Farewell To David Trampier

Once again, I find myself having been away for far too long. Ideas for posts come and go, but I just don’t seem to get around to committing them to pixels. Apparently, it has taken something this momentous to bring me back.

David A. Trampier has passed away.

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Being Human

When I heard the premise for Being Human, my first thought was “What a stupid show”. Seriously, a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost sharing a flat in current-day Boston? This can’t be good. It wasn’t until the middle of the third season that I finally saw an episode. I couldn’t have been more surprised. Not only was it good, it was so good that it quickly became my favorite show.

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Next and Previous Post Navigation

Yesterday, I wanted to read a series of articles I wrote some time ago on Designing Alternative Spell Systems. Finding them was no problem, but when I finished one it was rather cumbersome and unintuitive as to how to get to the next one. I want people to easily navigate to next/previous articles, so I took some time today to create some better controls.

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Character Artist 3

ProFantasy just released Character Artist 3! I haven’t purchased the previous versions, but I’ve been wanting this one and anxiously awaiting its release.

For those not familiar with the product, CA3 is an addon to Campaign Cartographer 3, that allows you to create a full-length portrait of your character. These portraits can be scaled to any size you need and are perfect for character sheets or for printing custom stand-up paper miniatures.

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What I Really Think About The Various Editions

Yesterday I wrote an article entitled “What Version Should I Use“. Since then, I have received more emails about that article than any other since I started this blog. I’m surprised because it was, imo, a timid, inoffensive article with no real content. My assessment must be right on the money though because that is what most people had to say as well, and that’s what they didn’t like.

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What Version Should I Use

For someone just getting into D&D, picking an edition must be a daunting choice. Until recently, previous editions were out of print which limited choices severely. Now that WotC has reprinted these older editions, every version is equally available, not to mention all the retro-clones, offshoots, and similar RPGs.

So how does a new D&Der choose one edition over another?

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So You Want To Play D&D

This is the first of a series of articles aimed at new players who have never played D&D but want to learn how. Specifically, it is geared for those who want to become a DM.

Unlike traditional board games, you can’t just skim the rules and jump into D&D. Actually, players can to some degree. But the DM has to have a fair understanding of the game before you can get started. Plus there are a few questions that must be addressed before you begin.

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Happy Anniversary!

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the starting of this blog. Actually, yesterday does because, as usual, I got distracted and put this off too long. But in any event, Happy Anniversary!

When I started this, I didn’t give any thought to how long I’d keep at it. Even with a few long breaks along the way, I’m rather happy to see that I’m still here. As is somewhat customary, I think I’ll take a look at where I’ve been and where I’m going.

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Two DMs

Everyone knows by now that I like to play around with the rules. This experiment was a particularly ingenious twist on the standard setup. But sadly I can’t take the credit for it.

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Alternate Reality Update

Two years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long) I announced my plans for releasing my house rules (tentatively named “Alternate Reality”). Other than a single update, I haven’t talked about it since. I’ve been spending a lot of time on it recently though, so I thought I’d post an update.

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