Tagged: new school

Monsters & Magic: High Praise For A Game I’d Never Play

Monsters & Magic: High Praise For A Game I’d Never Play

I had a chance to look at a copy of Monsters & Magic this weekend. It’s a new “OSR” game by Sarah Newton published by Mindjammer Press. It’s basically a set of new school rules that you can overlay on a version of old school TSR D&D so you can use TSR-era monsters,...

Getting Rid of Attack Rolls; or Save vs Damage for D&D?

Getting Rid of Attack Rolls; or Save vs Damage for D&D?

Every once in a while I see someone posting that fighters in D&D (or in D&D Next) should automatically hit and do huge amounts of damage so they can keep up with wizards in damage output ignoring the fact they the fighter can use his damage attack over and over all day while...

Brown Box/Wee Warriors Cancer Fund Drive Ends Tonight

Brown Box/Wee Warriors Cancer Fund Drive Ends Tonight

Today is the last day of the The Brown Box/Wee Warriors donation drive. It ends tonight (actually at 7am CDT April 12 — when I check for email that arrived overnight). We reached the first trigger point for bonus items yesterday, so the Guidon Games Chainmail 1st printing signed by Gygax and Perrin,...

WOTC Discovers Typical D&D Players Like Short Combats

WOTC Discovers Typical D&D Players Like Short Combats

Amazing Stories has an interview with Mike Mearls talking about D&D Next. From one of Mike’s comments it seems that WOTC has finally learned what many players have know for years: Most players like fast combats. In the interview, Mike says: What we found through the playtest process, though, was that people like...

Old School Conversions of WOTC D&D Material

Old School Conversions of WOTC D&D Material

There’s a greater thread on theRPGSite where people are converting classes, races, and monsters from (mainly) WOTC D&D to old school (TSR) editions of D&D is this thread: Oldschool Conversions of Post-Oldschool Material. There is some good (if untested) stuff in this thread. From the first couple of pages of messages: The Warlord...

D&D 5e/Next: One Year On

D&D 5e/Next: One Year On

It’s been about a year since WOTC announced that they were working on 5e (aka D&D Next). D&D Next Originally promised as some type of modular system when everyone could play the edition/types of D&D they wanted. I was skeptic then (see D&D 5th Edition Announced, What Will It Take to Get Old...

Microlite74 Next Generation?

Microlite74 Next Generation?

We were talking about 5e during a break in my Sunday game yesterday. One of my players thought it was funny that the 5e designers seemed to be having so much trouble designing a game that has a very basic set of core rules, but has a lot of optional rules when Microlite74...

Monte Cook Interview: A Counterpoint

Monte Cook Interview: A Counterpoint

If you haven’t seen it, there is a very interesting interview with Monte Cook on The Id DM where Monte Cook talks about what he things a good game design should — and should not — do. Read it here: Ego Check: Monte Cook, Game Designer & Author. While I respect Monte Cook more...