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Thursday 11 July 2024

On Kyle Brink, his Replacement, and new Magic in Baptism of Fire

 Kyle Brink couldn't leave the D&D hobby fast enough! Plus, I take a look at the various new magical techniques included in the Baptism of Fire RPG!

#dnd #ttrpg #osr #onednd 





Tuesday 9 July 2024

Minority Representation in D&D PHB is not for Minorities

 There are more (imaginary) women of color in the D&D PHB than ever before. But it has nothing to do with real women of color.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr #dnd5e #onednd



Tuesday 2 July 2024

The RPG Hobby is for Anyone, not Everyone

 The idea that #dnd is for "Everyone" is a lie. The truth is that actually, D&D is for ANYONE, and that's very different.

#ttrpg #OSR






Thursday 27 June 2024

Magic and Miracles in Baptism of Fire

Check out my rundown on magic and miracles in Baptism of Fire!

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Thursday 20 June 2024

The New PHB is Morbidly Obese

 The latest news about the new #Onednd Players Handbook makes it clear that it will be full of bloated rules additions that will only ruin the premise of #dnd5e game design.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Friday 14 June 2024

Designing Character Classes

 In my second design notes video about Baptism of Fire, I talk about character classes, and how to craft them to provide Niche Protection.

#dnd    #ttrpg    #osr  






Tuesday 11 June 2024

The OSR is "Dying"? Here's the Real Data...

 People continue to claim that the "OSR is dying" (or dead). But do the stats actually support that? In this video, you get the hard data! 

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Thursday 6 June 2024

Baptism of Fire: Character Creation

 The first in my series of design notes on Baptism of Fire. In this video I talk about the premise of medieval authentic gaming, and the character creation process!

#osr #ttrpg #dnd






Friday 31 May 2024

Mike Mearls' New Job

 Hiring Mike Mearls shows that a certain larger company has ambitions that require someone who actually knows something about RPGs, unlike WotC.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Monday 27 May 2024

RPGs: High Level Make-Believe

 RPGs are supposed to be "make believe", NOT "Story", and make-believe is much more powerful.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Thursday 23 May 2024

There Were Two OSRs

 Some people say that the Old School Revival has already done everything it needed to do. That could be true. 

But it's also true that the Old School Renaissance is more important, and more successful than ever, as the biggest indie design movement of all time. 

#ttrpg #dnd #OSR 






Tuesday 21 May 2024

Livestream Tonight: Another "50th Anniversary D&D" Book Crapping on D&D's History

 Tonight! 9pm Eastern, I'll be LIVE on youtube talking about Baptism of Fire, and also about another D&D 50th Anniversary book that seems to be about crapping all over D&D. 

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Sunday 19 May 2024

Inappropriate Characters Move to Rumble

 Tonight, 8pm Eastern, it's Inappropriate Characters!

Live, in our new account on Rumble! Guest starring: Diversity & Dragons 

Subscribe, and don't miss it!

#dnd #ttrpg #osr


https://rumble.com/v4w1y7u-inappropriate-characters-ready-to-rumble-05.19.2024.html

Thursday 9 May 2024

For WotC, "Truth" Means Something Different than Normal

 WotC (and Wizkids) are full of people for whom the word "truth" means something totally different from what that word means to normal people.

#dnd    #ttrpg    #osr  





Monday 6 May 2024

Usual Suspects Furious at Polish Game's Success

 Baptism of Fire has been a HUGE success. But of course people who hate me are desperately trying to find excuses to put it down...

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Thursday 25 April 2024

The Q1 Hasbro Report: How's WotC Really Doing?

 The 1st quarter numbers are out for Hasbro, and there seems to be various interpretations going on about the numbers. Why do some people think the numbers are 'good', and others 'bad'? Here's my take!

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 





Monday 22 April 2024

Is Your DM Dialing-in Combat?

 There's different ways DMs can make combat interesting, or boring, for different groups of players.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 



Wednesday 17 April 2024

Wretched New Flesh 2e

 The new Wretched New Flesh is massive with many great additions. Also, it's clearly the Red Room's favorite creation. #dnd #ttpg #osr 





Thursday 11 April 2024

Thursday 4 April 2024

D&D's Deepest Inspiration

 The way some games "feel" more like the D&D experience isn't about the superficial influences, but about the much deeper roots. 

