D 3.5 Will Probably Never Die

Why D&D 3.5 Will Probably Never Die

I get the impression that WOTC would really like it if D&D 3.5 would die a quiet death and do so soon. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will ever happen as there is now no realistic way to prevent the nearly no cost duplication of all the major D&D 3.5 books. I say...