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Showing posts from June, 2011

Quick Tip: A substitute for 3d6

Do you just have one of those 7 dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d100, d12, d20) tubes and need to roll 3d6 (rolling up characters, playing GURPS, etc.)? Rolling 1d6 three times is lame and tedious. Just roll your d4, d6, and d8 together. You'll get the same result as using 3d6.

My first look at the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

The beta rules and Free RPG Day module have both been released now for the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG and I've seen enough to decide that it probably isn't for me. That's a bit sad as I've been enthusiastically following it's development for a while now. I do think it will probably do pretty well since it has superb art, nice production values, some nifty and interesting mechanics and will be strongly supported by Goodman Games modules.What puts me off of it? Here are the things I really don't like-Appendix N. As the game is supposed to be mainly based on them, I went back and read some of the old books referenced by Gygax in AD&D and I found that outside of Tolkien and Howard, there's not a whole lot that I really enjoy. My fantasy reading tastes and influences are usually pretty modern and the flavor of this game doesn't match up well enough with my tastes.The Adventures. More Dungeons? Even though I like dungeons, I was expecting something…

I hate Gamescience dice

I know this will get me thrown out of the old-school he-man munchkin hater's club, but I really dislike using those "precision" Gamescience dice. Yes, yes, I've seen Lou Zocchi's videos on why his dice are the best things since sliced bread. I've also read countless posts from gamers who love them. And now the DCC RPG practically requires you use them as only Gamescience produces most of the weird dice types needed to play.Well, I've tried to embrace them. I've bought three sets over the past couple of years and while researching how to buy the additional ones needed for the DCC RPG, I just recently dug them out again. Now I remember why I hardly ever use them. Here's the top 5 reasons why GS dice suck-They're expensive. They usually cost about 3 times as much as other rpg dice.If you go the cheaper route and buy the un-inked dice, they are a pain in the ass to ink yourself. I'm way too lazy for this and plus they never look as nic…