In which Vanir revisits his roleplaying roots, loses them, and finds them again. Also, he dresses a Mogwai up like Mr. Rogers for the first time in 30 years.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things you miss when you run a roleplaying game instead of playing a character in it, and I’ve remembered something that I don’t think I’ve been giving enough of to my players: namely, the thrill of extracting a character you love from a dangerous situation. It’s the gift that keeps on threatening to kill you.
Charrette is a word that most likely means nothing to you, unless of course you studied Architecture or Design in school then it is a word that can mean quite a lot and the emotions it brings up vary widely from person to person. Charrette is a word used among architecture students to describe a design crunch/cramming session that derives from the French word for “cart”. The term became popular because schools in Paris would have carts pushed around to collect student’s drawings and it was not uncommon for students to continue working on their drawings for as long as possible by riding in the cart. For better or worse, the term has stuck through to this day and architecture students are still as bad as ever at finishing their projects before rigid deadlines.
When I am not being angry at BioWare or working feverishly into the night coming up with Star Wars-themed sexual innuendo, I sometimes show up to my day job as a web developer. One concept that we frequently use at work to make websites usable and friendly to everyone is called progressive enhancement. Put simply, […]
I like Laser Clerics. Like Jeff Rients, I think there should be more lasers in D&D. You disagree? That’s fine with me. Here’s the thing: rules are lies, especially the Fluff! You want a darker, grittier Cleric? Why don’t we just apply Chatty’s patented template of Doom to this ability then? The Evil Eye With […]
Please take this post with the necessary grain of salt. See my comment below the post. Ahhh it’s been a long time now has it? What? You don’t know who I am? I am the dark power behind Chatty’s feverish prose. I’m his id, his darkest desires made thoughts! While he tries real hard to […]
I’m currently writing about Friday’s last game and chances are the post will be massive. So I’m taking this one “Aside” I had plan to write and making it into a separate crunchy mini-post. While I was preping last week’s adventure, I had a strong arachnid theme going (I looooooove spider monsters!). At a certain […]
That perfidious and oh so diabolical Yax has been reading all those “WotC presents” books and, through his Red Dragon comic-relief Minion Expy, has announced that our cherished Wizards on the Coast are revamping the dragons. One thing that broke my heart a bit (the cynics will say that WotC has ripped out theirs long […]
I’m fresh back from the Gym, proud in my willpower to have resisted the pull of World of Warcraft and the Blog to take care of me first…. I’m also quite aware of the WotC announcement about the way they plan to handle the next version of the OGL and it’s associated brand license (the […]
When I opened the forums last weekend (come on, join us!), I created a ‘technical issues and complaints’ board. In order to fluff it up, I wrote that it was being manned by a smiling Killer Cyborg Ogre Ninja. Somehow this sparked enough interest for some readers ask to have it stated up. While I’ll […]