Old School Fisticuffs: Bar Brawls in D&D 5e and OSR RPGs

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Samuel Bennett of Tales of the Lunar Lands wrote two neat blog posts about bar brawls in TTRPGs. I couldn't agree more with "In a way, bar brawls could be considered a sort of mini-sandbox" - so here are some mechanics I personally use to spice up tavern-centered conflict! These rules are pretty generic, and … Continue reading Old School Fisticuffs: Bar Brawls in D&D 5e and OSR RPGs

The Things We Find Along The Way – Filling The Gaps In A Hexcrawl or Pointcrawl

Here I aim to flesh out the step between “you are traveling” and “you found a dungeon” in a hex- or pointcrawl, in a way that hopefully feels natural and like actual exploration. I’ve taken some inspiration from, yes, Skyrim. It aims to add a bit of risk-reward to the process: discovering new locations might … Continue reading The Things We Find Along The Way – Filling The Gaps In A Hexcrawl or Pointcrawl

Time, Gear & Skill: A Different Approach To Skill Checks

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The following was written with Cairn in mind, but would work just as well for Into the Odd, Electric Bastionland and heck, D&D 5e if you're doing a complete revamp. Performing actions involves time, gear, and skill. Generally, if you have none or one of the three, a task is impossible.If you have all three, … Continue reading Time, Gear & Skill: A Different Approach To Skill Checks

18 Amazing Online D&D Resources You Might Not Have Heard Of

The popularity of Dungeons & Dragons 5e means that it's really attractive to produce content and tools for the game. This creates a self-propagating cycle of sorts; it's the most popular because there's so much tools and tutorials available, causing more people to get into it etc. Over the years, I've gathered a lot of … Continue reading 18 Amazing Online D&D Resources You Might Not Have Heard Of