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Libris Monstrum #18: Slaadi Revisited

Libris Monstrum #18: Slaadi Revisited

Today we are heading back into one of the monsters that is specific to the game of Dungeons & Dragons: the slaadi. Slaadi are still one of my favorite creatures out there, but it can be difficult to gather much information on them. Today I want to talk about some more slaad types and how you might be able to manipulate the salad concept for your own purposes. If you want a refresher on what these creatures are check out…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #10

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #10

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Oubliette A type of cell or dungeon that consists of a tight hole in the ground. A prisoner would find it nearly impossible to turn, let alone sit or move around. These cells may be a bit deep…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #9

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #9

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Murder Hole These are simply holes in the floor over a passage or gateway specifically designed for defense. From them defenders can pour fire, arrows, tar, or boiling water upon attackers. This is a mini-article series featuring short…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #8

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #8

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Merlons Merlons are the individual solid portions that make up a crenelated parapet. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold…

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Review: LoreSmyth’s Modular Tiles

Review: LoreSmyth’s Modular Tiles

Today was supposed to be the release of an adventure review. As you know the past couple weeks have been hectic for me, but what you might not know is that the adventure is nearly 100 pages long. Those two things combined means I am switching around this month’s reviews. It is a bit easier to review images than it is to review 100 pages of written word! So, that review is still coming and you will see it on…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #7

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #7

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Hoarding These are a type of bartizan which can exist temporarily. Built of wood these structures could be taken down in peace time and stored in pre-fabricated pieces. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words…

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For The Love Of XP

For The Love Of XP

Today I wanted to write about something that I have been thinking a great deal about over the past year. In this time I have been introduced to a bunch of new games all with different ways of providing character advancement. From standard D&D level advancement to the somewhat bartering XP of Cypher to gaining XP through failure in Powered by the Apocalypse games, there are so many different methods of advancing characters. Most recently I have begun playing Star…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #6

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #6

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Gatehouse This is the small building that may exist alongside, potentially flanking, a gate. This generally houses those defending the gate itself and defense measures and architecture related to sealing and protecting the gate. This is a mini-article…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #5

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #5

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Embrasures This is a type of opening in crenelations, merlons, or walls that splay outwardly. This provides an increased view and angle of attack for the defender without increasing the likelihood an attacker may hit you. This is…

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GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #4

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #4

This month I want to cover something that comes up often in fantasy campaigns: castles. What exactly are the different parts that we mention in descriptions and what are their purpose? Hopefully this month will help clear up some of those details. Battlements A wall with a protective parapet that has regular openings through which weapons may be fired. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation….

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