Tagged: DnD 4e

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...

The DDI Character Builder — Why It is Not For Me

The DDI Character Builder — Why It is Not For Me

Many people look at WOTC’s DDI Character Builder and think it is a great idea. Even many people who intensely dislike D&D 4e like the idea of the DDI Character Builder and wish there were one for their favorite RPG. At least as implemented by WOTC, I disagree, it’s a horrible idea —...

D&D Essentials: Will It Make Me Take a Second Look at 4e?

D&D Essentials: Will It Make Me Take a Second Look at 4e?

Several readers have asked me my opinion of the upcoming D&D Essentials from WOTC and if it would make be consider playing D&D 4e. I wasn’t planning on talking about D&D Essentials, but as several people are asking my opinion, I will say a few words. First, I have the original three D&D...

THE House Rule for Rules Heavy Games?

THE House Rule for Rules Heavy Games?

If you wonder why I prefer older versions of D&D or others rules lite games to the rules heavy monsters often published today, you only need to read part of Christian’s Exploring The Magnum Opus That Is Ptolus post over at Destination Unknown where he talks about the one house rule playing D&D...

4e “Old School Style” One Shot Report

4e “Old School Style” One Shot Report

We had the the “4e "Old School Style" One Shot” Sunday afternoon and evening. Sadly, it wasn’t as successful or as much fun as Bill had hoped. I’m held off writing about it for a few days so as not to jump on it too hard. The main problem was combat. Although playing...

4e “Old School Style” One Shot

4e “Old School Style” One Shot

The players in my OD&D game finally got to the City-State of the Invincible Overlord yesterday — with their newly subdued young dragon. Now all they have to do is find a buyer for the dragon and they’ll be rich. Or so they hope. Next week, however, we will be taking a break...

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,...

OD&D as a 4e Adventure Design Tool

OD&D as a 4e Adventure Design Tool

I just saw a blog post by Mike Mearls, Build Your Adventures in OD&D, where he suggests doing the initial design work for 4e adventures as if the adventure was being written for OD&D. According to Mike, because OD&D characters and monsters are simple without a lot of flashy powers and abilities to...

D&D 4e Without Minis and Grids

D&D 4e Without Minis and Grids

A friend of mine whose player group really wants to try 4e asked me if I had seen any rules or even ideas for playing 4e without minis and without grids. He’s willing to run some 4e for his players provided that he doesn’t have to use minis and battlemats. After a couple...

4E Classic Revisited

4E Classic Revisited

A few days ago I posted about Necromancer Games plans to do a 4E Classic — trying to bring some old school goodness to 4E. I was skeptical about their ability to pull this off. I still am skeptical as 4E seems to have deliberately removed almost everything “old school” from the game....