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Dungeons & Dragons Essentials after a dozen games

I’ve been running a lot of D&D Essentials lately. I think it’s interesting to see how my initial expectations have fared against nine games into a campaign and a couple of off-shoots. I’ve ended up with a lot of stuff I have no use for. The characters are created using the online Dungeons & Dragons […]

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Dungeons & Dragons: Skill Challenges

I’ve praised D&D fourth edition’s skill challenges before, but they warrant some more love. Initially I dismissed the system – I thought it was just about Wizards branding the concept of rolling for a skill outside of combat or something. But they’ve taken a leaf out of new wave roleplaying games, with their non-negotiable open […]

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Dungeons & Dragons: Running an epic fight against a dragon

We are now five sessions into our “In Exile” (“Maanpaossa” in Finnish) campaign, in which the players portray nobles and their servants who have fled their homeland, now trapped in civil war. It is very much back to basics D&D, as per the Essentials flavor. The game has been very successful so far and I’m […]

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Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited

I have built three characters up to level three in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited (DDO for short). It’s taken me a week and considering how slow levelling is in DDO, I believe I’ve already spent more time with it than with any other MMO. I first visited the game some time ago but […]

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Running a D&D campaign for seven people

We’ve been playing the same Dungeons & Dragons (fourth edition) campaign for over two years now. Twenty-four games, ten players, levels one through eight. The goal was always to play all the way up to level ten, bookending the first “tier” of play, and now, with the second season concluded successfully, it feels like we’ll […]

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How to run D&D 4E with minimum time investment

I have a background in running and playing (mostly running) tabletop roleplaying games for over twenty years. I consider myself highly skilled in gamemastering. My library of games covers pretty much everything in terms of style, mechanics and subject matter. Some of my biggest loves are Call of Cthulhu, Vampire and Dungeons & Dragons. D&D […]

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D&D Essentials: Pre-game thoughts

I’ve read through the new Red Box (“Starter Set”), Heroes Of The Fallen Lands and the Rules Compendium, getting ready to run my first fourth edition D&D game. I’m only using these three products so far and want to see if I can actually run a game properly. I can, but it’s a can with […]

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D&D Essentials

I’ve been playing in a delightfully bonkers Dungeons & Dragons 4E campaign for a while now and really had a super good time with it. So much so, in fact, that I’ve been craving to run some D&D myself. The problem is that the game is very intimidating. Whenever we’re leveling up our characters, we […]

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Dragons

Last night I killed my first dragon. I guess these days that’s not a very cool thing to say, with dragons being a staple of children’s fiction and cartoons. But back in the glorious 1980s, dragons meant swords and dragons plus swords equalled heroic fantasy violence. After some twenty years of playing variants of Dungeons […]

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Dungeon & Dragons Online: Stormreach

Last night I took my initial steps in Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. The game is two years old and still supported. I heard good things about it from the Gamers With Jobs podcast and decided to have a go, as I haven’t played a modern MMORPG at all, really. Anarchy Online was my last […]