#dnd  #ttrpg  #osr 





Wednesday 27 March 2024

Random Character Races

 I show you how simple or complex random generators can help you create new (and weird) character races for your #osr or #dnd #ttrpg






Wednesday 20 March 2024

Daggerheart has an Identity Disorder

 So #daggerheart may be the worst major design of the year, because no one knows what it was for.

#ttrpg #osr #dnd





Thursday 14 March 2024

Review: Gods of the Forbidden North vol1

 I review pulphummock 's "Gods of the Forbidden North vol.1", an epic campaign setting & adventure. It says it can be run as both Sandbox and Adventure Path, and in my review I look at how accurate that claim really is.

#osr #ttrpg #dnd




Sunday 3 March 2024

Woke & Grognard D&D Delusions

 The woke crowd are deluded about D&D, but some hardcore grognards have delusions of their own; and not being able to see reality makes you less useful.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Thursday 29 February 2024

Make an RPG Adventure in Under 10 Minutes

 In my latest video, I show you how to create a complete #dnd / #OSR adventure scenario from scratch, in well under 10 minutes!

#ttrpg





Tuesday 20 February 2024

WotC Attacks Early D&D


 WotC just can't help it; even in their Infomercial for their 50th Anniversary 'memberberries Merch, they have to ATTACK early D&D and its creators.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr #dnd5e #wotc




Sunday 18 February 2024

Wretched Space 2nd Edition

 A review of the 2nd Edition of Wretched Space, part of their Spaghettiverse gaming universe. Check it out (and for more information see my review of the first edition). 

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Thursday 15 February 2024

Guess who WotC "Thanked" for D&D?

 You won't be able to guess who the official D&D Youtube channel decided to say "thank you" to for D&D. Though you probably will be able to guess which names they completely erased from the official history...

#dnd #ttrpg #osr #onednd #wotc 


https://youtu.be/rKsMhp8-Cjc




Tuesday 13 February 2024

Hasbro in Freefall? D&D 50th Looking Grim

 Hasbro's new numbers are in, and they are not good. And neither is their timetable for the 50th anniversary of D&D.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr #onednd #wotc 





Tuesday 6 February 2024

WotC is Ending D&D Books

 I was right, WotC is apparently ending its regular printing of dead-tree books. 

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 






Wednesday 31 January 2024

Is WotC SELLING D&D?

 Is WotC SELLING D&D? An article that came out this morning has many people suggesting that, but is it accurate?

#dnd #ttrpg #osr #wotc





Monday 29 January 2024

Everything you need to know about #twatgate

 Here's everything you really need to know about #twatgate :

#dnd #osr #ttrpg

(click link to get straight to 1:12:30 where I start talking about it)



Thursday 25 January 2024

My First Advice to Setting Designers

 People wanted my advice for making good #dnd #osr #ttrpg settings. In my first video on the subject I go into the main thing a lot of would-be setting designers miss out on.






Wednesday 17 January 2024

Combat Was Never The Main Point of D&D

 The most memorable experiences in RPG are never really about combat in and of itself, they're about character investment.

#dnd #ttrpg #osr 


https://youtu.be/CnlrbvcwmBk




Sunday 14 January 2024

Inappropriate Characters Tonight

 Sunday, 8pm Eastern, it's Inappropriate Characters! Join me, 

Venger and Ryan David as we talk about the latest #dnd #ttrpg and #osr news & controversy!






Monday 8 January 2024

WotC Is Literally Teaching Kids to Play D&D Wrong

 WotC is trying to indoctrinate a whole generation of kids to play D&D wrong, by completely changing the text of "rule 0".

#dnd #dnd5e #osr #ttrpg





Friday 5 January 2024

Is the 5e "Golden Age" Coming to an End?

 Is the 5e "Golden Age" (if you can call it that) really ending? And if so, who will be better for it?

#dnd #ttrpg #osr