I Made Something!

I Made Something!

The product can be found over here, for free: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/204716/Optional-Rule-Minor-Skills?filters=45469_0_0_0_0_0 A friend of mine collaborated with me in creating a new optional rule for D&D 5th edition. It’s a way to add minor skills to the world, allowing your players to enhance their customization without causing power creep issues for you as a DM. The idea is that each player gets these minor skills which are tied to the existing skills. That way, you might not be an acrobat but you enjoy tightropes or diving. These minor skills can be taught between players, giving them more to do during downtime and extends to language and crafting systems as well. Give it a look. It’s free, and if you donate money to the cause, that would be really neat. If you’re allergic to that site, it can also be found free on The...
Sword Coast Legends

Sword Coast Legends

In 2000, I had six CD’s shoved into my hands. Each one marked with black marker, scrawled with ‘Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn’ on them. I had no idea what I was getting into at the time, even though I was familiar with Dungeons and Dragons. The scope and size of the game, the sweeping story and memorable characters. Then, a few years later, Neverwinter Nights came out. While BG2 was epic, NWN gave me the tools I needed to make my own stories and share them with others. If Baldur’s Gate had depth, Neverwinter had breadth. Releasing soon is Sword Coast Legends and it’s looking like if you wanted to scratch that Neverwinter itch, then you’ll soon be given those tools all over again.   Set in the same Forgotten Realms as nearly all existing Dungeons and Dragons video games, it has the familiar isometric viewpoint excepting that the game is full 3d. This means you can pan around, rotate and zoom in and out around your character. The main story has been pretty standard so far, with the sorts of characters you’d expect in a game like this. In fact, if this were the pen and paper version of Dungeons and Dragons, I’d have as much fun playing it. The music from the game comes from Inon Zur, who did the music for Dragon Age: Origins and Fallout 3 and it’s similarly atmospheric.   Where this game shines is the multiplayer. Asymmetric gameplay is nothing new with colossal games like Evolve and Crawl giving us two very different sides to play with in multiplayer battles. Sword...
Tool: Dungeons and Dragons Monster Making Tool

Tool: Dungeons and Dragons Monster Making Tool

Over the last three weeks I’ve developed a tool to help Dungeon Masters make monsters. The tools provided in the DMG are useful, but after seeing the awesome stat block template created by Valloric, I knew I needed to make a tool to generate those templates.   My tool can be found here: http://thegeniusinc.com/dd-monster-maker-download/ ...
From Gold Boxes to Elder Scrolls : A Lifetime of RPGs

From Gold Boxes to Elder Scrolls : A Lifetime of RPGs

As a lifelong pen and paper RPG player, there is no genre closer to my heart in computer games as that of the Roleplaying Game. There was recently a post on Reddit where someone was asking about games like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale. I was going to post and then I thought, why not make it one big blog post instead? So here is the big rundown of RPGs I can recommend and why. Please note for the sake of my sanity, there are no MMORPGs listed.   Eye of the Beholder – One of the first RPGs I ever played on a computer as well as the first game I ever played in the first person perspective. Roll a party of 4 characters and venture into the labyrinthine Undermountain. It was super tough for young me so I never beat it until the GameBoy re-release. Like it: Legend of Grimrock   Dark Sun: Shattered Lands – The first D&D game on PC I played with a very open world. Starting as a gladiator slave, you make a party of four and escape from the clutches of the horrible wizard-king and get drawn up into a grand adventure in an arid death world. Like it: Baldur’s Gate, although it’s more for people who like unusual settings.   Baldur’s Gate 1 and Baldur’s Gate 2 – Excellent games that will forever be remembered as the best computer RPGs of the era featuring the best voices, art and gameplay that anyone could ask for. I practically learned how to play D&D from these games. Like it: Any other CRPG from...