Wednesday, January 25, 2023

D&D is best played as a score attack game

 Galaga - Electric Literature 

 Let me start by saying that I do not think TSR ever intended D&D to be a score attack game as we know them today. Space Invaders released in 1978, Galaxian in 1979, and Galaga (pictured above) in 1981. These games all featured a gameplay loop focused on getting your score on an electronic leaderboard. In digging a bit, Gary Gygax states in Dragon Magazine -

Saturday, January 14, 2023

D&D and TTRPGs Have An Accessibility Problem


The original edition of Dungeons and Dragons launched in 1974, primarily marketed to gamers who were adults of working age, who were already involved in the hobby gaming scene. Of course, they had no idea how far the idea of codified roleplaying games rules would go in the future. The brown box was priced at $10, which seems pretty modest for today. However, using an inflation calculator, we can see that $10 in 1974 is actually about $55 or more in 2022 dollars. That seems in line with what a tabletop war game enthusiast would pay for something today. The minimum wage in 1974 was $2/hour. Five hours of mopping the five and dime and you could send mail to friendly cokehead insurance salesmen to have your own fantasy adventures!

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Dungeon: The Spiral Temple

A few years ago I was tasked with running a D&D 5e one shot for my niece and her friends, for a 16th birthday party. I whipped up an adventure using a map from Dyson's Dodecahedron blog, and rolled randomly to determine the contents of each room. Then, I personally tailored the monsters to ones that made an interesting narrative. This may be a dungeon that most adults would think is bland, but provided a lot of fun interaction for a group of teenagers who had no idea what to expect.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Not My OSR! We Are The Old School Revolution

An opportunity surfaced to talk about how our campaign differs from the common notions of old school play, so I figured I'd use it as a springboard to publish some thoughts about our campaign in 2023.

Monday, January 2, 2023

Attack Bonus vs. AC sucks, and here's an attempt to fix it

I don't like Armor Class in D&D. I certainly like ascending rather than descending, but I don't like the ambiguity that comes about in actual play. Here's an example (and at the end, some proposed rules.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Reflections on (almost) ten years of LotFP play

Everything expressed here is just opinion and half-baked recollection

 It was in 2012 that I picked up Lamentations of the Flame Princess for the first time. For those who weren't heavily into tabletop roleplaying games then, it's hard to express how much of an outlier it was, for all of the reasons that might not be apparent in 2022. First, a little background.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Lamentations Referee Screen



I've used these screen inserts for years. With almost ten years of playing LotFP and keeping up with Lamentations of the Flame Princess in online space, some of the more prolific creators (and useful resources) seem to have disappeared.