Building a Better Pit Trap

Most players seem to think pit traps are pretty boring and annoying. As a DM, I actually think they are a wealth of information to any player who can read the clues. As it turns out, I actually get a great deal of fun out of them.

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Being Sick Is A PITA

I’ve been home three weeks now, but it feels like I haven’t had a minute to myself. Various doctors want follow-ups. My meds are constantly changing, so there are constant trips to the pharmacy as well. Many are wrong (written by various hospital docs) requiring calls to my PCP to straighten out, followed by additional trips to the pharmacy. My Nephrologist wanted me to see a dialysis educator as well. I’m resisting dialysis, but I want to keep everyone happy so I went. That was nearly a whole day by itself. Also, I’m in the process of getting on the kidney donor list, so there is an endless barrage of phone calls and letters (requests for information) that all take up endless amounts of time.

On top of it all, I’m not as healthy yet as I expected to be once I was released. I thought once the pneumonia was gone, I’d be fine after a few days recovery. I’m definitely better, but I’m a very long way from being back to myself. I’m tired all the time and could sleep 18 hours a day if only the phone would stop ringing. But things are starting to slow down enough to turn on the computer so hopefully I’ll be able to get my life back soon.

My Cat Loves Me

When I was in the hospital, I was heartbroken. I was away from my sweetheart. I’d lay in bed and ache to have her curled up beside me. Yet, I wondered how she would react when I finally got home. I provide food and water, treats, I change the litter box. Does she simply think of me as her servant and a warm lap to sleep in? Or does she love me? The minute I opened the door I knew.

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Home From the Hospital

No sooner than I announced that I was back, I was taken away again. This time for Pneumonia. After a week in the hospital and a few days recovery, I’m back. I’ll be moving slowly though. It will take weeks, if not months, to get anywhere close to where I was, but at least I am recovering.

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City Slices I – Marketplace Fun

A few months ago, I received an email from William Pfaff, owner of Escape Velocity Gaming. He was nice enough to include a PDF attachment of one of his products: City Slices I – Marketplace Fun. Presumably his kindness was in response to my shameless begging for donations. Let me say publicly that it was greatly appreciated, and I am terribly sorry that it has taken me so long to acknowledge his donation. Thank you!

To everyone else, let me say that it is a wonderful product that I would highly recommend for any edition of any fantasy role playing game!

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Still Not Dead

I’ve managed to be absent for more than 16 months this time. It certainly isn’t my first hiatus, and it probably won’t be my last, but I think it has been the longest. Sorry about that.

Medical problems have been getting worse, and every time I started feeling better something else would pop up. But I’ve been feeling better for a while now, so I’m going to give it a shot at coming back. Hopefully, I’ll be able to stick around longer this time.

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Hirelings and Henchmen

I have always found hirelings and henchmen to be extremely useful, both as a player and as a DM. Therefore, it has always baffled me that they are so often ignored. To help shine a light on their benefits, I have done what I could to show my players how useful henchmen and hirelings can be.

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Who Rolls The Dice?

As a player, I love rolling dice. It is empowering and somehow makes me feel more in control of events. But as a DM, I realize that rolling dice can, in some situations, provide players with meta-information that may affect the choices that they make. For instance, a player’s reaction to being told she didn’t detect a secret door will be influenced by the knowledge that she rolled either a ‘1’ or a ’20’.

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Recreating Darlene’s Map (Again)

As many of you know, I was nearly finished with this project when my hard drive crashed. Sadly, when I went to restore everything from an external backup, all of my files were corrupted. Fortunately, I had another external backup, but it was prior to the commencement of this map. It would have been much worse had I lost my entire hard drive, but just losing this map was pretty bad. It has taken three years, but I am finally ready to take up this project once again.

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Time Travel

The most convincing argument that time travel will never be possible is that certain events have transpired that time-travelers obviously would have wanted to prevent, if it were within their power. Since these events have not been prevented, it can be assumed that no one came back to prevent them because time travel isn’t possible. That can be a pretty convincing line of thought. But I have a different theory.

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