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Fourth Edition: Critical Hit or Fumble?

Posted by Todd on August 24, 2007

Yes, the folks at Wizards of the Coast announced the upcoming arrival of D&D v4.0 at GenCon, and the oline world of gamers is a-buzz about it.  So why not chime in?

First, let’s get our “facts” straight, by means of links to what I would consider reliable sources on the topic. 

The first place to look should be Wizards’ own site.  The next best place to take it all in could very well be YouTube.com.  In a series of videos, you can see the presentation that Wizards gave at GenCon, and some behind the scenes interviews.  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6  etc.  Of course, it may be possible that they are a bit biased, as it is their product that they are pimping. 

EN World has an entire page dedicated to the latest scoop on 4e that though admittedly not a direct source from Wizards, does give many insights and “insider info” to consider.

Since we won’t see it until May of 08, everything is based on speculation, even the stuff coming from WotC  because it’s so far off who knows what they’ll change their mind about.

From my perspective, it’s a  double-edged sword either way (nevermind the pun). Here’s my quick and dirty: Read the rest of this entry »

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Adventure Design Forms and GM Screen are ready for Download!

Posted by Todd on July 31, 2007

As mentioned in posts before, I have been working on a conversion of the Dungeon Masters Design Kit in MS Excel.  It is now ready and online.  Here it is!

As an extra special bonus prize, I have uploaded my own GM Screen, also in Excel.  It consists of a three-panel Player’s side (with all of the info players are likely to need) and a series of six panels for the Dungeonmaster.  I recommend laminating the player panels as single sided pages, and the DM panels as double-sided pages.  The way I use them is in a double-sided three-panel pocket screen, (like this) with the player sides facing out. The DM sides (being double sided) are reversible, depending if you are planning an adventure or playing the game.

I hope you enjoy!

 

EDIT:  Due to sad circumstances, the files no longer exist on the server linked to above.  For this I apologize.  Also, I no longer maintain this blog.  However, I DO maintain this one, and if you contact me there, I can get the files to you…

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I’m Working Hard, So You Don’t Have to

Posted by Todd on July 4, 2007

Well, you won’t be entirely off the hook, but I’m hoping to make your life as a DM a bit easier.

Recently, in my TSR in a d20 World post, I reviewed the delightful Dungeon Master’s Design Kit.  I also alluded to the fact that I have translated it to D&D 3.5 and put it all in Excel.  This is true.  It was/is undocumented, which limits its use by those who do not have the original, and may also throw off those not familiar with the ways in which it was brought forward to the latest edition of the rules.

I’m working on it as we speak, hang in there, I’ll let you know when I’m done and where you can get it.

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TSR in a d20 World

Posted by Todd on July 2, 2007

Now that I’ve shared my favorite d20 books to use in your Dungeons and Dragons game, I thought I’d share my top three old school TSR releases that I find still very useful in a d20 campaign.

So without any further word-mincing, here we go: Read the rest of this entry »

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Four Essential d20 Books for Any Dungeon Master

Posted by Todd on June 28, 2007

I’ve assembled quite the stack of game books in my time as a gamer.  Some are good, and some are a waste of shelf space.  Today, I’d like to share with you  the four d20 manuals currently in print that I find nearly indispensible. 

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