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Advanced Dungeons for Dimwits, 3.14th Edition

Character Generation- Pretend to be an Elf.Enter the Dungeon- Roll a six sided die.You fall in a pit and die.You get killed by a [monster]*.Waste time quoting Monty Python. Roll again.Injured. Roll again at -1.You survive the dungeon but don't level up. Roll again +1.You level up, congratulations! Add one to your level and enter a new dungeon.*- replace [monster] with the following depending on your level:1-3: Orc
4-9: Troll
10+: Demon

4e D&D Starter Set – Review

I've had a chance to take a good look at the starter set and it's left me with mixed emotions. On the plus side, I really liked the counters which have some really nice art and are sturdy- just like the included dungeon tiles. I also found the DM's book to be pretty well done. It has a nice selection of low level monsters and just enough info to run a game - if you've played D&D before.That brings me to the down side. The Starter Set is just woefully inadequate when it comes to actually being a starter set. I can't see how anyone who is new to rpg's would be able to take this boxed set and get near to playing what would be recognizable as D&D. It's not just that there's no character generation rules- other, better starter sets have done this before. This set is missing much more. What more do I expect? Examples, lots of examples and there are very few here. No combat examples. No example of play. The only real example is for a Skill …

The most iconic image of D&D…

has to be this cover of the AD&D 1st edition Player's Handbook.

There have been an amazing number of homages done to this image over there years. Here's the ones I could find. Are there any more?

Free 4e Adventures from WotC

Review of DCC #59 Mists of Madness

I wrapped up my second D&D 4e session in Goodman Games Mists of Madness adventure module last week. It's a full module by Harley Stroh that only costs $2 (disclaimer- I bought the pdf during a recent sale at rpgnow for even less) and is for 1st level parties which is just what I needed. It is advertised as being 32 pages long, but after subtracting the OGL and advertisements is only around 25 pages in length. The adventure follows a well worn plot as the party must defeat a band of evil cultists before they can summon a lich. WARNING- there be spoilers ahead.First the good parts. The interior art gives it a nice old-school flavor although I do miss the cover style that they used for their 3rd edition modules. The module details a ruined castle and its dungeons in a swamp that are pretty generic and are easily dropped into most any campaign setting. While the main plot of foiling the plans of cultists has been done to death, this one does have a clever twist to it by havi…

Quick Start Characters are for Suckers

The Quick Start rules in HackMaster Basic allow you to create characters very quickly (10-15 minutes), but the characters made just don't compare to scratch built characters using the full rules. Why? Simple, they don't spend all of their available build points- in most cases, not even close to all their build points. Here's the breakdown-Everyone starts out with 50bp. QS pc's all get a 50bp bonus for leaving their stats as rolled. 100bp total now. QS pc's are all human so every class costs 25 bp. So 75bp total. Every pc gets +2 stat points which costs 40bp. 35bp total.Ok, so every QS pc at this point has 35bp to spend. This is where they diverge.The Fighter spends 5bp on weapon proficiencies, 7bp (maximum) on 2 random skills, and 20bp for level one specialization in longsword. This only leaves him with 3bp left over. That's pretty fair.The real problem is with the other classes.The Cleric (True) spends 2bp on weapon proficiencies and 0bp on skills (all his sk…

How to disable all applications in Facebook

Tired of getting annoying Farmville requests from your stupid friends? Yeah you can hide requests from different apps and games one by one as they turn up, but wouldn't it be great if you could just disable them all, forever? Well, there is a way. Just follow these steps and you'll never be bothered with any of this stupid crap again. Bonus feature- it also seems to disable some of the advertisements in Facebook. I bet they don't realize that yet.Go to your Facebook page. (duh)Click on Account at the top right.Click on Privacy Settings.Where it says Apps and Websites, click Edit your settings.Where it says Apps you use, click Turn off all platform apps.Click the Turn Off Platform button.Enjoy your much less spammy Facebook account.

Your Character is Not a Special Snowflake

How special is your average D&D player character? Obviously above average, but what exactly does that mean? Is he or she one in a million? One in a thousand? I decided to put it to the test and find out.I wrote up a quick and simple program that randomly rolled (3d6) sets of stats which would compare them all and decide which one had the highest stats for a certain number of characters rolled. I then figured out the average point buy value for them by D&D 4e rules to see where that would put them.So, how special is your average character? The highest level test I ran was for 1 million pc's. The one in a million pc was a whopping 50 point buy character. What does a one in a million character look like? Here's one picked at random- 13 17 16 14 15 17. Pretty nice stats, eh?Ok, so my character isn't one in a million. He's still pretty special, right? Well, not really. I ran tests for a hundred thousand, ten thousand, a thousand, even one in a hundred; and they were…

Treasures from the past

I've found some more stuff from my old site that I've been able to recover, so expect some old posts to find their way here soon. To start things off, here are two java programs I created for D&D some years ago.
Dice Monkey - dice rollerTreasure Monkey - treasure generator for D&D 3eJust download to your computer and double click to run the program. If you have problems running it, you probably don't have Java installed (correctly) on your system. You can download the Java VM at