Tag: RPG

August 12, 2017 2 comments

Tomb of Horrors, Part 2 Acererak is dead. His tomb vandalized and plundered. We defeated this ultimate dungeon deathtrap using the same method as the first-place team at Origins 1 where the Tomb of Horrors premiered in 1975. Our cleric suggested a way to use the dungeon against itself. Yes, that’s correct. One way to…

August 4, 2017 2 comments

Tomb of Horrors, Part 1 Four adventurers (and a host of backup adventurers) set out on a quest to conquer the most notorious dungeon ever constructed. How did we fare? This is our tale… After a morning of pushing your barges through the stagnant waters of the Vast Swamp, you arrive at the presumed site…

July 28, 2017 No comments exist

An Army of One There is beauty in organized play, tabletop RPGs, like the Pathfinder Society or the Adventurers League. To be sure, it’s a different kind of beauty than is to be found in a ongoing campaign with its engaging story arcs and sense of consistency, both player and plot. In many ways, organized…

July 19, 2017 No comments exist

Musings from GCPWest One of the first bands of pioneers to brave The Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon in 1839 took that ominous phrase as their motto. And I adopted it for my weekend in Portland! Certainly, I wanted the opportunity to poke around more national sites featured in my game Roadtrip!. More history…

August 7, 2016 1 comment

Happy GenCon to all and to all a goodnight… 7 August 2016 Greetings, From GenCon 2016!   I love GenCon! There is no doubt about it. Even (yes, even) when I have to get up at 5am to ensure I can commute in, find parking, and grab a coffee before my 8am slot. It did help this…

December 4, 2015 2 comments

A little more than a month ago, I posted my top three tips and tricks on GM’ing. Shortly thereafter a reader took exception with one of my tips, pointing out that the players, not the GM, own the story. Of course, the reader is correct. The players control how the plot unfolds. Their PCs are in…

November 24, 2015 1 comment

In honor of our great U.S. traditional holiday dedicated to feasting and friendship, for this Thanksgiving, I present to you The Azlanti Turkey. Did I mention I am also running Paizo’s Rise of the Runelords campaign? This magnificent creature is a suitable addition for any adventure. It is naturally non-aggressive, and thus can provide a suitable…

October 23, 2015 2 comments

Prose, Props & Pungent Odors I love to GM. There is something so fundamentally creative at its core. Though I’d really love to have the time to create worlds and adventures from scratch, running published campaigns still affords plenty of opportunities to flex my imagination muscles. The trouble with GM’ing, however, rarely comes from the creation, consumption,…