Browsed by
Tag: World Building

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #17

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #17

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. Talus Taluses are the tapered thickening portions at the bottom of a wall. These help support large walls, cause issues for those seeking to undermine the wall, and create difficulty for siege engines meant to be pushed up…

Read More Read More

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #16

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #16

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. Crenel On crenelated parapet there are defensive low walls with spaces for firing or dropping objects at attackers. These regular openings are called crenels. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in…

Read More Read More

Libris Monstrum #19: Vampires Revisited

Libris Monstrum #19: Vampires Revisited

Tonight we come back to the topic of vampires. In the first entry on vampires, I had plenty to talk about. From the kind of vampires I enjoy to the myth’s origins to some vampire-like creatures featured in D&D, there was plenty to cover. I even went through some variant vampires in a Re-Skinning article recently. In fact there was enough to talk about that I had two entries. If you want to hear about some neat vampires of D&D…

Read More Read More

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #15

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #15

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. Cistern These are waterproof receptacles, often used to collect rainwater when wells cannot feasibly be dug. Large enough cisterns are effectively covered reservoirs. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs…

Read More Read More

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #14

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #14

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. Arrow Loops Arrow loops are a type of window or embrasure designed to get a good range of sight for shooting attackers while also keeping the archer protected. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words…

Read More Read More

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #13

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #13

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. Postern This is a secondary door or gate within a fortification wall. Generally hidden or secret, they allow escapes or defenders to act on the offensive against those seiging them. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations…

Read More Read More

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #12

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #12

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. Ramparts These are the walls that form a defensive boundary around a fort, settlement, or castle. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each…

Read More Read More

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #11

GM Dictionary: Castle Anatomy #11

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. Palisade These are defensive fences or walls constructed for small forts or as temporary protection for a location until more sturdy and permanent walls are constructed. This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly…

Read More Read More

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…

Read More Read More