Category Archive: Mechanics

Know Your Ally

We’ve all been there. The party have a carefully crafted plan that involves the PCs splitting up and one group waiting for the other group’s signal. And yet they players didn’t think to agree on what the signal was beforehand. Some DMs will hand-wave it and say “You’ve adventured together long enough that you would …

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Racial Variant: Baaz Draconian

This months Dragon magazine from WotC say the return of Krynn’s draconians, portrayed for D&D 4e through the use of racial variants for the Dragonborn race. Presented in the article were the Bozak (magic using) and Kapak (stealthy, acidic) draconians. Other the next few days, it’s my intention to write up the missing racial types. …

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The Vice of Corruption

The 4e blackguard, introduced in Heroes of Shadow is one of my favourite classes to play. It’s nothing special as a striker, it deals minor amounts of damage compared to a slayer, scout or elementalist. I like it because of the concept, a heavily armoured paladin who has embraced evil and is empowered by the …

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Thieves Tricks

The Essentials classes for 4e tried to do some very different things from the original core of 4e. Classes like the Knight and Slayer took stances, a fairly uncommon power type, and made them central to the class, while the thief turned the rogue on it’s head by getting rid of attack powers and instead …

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Winter Is Coming: Frost Dwarves

Last year, I was proud to be a part of the Winter Is Coming blog carnival (http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2011/09/winter-is-coming-rpg-blog-festival.html), a week long series of articles from some of the finest in the RPG fan community related to both Game of Thrones and winter and the arctic in general. This year, Mark Meredith has taken up the mantle …

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Giff Return

The Giff by Richard Green, illustrations by Symatt Of all the fantastic campaign settings published by TSR in the early 90s, Spelljammer is definitely in my top 3 (along with Planescape and Al-Qadim). The concept of the swashbuckling pirate-adventurer standing on the deck of her hammership as it sails through space towards a distant asteroid …

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A different take on a werewolf theme

It’s been a while since I posted on DailyEncounter, but Rob Schwalbs excellent werewolf theme article on the WotC site has drawn me out of hiding… When doing the AngelicDnD experiment last year, I promised @matt_james_rpg a werewolf theme. I thought doing a theme for werewolves would be simple, it turns out its not. Even …

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Antiquity Seeker Theme

The following is a Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition theme, taking inspiration from Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones. Antiquity Seeker While all adventurers seek out treasure, and thieves and rogues sneak around stealing from peoples pockets and disabling traps. But there are a few heroes who do not simply kill and pillage, and instead take …

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A parting gift…

So… I have decided to remove my Twitter account and remove myself from the D&D community. This decision has been brought about because of what to me feels like a constant in-fighting between respected members of the community and ego’s, lie’s and hurtful attitudes that some people seem to harbour. I have been told to …

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An Arcane Archer Theme

I took my inspiration for this from Ranger from the D&D cartoons, and wanted something to reflect the Arcane Archer mini I ant to use in Thunderspire… Spell Archer While many elven schools of magic teach the use of the blade as a weapon of a wizard, with emphasis on mobility and magic combined, forming …

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