D&D 4e Archive

  • This idea came to my while considering how to use 4e to run a Magic: the Gathering inspired game, and was refined some in discussion with Gamefiend. The problem, of course, is that 4e is not open enough to allow something like this, and there is pretty...

    An Idea I Love But Can Never Use

    This idea came to my while considering how to use 4e to run a Magic: the Gathering inspired game, and was refined some in discussion with Gamefiend. The problem, of course, is that 4e is not open enough to allow something like this, and there is pretty...

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  • I ran a game last night on relatively little prep.  I was using Dave Chalker's Marvel Heroic RPG-D&D 4e hack, and I threw together some notes to create the adventure as quickly as I could and threw them up on google plus, just because they're a nic...

    Heroic Adventuring

    I ran a game last night on relatively little prep. I was using Dave Chalker's Marvel Heroic RPG-D&D 4e hack, and I threw together some notes to create the adventure as quickly as I could and threw them up on google plus, just because they're a nic...

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  • Ok, here's an important thing about 4e that I would suggest that even die hard fans of other editions consider: it's foundation is excellent.  In my opinion, it's a better foundation than any previous edition of D&D, though I leave that comparison ...

    I Want To Borrow 4e’s Foundation

    Ok, here's an important thing about 4e that I would suggest that even die hard fans of other editions consider: it's foundation is excellent. In my opinion, it's a better foundation than any previous edition of D&D, though I leave that comparison ...

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  • I was struck by a tweet this morning regarding the difficulty with handing out XP awards for exploration and roleplaying, specifically, that such rewards are arbitrary and hard to rightsize.  This immediately struck me as a very valid complaint, but al...

    Roleplay and Exploration Rewards

    I was struck by a tweet this morning regarding the difficulty with handing out XP awards for exploration and roleplaying, specifically, that such rewards are arbitrary and hard to rightsize. This immediately struck me as a very valid complaint, but al...

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  • I had the unexpected pleasure of playing in a first edition AD&D game this past weekend.  It was a long-standing game that my brother in law participates in, and they had an opening. This was pretty much the classic AD&D game in just about ever...

    4 on 1

    I had the unexpected pleasure of playing in a first edition AD&D game this past weekend. It was a long-standing game that my brother in law participates in, and they had an opening. This was pretty much the classic AD&D game in just about ever...

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  • Mike Mearls wrote one of those great articles that so typical of him that reveals that as much awesome 4e stuff we see, it's just the tip of the iceberg of his understanding of the game.  It's about skills, and you should go read it if you haven't.

Si...

    4e Skills

    Mike Mearls wrote one of those great articles that so typical of him that reveals that as much awesome 4e stuff we see, it's just the tip of the iceberg of his understanding of the game. It's about skills, and you should go read it if you haven't. Si...

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  • There is a writing technique that is commonly used when writing about a physical thing. The author starts from a very high level view, sketching a brief picture of the broader context, then steadily zooms in on the scene until focus is at the level of ...

    Zooming In On Neverwinter

    There is a writing technique that is commonly used when writing about a physical thing. The author starts from a very high level view, sketching a brief picture of the broader context, then steadily zooms in on the scene until focus is at the level of ...

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  • I had an interesting conversation about 4e yesterday that revealed something I've been waiting for.  Somewhere along the way, it has crossed the tipping point where the way to do really awesome things with it is not by adding things, but rather by taki...

    Using Less

    I had an interesting conversation about 4e yesterday that revealed something I've been waiting for. Somewhere along the way, it has crossed the tipping point where the way to do really awesome things with it is not by adding things, but rather by taki...

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  • Gah, gonna be a short one today. Wrenched my back, and my attention span is SQUIRREL.

I am cautiously optimistic about some of the things WOTC has had to say about the future of 4e at Gencon, most of which I received via Critical Hits coverage of the ...

    Ow Ow Ow

    Gah, gonna be a short one today. Wrenched my back, and my attention span is SQUIRREL. I am cautiously optimistic about some of the things WOTC has had to say about the future of 4e at Gencon, most of which I received via Critical Hits coverage of the ...

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