posted Sunday, December 5th 2010 by
Dungeon Mastering Advice
What I Learned Running a 1 to 30 D&D Campaign, via Critical Hits. Now that D&D 4E’s been out long enough for a campaign to have run to completion, Mike Shea gives his insights into what we used to call “the new edition”:
Near the end, there wasnâ€™t any bad roll that couldnâ€™t be boosted up by five points using some combination of forgotten feats, situational bonuses, magic items, or triggered actions. People would say things like â€œdeep rumble strikeâ€ and then hit an invisible monster for 130 damage. [...] There wasnâ€™t a way in hell I could tell if they had a real power or were just making up nonsense words and then doing whatever they wanted to do.
I sound like Iâ€™m complaining but 3.5 was even worse for me. Chainwielding half-orcs and solid fog spells trivialized every monster I ever threw at them. High level D&D games pre-4e seemed to end up as coin tosses. Heads you kill them all, tails they kill you all. [...] Of course, with 4e, I miss having monsters even potentially that lethal.
Maybe thereâ€™s method in Wizardsâ€™ madness after all, via Greyulf’s Lair. Brief speculation on Microsoft’s port of Silverlight to the Xbox 360 and what this could mean for the D&D character software.
State of the Mongoose 2010, via Paranoia blog. While the Paranoia: Troubleshooters core book has sold well, the alternate core books Internal Security and High Programmers have been less successful. The news is excerpted from Mongoose’s 2010 report, a mammoth 10,000 word document of interest to anyone in the RPG industry.
How to Captivate Your Audience with Story (From Americaâ€™s Greatest Living Playwright), via Copyblogger. Advice on story writing applied to marketing, but equally valuable to the tabletop games writer and Dungeon Master.
Possibly Intriguing D&D Virtual Table News, via Grognardia. There’s a rumour that D&D’s virtual gametable will support systems other than D&D 4E. Nothing that Maptools and OSU-GT Gametable don’t already do, and I suspect that few oldschool-only players will subscribe to D&D Insider at full price just for the Gametable, but still.