Sep
06
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, This Is What A Ninth-Level Rogue Looks Like edition.

Wasn’t quite high-level enough to get away cleanly, but that’s a 9th level Rogue with the Thief archetype and expertise in Acrobatics, Stealth, and thieves’ tools. Unfortunately, she was definitely (at best) Neutral Evil, which is a turn-off for me, at least. I mean, sheesh, she should have just gone to jail; clearly the woman is capable of breaking out of there, too.

Jul
27
2017
5

D&D in jail.

Via Facebook, this is a simultaneously sad and hopeful article on how convicts play D&D while incarcerated:

It may sound like a strange juxtaposition: hardened, tattooed offenders donning the cloaks of fantasy characters. Yet both former inmates and correctional officers agree: D&D is more common in prison than you might imagine. Most facilities have at least one game going. Some have a player in every cell block. According to Micah Davis, a former inmate and Dungeon Master imprisoned in Texas, “We had our own table in the dayroom. That’s saying something. Aryan brotherhood table, Mexican mafia table, black guy table, and D&D table.”

Some of the players are lifelong gamers, who would be doing the same thing if they were on the outside. Others hadn’t even heard of D&D until getting locked up. But faced with a dearth of creative outlets, donning a metaphorical robe and wizard hat quickly became a welcome diversion.

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Jul
16
2017
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You had me at ‘The Flintstones meets D&D,’ Pixar.

Seriously. That’s literally what Polygon called it.

Monsters University director Dan Scanlan is bringing one of his most personal stories to the big screen with Pixar’s next untitled film.

The movie is set in a world of “suburban fantasy.” We weren’t show much, but a title card displayed a small town’s skyline, complete with street lamps and a water-tower. There also happened to be a dragon flying off in the distance. Scanlan’s movie will include unicorns, dragons and a plethora of other beasts that are considered pests to other, ordinary folk — like centaurs, trolls and sprites.

…Yeah, just let me know when that’s out so I can get my seat, Pixar.  The odds of me not seeing this movie are low. Very, very low.

Sep
07
2016
1

Tweet of the Day, LotR Comes Back To D&D edition.

And now the cycle is complete.

Written by in: Not-politics | Tags: ,
Jun
27
2016
7

…So they’re really gonna make a D&D film, then?

They’re casting for it, at least.  I may be getting old; the article assumes that I of course know who Ansel Engort is – and I don’t, particularly.  Or, more accurately, I kind of know; I just don’t really care, much.

Let me be honest with you: I don’t know whether you can put together a meaningful, decent, while still generic Dungeons & Dragons movie.  I could believe that you could sustain a good flick by drawing from Greyhawk, or Forgotten Realms, or – listen for the people going ‘ooh’ – Ravenloft. But generic D&D is, well, generic fantasy at this point. Why buy the license if you’re just going to reference the rules-set?

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Mar
18
2016
4

Official LotR D&D 5E coming out!

A new LotR 5E RPG by Cubicle 7 is a done deal, thanks to WotC’s D&D OGL.

…Sorry, let me translate that into English.  There’s a British roleplaying game (RPG) company called Cubicle 7.* It has the existing right to adapt JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LotR) as an RPG: and since Wizards of the Coast (WotC), who owns Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has already issued an Open Gaming License (OGL) for its Fifth Edition ruleset (5E), Cubicle 7 is going to do a 5E version of LotR.  Which is frankly the snake eating its own tail, here, given how much D&D depends on LotR for its very existence, really.

Nonetheless, cool news. Although the Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) Middle Earth Roleplaying (MERP)/Rolemaster LotR will always be the true LotR series for me. I still have all of my old supplements…

(Via D&D Memes)

Moe Lane

*They also do a RPG based on Charlie Stross’s Cthulhu meets spy novels series The Laundry.

Dec
17
2015
3

My PJ Lifestyle post on Alignment in D&D is up.

Found here.  Short version: D&D’s alignment system is actually pretty useful. Then again, most internally consistent frameworks are.

Jan
10
2015
5

Hey, got in a session of D&D, Fifth Edition.

So, yeah, bards shouldn’t be the meat shields. Although I didn’t think at first that we had a choice: we somehow managed to put a party without a single wizard, cleric, fighter, and/or thief. On the bright side, between the four of us the party could actually produce a viable band.

It was pretty fun, actually. It’ll be even more so when I learn not to get laid out on the floor quite so often. I need to get a ranged weapon…

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Jun
04
2013
7

Attention, @sjgames: a customizable Dogs Playing D&D Poster Kickstarter.

Well, sh*t.

My wife is going to kill me. Gee, THANKS, Constant Reader Crawford.

Moe Lane

PS: Anybody who Kickstarts this one: I’d take it as a personal favor if you tell the guy that the alternate game that you’d want a poster of was In Nomine.

Jan
10
2012
22

Interesting gamer post here from Ace.

He’s analyzing some of the problems with D&D’s Fourth Edition, and how they’re going to have a devil of a time getting their loyal fan base back, given that a whole lot of ’em decided to take full advantage of the Open Game License thing to keep and maintain Third Edition content.  Personally, I take a kind of detached view on this, given that:

  1. I didn’t really do 3E.  My D&D was AD&D, and that was only because my wife could DM that system in her sleep*.
  2. Right now I’m not really gaming, period.  Long story, mostly involving kids and time and whatnot.
  3. When I do get back to gaming it’ll probably be either GURPS or one of the Cthulhu systems.

Still, interesting post.  Personally, I think that more people in the political blogosphere who are also gamers should just come out and admit it.  I mean, it’s the Internet.  We’re all geeks under the skin here, right?

Moe Lane

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May
06
2011
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Nice to see the younger generation…

…rolling for initiative.

Roll a D6 from Connor Anderson on Vimeo.

(Power) Word: Enjoy.

Via AoSHQ, via @adambaldwin.

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