Category Archive: Ramblings

Tenra Bansho Zero!!

Last year in the flurry of Kickstarters I involved myself in was the one for this game; Tenra Bansho Zero (TBZ) and its now available for general purchase in PDF format (the print books are on a boat from China currently) so I thought now would be a good time to share my thoughts and …

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Defenders of Midgard Released!

The start of the year kicked off with a bit of a bang here at DailyEncounter towers. I finally got my copy of the Midgard Bestiary for 4E and was pleasantly surprised to see Rob Heinsoo had included my single contribution in his introduction to the book! Defenders of Midgard was released which ObsidianCrane (John) …

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Open Design Contributions

From around October last year through to January I was working on content for Open Design as part of my participation in the Dark Roads and Golden Hells (DRGH) project and now some of that work is available for you to spend your hard-earned dollars on. Open Design projects were an interesting experience. There was …

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More on Art

I recently ventured into the DnDNext area of the WotC community and there found a thread advocating essentially for more art by Wayne A Reynolds. Now I’m not an artist, but the truth is I don’t particularly like Mr Reynolds’ art style, the “dungeon punk” thing just doesn’t float my boat, and then there are …

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Ability Scores & Setting

Ability Scores and Crunch Ability scores are a rather arbitrary way of establishing a range of bonus and penalty around a median set of values. Essentially they are a way of using 3d6 to establish a bell curve of ability from a certain negative value to a corresponding positive value. That derived value has been …

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Race & Culture in Dungeons & Dragons 5e/Next

A few days ago, Monte Cook posted two short paragraphs and a poll to his page on the Wizards of the Coast community. Those few words stirred up a lot of conversation about race in Dungeons & Dragons in the comments and on Twitter over the weekend. For me (Draco), it brings up a long …

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Artful Art

The rules of the game tell us how to play it, but the art of the game tells us what the world of the game looks like and more than that it inspires us. I started playing DnD when Larry Elmore, Clyde Caldwell and Jeff Easely were the dominant cover artists for products, and interior …

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Next for DnD & Daily Encounter

Like most people that have been avidly following 4E for the past 12 months I was not particularly surprised by the announcement of “a new iteration of D&D” by WotC on the 9th Jan. If anything I’m pleased by the possibilities of the public playtest and curious about the forthcoming edition of the game. For …

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My Name In Lights

Ok so it isn’t really in lights, however starting early November I had my first pitched article for DnD published on the Kobold Quarterly website; the Gray Warrior (Part 1 & Part 2) and last week part 1 of my second article went up (Mountain Priest). As many of you know pitching an article is …

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Thoughts on Lair Assault

I was fortunate enough to spend Friday evening and most of Saturday playing and observing other people playing Lair Assault, WotC’s new in-store play program. First off, we were fortunate enough to have the event run by Adam Page. He had received an early copy of Lair Assault from Mike Mearls so that he could …

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