These are game related blog posts.
I recently started playing a game called Sentinel Comics RPG run by my friend Jared Rascher. It is a newer superhero system with an interesting structure to its combat, a deep amount of lore, and a somewhat randomized character creation which calls back to the feel of classic Marvel Superheroes RPG without being so random as to make the characters silly. The lore of the game is also based on the board game called Sentinels of the Multiverse. I made a character called Paladin, because his abilities were supernatural and began to resemble paladins from D&D. I created a lose history for the character, but I realized after playing him…
Cyberpunk: The genre and the games.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been the source of much conversation. It was long-awaited and there much hype preceding its release. The launch didn’t go…swimmingly. There were some well-published bugs, particularly in older consoles. Beyond that people complained about it not being “punk” enough because you can work for the police, or the problems of the social media managers being transphobic, or the fact that they made the developer do mandatory overtime as part of pre-launch crunch, or…. let’s just say it was a rocky start. I actually played the game via Stadia and had fewer technical problems as a result. Actually playing through the game, I got to appreciate the things…
Basics of the Game: Reviewing Pathfinder 2e
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The Role of Alignment
The concept of Alignment is an artifact of the early game and it is filled with problems. It is time to either radically change it or get rid of it altogether.
The School of Vitomancy
My intent here is to create a wizard healer school that is viable and has a flavor that works.
Elemental Beasts part 2
Okay, this is my part two of my lists of elemental beasts.
Elemental Beasts: New Companions for Rangers
I originally intended this for a published product. That may still happen, but I can’t afford a a lot of art, and each beast would likely need new art. When I pitched it a couple of times the people I pitched it to also mentioned the art issue. That said, I may still eventually put this in a product, or they will revise the Beast Master ranger making it irrelevant. Either way, I would like some feedback on these so I am putting them out there for people to see. Beasts are part of the natural world. This is one of the things which helps distinguish them from other creatures…
Monsterous Ecologist: The History of the Tarrasque.
Here is an article revisiting the history of a famous D&D monster, the Tarrasque.
Talking about high level play and reasons why it isn’t happening.
I have thoughts on the discussion about why people are not playing high level characters in D&D.
I have written previously about the problems embedded with Monks in D&D. I say that as a guy who has always loved the class. Despite my love, there are some deeply problematic cultural stereotyping embedded in the class. The fact is, they default fiction of the class is a western misunderstanding of East Asian cultures and deeply lacking knowledge of the rich tapestry of martial arts that are found in the world. I don’t think those original designs, or designers, were coming from a place of hate, maliciousness, or even knowing it was a problem. I think they even meant well. Awareness over the years has improved and now we…